Author: Tahereh Mafi

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2)

February 11, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★★

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #2)Release Date: February 5, 2013
Title: Unravel Me
Series: Shatter Me #2
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 480
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
5 Stars

I knew this was going to happen.

Tahereh – why have you done this to me? Why did you have to go and make Warner human?

I purposefully chose not to read Destroy Me yet because I didn’t want to understand Warner. I didn’t want to feel warm fuzzies towards him. I didn’t want to believe that he could change and be a good person.

Now… now I don’t know what to believe. Like Juliette, I want to hate him – but I’ve seen too many glimpses inside his head and just can’t anymore.

Which makes me dread reading Destroy Me that much more.

The interactions between Juliette and Warner are truly what made this book.

I also really enjoyed the scenes between Kenji and Juliette. Finally there’s someone who isn’t afraid of her and will tell her the truth about the world and her place in it. For awhile, I was right there with her and angry at Castle and the position he was putting her in – but Kenji set us both in our place. I appreciate that he would be that honest with her. I wish Castle was that open and honest, considering he’s the leader of the compound. But I do think he should be more understanding of what Juliette has been through in her life.

I devoured this book in a single sitting. It’s not perfect; some world building aspects are under developed for the sake of the character development. But I’m okay with that when I think about it because the character development is so brilliantly done.

There is one significant plot twist, and I can’t help but wonder how it will effect the outcome of the third novel. I can’t wait to find out!

And let me tell you – Ms. Mafi knows how to write a steamy-as-hell love scene. That’s all I have to say about that.

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)

December 3, 2012 Review 4 ★★★★

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)Release Date: November 11, 2011
Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me #1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 340
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
4 Stars

I can’t believe it took me a year to read this.

Dystopian. Paranormal. Romance. These are a few of my favorite things! How did I not realize that all of these things were in this wonderful book? I don’t, however, believe this book lives up to all of the hype that surrounds it. Notice I didn’t give it 5 stars.

This book opens with Juliette locked in an asylum of some sort. She hasn’t spoken a single word to anyone in nearly a year. Suddenly, she gets a roommate and is certain the officials mean to kill her. Because Juliette’s touch can kill you. And she once accidentally killed a toddler while trying to help him. I can’t tell you much more than this without giving anything away that you should discover by reading the book yourself – but trust me when I say that you should most definitely read this one.

I have grave concerns about the resistance that has been introduced. Is this organization any better than the Reestablishment? Can they protect Juliette from Warner? Do they simply want to use her for their own gain the way he did?

I hope not.

But I have learned that things are rarely as good as they seem. And if something seems too good to be true? It probably is.

Reading YA fiction has taught me that.

But Adam. I believe in Adam. What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic underneath it all.

Some things never change.

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