Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Yes, you're right. I did just post a review a few minutes ago. I know you're thinking I probably read this during the drought, but the truth is, I finished Dead Sky Morning, and went directly into reading Shatter Me, finishing it within the day. My sister was angry (For some reason she likes to make it a contest to see who can read books faster. I always win. She's always angry)I loved Shatter Me.

Book: Shatter Me
By: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Description: "You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans on her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

My Thoughts: Shatter me was everything they said it would be. It had a touch of Hunger Games, (Minus the games) a touch of X-Men, and a touch of everything else.

I cant thoroughly explain how I feel about this book. One thing's for certain, the writing style was amazing. I loved it. I liked the fact that some of it was crossed out to show what Juliette was thinking. I even loved the explanations or the random statements, " My Jaw is dangling from my shoelace." HA! I loved it. It's so wonderful and I always wanted more.

That being said there were a few things I didn't like. First, there were a few slow moments in the book. Not enough to annoy you, just enough to notice. There were a bunch of unanswered questions, especially near the end. Too many loose ends. I hate it when a book references some answer someone knows, that will explain everything, and then the book ends without telling you what it is. Then, I hated Juliette's personality sometimes (But I also LOVED her! It's a strange thing, I know). I wanted her to fight back earlier, be meaner, stop being such a goody goody. I guess that's just her personality, but it sucked, until it didn't. This book showed quite a bit of self actualization. In the beginning Juliette was SUCH a pushover, but at the end.......well you'll just have to wait and see.

In all, I liked the book, although it didn't put me over the top like I expected. It was an easy fun read that I loved but some of it seemed done before (except the killing by touch, that was cool!). The book was everything I had hoped fore, but not enough to satiate me. I want more. I want answers. I feel like Juliette with the constant battle going on in my head, so I'll just stop this confusing review before it gets even worse. My Review? 4 Stars.
I'd like to point out that I was friends with the author on her blog before she released her book (before I even knew she was releasing  a book). I love her and stalk her blog Grab a Pen every chance I get. She has wonderful and funny tips to aspiring writers/current writers and never fails to give me a laugh. It's funny because I don't know her but I felt like it was my own little victory when she released her book. Then, when I saw in her acknowledgements that she wanted to thank her blog friends, I knew FOR SURE she was talking about me and I did a little dance in my seat. (I sound like a stalker right? It's OK. It won't be the first time) Ha!


Giselle said...

Glad you enjoyed it regardless of the quirks. I also found it was a bit slow sometimes. Wonderful review!

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Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Oh yeah! I hate that too! They make it seem like the answer is glaringly obvious but then never say what it is!

Thanks for letting to know to expect some slow parts! I'm looking forward to reading this one. ;)

Lan said...

I am pretty excited to read this one. It's on hold at the library. Have heard some mixed reviews so I'll reserve judgement for when I get a chance to read it. How cool that you were friends with the author before the book came out :)

Madigan Mirza said...

GREAT review! I totally know what you mean about being a blog stalker... hahaha, guilty as charged! It's like when an author dedicates a book "to the fans" and I'm all, "Oh! Me! Pick me, pick me!" lol.
I am really looking forward to reading this one.

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