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Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 470
Publication Date: November 2014
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read April 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.


Oh gosh, where do I even begin? It was just… mind-blowing. Amazing. Insane. Fantastic. Wonderful. I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!

I absolutely adored this series from the very first page of the first book, and the entire series was just as awesome. I love the eerie, creepiness of it, the characters, the intricate, brilliant, and terrifying plot, and of course, the romance! The conclusion of the series was filled with all of these wonderful things, and oh, how I just loved it.

Plus all the Harry Potter references were an added bonus that made me smile.

Throughout the entire series, Jamie has been one of my very favourite characters. He’s absolutely hilarious and I just love his relationship with Mara so much. He’s so sweet! Can I have a Jamie, please? Thanks.

And then there’s Noah… Oh my gosh, he’s just wonderful. I love him, I love him, I love him, I LOVE HIM! *sigh* He’s so sweet, and funny, and hot, and loving, and caring, and absolutely, positively PERFECT (for Mara and for me). I just wish we got to see a bit more of him in this book. I really, really missed him.

And of course, we have Mara. I loved seeing her change throughout the trilogy, even if the change wasn’t necessarily… good? I liked how she’s such an unreliable narrator, and you don’t know if what she’s telling you is actually true. It made the story even more complex, confusing (in a good way), and scary.

Now, I didn’t really love Stella.

SPOILER ALERT: It really upset me when she left after the whole subway station fiasco. Come on! I mean, yeah, it wasn’t Mara’s best moment, but that was no reason to just pack up and leave after all Mara and Jamie had done for her. And I was so, so, so, scared and sad when Jamie was leaving. I got a little teary and had to actually close the book and put it down for a couple minutes I was so upset. Thank goodness he ended up staying! I honestly have no idea what Mara (OR I) would’ve done without him. But I started crying all over again when he said to Mara, “I’m not mad at you. I’m scared of you.” What the heck Jamie!?! You were going to kill them too. You just have a bit more control than Mara does, which is completely understandable, considering her “ability’. You redeemed yourself later, so I forgive you. And I still love you lots.

I’ve always liked Jude’s character a lot and it was great being able to learn more about him. I really wish that he played a larger role in this installment of the trilogy though.

I also enjoyed the development of Dr. Kells throughout this book, but I still hate her. I don’t care what reasoning she had behind actions, she is terrible, terrible person.

Okay, so I did rate this 5 stars, but it wasn’t necessarily perfect. The conclusion just wasn’t entirely satisfying, which was rather disappointing. It was just too open-ended. I have so many questions that were left unanswered.

SPOILER ALERT: What happened to Jude? What was with the little capsules inside of Mara? What ever happened to Stella? What about the Professor?

Hopefully all of these questions will be answered in the Shaw Chronicles, which I am so, so, so excited for!

I did love the very last few lines of the book. It finally made al of the pieces fall into place and the beginning of the first book made sense. I actually screamed when I read it, I was just so excited. That was just so brilliantly spun together. I love when those kinds of things happen. It’s so smart and makes me very, very happy for some reason I don’t know, but I love it.

And as a side note, this was probably my least favourite book in the trilogy, though I still very much enjoyed it. I just liked the first two a little bit better, especially the second one, because I found them scarier, and I got more Noah action. Did I mention that I love him? ‘Cause I really, really do.

So, in conclusion, READ THIS TRILOGY!!!!!!! It’s absolutely fantastic!

Is this series on your TBR? If not, what are you waiting for? Go add it RIGHT NOW, or I will hunt you down!
Have you already read it? Which book was your favorite? Who is your favourite character?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!

That’s all I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you all again soon.
Find me on Goodreads here.

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