The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Review

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | ReviewThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 4, 2014
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 470
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

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Though I didn’t like The Retribution of Mara Dyer as much as the other Michelle Hodkin books, I still fairly liked quite a few aspects of it.

What I loved about this book

The changes between before and after. I know that a lot of people didn’t like that there were time switches throughout the book, but I found that they really added to the story. It could be a little confusing at times figuring out who the focus of the time switches were, but I do think that it was a really interesting way to give us a little more to the story.

Hodkin’s writing style. Her writing is always so great, and it’s stayed that way ever since The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. She paints such a good picture of each scene and it is almost like you are watching a movie as you read through the book.

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Especially towards the end of the book as we switch back and forth from Mara’s to Noah’s point of view, there was just so much detail in every chapter that I couldn’t put the book down.

Mara. There was a huge shift in Mara in this book. I feel like she became so much stronger in this book (partly because of Noah being MIA for the first part of this book). She went from being a more shy and timid character to a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Yeah, she did do some questionable things in this book that maybe should have resulted in some consequences but I still kind of liked this version of her.

NOAH. I literally love him, and I am so excited that he has his own book series now. He’s literally the best book boyfriend a girl could ask for, and I love his relationship with Mara. I did miss that we didn’t hear or see from him until well into the book but I love his character and this book just added to it.

I also loved that we got to hear from his point of view towards the end of this book. One he is a great character and has a great voice in these chapters but it was also a really good way to introduce him as a narrator. It made me really excited to read his series and learn more of his backstory.

Jamie. I always loved his character, and this book was no exception. He provides so much humor and adds a bit of light, even in the darkest of times. I also loved that we got to see a little more of him and his powers.

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Not only that, but we got to see how much his powers have developed and how strong he really is. He also had some great lines throughout the book that you can’t help but laugh out loud to.

What I didn’t love about this book

This book was so much slower than the other books in the series. I feel like the most stuff happened at the end, while the rest was all pretty slow. I felt like the beginning and middle of the story dragged on forever.

It took a solid 100-150 pages for me to really get drawn into this book. I am not sure if other people felt this way, but compared to the other novels, this one definitely didn’t have as much action. 

The ending. I don’t want to get to spoilery, but there was a part at the end that didn’t make much sense to me, regarding death… like why was it even necessary? Oh yeah, it wasn’t. 

There were so many different moving parts and storylines throughout this book (and the whole series) and I feel like some of them were tied up nicely but I definitely still had some questions at the end. I think I would have been more upset if I knew this was the end of this series but hopefully we get more of these questions answered in Noah’s spin-off series.

Despite The Retribution of Mara Dyer being my least favorite of the Mara Dyer books, I still recommend checking it out! It was a little slow and took a bit to get into but I do think it provided a nice conclusion to the series. I am super excited to see where these characters end up in Noah’s new series!

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  1. I still need to get around to reading this trilogy. I feel like pretty much everyone has read it now except for me. Everyone talks nothing but good things about this series and I just need to get around to it. Thanks for sharing your review, its motivated me to pick the series up as soon as I have time.

  2. Yessss I loved this book so much! The entire series was fantastic! Honestly, I do not recommend that you read The Becoming of Noah Shaw if you want to continue loving this series… XD Great review!

  3. I read this book around a month ago and I totally agree with you on the ending. Of course I loved Noah, but I was so disappointed that he only appeared in like a third of the book? Despite that, I still loved this series. Hodkin's writing is so addictive! Lovely review 🙂

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