BOOK REVIEW – The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin- #3 in the Mara Dyer trilogy

AGE GROUP: 14 UP// GENRE: Fantasy/Romance// AMOUNT OF PAGES: 470// RATING: 3.5/5



Mara Dyer has been lied to by the same person repeatedly. But it’s not only one person, it’s multiple. She doesn’t know who she can trust anymore but before making rash decisions she should stop to think of their impact on others. However, she doesn’t. She wants one thing but to get that one thing she will go to extreme measures to make sure people pay for what they have done to her and the people she loves.

Will Mara Dyer be able to hold it together for this conclusion to her story or will her darker and more violent side get the better her?


Hey again! So, this is the final chapter to Mara’s story and I’ve got to say I was a little disappointed.

Instead of rambling on I’m just going to jump into this review!

I felt that in The Retribution of Mara Dyer Michelle Hodkin really tied up every loose end possible which made me remember how many loose ends there were in Harry Potter and how well J.K Rowling managed to tie each and every one up. Now, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is very different from Harry Potter however I loved how Michelle Hodkin managed to do just what J.K Rowling did. Now, if u know me well then you know exactly how much I adore Harry Potter (aka A LOT) so listen when I say I’m not comparing the two books. I am merely saying Michelle Hodkin tied up the plot and every little detail which was what J.K Rowling did. However, Hodkin may not have done it as well as J.K Rowling did in my opinion but she still was capable of making it interesting without having one person literally talk for five pages.

Anyway, enough about that part of the book. Now onto how much I loved watching the characters mature in this book because out of all of the books I think this one is the darkest and has a ton of really mature content and real life issues. From book one Hodkin really developed each character smoothly and enjoyably and that was one of the reasons I love these books so much! Now, in this final instalment to the trilogy, you are especially able to see Mara’s darker side and how much her ability is taking control over her whole being. From book 1 you saw Mara as a girl with her own mind and personality, more so than most people these days. Mara is the opposite of a follower. But when she was trying to figure out her ability with Noah while also trying to handle not being put in a mental institution she really pretended to be fine when she wasn’t. She wasn’t in a good place and the only person she let in was Noah but she wouldn’t even let him see all of her. Every single side of her. However, in The Retribution of Mara Dyer Mara didn’t pretend to be fine, she would get things done in order to protect her loved ones and find a loved one. I loved how much she grew in the series, it was almost like she was an entirely different person in this book (the last one), which brings me on to my other points. Some cons. However I would like to add one thing before some cons. Throughout this whole trilogy I have really liked Mara and I usually don’t love the main character/narrator in books as much as I loved her and I think that is because she is not always the hero. In fact she is merely the opposite. Especially in this book, she doesn’t save people and she isn’t even trying to be that hero, which I find in many books like Harry Potter. The main character is usually the hero because I think that is what everyone sees them as. But in The Retribution of Mara Dyer Mara is beautifully created to be the anti-hero and I oddly love that😂!! Now, some cons.

Mara Dyer really wasn’t Mara Dyer anymore by about a halfway through this book. Her features hadn’t changed. Her body hadn’t changed. But her mind definitely had and her thoughts were much more violent. She would punish people for minor crimes they had committed but more importantly she was using her ability as more of a weapon than it already was. She was embracing her newly found power. That was something crucial for the story but what I really didn’t like was part of the plot for this book. Mara was constantly killing people and I didn’t find it that interesting. I felt like a large chuck of the book was pointless and just kept trailing on. Mara and her friends were basically taking a road trip but on that road trip Mara started to turn into a whole other person. Overall I found that this was my least favourite book which was sad because it was the one I was most excited for and I’ve got to say I didn’t really love the ending chapters. I felt like I needed more of a story behind some things that I will not mention because this is spoiler free, because a really big surprise/boom moment didn’t really happen for me. I was kind of just like Oh! What? Did I read that right? because I felt like the major antagonist was a shock but at the same time it didn’t feel right (*kind of a spoiler coming up…) because they were only a mention and were never really sought out to look more at their past or more into their character. They were merely not important until the last book at the end. So, I felt that was quite disappointing.

A really big pro about this book was how something in my brain thoroughly clicked when I got to a part in The Retribution of Mara Dyer with the flashback chapters. In the second book I thought it was just annoying and I really hated it but while reading this book I saw how Mara’s life intertwined with her grandmothers and I found that really well done on Michelle Hodkin’s part and very interesting and engaging for her readers like us!

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