The Retribution of Mara Dyer #BookReview

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer #BookReviewThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Also in this series: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 4th, 2014
Genres: Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 470
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Mara Dyer had no idea that it would end like this. She desperately wants to believe that there's more to the lies she’s been told and doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.She never gave much thought before to how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and when fate and chance collide it seems the time for retribution has arrived.

Spoilers are abundant. You have been warned – although I try my best to keep them hidden.


So… I’m not as happy as I was after I finished reading books 1 and 2. I’m pretty sad about that. I have too many issues with the story that I just couldn’t give it a 5 star rating, although it’s still a well written story.

There are some weird things that happen in this story that I just don’t like and don’t agree with. For one – View Spoiler » Like, how do you do a complete 180 on a character and then just expect that we’ll embrace that?

I know that this story is a coming of age story about accepting yourself for who you are, View Spoiler »

I’m also tired of cliché endings that just end along the lines of what everyone wants / expects. For example, I loved the ending of Divergent series because it ended completely opposite from what everyone expected.

The big “plot twist” I could see coming a mile away so it wasn’t even surprising.

After reading this, I’m left feeling like the author really wanted to continue the story View Spoiler », and that’s why she chose this ending despite knowing that sometimes we have to make the hard decisions for the greater good. View Spoiler ». I think there was so much potential for a spin off series without making the ending this way.

Alas, I did give it 4 stars so there must be something I liked about it but I like to give the bad news first.

Now, I really enjoyed getting to learn what Jamie’s power is. He got to use that power a lot during this story and it was pretty fun. I think Stella’s power was completely unused and if she did use it maybe it was like once and so I can’t remember it but it was good that Jamie and Mara were with someone else like them View Spoiler ».

I also really enjoyed the flash backs that Mara. They really helped to solve some of the questions I had while reading the book. However, it still didn’t really explain Mara’s power View Spoiler »

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You get the answers to pretty much all the questions you had except one, which to me was the biggest question. View Spoiler »

The Verdict

4 Stars


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