Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

About the Book

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

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My Thoughts

Read my review of the first book, Shatter Meand second book, Unravel Me.

Can I just start by saying how much I utterly adore Kenji? He's my main man, my favorite friend, just the absolute best. I love that Juliette is only ever friends with him and there's no romantic tension or anything, you know, the platonic mixed-gender relationship that books so rarely get right. But man, if I had to choose a date from these books, forget the love triangle. I'm going straight for Kenji, no question.

Plot: we start with romance and feelings and drama... and eventually, after much much of the Feelings and Drama, get to the training and planning... and then, at the very end, the action comes in with a bang.

Some readers, many readers, probably felt that this book was too slow. I mean, it kind of almost reminded me of the dreaded "middle book" in most trilogies. Except, I still loved it. The Drama and Feelings at the beginning were annoying and dragged on, but I didn't feel like it was a product of slow writing. I felt like it was the characters (well, one character mostly) being... let's just say, the best way to describe him would be with words I don't use on this blog. So, yeah. I wanted to wring Adam's stubborn, self-absorbed, entitled little neck.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

About the Book

The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

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My Thoughts

I read the first book of the series in high school and kind of liked it, but didn't get pulled in. Not so this time around. Read my review of the first book, Shatter Me.

Unravel Me dives right in where Shatter Me left off. Immediately, new tension sets the story going. Something is wrong with Adam. Juliette is struggling to work with her new "allies." And Juliette's internal conflict and trauma just won't give her a break.

This is where a lot of the complaints from book one start to come in. Adam and Juliette's relationship strains as new information comes to light. Her constant internal dialogue and self-loathing put up barriers between her and the people who want to help. In fact, her mounting anxiety and the bottled-up feelings of a lifetime put a lot of lives at risk. And that leads to several changes in both her character and the story.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Dear Freshman series which fell behind last semester will eventually continue, but I just finished this awesome series and will be spending the next month talking about it, because feelings.

About the Book

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.

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My Thoughts

I remember reading this book in high school, but the memory is very fuzzy. I apparently gave it three stars on GoodReads but never wrote a review. And the series wasn't finished yet, so I kind of left it by the wayside.

Based on the cover and ISBN number, I think this most recent printing of Shatter Me, with an updated (and beautiful) cover, might also be an updated version of the story. Not sure, just a theory. Anyway, not important.

The story begins with a lot of stream-of-consciousness narration from our main character, Juliette Ferrars. She's spent the last 264 days alone in the concrete block of her room in an insane asylum. Sometimes, she's let out of her room in pitch darkness for a few minutes to shower, and a burning-hot substance resembling food is delivered through a slot in her door. Her journal is the only thing maintaining whatever shreds of sanity she has left.