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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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review 2015-05-18 21:26
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #3)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Hey guys, I hope you all are having a great day so far and this is my review to The Retribution of Mara Dyer which is the third and final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin! :D

 

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.

 

I don’t know what to say about this book. I loved it, but I wasn’t feeling the same about this one like the first two books.

 

Possibly because of the following:

 

The lack of Noah. Seriously, how the hell does this book function halfway without Noah Shaw in it?!

 

Mara’s personal judgement in some situations. If you’ve read this book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Some situations were so easy for me to tell, but Mara, ugh! I swear. But, I never hated Mara for anything, even if I did not agree with her.

 

The information discovered in this book could have been explained in the previous book. I am not a big fan of info-dumping for last book in a series. Not that there was a lot of info-dumping (I think Allegiant wins in that department) but I feel like the information could have been partially spread in between both books.

 

But. I still loved this, even though I felt there could’ve been more improvement.

 

It was nice to see Mara’s relationship with her friends and family, and seeing which measures she would take in order to protect them. I felt like the friendship (the awesome friendship, I must point out) in between Mara and Jamie was done so beautifully! I was so happy with the way that Mara and Jamie’s friendship was shown. I think this last book showed this the best.

 

Mara finally accepts herself! It was so relieving to read about the way Mara could finally realize that she’s not as terrible as she thought.

 

Overall, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is a book that is satisfying, but still leaves the feeling that there could’ve been some room for more than there was. I thought that a lot of things that weren’t shown in the last few books were shown quite well in this one.

 

I would recommend this series to anyone! I would say that if you get grossed out and scared very easily then not to read this. Some parts were gruesome to read about (I guess not for me, from other reviews I’ve seen and read) so be careful about that.

 

Thanks for reading my review and I hope you all have a great day! :D

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-04-10 10:36
The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

I struggled with whether or not to give this book three or four stars, as it does have serious problems, however, other elements fascinated me. It was a difficult decision to make.
There are definitely some plot problems, or perhaps unresolved issues would be a better way to word it. And here I will get into detail.
For a start, in spite of Jamie's gift, I can't accept that all that happens in the book can just be swept under the carpet so these kids can go on with normal life (or as normal as it gets for them). For a start, David Shaw wanted Mara dead so his son can live to his full potential. There's no evidence that he did what he did just to help Mara manifest completely. In fact, he seems clear in his desire for her to be dead, so that his son can shine the way his beloved late wife wanted him to, so David's disappearance from the story doesn't make sense. He should be just as determined to see her die now as he was before.
Not only that, how did he get away without the police finding out he was there, especially if there was a hospital setup for Daniel? Did Jamie really talk all the police out of discovering that? Or did they just not find that room? Hard to believe.
Events at the end notwithstanding, there is a treatment centre filled with dead bodies and at the very least, are the loved ones of the staff and other patients really all not going to say, 'Hey, where have they gone?' Something will have to be discovered. Will Mara's and Jamie's parents really not ask why they don't have to go back for continued treatment? Will they not seek Dr Kells out? It's all a bit too neat in suggesting that these things will not be issues just because Jamie will talk anyone out of caring about it. There would surely be enough people in law enforcement who would become interested who would ask questions that wouldn't go away.
Also, the revelations of what was really going on was reminiscent of reading the much-maligned Allegiant, although admittedly, not as bad. But I was still saying to myself, 'Really? This is the reason for all of this?' Not to mention at times it was difficult to understand why it was such as issue and why there is such as assurance that Mara will be the death of Noah. Just because Lenaurd says so? And the story seemed to boil down to 'With her you won't be all we want you to be!' So it seemed little more than the story of parents disappointed in their child, although taken to a murderous degree.
However, I will say this in its favour. It was fun and entertaining, and I enjoyed the complexity presented in the argument about who is a villain. I have always been fascinated by the idea of self-justification, and how even the worst people justify their crimes, and this is a theme that is present throughout the entire book. It is there from the moment Dr Kells weeps as she is about to kill Mara, because it's such a disappointing outcome for her, to Mara's own decisions about who it is okay to kill, to the youths at the subway who, when faced with their own deaths, still justified their vulgar behaviour, to David Shaw deciding that honouring his wife by saving his son from 'the monster' was worth threatening the lives of innocent parties, to Lenaurd who, in spite of admitting even he doesn't know everything, still insists that Noah is better off without Mara. All fascinating things.
That, in the end, is what kept me hooked. I will be thinking about this book for a while and I may read it all again just so I can work through it all. Whatever its faults, it was one hell of a ride.

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