The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin


This book is the third in the series so there might be spoilers in this review for the first two books but I’ll warn you about that further downn!



I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever (2 years) and it sooo didn’t disappoint! There were so many plot twists and emotional jumps that I genuinely lost count on the amount of times I went ‘uuuurrrrggg WHAT?!?’ it really sent me on an emotional roller coaster I mean seriously I’m feeling a little motion sick… (Kidding obvs I don’t think that’s possible, or maybe it is I don’t know…) annnyyyywaayyyyy

Book 1 summery

This series is definitely one of my favourites! The whole series is about a young 17 year old girl named Mara Dyer, one night her friends Rachel, Claire and boyfriend Jude persuade her to go to an old abandoned asylum. Mara wakes up in the hospital completely unaware of what happened, but she finds out pretty quickly that her 3 friends are all dead. She starts to question why she got to live and her friends didn’t. When Mara is trying to get back to normal she notices this boy that can’t leave her alone and she’s seeing the faces of her dead friends everywhere.


Skipping forward to the second book summery

People think Mara is crazy but she knows that she can kill with her mind and that Noah can heal with his mind, she isn’t crazy. Her family are so worried they send her to Horizons, a treatment hospital. She cannot think of anything worse, she needs to get out.



Noah is believed to be dead. Mara is locked up and being tortured for answers about what she is. She needs to get out. She needs to punish Jude, her undead ex. She needs to find her friends. She needs answers… and she gets them.

I really loved this book, I could not put it down! After every chapter I had to read more as it ended on such a good cliff hanger, literally EVERY CHAPTER, there were some late nights, and with a 6:30 start the next morning (every morning) there might have been some under cover snoozing in lessons…

It was just so exciting and creepy and slightly disturbing… but at some points I got a bit baffled, there was just so much information thrown at you I was kind of like ‘whoa whoa whoa there, back up’ and I had re- read the page… but apart from that this book was awesome!

I read this book in just under a week, and with school on top, that was impressive! Also it was just a really well thought out ending, and I can now understand why it took the author so long to write (so long in fact that I had to google book summaries because I couldn’t remember what exactly happened…)

This was just wicked, I can’t recommend the series highly enough! I’m going to give this book a big fat 5 out of 5 stars * * * * * and THE WHOLE SERIES A MASSIVE 5 OUT OF 5 STARS AS WELL * * * * *!

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Unfortunately I never got to read this book when I was in school (as I’m told most people living in the US did) I’m also afraid to say, I hadn’t heard of it until all the hype about the film. But if any UK government officials working in education are reading this (very doubtful there) WHY? PLEASE GET THIS BOOK ON THE LIST! It’s literally the most perfect book for a twelve year old to study! I would have adored this when I was in year 7 or 8 (not that I didn’t now) and I’m sure it would encourage more youngsters to pick up a book!

For the people who have been living under somewhat of a rock (as had I until about two weeks ago) this book is about a futuristic world where everything is controlled, your age, your job, your spouse, your children and your occupation. There is no free will, in return there is no conflict, disagreement or war. Sounds pretty perfect except for the whole “control” thing… At the end of the year the elevens (the name given to all eleven year olds) become twelves, where they are given their final assignment or as we would call it their job, however unlike the rest of his year Jonas (the main protagonist) is given an honourable, yet obscure assignment in which he learns secrets kept buried and previous lives lost. With help from the Giver, he is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories.

I absolutely loved this book! Although when I first saw how small it was (just under 200 pages) I was confused as to how an actual plot line could exist in so few pages, but let me tell you my friends, a plot line is possible and a very good plot line it is indeed! I can’t really praise this book enough, it was fast pace, exciting and interesting, everything I look for in a book was staring me in the face and because of this I finished it in a day…

I can’t recommend it more for anyone of any age, a bundle of joy that will make you realise all the good things we take for granted. I’m going to award it a massive five out of five stars! * * * * *