Unravel Me (Tahereh Mafi)

>>>>  Nº32 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A Trilogy #2  <<<<

it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

I LOVED this book! Seriously, wow!

Warning, there will be SPOILERS, actually, there will be nothing but SPOILERS, because we already covered Mafi’s wonderful writing in the review of the first book and the premise, so what’s left?! SPOILERS!

***** Full disclosure: I AM OFFICIALLY TEAM WARNER! *****

First I need to say, I love Juliette. I know a lot of people can’t stand her, or doesn’t identify with her, but I do (in some weird way). It’s not easy to be conditioned your whole life to believe in something and then change your ways from one moment to another. So I thought that her behaviour at the beginning of the book was totally normal, she was scared, she didn’t reach out to anyone because she has never been able to in her whole life. This means that I was a bit pissed off at Castle and later at Kenji when both of them pushed a bunch of accusations towards her, not to say that they weren’t right in what they said, but they said it all wrong, especially Kenji – I could have punched you, if you weren’t so adorable!


I was a bit frustrated by Adam keeping secrets from her, I know he didn’t want to lose her, but he didn’t trust her, and that’s not OK. And then, obviously, things went very wrong very fast and then the touchy moment ended abruptly. Poor Juliette. At first I was a bit dismayed that she was giving up so fast, but really, what choice did she had?!

This prompted her to make some friends and that was super! And she started to control her powers and that was awesome!

Then came trouble, enter Warner’s dad – a.k.a. the most despicable human being in existence! And his awfulness bring Juliette to a state of fury and control that she didn’t think possible and she awesomely starts torturing him – sorry, but he totally deserved it. He was lucky Kenji was there! And then it turns out that that stupid awful Anderson guy is Adam’s father! Say what?! Yes, Adam and Warner and brothers and that’s freaking fantastic!

Now Warner is being held hostage and Juliette has to talk to him, and he begins to unravel himself and she begins to really like it. Like really really, inappropriate thoughts and all that!


Warner has a power, which by the way is way cooler than his brother’s (not James though, James is special!). Warner can sense and harness energy from other gifted people. So he can use Juliette’s energy and it will never ever hurt him (interesting, right?!). This eventually leads to a chapter that I had to read at least 3 times because I was getting all dizzy and stuff… very hot chapter!

The pants on the floor?! OH MY LORD! And then… grrrrr, I could have slapped her!!!!


And then shit hits the fan and she’s dying and Warner saves her and THE END! I need more!!! I want more Warner and Juliette, because he’s so great with her!

I still like Adam (though I just read Fracture Me and I’m mad at him), but the truth is that Adam treats Juliette like she’s this broken thing who needs fixing and who needs 24h protection. While Warner knows what she is and what she’s capable of, and loves it, owns it, respects it… that’s why I’m Team Warner right now, and I don’t see that changing.

Rating: 4.5 Stars


Destroy Me (Tahereh Mafi)

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45. 

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . . 

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow. 

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

After my review of Shatter Me the other day, Josie said I should totally read Destroy Me before moving on to Unravel Me, and I took her advice. It took me less than no time to finish this novella. And people, ok, I kind of get it! I’m still not “in love” with Warner, but I get him a whole lot better now, and I feel this weird sympathy for him… it is weird because he’s still a bit psycho!


I liked that he felt shame and regret by the way he behaved towards her. I actually loved all his reactions to everything Juliette, such as the notebook… man, some of those entries shattered me completely… her parents were horrible people! And so is his father! Gods, I just wanted to reach into the book and shoot him myself!


Oh, I hope his father rots in hell!!!! Despicable man!


And then, there was this moment that I realized “holy crap, he’s a good guy!” (see quote below). So well deserved! But then his father ruined everything.


I have a lot of feeling towards this book. I simply loved Warner’s voice, even if I’m still not entirely sold on him. I somehow wish I could see more moments from his perspective. And the entries on Juliette’s journal are so insightful and so disturbing at the same time.

I loved this one!

Rating: 4.7 Stars


Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)

>>>>  Nº32 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A Trilogy #1  <<<<

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.

Even though everyone had already read this book but me, I still had no idea what the story was all about – yes, I did not read the blurb, on purpose, I trusted that it would be good!


I am in love with the writing! So damn in love with it. So I’ll warn you right now that there will be a lot of quotes in this very short review, that’s how gorgeous the writing is. This month has been a treasure in terms of unique books, first The Wrath and the Dawn, and now this?! WOW!


I’m so intrigued by Juliette! Truly, how sane would anyone be if you couldn’t touch anyone? I would go mental. Parents not wanting you… wow…I felt so sorry for her. Also, she’s just like Rogue from the X-Men, so I immediately loved her. Plus, her internal dialogue is amazingly beautiful.


I mean, it’s just so poetic… I can’t get enough… Last night when I was trying to choose which quotes to put up here, I couldn’t make up my mind, because the writing is so gorgeous! (not to be repetitive or anything…)


I just wanted to wrap Juliette is my arms and tell her that everything was going to be fine (too bad that would probably get me killed in the process…).


Fair warning, I doubt that I will spoil anyone, because I bet that you’ve all read the books, but either way, be warned, I might say something SPOILERY!


Now, before you kill me for what I’m about to say, keep in mind that so far I’ve ONLY READ SHATTER ME, I haven’t read the sequels yet. Are you keeping that in mind? Good! So, I really like Adam! He’s just so sweet and attentive to her, and their scenes together are hot and steamy (and not just the ones in the shower).


I really like him. I like Adam with Juliette and I like Adam with James, and I wanted to punch James and Kenji a couple of times during the book, because come on! They have the worst timing ever! Couldn’t they just let Juliette and Adam advance their relationship… poor Juliette (and Adam, after the second time I bet that he was just about to explode).


Also (again, don’t kill me), Warner is a bit of s psycho in this book. He has a very weird fixation on Juliette and that whole scene in the warehouse (or whatever), though undoubtedly kind of hot, was super disturbing. How can he be so obsessed with someone he just met? His happiness for being able to touch her and then proceeding to assume that she would want to be touched by him, was unnerving. I know that everyone loves Warner, and I’m pretty sure I will to, but so far, nop, the guy is shady and creepy, albeit hot and beautiful.


I really liked the setting, I want to see more of it. The plot itself was nothing special, this book mainly introduced the characters and set up the world, and I’m betting that the next ones will have a deeper plot, so I’m excited for that.

Also, I really liked Juliette’s character development, and there’s no denying that this girl learns things fast. She goes from a broken little bird to someone who can hold her own (-ish) pretty fast. I can’t wait to dive in to the next one.

I’m saying this again, because I feel like it will never be enough. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is gorgeous, and I have a feeling that as soon as her next book is out, I’ll be there to collect it.

Rating: 4.2 Stars