Review: ‘The Retribution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin

Review: ‘The Retribution of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle HodkinThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #3
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 4th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 470
Format: Hardcover
Source: gift
It 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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Holy crap.. The beginning and the end are intense. Middle is a little less exciting, but it sets up the story nicely because you know Michelle is going to pull something out of her bag of magic tricks and twist everything around. Can I say how more violent and gruesome this one is? shudders There’s a particular scene with an eyeball and I just couldn’t fathom what happened. There wasn’t even any details of that scene, just that the character lost the eye. I don’t even want to know how.


The chapters flip back and forth from the present to the past, and you’ll be happy to know that we get to read from the point of view of someone special. A mini treat I think. There were many references to The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I couldn’t help but squeal when I knew exactly what was being said. A book mentioning other books in it is always so fun to read and quote from. Do we get the same sort of mystery? The same sort of blindness we get from the previous books? Yes and yes..and then some.


I can’t believe it’s over. It’s done. I don’t know what to do with myself. rocks back and forth Questions were answered. Tears were wept. Heart was broken and pieced back together. Now that was an ending. It was one crazy roller coaster.. So sinister and complex, I was gasping at the violence in some parts. So good. Michelle Hodkin, thank you for your wonderful talent at weaving a story.

reading progress



Pain is just a feeling, and feelings aren’t real. (22)
I thought you were going to give it the District Twelve Salute. (66)
Everyone’s a little crazy. Some people just hide it better than others. (96)
This is like the perfect storm of bad decisions. (133)
Taste the rainbow, bitch. (198)
Fool of a Took. (251)
I like who I am. I don’t think I need to fix anything. I’m not broken. (301)
I kind of want to see Mara Crucio their asses. (305)
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It only matters why. (377)
It is our choices that define us, not our abilities. (422)
I’ll love you to ruins. (435)
You are what happiness means to me. And I would rather have today with you than forever with anyone else. (438)
Maybe sometimes we can only see the truth about ourselves if someone shows us where to look. (441)





  1. Aliya D

    February 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    You had me with “I’ll love you to ruins.”… That one line made me pay attention and want to read this book. As someone who has been ruined in love, it felt… it just hit a nerve. Plus the author’s bio looks fascinating.

  2. lovingrob

    February 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Yay 😀 Amazing review Giselle. <3 I'm so glad you ended up loving this book. I haven't had a chance to read it yet :p But soooon. So excited 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this gorgeous book. <3

  3. Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    February 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    I agree with you about how intense the beginning and the ending were. The middle dragged on a bit for me (especially given the action of Evolution), so I’m definitely happy that the book picked up towards the end. A part of me still seems to be a bit shocked that this series is over, but I’m really, really glad that we got a good ending.

    Great review, Giselle! 🙂

    • giselle

      February 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      I think she wanted to give us a rest with all the crazy action scenes. I’m happy it ended but at the same time sad because there’s no more Noah.

      Thanks Lyra!

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