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review 2017-04-12 00:00
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin Author had some guts stringing things out as long as she did, and it's pretty impressive how much she did manage to tie off in by the end. Unfortunately, stringing the mysteries along so long felt like it built expectations up higher than any grand reveal could meet. I liked this story better when it was unrealistic teen wish-fulfillment, and while I can appreciate the complexity of the resolution on an intellectual level, the entertainment value did drop somewhat. Still, a great debut trilogy; looking forward to more from this author!
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review 2016-02-26 00:00
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin This went much better than the previous entry, The Evolution though it wasn't as good as The Unbecoming. However, that is possibly down to The Unbecoming's creepy horror and suspense that couldn't be sustained when we learned more.

The Unbecoming brought mystery, intrigue, and what felt like something different. The Evolution was a drag where characters ignored the obvious and the story became tortuously formulaic. The Retribution had some great elements again from the beginning and ended in a standard foreseeable clean way. It had the best and the worst elements from the first two installments, which landed it right in the middle: 3 stars. Enjoyable to a point, but I was relieved it was over.

Content Warning: Attempted Rape/Murder, Gruesome Horror Violence

The Good

The horror and suspense came back in the beginning
Enjoyed Mara, Jamie, and Sophie's road trip adventure
Finally the story went somewhere, we got answers and resolutions.
Ending: Quick & Clean. Perhaps too much so but I'm glad it's over TBH
Liked seeing Noah's perspective

The Bad & The Other

I don't feel right cheering on such a destructive couple. We've got plenty of those around cough Are they going to stay together? That's clear but it's not heartwarming or sweet
The Puppeteer Reveal: Obvious and Not Shocking
Obvious and clunky character swap
Mr. Mystery Magic Black Man's (description only used to point out the trope and keep from spoiling his name) explanation on why he freaked out over Mara in the first book isn't enough for me, it doesn't work.

The Retribution does bring back the psychological thriller aspects and gruesome horror. And I fucking loved it. I was hooked again from the beginning and it kept getting better. For awhile.
I enjoyed Mara, Jamie, and Sophie's traveling adventures. They were focused on figuring out the mystery and have a good dynamic going on. It was interesting and they were finally (and literally) going somewhere with the story.

However, as soon as they reach their destination, Sophie is no longer useful, and she's tossed aside. I'm sorry, she leaves over moral outrage that makes sense but isn't likable. Given how everything else is drawn out, it's quick and felt more like character swapping. Someone else did just join the crew right before hand…I understand why she didn't fit in the story anymore, but it made me sad and it wasn't gracefully written. It was obvious and forced.

The final plot twist I was coming from a mile away. It could only be xe, there wasn't any other option or possibility. I was surprised however that revenge wasn't brought up as a possible motive of theirs, not even a passing remark. Not that I think that was main reasoning or anything. However, it was my first thought and felt like the characters were missing something again by not bringing it up.

The ending is solid and nicely wrapped up. Perhaps a bit too nicely since they don't face consequences. There has to be something more coming at them, or at least Mara. But honestly, it's not like I really want it to be dragged out again so it's a wash.

I'm glad it's over and it wasn't bad in the end but it's hard to say I'm satisfied. I had such high hopes after The Unbecoming so anything less stings of disappointment. The Retribution takes away the pain, but doesn't stop the jab.
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review 2016-01-21 23:42
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (November 04,2014) - Michelle Hodkin
Inizio: 20 gennaio
Finito: 22 gennaio

Voto: 2/5

Consigliato: Si ma solo per finire la trilogia altrimenti NO!

Finale deludente per una serie che mi aveva entusiasmato fin dal primo capitolo... mi ha lasciato con l'amaro in bocca... lo voto 2 stelline per amore dei precedenti capitoli perchè preso singolarmente... che pena... aver aspettato la traduzione e poi... piatto piatto PIATTO!!!
Per tutto il libro il mood è "OMG dobbiamo trovare Noah!" e via tutti a fare il trenino e cercarlo tra un omicidio e l'altro e poi "OMG il cattivone è *** (evito di scriverlo per non spoilerare ulteriormente) Mara deve morire... ma anche no" e poi "Uuuu lieto fine perchè è bello, non perchè ha un senso"
Oltre ad essere noioso mi ha davvero innervosito... che tristezza, spero solo che la futura trilogia su Noah se mai verrà tradotta sia più interessante almeno nel volume finale!

 

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review 2015-09-11 19:53
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

To say that this series was creepy is an understatement.

 

So CREEPY! I couldn’t explain how I really felt. The first few lines made my hair stand on end. It was creepy but I loved it. I was utterly awed about that opening scene of this final installment.

 

Now we’ve come to the conclusion of the most confusing story I’ve ever read. I’m going to miss this but for some reason I’m happy as well.

 

What I really liked about this series was its unpredictableness. You never knew what was coming. It kept me guessing. You just have to go with the flow and just let the author take you to wherever she wanted to take you.

 

I must admit, I kept putting this book off for a few days. So I’d had to drag myself into finishing this. I had two(2) issues that made me feel that way, and those were:   

 

One, I got a bit bored because Noah wasn’t in the majority of this book. Like he wasn’t present in the book for almost 70%. It was never a problem with me before if the heroine was not always with her love interest. But in this book, I loved everything when they’re together even if the scenes were heart breaking, I still enjoyed them as long as they’re together. I mentioned from my reviews of the first and the second books that most of my favorite parts about this series were the scenes where Mara and Noah were together and in this book I felt the same. So imagine me reading almost 70% of the book without Noah in the story. Could you blame me for being a bit bored? Well, maybe it’s just me who had the problem here not the story.

 

Second, because Mara’s (only) mission was to find where Noah was and punish those who took him from her. That was the only thing that mattered to her and I found it a bit meh and eye roll worthy.

 

Anyways, I loved that in this book I got to experience reading from Noah’s perspective (Yup, Noah’s POV) aside from Mara’s and the flashbacks/dreams/visions that she also had in the second book. 

 

I kept on asking myself, what kind of story this book really was? And the answer to that question according to Mara was:

 

“This is a love story. Twisted and messy. Flawed and screwed up. But it’s ours. It’s us. I don’t know how our story will end, but I know how it will start.”

 

So maybe I’m just analyzing everything about this series really hard to the point that it led me astray. I was expecting a lot of different things that I thought should happened but did not really happen in this series. And maybe that was the main reason I got bored in some part. But at least it evoked various emotions in me. 

 

My issue about Mara’s real name was finally solved (Very clever Miss Hodkin). Imagine my issue about Mara’s name and the book trailer back in the first book was answered in this last book at the very last sentence. So I apologized for calling the first book trailer “deceiving”. My bad.

 

Do I recommend this series? Hell Effing Yes!!! This series was so unique I haven’t read anything like it and I could definitely say that it occupied a special place in my heart.

 

#See for your selves people, read this bloody/creepy trilogy

#That book cover! I’ll give this series book covers a 5 star (Now one of my top ten favorite book covers)

#The ending satisfied me btw

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review 2015-07-24 22:51
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Writing- 4.5
Storyline/Plot- 3
Characters- 3

Overall- 3.5

This book was good. I kind of felt a bit annoyed by some of the characters, mainly Mara! However, I was satisfied with the ending!

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