The Retribution of Mara Dyer – book review

The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the third and final book in the intense and thrilling Mara Dyer series, written by Michelle Hodkin.

Mara Dyer has been lied to, and she desperately wants to believe there’s more to them than what there appears to be. She’s doesn’t stop to think about where her quest to find the truth might lead her. It might take her somewhere she doesn’t want to go, but finding out what has really happened is making Mara more determined than ever. Before this, Mara never wondered about how far she would go for vengeance. When loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence are tangled, and fate and chance collide…

Retribution has arrived.


Like the other two books in the Mara Dyer series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer, I completely loved reading The Retribution of Mara Dyer. This series is creepy, to say the least. From the first book, I’ve been completely hooked. I needed to know what was going to happen. So once I got my hands on this book, I couldn’t have been more happy… Which meant I was going to read it as fast as possible. Naturally.  You know, I really wish I had the self-control to read books slowly sometimes. Ah, the eternal struggle between choosing to savour a book or read it fast to find out what happens. I think you know what happened in this case.

This series is so intense and so creepy. I love it to bits. Because I wanted to read this book in one sitting, that meant I was the last person awake in my house, reading alone in my room, my meagre lamp making monsters out of the shadows. I’m not usually a person who gets scared that easily. I watch horror movies for fun. But when it comes to reading creepy books in the dead of night, with the clock ticking mercilessly in the background and sound of branches scraping along the window… Let me tell you this: you’re going to want to turn on all of the lights in your house if you read this book at night. Oh yes, it’s one of those books. This book also seemed a lot more gruesome than the other two. There’s a couple of scenes that were quite visual in that aspect, so be warned about that when reading this book.

I really liked getting to the end of this series for one reason only – closure. Otherwise, I would have been happy with reading the story of Mara and Noah for an eternity. As long as the books came out a tiny bit quicker. As soon as I finished devouring the second book in this series, I longed for the next one and it seemed to take forever to be released. I guess that’s because everyone wanted the book to be perfect. I definitely thought it was close to perfection and now in perspective, I’d rather wait a little longer for a good quality book than get a rushed one sooner.

Even though this book, and the other two books in this series, are long in pages, it definitely didn’t feel that way when reading. This book seemed to fly by. There was no trouble getting back into the story, even though it had been a while since I’d read the others. I quickly got back into the spin of things. This book is creepy and suspenseful, but it was also really funny in parts. I often found myself laughing out loud at the references and witty remarks made by the characters.

Another thing I liked about this books was the amount of psychology-type things included in it. Seeing as I’ve taken psychology class, I knew pretty much everything this book was telling me. I really liked reading about these things and being able to know what they meant before one of the characters had to explain it. However, for people that aren’t too familiar on the subject, all that information might seem a little hard to wrap your head around. It might feel as though someone just dumped a truckload of new stuff onto you, leaving you to sift through the pieces to find something familiar to latch onto. We did end up getting answers to almost everything, so I was definitely happy with that and how things turned out.

I also liked reading from the past and the present. The past really gave some more insight into what influenced what was going on in the present and it was interesting to see the ties between everyone. I felt like I had really strong connections with all the characters from this series. All of them have evolved from the beginning into more strong and determined people. Each character is unique and exciting to spend time with. There wasn’t one dull moment in this book. Overall, I’d give The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin a score of 9 out of 10. I’d definitely recommend this series to everyone who loves intense and creepy books with dark twists!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

36 thoughts on “The Retribution of Mara Dyer – book review

  1. Intense and creepy books are right up my alley. This definitely sounds like a good read. I’ll have to pick up the first one and add it to my TBR pile. Great post!

    • It definitely is and I really recommend it! I just emailed a few publishers a while ago and asked if they’d send me some YA books and I could review the books for them. It gives them a bit of publicity and also gives them an idea of what people liked about the book – and I get a free book out of it! It’s a win-win 🙂

      • Sounds great! Do you remember what publishers you emailed? Because that would be an amazing opportunity!

      • I definitely think it’s worth emailing some publishers about. I emailed Allen & Unwin, Simon & Schuster, Hardie Grant, HarperCollins and Penguin. I receive books from the first three in that list, which is really great!

      • Haha that’s okay! Just email them and say something like ‘I’m a book reviewer and I have a blog (put link to your blog) and I have *insert number* followers. I’m very interested in reviewing some books for you. If you kindly decided to add me to your reviewer database and send me some books, I would acknowledge you sent me that book in exchange for an honest review at the end of my review and then I would send you a link to it.’ Something like that, and talk a little more about how long you’ve had your blog and how many reviews you have on it, etc. Hope that helps!

      • How does this sound?

        Dear Sir/Madam,

        I am a huge fan of books. I also have a blog where I write reviews for said books ( I have only been posting reviews for about a year but have 52 people following me.

        I’m very interested in reviewing some YA novels for you. If you kindly decide to add me to your reviewer database and send me some books, I would acknowledge that you sent me that book in exchange for an honest review at the end of my review and then I would send you a link to it.

        Many thanks

      • That sounds really good! Also include the number of reviews you’ve written in your first paragraph maybe and I’d put ‘Dear Sir/Madam of *publisher, eg. Penguin*’ if that makes sense, so the email seems more personal to their publishing company 🙂

      • Hello again, I know it’s been a while but I have an update for you! I am now a member of NetGallery, through which I have had four of my requests for books approved, meaning that I can download them in exchange for a review. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the archive date for one of them so when I went to download it I found myself unable to do so. I have already read one of the four and am looking forward to reading the next two. So yes, really excited about that! How you’re having a great day 🙂

      • Hey! It’s great to hear from you! That sounds really good and I’m so happy you can get some titles to review 🙂 Thanks for letting me know how it all went for you!

      • I know the feeling! Though I’m trying to make more time to read. Most recently, I’ve read “Water So Deep” by Nichole Giles which is a reasonably new release and is absolutely brilliant. Also recently, I read “The Moment Collector” by Jodi Lynn Anderson, which was also very well done. How about you?

      • Ooh sounds interesting! I recently read the last book in the Every series – Every Move – which I loved. Have you read that series? I’m reading Tricks by Ellen Hopkins at the moment and I’m really enjoying that 🙂

      • The Every series by Ellie Marney is kind of a modern Sherlock Holmes with teenagers. If you like crime and romance, I recommend you give this series a try! Tricks is about the lives of different teenagers and how their religion impacts their romances, but I’m not that far in yet, so it might completely change

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