Book Review #9: The Retribution of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin


Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publication: November 6th 2014, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 470
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 147112200X / 9781471122002

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synopsis1It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy.

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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“The villain is the hero of her own story.”

This rating may change, depending on my mood or whatsoever but right now, it feels like a 3-star rating is enough.

I loved the book- the series even more. It has its twists and turns that truly made my jaw drop but the last book, which is The Retribution of Mara Dyer, doesn’t seem to explain and made me fully understand some parts which I think is an essential piece. Of course, I am happy that *SPOILER ALERT* Noah and Mara end up with each other, though they don’t know until when. I mean, the book clearly stated that if Mara stay with Noah, she’ll love him to ruins, but I don’t get why Mara is still with Noah. Is it because their love is greater than the consequences? I JUST DON’T QUITE GET THE STORY ANYMORE. The book made me feel like Mara and Noah wouldn’t have a happy ending given their situation but boom, they are with each other. Like, am I missing something? I honestly think that this series should have another book, which will clear all the questions left hanging because I feel that this book was somewhat fast paced to the point that some parts were not clearly explained. 

“Everyone’s a little crazy. Some people just hide it better than others.”

There are lots of questions that is buzzing my mind like what happened to David Shaw? He just vanished in the story like he’s not responsible at all for what happened to Mara and Noah’s life. How did Mara escaped the responsibilities of the death of Dr. Kells, Wayne, blabla. Also, what happened to Stella? Just like that then she’s gone? Gone like never mentioned again? Please just tell me if I’m over reacting or what but while reading this, it seems that Hodkin introduced a character, a very interesting character whom I am very eager to know, then when that character has nothing to do with the story it will just vanished. *ENDS OF SPOILER ALERT*

“Maybe sometimes we can only see the truth about ourselves if someone shows us where to look.”

Maybe I had a very high expectation with the third book since I loved the first two. Nevertheless, the book was still great. It’s a fast paced action story which is very much informative because chapter by chapter, a new revelation unfolds and at the same time, answers my most deepest questions. Also, what I like about this book is I wasn’t able to predict the scenarios and I am very fond of what this book turned out. The ending? You wouldn’t expect it. *clap clap*

“Like your the ocean and he’s desperate to drown.”

I like how Mara evolve from someone scared to someone fierce and brave. Also, what I learned about this is when you love a person, you love them wholly. Not only because of the good parts or the right things he’s done, but the bad parts or the wrong things he’s done as well- because when you love, it should be unconditional. Then, of course, it is evident in the story that family first before anything else- and I admire Daniel for everything that he’s done. In line with this, I learned as well that there are people who’ll come into your life because either they might stay or just passed by and sometimes, no matter how hard we try to make them stay, some people will really leave because some people just grow, and some grows apart. Lastly, what I love about this book is that it taught me that time is precious so make the most out of it. Don’t waste any moment not being happy because life is too short to be anything but happy. 🙂




Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is her first novel, followed by The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. To know more about her, head on to her website.


2 thoughts on “Book Review #9: The Retribution of Mara Dyer- Michelle Hodkin

  1. Many booktubers actually don’t wanna read this book because of the ratings. They loved the two books so much that they don’t want their love to be “tainted” because of this last book. Honestly, I didn’t quite get this book too. 😅 I mean Noah can’t really do what he does when he’s with Mara, yet stays with her still 😂 Ugh, but yeah, there’s still a mystery as to who Mara Dyer is. We didn’t even kno her real name 😪

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    1. Yes! There are lots of blind spot and I guess that those booktubers are right on not reading this book yet because it somehow became a disappointment to me 😦 but on the bright side, a happy ending for Mara and Noah yay 💘

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