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review 2016-10-29 00:00
Unravel
Unravel - B.V. Holt Unravel - B.V. Holt There are some (very minor) spoilers in this review, but those are not really spoilery enough to spoil the reading experience, in my opinion. Just a FYI.

So. This one was a bit of a rollercoaster for me.

John is one cynic, mysogynistic, misanthropic, homophobic, conceited piece of shit--totally full of himself, hates everybody, thinks everybody is below him. And I hated him.
But, oddly enough, I grew to love to hate him. Figure. (Well, maybe not that odd considering that Filth--with James McAvoy's performance as Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson--is one of my favourite films ever, so there's that.)

So, there's me, starting to seriously love the book, intrigued beyond words about John and Goodrich strange dance around each other. John detesting him as the new member of his division, but being strangely drawn to him at the same time, not really knowing why. Him "bullying" (not quite) Goodrich in a way that practically amounts to them pulling pigtails. It was fun. It was well done. Really.

And then, at around 66% it all went to hell. It seemed like the author either wanted to A. come to an end with the story due to losing interest in their own novel or B. didn't know how to write his characters finally getting/being together. Because all of a sudden John makes a total 180° change and suddenly he's sweet and tame like a kitten. Flirtatious. Sugary, even. Talks about love. (When he, before, was more than contemptuous of both the idea/sentiment and people falling for it.) Having no problem that the object of his loving is, on top of that, a man. (A Man! It was made quite clear that men loving, even just fucking, other men was more than a weakness, was absurd, was despicable.) Now, though, it is not a problem at all. Riiiiiiiight.

Oh, and then, on the last couple of pages of the book, he does it again. Does something totally against his character (or that what the reader was made to believe was his character in the first 2/3 of the book). He suddenly recognises the error of his ways, grows a conscience, gains a moral compass and deems himself not worthy of Goodrich. Where the bloody hell did that come from? I certainly have no idea. (But don't despair, that is a very short development in the very end and resolved just as quickly. There's a HEA, don't fret.)

Well, this was a solid 4 (maybe even 4.5) star read for the first 2/3 of the book. It went downhill from there. Rapidly. I find myself incapable of rewarding more than 3 stars due to that reason.
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review 2016-06-20 15:39
By Tahereh Mafi - Unravel Me (Shatter Me) (12.1.2013) - Tahereh Mafi

Warner is the only saving grace with this book. I hate how Juliette was treating him & I hate how she kept leading him on. The love triangle is unnecessary, Juliette just needs to make a decision which she's not capable of doing. I just don't like her. I'm so disappointed that I'm not liking this book series that's been so hyped up. 

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text 2016-06-16 04:09
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 461 pages.
By Tahereh Mafi - Unravel Me (Shatter Me) (12.1.2013) - Tahereh Mafi

Hmm.....this series is like X-Men. Juliette is Rogue, Castle is Professor Xavier, Omega Point is the mutant school he runs, while they all hone their skills while hiding from the outside. 

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review 2015-12-23 10:22
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me #2

 

Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I read Shatter Me back in August and I really liked it. Tahereh Mafi writes beautifully, I really like her style, really simple but beautiful. It just seems so real, as if Juliette was really writing the book. I also have to say that the love triangle did not annoy me that much.. and that's a lot given the fact that love triangles always get on my nerves. This love story between the three characters seems more real, closer to what could happen in real life than others love interests I've read in many books. That made me happy!

 

This book was much more detailed than the first one. We got to see a little bit more of the world Juliette lives in. What I really liked about it, is  that we discover the world when Juliette does. She has been imprisoned for a long time and she does not know what was happening in the outside world.. and we discover it with her! It may sometimes be difficult to understand due to that fact, but again, it makes it more real!

 

I really don't know what to think about Warner. He's a jackass, that's a sure thing, but just like Juliette, I'm really confused about his intentions and his feelings. Who is this guy? He's so mysterious. I want to know more! And I guess I don't have to say that I adore Kenji!!

 

Overall I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading Ignite Me (and the novellas as well!)

 

Have you read this series? What did you think?

 

Thanks for reading,

 

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review 2015-12-16 18:53
Unravel Me
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi

The only positive thing I have to say about this book is that it released me from my curse of having to finish a Trilogy once started. I just could not finish this. I tried, but no. Just no.

 

I decided instead to read the spoilers from other reviews and I am so, so, so happy that I freed myself from this nightmare.

 

In case you are wanting to try it anyway, just know what you are getting into.

- Extreme purple prose

- Love triangle

 

That about sums it up. The rebellion is just a backdrop for the two things above.

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