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text 2016-09-23 17:16
Review: Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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Goodreads summary:

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.

 

My opinion:

I really, really liked this series. After I saw some reviews I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to buy it, so I borrowed it from a friend (I'm glad I can haha!), but it was really good! I don't think I will reread it though, because then I wouldn't be as hooked as I was now and the things that happen will stay with you.

 

There were only two parts in this series that were slow for me and also not that great: the beginning of the second novella (2.5, called Fracture Me), because that was just a recap of the last part of the second book, but then in a different point of few and it seemed pointless to me. However, I liked the 1.5 novella and the last part of 2.5 is still really important, so if you're going to read this series I highly suggest to read the novellas and even read them in between the novels (just as they'e supposed to). If you don't read them you will miss out a lot in the upcoming novels.

The second part I didn't like that much was the first third in the second novel. That part was really slow and a bit annoying, but after that it got much better.

 

While I was watching some reviews I saw that some weren't that found of Juliette, but I really liked her character development oh and that Adam vs Warner thing: why do readers still choose between a triangle in a dystopian series? That's not the most important thing that happen in dystopian series haha. Ps. I liked that part of Juliette as well. 

 

Overall this was a great and unique dystopian trilogy and if you haven't read this one yet but still want to read a dystopian series: please read this one! I love the unique aspects and plottwists a lot (and the writing style, I can't even!). 

 

Now I'm not so sure which dystopian series I'm going to pick up next (whenever I'm in the mood to read one), because I've read all of these: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Chaos Walking, The Darkest Minds (didn't like TDM that much) and this one and I have no idea what to read next. I'm not that interested in The Maze Runner or Uglies (convince me if you think I should). 

 

What is your opinion about the Shatter Me trilogy?

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-15 00:18
3 1/2 Stars for the 1st in the series
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

I would actually rate this 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the book and interestingly I liked the POV and how the author handled the narration. The main character spends a great deal of time talking to herself (even when she is speaking with someone) or writing her thoughts down. I liked seeing the self-editing that went on in her head.
I would definately describe this as a dystopia storyline although, the entire book centers around Juliette and her inability to touch people without risking killing them.

The entire story I keep waiting for the big betrayal and was gratified that it did not come. Somehow I think that would have ruined it for me. Although the suspense kept me engaged

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This is a multiple book story but I found the ending of part 1 was handled in a way that did not frustrate me as a reader. That being said and despite liking the story I'm not sure I would continue on to read the second in the series

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review 2016-07-27 22:40
Shatter me By Tahereh Mafi
Shatter me (Italian Edition) - Tahereh Mafi

By  Tahereh Mafi

 

 

 

Shatter Me Series #1

By: Tahereh Mafi

ISBN:  0062085484

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: November 15th 2011

Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 338

 

 

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

 

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.

 

Get the book : Amazon

 

 

 

 

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My Review:

 
 
“His smile is laced with dynamite. "Go to sleep"
"Go to hell."
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. "I'm working on it.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
 

 

This book has been one of my favorites for a while , and yes , i know . i know it got a fair amount of hate ... but sometimes i enjoy cheesy books! don't judge me okay!                                                                                                                                                                                                          First of all ... look at that beautiful cover! hands down , this series has the best covers of all time.

 

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 The things i Loved :

 

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This is one of the books where all the characters are fun to read about .

 

Juliette , even though she cries a lot and comes across as weak , i liked her . and enjoyed seeing her journey through this story ( she gets better in the next books i promise!)

 

Kenji , Why do i feel like he is my best friend? damn he had me laughing so many times , and made me pray he won't die . he is just adorable haha.

 

Warner , The guy who we love to hate ( or in my case , love to love) . if you know me and read my previous reviews then you know that i LOVE villains . so naturally the moment his character poped up , i was in love! i kept reading this book with one dominant thought in my head "what will he do next? when will he apear again?" . he's complicated  and interesting , always leaving you wanting more , whether it's his

dangerous actions or smart-ass remarks. this is how i imagined him:

 

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And because of Warner dear readers, i finished this book in one sitting.

Okay , one more:

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One more thing that i enjoyed , was the world building , it was easy to imagine and feel . and i just loved the idea of this order that led the world , called The reestablishment , and the sectors ruled by the army , i also loved sector 45 ..  Warner duh!

 

There is something about the world being divided and ruled by military personalities that make me enjoy stories more , it kind of gives you the feeling of order and domination , with the possibility of a rebellion happening , so you just stay there waiting for it to happen while admiring the current control . ( i hope it's not just me)

 

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 The ending:

 

 

I did like the ending , because something finally happened ! the story felt like it was the calm before the storm and i loved every second of it ( except few things that i will mention later) . we see a new side of Juliette , and Warner too , his reaction made it even better . and we see few superpowers, action! and a new group of people who will be a part of this story later on ... even an element that makes us wonder...

 

i could recommend this book for just that ending honestly , it was so good.

 

 

Things i Hated:

 

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i just wasn't feeling it , it was boring and based on nothing , i felt like the author was trying so much to come up with an explanation for it , but honestly it felt like it was stupid , it really made no sense to me, " oh i saw to him once when were kids now i know we are in love"! seriously!

 

and now , one of the main reason this book got criticized so much :

 

 

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As i started this story there were moments where i felt like it was a bit boring , hearing Juliette's thoughts wasn't what you would call " exciting" . i honestly considered giving up on this story . the pacing was only better at the end.

 

The writing style of this author was a bit weird , as if she was trying too hard to come across as different , when in reality it was plain weird, and not in a good way. here's an example:

 

“I always wonder about raindrops.

I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors
My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”

 

 

i also didn't like the crossing words thing she does, but what ticked me off more was th crazy expressions that made me thing " what the..."

  •  example :

 

 

"Every organ in my body falls to the ground."

 

"My jaw is dangling from my shoelace."

 

"My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps."

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I would still recommend this book for the sake of the next books in the series, they are wonderful and worth reading , definitely different than this one , and they offer us more.

 

the novellas too! ( destroy me let's us see the story from our villain's perspective)

 

 

 

4-stars

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review 2016-07-08 17:28
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

I don't even know where to begin. Whoops, I guess I do.

First, what was the point of those strike-throughs???? To show what she believed to be true or not?

It started off fantastically and I was onboard, despite the annoyance of the strike-throughs. But eventually it got to a point where I could no longer even enjoy this story. I finished it, though, and headed off for book two.


I just did not buy Adam and Juliette. And the constant need for physical affirmation of their "love". And then add Warner into the mix. Argh.

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review 2016-06-22 05:46
Ignite Me (Shatter Me) by Mafi, Tahereh(December 30, 2014) Paperback - Tahereh Mafi

Warner is the only reason why this book got a high rating. He was the only reason why I remotely liked this series. In this book they were gearing up & training for this huge fight against Warner & Adams father & the Reestablishment was so anticlimactic. I Mean this whole book was about this war they needed to fight & get ready for & it wasn't even a war. When I was younger, I had fights with my sister that were better than this. The last 25% of this book felt so rushed. Almost like the author didn't know how to end it. And holy crap, Juliette finally made a decision between Adam & Warner. Thank god she chose Warner. Adam was the worst in this book. I'm one of the very few who didn't love this series. I barely liked it. I would read a book on Kenji though. He was funny as hell.

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