Mini Review: Mara Dyer Trilogy

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The Mara Dyer Trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer 
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Rating for all 3:



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I was introduced to this world by my friend Leenah. I fell in love with this world because of Michelle Hodkin. I stayed in this world because of Mara & Noah. Mara is the greatest female anti-hero. Her mind and strength are the best things about her. The writing is so intense and vivid. The whole concept of this book and trilogy is genius. Noah is a girl who can kill people with her mind. So she thinketh’s so it shall be. It is pretty crazy some of the things this girl can do and how much I root for her in said situations. But you can’t help fall in love with her whole character. Now, of course, she can’t just go around telling people this but it put’s her in some tough situations and her psyche get’s a bit screwed. This boy Noah, who popped into her life, believes her because he’s got a secret up his sleeve as well. He can sense people dying and see what they see in their final hours and also heal with his mind. The two are thrown into a journey that was fated for them before they were even born. This book is suspenseful and intriguing. I finished the book in one day because it was such a page-turner. The mysterious element in this story will make your skin crawl. Your heart will race and you will be begging for your questions to be answered. The paranormal elements were insane, pun absolutely intended, and have you looking at things in a new light. The humor was sick and twisted which apparently is right up my alley. The characters were all amazing. The main and secondary characters were all unique and multi-dimensional and leave you wanting to know more about them. The romance left my heart on the floor and breathless. Noah is a hell of a man and I don’t know if Mara or he is luckier because my girl kills it too.

Favorite Quotes
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” 
“What would you do if I kissed you right now?”
I stared at his beautiful face and his beautiful mouth and I wanted nothing more than to taste it. “I would kiss you back.” 
“You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you.”
My tongue warred with my mind. “Today,” I whispered.
Noah stood slowly, his body-skimming mine as he rose. “Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever.” 
“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.” 
“You’re supposed to say, ‘All I want is your happiness. I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means being without you.'”
“Sorry,” Noah said. “I’m just not that big of a person.” 
“And just like that, I was completely, utterly, and entirely, His.” 
“Fix me,” I commanded him. “This thing, what I’ve done – there’s something wrong with me, Noah. Fix it.” Noah’s expression broke my heart as he brushed my hair from my face, and skimmed the line of my neck. “I can’t” “Why not?” I asked, my voice threatening to crack. “Because,” he said, “You’re not broken.” 


The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Mara is not crazy. Mara is a little crazy. In this book, YOU JUST DON’T KNOW! Mara’s mind and insanity are questioned beyond what you can imagine in this book. She knows Jude is real and Noah believes her but no one else around her does. Unlike many YA books, Mara’s family is heavily present in this trilogy. They struggle with what is happening to her and just want her to be ok. Sadly, sometimes all they needed to do was believe her. She feels her power is becoming uncontrollable and with Jude on the loose who knows what will happen. Her and Noah work to understand was role Jude plays in her life and abilities. GUYS!!! Michelle did it again with this book. I still remember how crazy this book made me with all the twists and turns. It left me gasping for air because I held my breath so much in anticipation. Like you, Mara herself doesn’t know if what she sees is real or a hallucination. She begins to fear for her mind and the suspense is raised more than ever. One of my favorite aspects is Mara and her brother Daniel’s relationship with each other. He is so close to her and would honestly do anything to protect her. The relationship between Mara and Noah is explored even more and we get to see a deeper side to them. Their love is one for the history books. Again this was another page-turner with twists and turns and once you think you got it all figure out, Hodkin goes GOTCHA’. 

Favorite Quotes
“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.” 
“This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster. Just like me.” 
“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.” 
“You’re stronger than you believe. Don’t let your fear own you. Own yourself.” 
“I’m too selfish to leave you,” I said. Noah pulled back so I could see his smile. “I’m too selfish to let you.” 
“They rattled my cage to see if I’d bite. When they released me, they’d see that the answer was yes.” 
“You can’t hurt me the way you think you can. But even if you could? I would rather die with the taste of you on my tongue than live and never touch you again. I’m in love with you, Mara. I love you. No matter what you do.” 
“You will love him to ruins.” 
“I’m not sure you can appreciate how much I want to lay you out before me and make you scream my name.” 
“But when everyone tells you you’re crazy and no one believes you when you swear you aren’t, a small part of you will always wonder if they’re right.” 
“I want YOU to be the one wanting me first. Pushing me first. Kissing me first. Don’t be careful with me,” he said. “Because I won’t be careful with you.” 
“It doesn’t matter what we are. It matters what we do.” 
“I can’t bear to look at my bed without seeing you in it.” 


The Retribution of Mara Dyer

noun \ˌre-trə-ˈbyü-shən\ 
Definition of RETRIBUTION 1: recompense, reward 2: the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter 3: something given or exacted in recompense; especially: punishment

The final installment of this book did not just play a game with my heart it knocked over the board. Mara is darker and more vengeful than ever before. She does things that many people would deem insane but Mara is an anti-hero like no other. She no longer questions her mind or her abilities. She is lightning waiting to strike. But make no mistake Mara doesn’t do what she does for no reason. She always has a reason and whether you agree or not she is justified in her actions. Some things will make you squirm and some are intense but I love Mara for finally accepting who she is and I love Michelle Hodkin for letting Mara be unapologetically herself. Noah was exceptional in this book and his love for Mara is truly tested but he does not let anyone stand in their way. He loves Mara with raw passion and conviction. The twists in this story are crazy! I did not think Hodkin could shock me even more but she did it x3. Mara and Noah’s path goes so far back to a time that I could not believe. Their paths were more intertwined than you can imagine. The villain is so unassuming your jaw will be on the floor. This was a mindblowing ending and I can’t say more because if you have not read it you need few spoilers. This was the perfect ending and really set the stage for Noah’s trilogy. We got to see even more of the side characters like Jamie and I LOVED him. Everything from the plot to the writing to the final period was done perfectly.

Favorite Quotes
“Do not find peace. Find passion.”
“Je t’aime. Aujourd’hui. Ce soir. Demain. Pour toujours. Si je vivais mille ans, je t’appartiendrais pour tous. Si je vivais mille vies, je te ferais mienne dans chacune d’elles. I love you. Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever. If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.” 
“The villain is the hero of her own story.” 
“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 it will start. I pick up my pen and begin to write: My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something.” 
“As I was saying. He could never use you. You own him. You should’ve seen the way he was looking at you while you were out.” I smiled a little. “How?” “Like you’re the ocean and he’s desperate to drown.” 
“You are what happiness means to me. And I would rather have today with you than forever with anyone else.” 
“Maybe sometimes we can only see the truth about ourselves if someone shows us where to look.”
“I feel something, I do it. I want something, I take it.” 
“It has been said that there must be a villain for every hero, a demon for every angel, a monster for every god. Despite what we are, I do not believe this. I have seen the villainous act heroic, and men called heroes act villainous. The ability to heal does not make one good any more than the ability to kill makes one evil. Kill the right people, and you become a hero. Heal the wrong ones, and you become a villain. It is our choices that define us, not our abilities.” 
“I’ll love you to ruins.” 
“An angel sat on one shoulder, a devil on the other. Both of them wore my face.” 

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Kathryn Calderon | 24 | Artist of many trades | Villains are my soul

13 thoughts on “Mini Review: Mara Dyer Trilogy

  1. This series sounds so good! I’m glad it holds strong throughout; it’s so sad when you have an amazing first book but a “meh” third book. Great review, I’m going to have to pick this up! 🙂

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