Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3) by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer had no idea that it would end like this.
She desperately wants to believe that there’s more to the lies she’s been told and doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She never gave much thought before to how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and when fate and chance collide it seems the time for retribution has arrived.

Wow, this book was a mess. It left me so unsatisfied and confused. I had mixed feelings about the series so far, but I enjoyed the second book a lot more than the first. I was still feeling good for the first half of this one too, we seemed to be following a good, linear narrative leading us in the right direction. Mara was on a quest, a road trip. It felt structured and I was really enjoying the plot alongside the creepy vibes. And then it all…went to crap.

I can’t even begin to describe how much this seemed to jump around. It was almost as if the author latched onto an idea only to discard it a couple of pages later and mess up the plot completely. It really got on my nerves after a while, honestly.

Everyone’s a little crazy.

The best part about this book for me was the friendship of Stella, Jamie and Mara. I really thought they made a great ‘found family’ and enjoyed reading about them a lot. Their friendship felt real and close. I also can’t deny this book really made me emotional a couple of times, if slightly annoyed at the same time (you’ll know which scene I mean if you’ve read it!), so the author must have been doing something right.

It’s a shame the plot let this book down so much, because so many other elements I did quite enjoy! I just can’t overlook how messy and undecided it felt. I was left with so many questions and loose ends that felt like they should have been tied up earlier.

Some people just hide it better than others.

Overall, I’m glad I managed to read this series before Halloween, the creepy scenes were perfect and I really enjoyed them. These books have also been super quick to get through and the last one was no different – I definitely won’t be picking up the Noah Shaw spin off, though!

★★★
3 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2) by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. 
Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability… before anyone else ends up dead!

This book was somewhat better than the first one. Mainly in the fact that I didn’t roll my eyes quite as much as I did for the first book. As Mara doesn’t spend any time in school, the tropes seem to be slightly less prominent. Which meant I cringed slightly less, and enjoyed it slightly more.

The creepiness level is still up there, and I loved it. In fact, if the third book is anything like this one, I’m slightly worried about reading it while home alone! Some of the scenes are really chilling, and the horror is written really well, I can’t deny it.

If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them.

I also loved the twists and turns in this book. It wasn’t all perfect, and I did predict one or two things that were going to happen. But most of the aspects of the plot twists I didn’t get and they left me reeling. I loved the ending, and the last 150 pages or so were full of twists that kept me gripped until the end. The writing is pretty good, but choppy at times.

The characters were…okay. They filled their roles and did their jobs. But no one really overly impressed me. I sympathised with Mara a lot, and she’s probably my favourite character in most ways. Noah melted my heart and also managed to really annoy me. Their relationship seemed all over the place but both refused to even attempt to sort it out or talk things through, which got on my nerves after a while.

If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.

This series continues to tug me in two directions. It’s still annoying me and has a lot of problems, but also grips me and the plot if so fun and so entertaining, I’m definitely going to read the last one and see what it has in store for me!

★★
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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