Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

20130610-103032.jpgTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:
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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.

My Review: Beware this “review” contains SPOILERS

Dear Tahereh Mafi,

Once upon a time, I read Shatter Me and fell in love. With its premise, poetic prose, its strong characters and Warner. I’ve been anticipating Unravel Me since then and it somehow managed to sit on my bookshelf collecting dust without my even being aware of it. Well I finally got down to reading it and yes, I have a lot to say about it.

Your beautiful and poetic style of writing that I loved so much in the first go round was a hindrance to me this time around. I mean, how many words, beautiful or not, do I have to read to find out if Juliette is going to end up with Warner? It was a kind of hurry-up-and-get-to-it kind of thing. But then all this action starts up, all this character development, a few plot twists and I was extremely entertained.

I was taken back to my adolescent years and experiencing those butterflies and pitter-patters of an overexcited heart. I got all the more excited as I saw tell tale signs of Juliette falling in love with Warner. To put it simply, I was ecstatic. When they have their moment, and things start to heat up and she’s in this bubble with him I was so happy. I was finally seeing them be together and was so happy for it. But then, I realized that Juliette is an idiot and I spent hours disappointed before I could pick up the book and finish reading it.

I mean, I seriously don’t get her and Adam. Ok, maybe I do. Childhood friends, rescuer, first touch and first kiss… There are a lot of reasons for her to love him. But it’s just never felt they were right for each other. Then with what was revealed I felt I was getting that confirmation. Yet, the depth of her feelings for him confuses me. You’d think they were soul mates or destined to be together with all the love they share. But then I see her with Warner and I just can’t believe that. So, what if he comes off as evil? Or that his rap sheet could rival that of a madman? He’s love for her is what redeems him. She makes him want to be a better person. And every time he looks at her or talks to her, I would just fall for him all over again.

I was so disappointed with Juliette and saddened for Warner when they were separated. Then they somehow end up reunited and the book ended in that terrible cliff hanger that has left me desperate and in withdrawal. I without a doubt know that book three is going to be amazing but I don’t think I could handle it if she doesn’t end up with Warner.

Signed -Warner’s biggest fan and a seriously obsessed fan and reader-

Book Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 0f 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.

I should start by saying that I really enjoyed this book.

Characters:

  • Juliette is strong but not even she understands her strength. What I enjoyed most about her character is how she sticks to her morals. How no one can buy or sweet talk her into going against them.
  • Adam plays her love interest. I had mixed feels about him until about half way through the book. I wasn’t sure if he could be trusted and until it was decided, I was hot and cold with him.
  • Finally there is Warner. Warner was undoubtedly my favorite character. I’m not usually the type to go for the evil guy… but there is just something about him. He comes off as calculating, cold, selfish, uncaring and just pure evil. However, there’s also another side to him that just warmed my heart. As terrible as he seems, he is also sincere, gentle, caring, and protective. I found his redeeming quality to be how much he wants to love and be loved. So you can feel free to call me crazy or a masochist but as much as I like Adam, I want Juliette to give Warner a chance (despite his evil tendencies…)

Clearly there are many other great characters but these are the main three. Something else I liked about Mafi is how she doesn’t waste our time introducing unnecessary characters every character serves a purpose.

Writing Style:

“His eyes scan the silhouette of my structure and the slow motion makes my heart race. I catch the rose petals as they fall from my checks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage.”

I found Mafi’s writing style to be poetic and beautiful. I was in awe and captivated with her use of words. The words she uses to paint imagery were unlike anything I have ever encountered. (Maybe I need to read more… LOL) She has a beautiful way of expressing herself and it is one of my biggest attractions to this book.

Overall, it’s a great read. It is fast paced, romantic, exciting and always unpredictable. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to its sequels. This is a book I truly recommend.

P.S. If you are wondering why I posted that particular cover it is bacause the image for the Shatter Me series has been redesigned. For more information check out Tahereh Mafi’s blog.