Unravel Me – book review

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. It’s the book that changes everything…

After Juliette and Adam narrowly escape from Warner and his army, they are now staying with Kenji and his friends at a secret, underground base called Omega Point. Omega Point is a place for gifted people, like Juliette, to seek refuge and learn more about their powers. These people, with the help of their abilities, are planning a rebellion against The Reestablishment. But just when Juliette is starting to fit in and regain control of her life, Warner reappears. And this time he’s more determined than ever to get Juliette back…

But Juliette is stronger now. She’s learning more about how to harness her Energy and building up her physical strength. But most importantly, she’s beginning to realise that her life has meaning beyond being a desired weapon. Maybe she’s not an outcast after all.

Juliette is beginning to understand Warner and what he wants a little more. But when Juliette finds out why Warner can touch her, her world will change forever. But will this be a good thing, or a bad thing? Could trusting Warner lead to the death of all her friends and the ones she trusts?

I absolutely loved how Unravel Me completely changed my opinion of almost every character. I never thought I would say this… but I like Warner now! And I like him so much more now, that I don’t know if I like him or Adam more! If Juliette can’t be with Adam, she should be with Warner. Warner has been through so much in his life and I just think he really needs someone he loves to love him back and forgive him for all the evil things he has done in his life. Admittedly, he did try to kill Adam, and he’s killed hundreds of innocent people, but I think he just need someone to help him change. And I believe Warner can change. All he needs is someone to believe in him. But then again, I felt so sorry for Adam and what he and Juliette discovered in this book. It broke my heart. How cruel can nature be? Life’s just not fair for Juliette. But I really liked how Juliette faced some of her fears in this book and as a result, I admired her much more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I really enjoyed reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.

Shatter Me – book review

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first amazing surprisingly different book in the Juliette Chronicles.

Juliette has been locked up for 264 days. She hasn’t spoken in her 264 days of isolation and it has been 6,336 hours since she’s touched another human being. She didn’t know about her power curse until she tried to help killed a little boy in the supermarket. She didn’t know what would become of her that she’d be locked up for almost a year, forgotten waiting to be used as a weapon…

Nobody knows why 17 year-old Juliette’s touch is lethal and nobody wants anything to do with her, which is until The Reestablishment thinks she would be useful. But is there a person people out there who aren’t affected by Juliette’s touch? Is this just a coincidence that they’re immune to her power curse?

What if the only person Juliette can trust is someone on the side of The Reestablishment? Will she put all her faith in them, or live the rest of her life used controlled by the people who want to use her powers for evil?

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I really enjoyed loved Shatter Me. I like how Tahereh Mafi uses strikethroughs crosses out some of the words because it really gives the reader an idea of what Juliette is really thinking and what she thinks she shouldn’t be thinking. Really, we all think this way, so it seems ingenious logical to write this way.

I could either love or hate all the characters in the book, which is what a good story needs – characters that we feel sympathetic towards and characters who we want to be defeated. I find Juliette a really interesting character to be following and I always wonder how she will cope with certain situations.

But at the same time, sometimes how Juliette dealt with certain situations annoyed me, because in books I really want a strong character that I can admire for what they do. In some parts of the book I felt that way, but for most of it I thought Juliette was a bit weak.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I was intrigued from the very first sentence. I can’t wait to read Unravel Me! I’d give Shatter Me a score of 8.5 out of 10.