"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place."
- Anne Tyler
I have read the first two books two years ago and I enjoyed and even loved it. Being left with a cliffhanger (and a lot of questions) and to wait for the next book were not easy and I’m proud to say that I survived.
A great friend named Joyce gave me a copy of The Retribution of Mara Dyer as an early bday gift but I didn’t read it immediately. I planned to re-read the The Evolution of Mara Dyer to refresh my memory but ended up browsing it since I put some marks on the important things. I wasn’t able to write a review for the first two books but I can still remember the thrill and the creepiness I felt while reading them.
It’s so hard to review this series without giving any spoilers so I will not make it long. It’s better to start reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and experience the same feelings I had.
“The villain is the hero of her own story.”
The characters, both main and secondary, were great. I like how crazy and creepy Mara is and I was anxious that she’d go too far especially when she reached her maximum level of anger. Noah Shaw became my book boyfriend when I got to know him in UoMD and I love him even more in this book. Jamie, Stella and Daniel were hilarious.
There were scenes that made me laugh, scenes that made me squel (Chapter 73!), scenes and plot twists that creep the hell out of me and scenes that made me fall in love. This book pretty answered all the questions and the flashbacks helped a lot. But the answers also left some new questions. I think Ms. Hodkin ended it like that for us to come up with our own answers.
I like the book references that Ms. Hodkins included in this book and one of them is from Harry Potter. I even put highlights on them. The ending, for me, was the best part. It made me say “Ahh! That is so brilliant!”.
This series is definitely one of my favorites. It’s intriguing, addicting, and mind-boggling. Thank you Ms. Michelle Hodkin for writing and sharing such a beautiful and captivating books.