Since it’s December, I thought I’d finish off at least just one more series before the end of the year and get that little last boost towards my 2016 resolution to finish some of the series I’d started.
And once again, that feeling seems to have hit where I’m going off SO many series/books this year. If you saw my reviews for the previous two books, you’ll know they have quite generous ratings. This one…well…
Let’s talk about The Retribution of Mara Dyer!
Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series Status: The 3rd book in the Mara Dyer trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, Mystery
Number of Pages: 470
(Synopsis found on back cover & Goodreads)
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.
I probably should have read this final book while I was still in awe of the first two books.
I don’t know what happened.
Actually, yes I do.
It turned so unbelievably ridiculous, I just couldn’t take the story seriously anymore.
As a weird psychological thriller mix with supernatural and mystery, this series definitely had a lot going for it. Although, the “psychological thriller” part I wouldn’t even apply to this last one maybe…it was much more like a paranormal romance. Admittedly, some of the mystery elements held it together with this final book. I still wanted to know how things ended. I wanted that explanation for EVERYTHING. I was intrigued enough to keep reading.
And yet…I just couldn’t take it seriously.
It’s so frustrating because I can’t even explain why. I summed up the first 200 pages to a couple of my friends, and trust me, it just sounded absurd. Obviously I can’t do that here because spoilers. But it really did seem like the author just tried to make the book as shocking as possible, with the characters having the worst
and weirdest luck in the world.
Had I been younger, I feel like I’d have loved it. Right now, with the way I’ve been going off previously loved series recently, this one just didn’t cut it for me. I noticed things that I hadn’t before. Noah seemed way too possessive – and he was hardly even in it compared to the previous two!
How I fell for him before, I’ve no idea. Jamie was basically a convenience character – he was just around because he made the plot easier to get out of. I got sick of hearing about how feral Mara was, how dangerous, how inhumane.
There was a random change in perspective halfway through to another character, which – if you think anything like me – is a book giving it’s own spoiler.
…But the mystery. Oh how I wanted to know what was going on. How all these ludicrous, outrageous, illogical things would be explained and fit together like a puzzle piece.
Come the end…
I had no freakin’ idea what actually happened.
And when the only reason you continued to read the book is to find out the explanation, not getting a decent one is mightily annoying, let me tell you my dear friends.
There’s a half attempt at one. But if anything it just confused me and gave me more questions, alongside the ones I already had throughout the three books. The ending itself did more to confuse me than anything, because just what?! I genuinely have no idea what happened.
Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I left it too long. Like I said before, this year I seem to be disliking a lot of the series I used to love. So maybe I should have seen this coming and read the final book much closer to the first two. Maybe I forgot things, and so the explanation didn’t make sense to me because of that. I don’t know.
But all I can say is that I didn’t like this book. I can see why lots of people do. It’s definitely a popular one. And it’s definitely a series you get hooked into. I just wish I’d enjoyed this final book a little more, at least.
But oh well. No book is for everyone, I’m afraid.
Rated 1.5/5 stars
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Have you read this book? What did you think? (hopefully you liked it more than I!)
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