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review 2014-02-21 05:44
Unite Me
Unite Me - Tahereh Mafi

4 stars for the Destroy Me reread (OHAI, Warner.)


1 star for Fracture Me which can DIAF.


And 2 stars for Juliette's meager journal.


So it's nice to have a print copy of the novellas, ESP as it completes my set & I'll want Tahereh to sign it at YALLfest next year, but what would really have made this worthwhile would have been Ignite Me ch55 from (possible spoiler)'s POV. That would get allllll the stars.

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review 2013-12-28 07:00
Fracture Me
Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi

Oh Tahereh. You're such a lovely writer & I really love the Shatter Me series... but you should have just left well enough alone and spent last fall concentrating on your nuptials & Instagram account, etc & kept this little outtake in your notebook. Unlike Destroy Me, it really added nothing of value to the overall story arc - if anything, it pushed me off the Adam-or-Warner? fence and firmly into "Warner For-evah!" territory. In other words, it did nothing to strengthen Adam's character (and I loved him SO much in the first book!). Anything of value in this novella could have easily been worked into the forthcoming series finale. ILY Tahereh... but not Fracture Me.

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review 2013-10-28 13:03
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

A LOT of feelings. So many emotions. My 4 stars (rather than 5) are not for the ending, which I thought was actually very well done, but for the content around the middle. For the (many many) overall themes & incredibly astute observations about life & love & the world we live in, Ms Roth gets all of the stars.

“You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.”

“And as I stare out at the land, I think that this, if nothing else, is compelling evidence for my parents’ God, that our world is so massive that it is completely out of our control, that we cannot possibly be as large as we feel."

“There is a difference between admitting and confessing. Admitting involves softening, making excuses for things that cannot be excused; confessing just names the crimes at its full severity.”

“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me- they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”

“Just as I have insisted on his worth, he has always insisted on my strength, insisted that my capacity is greater than I believe. And I know, without being told, that's what love does, when it's right-it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be. This is right.”

“We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.”

“She said that everyone has some evil inside them, and the first step to loving anyone is to recognize the same evil inside ourselves,so we're able to forgive them.”

“To me, when someone wrongs you, you both share the burden of that wrongdoing - the pain of it weighs on both of you. Forgiveness, then, means choosing to bear the full weight all by yourself. Caleb's betrayal is something we both carry, and since he did it, all I've wanted is for him to take its weight away from me. I am not sure that I'm capable of shouldering it all myself - not sure that I am strong enough, or good enough.”

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved for the sake of something greater.”

"Be brave."

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review 2013-10-09 08:05
The Lover's Dictionary
The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan

A love story told through dictionary-style entries (some very brief, others a page or two long) detailing the ups & downs of an anonymous relationship. The book is filled with clever, candid, sometimes heartbreaking, but always thoughtful observations on love, sharing a life with someone, and all the trappings that come with a relationship. There are lighthearted moments too, especially when Levithan cleverly bends the meaning of a word to fit a specific situation or insight.

“autonomy, n.
I want my books to have their own shelves", you said, and that's how I knew it would be okay to live together.” 

“Indelible, adj.
That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, my chin, my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising. I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.” 

“obstinate, adj.
Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?”

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review 2013-09-07 00:00
The Transfer: A Divergent Story
The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent, #0.1) - Veronica Roth

I find that in many YA stories, the scenes retold in the male protagonist's POV are infinitely more interesting than the main scenes told in the female protagonist's POV. This remained true for The Transfer, and while it wasn't a retelling of a specific scene from Divergent or Insurgent, it was a strong (albiet short) accompaniment to the overall story arc. Snippets we'd learned about Tobias' in the main books were all connected in this well-written novella adding a nice bit of backstory & insight a much-loved character.

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