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There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN here."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 onThere is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN here."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....

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Shatter Me Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-04-11 13:29

    This is not a dystopia, it is a romance. This is not a novel, it is a collection of similes and metaphors, most of which do not make sense. I originally gave Shatter Me two stars because that's my sort of kneejerk reaction to books I don't like, but after thinking it over for a while, I can't recall anything positive about it that would justify a rating of more than one star.You're probably assuming - correctly - that I went into this book with low expectations. This is completely true. Any so-called "dystopia" with a runway model on the front cover leaves me feeling sceptical. However, I was also prepared to allow myself to be surprised; a lot of my friends loved this and one of the biggest criticisms didn't actually bother me - purple prose. I think there's a fine line in writing between the pretty and the purplish and different readers will define it in their own way. For example, some reviewers thought that Lips Touch: Three Times was just a mess of bloated purple prose, whereas I thought it was one of the most beautiful books I read last year. I have a high tolerance level for flowery writing. But...Shatter Me's numerous metaphors, similes, and endless descriptions just didn't make sense. What is this?:"Hate looks like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into semblance of something too passive to punch."I just... WHAT??? This is one example floating around in there, but every second sentence is like this! That's not even mentioning the annoying strike-outs. Trust me, no really, trust me, I thought people were being overly picky when they said the crossed out sentences were annoying. I actually thought it sounded interesting, unusual, especially because the whole thing is meant to be written in a notebook and I cross stuff out in mine all the time. But you have no idea how bloody annoying this is to read. All the effin' time. People didn't exaggerate: it will most likely drive you crazy.However, there was one thing that for me was even more annoying than the descriptions, the similes, the strikes, and that was the stupid repetition thing: "and then and then and then..." Again, if it had been used once, or sparingly even, then it wouldn't be so bad. I may have thought it was an interesting literary technique. But Shatter Me had way way way too much of everything (see what I did there?).And story? What story? *sigh* It's about time we just opened up an entirely new genre called "Dystopian Romance" or alternatively "Romantic Dystopia", though I don't wish to be pessimistic, I'm pretty sure half the new releases of 2012 will make it into that category. If there was a story then it drowned amidst the waves of overenthusiastic and flowery prose. This reminded me of Article 5 in that the dystopia was there to make the romance interesting. One was certainly there to complement the other, but it was the wrong way around.Also... kissing when you are fleeing for your lives?? I'm sure this is not the correct way of things, right? And yet it occurs in way too many young adult books. I'm like: "run, run, run!" but the characters are too busy swapping saliva. I must be old-fashioned in my thinking that staying alive is kinda important.There are a lot of things that, had they been there, could have convinced me to up this to two stars. One star ratings make me feel sucky. But I'm sorry guys, I wasn't even entertained. The beginning was intriguing but there was so little plot beyond the romance that it quickly became tedious. I hated the prose, I felt nothing either way for the characters, this series ends here for me.

  • Haleema
    2019-03-31 16:19

    I know many.. really a SHIT-TON of people found this book to be oh so romantic, but I can't help but think how gross it was.The writing:Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.This doesn't even make sense writing:"I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage.""He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."I'm picturing this in my head and it's not pretty writing:"Every organ in my body falls to the ground.""There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe.""My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps.""My jaw is dangling from my shoelace.""My stomach drops onto my knees.""I blush through my bones.""My spine is conducting enough electricity to power a city."Repetition gone wrong writing:"I blush.""I blush.""His lips part. Close.""I blush.""I blush.""His lips part. Close.""I blush.""I blush.""His lips part. Close." Really just shit writing in general writing:"I am an old creaky staircase when I wake up.""Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations." Do I need to explain how shitty this writing is?The characters:Juliette does nothing but sulk around, wait for death, whine, and has very creepy thoughts of Adam. Adam is just there...Warner is a pathetic excuse for a villain.I must admit that a few times, he had potential to be a good character. I thought he was the only character that actually had a purpose. He made me cringe with his insanity. He made me angry, made me feel uncomfortable. He was getting there. Then he would say something so cheesy, so inconsistent to his character, and just downright stupid that I lost all hope in him.Kenji was just fucking annoying. The plot:Besides Juliette's constant whining and lameness and the cringeworthy romances, this story was just a sadder and lamer version of X-Men. I had too many X-Men vibes going on. On the whole:Mafi, if you wanted to capture me with I'm just trying way too hard to sound cool unique prose, thinking that if you repeated phrases fifty times every once in a while, had painful metaphors, and an unnecessary abundance of irritating striking texts, then*reads acknowledgments*You've filled my days with shooting stars, and one day I will pluck the moon from the sky and put it in your mailbox.She speaks like that in real life...?

  • Rachel E. Carter
    2019-04-08 20:11

    MY PRECIOUS IS NOW SIGNED BY TAHEREH!!! I can die of happiness now <3 In case y'all didn't know, not only was this book optioned by Warner Bros as a movie, it has now been optioned as a TV SHOW BY ABC STUDIOS -with Tahereh as a producer.This better happen. I am not joking. I am tired of great books (cough, cough: The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Dust Lands Trilogy: Blood Red Road; Rebel Heart; Raging Star) not becoming movies or TV shows after they are optioned. Dear book gods (and I know you exist because you inspired Tahereh to write this series), make this real. Yes, I know TV/movies don't always make great adaptations and the books are 99.9% of the time better, but please do it anyway. Because I need this.Oh, and if you decide to cast Alex Pettyfer as Warner I would be cool with that.Original fan-girl praise (because I am incapable of actually writing a true unbiased, unaffected review for this series):Okay, I have not properly reviewed this series since I read it a year ago (and I don't think I ever can because it would be ridiculously long and the book is so quotable that I would literally be citing the entire thing) but Shatter Me is one of my favorite series of ALL TIME. And it has my FAVORITE LOVE INTEREST of ANY BOOK I'VE EVER READ. Butttt, to anyone considering it, watch this: http://youtu.be/dJt-lGmBSTs. I just found that fan video the other day and I can't stop watching it. I'm sorry but if that doesn't make you want to read this book you do not have a soul. READ. THIS. BOOK. You will either love it or hate it (depending on how you feel about prose) but if you love it than O.M.G. you will love it like you've loved nothing else.Oh, and for those of you who have already read the series: (view spoiler)[TeamWarner. TeamWarner. TeamOhMyGawdILoveHimWarner!!! (hide spoiler)]PS this review basically is a dedication to Alex Pettyfer as Warner. YOU ARE WELCOME.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-03-28 15:06

    November 2017I picked this back up on a whim because I've been dealing with anxiety lately and wanted to return to something comforting, so I decided to annotate one of my paperback copies. And I gotta say, It's.... weird returning to book one. Ignite Me is my favorite book of all time, and rereading that book is such an immersive experience that I always come out of feeling empowered. This book, on the other hand, holds such a special place in my heart because it's so relatable that it hurts. From Juliette's panic to her awkwardness to her resilience to the writing style, everything just hurts so good. There's parts of me that I see in Juliette, and there's parts of Juliette that I wish I could be better at. It's just such a refreshing and inspirational book to read because it's about someone who has been handed the shittiest circumstances and still looks for the best in others, perseveres, and demands what's right for her. It's about learning to trust and realizing your worth and giving people second chances. FUCK i'm about to cry typing this review. I love Juliette so much and I love Tahereh even more for sharing a story that touches the deepest corners of my heart. It's truly a life-changing book for me. I’ve always read this as the story of a sad, self-conscious, self-loathing girl learning to see past obstacles to find love in herself and to let others in. however, i haven't read this since summer 2016, so my experience of reading this after the election & other #stressful political happenings opened my eyes to a completely new underside of the story. It had always been visible to me but was it never at the forefront, but this time I noticed it so vividly: this is also the story about a deeply hurt and angry girl who wants justice. People always criticize Juliette for being weak and annoying, especially in Unravel Me, but when she pushes back against her fear and stands up for herself, it's jaw-dropping. I envy her ability to know what's best for her and hold others' happiness and safety above her own even though she's gone through so much turmoil and deserves to be the person being looked out for. I used to think that Juliette gets suddenly really strong in Ignite Me, but reading this closely just showed how ready she was for that transformation. In my annotated editions, I use blue highlighter to mark parts where Juliette is really badass, and I didn't expect to use it a ton in this one, but it's everywhere. Juliette is a pure and fearless motherfucker. Even in book one she has powerful quotes like "I'm not yours to want," and it challenges all the ideas Warner tries to install into her head.Which is where this book gets slippery. It's getting really, really difficult for me to reconcile Warner's actions in book one. I've definitely had others question how I ship Juliette with Warner after all he's put Juliette through in this book, and it's a valid concern. Every time I think about this book, i'm just kinda like “hahaha problematic warner but whatever.” But the more I reread, especially after ignite me came out, and ESPECIALLY during this particular reread, the more questions I have that I can only hope will now be explained in restore me. Don't get me wrong, this book still means so much to me because of juliette, but there’s no possible way for me to read this book with the mindset “omg i love warner!!” because he’s literally the villain and he does and says so many problematic, manipulative things. Honestly, I don't think it's fair to justify everything Warner does. While rereading this I was actually shocked at the amount of nasty things he says to her, that I obviously must have forgotten or blocked from my memory. Things like telling her she'll be miserable if she leaves him because no one else will want her, calling her a monster, professing his love for her even when she's clearly uncomfortable. In Unravel Me and Ignite Me he explains why he did these things and says that he regrets doing it, but... it seems to go so far in this book. I almost theorize that Tahereh must have written warner in book 1 to continue being a villain throughout the series, but there's way too many threads that suggest otherwise (ie. the introduction of the angst behind warner's mom, the fact that she felt "electricity" during their kiss, etc.)I feel like I could write an essay about this topic: the inconsistencies of Warner's personality, and whether or not it's justifiable to forgive him for his "misjudgments" of Juliette. It's just so strange to me that Adam & Kenji can say "Warner is a lot of things, but he's not stupid," and yet Warner misreads her SO horribly. I mean, in the scene that he corners her and kisses her, he's literally saying "I want you to choose me" and "I love you" and later admits that he thought she was into it, EVEN THOUGH she literally said "You're sick/you're a monster/etc." and physically tried to punch him before he pinned her to the wall. If he's so smart, then why couldn't he tell that every time he talks to her, she's afraid and disgusted? Is it really that easy to mistake fear for excitement? Disgust for nerousness? His behavior is so coercive and manipulative, and even though I know he was just trying to get a reaction out of her so that she would abandon her fear and finally use her power, there's not nearly enough of an apology as I would expect for things of this magnitude. The reason why I don't consider Warner an outright misogynist is an incredibly nuanced (and long) discussion, but the difference between him and, say, a Colleen Hoover character is that while Warner is saying and doing problematic things, he is also being cast in a problematic light. He is literally the villain of this story for putting her in those situations. Had Juliette been like "omg he's pinning me against a wall and threatening me, he's so dominating <3" then that would a lot more concerning. But I'm gonna have to reread Unravel Me as well to refresh my memory on how Warner addresses these actions and words because I really don't think he apologized or explained himself well enough, and I think it's totally valid for Juliette to absolutely roast him in Restore Me for treating her so shittily. My outrage about it is fresh though, and maybe Juliette comes to terms with his actions in a later book that I've forgotten about.Also? Drag me, but Adam doesn't get enough credit in this book. I know we all love to shit on him--myself included--for the direction he goes in Ignite Me, but his place in her journey of self-discovery is vital. Imagine this book without Adam, without that glimmer of hope and self-love that he installs in her. He's the first person to reassure her of herself and humanize her. Sure, they're not right for each other in the end, but it's not okay to dismiss their entire relationship as bullshit, because he DID help her see herself as something other than a monster, and I can't even imagine what this series would have been like if it were only Juliette brooding alone in her room, dreading Warner, stuck there until Warner was forced to tell her the truth about his mom or until Anderson showed up to ask what was taking so long. Idk. There's so many important quotes from Adam in this book. Sometimes it falls into the type of narrative that feels like "ugghhhh, she needed a boy to 'fix' her," but in reality, sometimes your friends have your back and reassure you of your worth, and sometimes your friends are more than your friends. I could make a LIST of all the positive things Adam said to Juliette in this book that caused her confidence to sky rocket, whereas almost everything Warner said installed panic and fear in her. So clearly I have conflicting feelings, but none of them intercede with the fact that I still cannot get over how much I adore this story. Sure, Warner sucks and I unironically wrote "ew" by half the things he says to her in this book, but watching Juliette's transformation and relating to her insecurities and thought process, as well as remembering how much I adored this book as a young teen, it's always going to be a priceless experience to me.July 2016I think this is my fourth or fifth time rereading it? I didn't plan to but my aunt showed interest in reading it and I jokingly offered to read it out loud to her, and she said yes. Thus, I proceeded to read this entire book out loud to her. And it was worth it.And what can I say? I love this book. I fucking love Juliette. Reading it out loud made me slightly more aware of how lame her stream of consciousness can sound, and how the metaphors become exhausting after a while. But I've sort of accepted that book one is always going to be slightly uncomfortable to reread just because of the fact that so much has changed by book 3 that this is almost cringe-worthy. There's so much set-up for world building that never occurs. Honestly this book is more of a 3 star rating, but I can't bring myself to lower it. It was due for a reread since it had been just about two years, and, like always, I noted several things that I had missed or forgotten since I read it last! August 2015I'm not quite sure why i've never uploaded a review on goodreads for this book. I mean, I feel like it kind of goes without saying how I feel about it but ya know. This is my favorite series. If you're sick of dystopian and never want to read one ever again, make an exception for this one. Ignore the fact that the entire fandom (and myself) has probably majorly spoiled you. But this book. Holy shit. The writing. YES. The characters. YES. The plot. YES. The range of emotions. YES. I could tell you the things wrong with it, but no book is perfect. But if you want a book with characters that you will not be able to get out of your head and with a plot that will have you reading an entire trilogy in one sitting, this book is your friend. reread: July 2014

  • Michelle, the Bookshelf StalkerQueen of the Undead
    2019-03-29 13:12

    Juliette describing Adam’s eyes“...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”“…careful, curious”“… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”“…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”“…tight” “…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”“…bottomless blue”“…blue blue blue”“…midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world”“… always shining the darkness”“…two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble”“…a shade of blue in a midnight sky”Juliette describing Adam’s gaze“…like a white-hot poker pressed against my skin”“…touching every inch of my body”“…locked into mine”“… is fixed on me: calm, unflappable; 2 buckets of river water at midnight. I’d like to cry into his eyes”I’ve never been a purple prose type of girl. A book that will forever remain nameless spoke of “leaking wombs” and well it made me shiver. It also introduced me to the entire concept of purple prose. Prose can be beautiful. I’ve read plenty of books where the writing touches me deeply and the author is simply writing about the sunset, or a walk in the park, or the plight of the poor. If the author is able to actually tell a story without distracting the reader with the prose, I’m all for it. That is not the case with “Shatter Me”. “Shatter Me” was like my first attempt at cooking a turkeyover-done. It waslike climbing Mount Everesttiring, watching kids play outside your window while you are taking a testdistracting, and my dog throwing his bone at me silly. At some point, I was drowning, desperately searching for land overwhelmed by the prose and eager for the story. And don’t get me started about the crossing out of passages in the book. It was irritating,annoying stupida cheap trickdumb, something I did not enjoy. Overall-I won’t read the next book.I might read the next book if I get a free copy.I’m curious to see where the author can go since it is clear that she can write. I think someone needed toput a leash on the over playful puppy edit her prose down to a more controllable level so that people could enjoy the story rather than cringe with every every everyregurgitationeruptionspewinglisten you need to stop crossing me off or I’m gonna sick some nasty virus on your ass incident of prose.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-04-21 16:25

    Shat­ter Me, oth­er­wise known as: When Cre­ative Writ­ing Class Goes Wrong.I am all for exper­i­men­tal writ­ing, for stretch­ing your abil­i­ties and try­ing to find fresh ways to express ideas. Occa­sion­ally you end up with genius, but most of the time you result in pre­ten­tious, awk­ward prose that stick in the prover­bial craw of read­ers. This book is that writ­ing. There are plenty of exam­ples that I can give as evi­dence – but I shall stick with two rel­a­tively short ones:“His eyes scan the sil­hou­ette of my struc­ture and the slow motion makes my heart race. I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in some­thing that feels like the absence of courage.”The absence of courage? Are you fuck­ing kid­ding me? We have a word for that. I believe that is almost the dic­tio­nary def­i­n­i­tion of the word cow­ard. I would explain what was wrong with the rest of the para­graph too but I want to keep this review to a 10,000 word the­sis at max.“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.”…right.I get, artis­ti­cally, that Mafi wanted to expose her read­ers to the mind of a girl whose san­ity is frag­ile and ques­tion­able, and that she’s try­ing to show this through the prose. I don’t think the effect works or is done par­tic­u­larly well. I think the work­ings of a trou­bled mind would result in more than bad analo­gies and a bunch of num­bers. Despite the fact that Juliette’s back­story and premise is inter­est­ing, we still end up with the same mun­dane, cookie-cutter hero­ine that can be seen in the vast major­ity of Young Adult lit­er­a­ture. The only thing insane about this novel is how pre­dictable and trite it is.It would not be com­pletely unrea­son­able to ques­tion my san­ity in regards to read­ing Young Adult novels.When are pop­u­lar young adult authors going to pro­vide more to the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of their main pro­tag­o­nists than: Irre­sistible, unique out­sider, in love with a guy?Can’t male pro­tag­o­nists have other qual­i­ties than: in love with main char­ac­ter, hot, tragic back­story to illicit exces­sive brooding?The entire premise of Shat­ter Me promised some­thing dif­fer­ent and new. Yet we still end up with the same bland old fare.The plot and pac­ing is awk­ward and cum­ber­some. Even when sit­u­a­tions are sup­posed to be tense, there is a sense of bore­dom and pre­dictabil­ity. I feel sad that this is yet again, another dis­ap­point­ing dystopian Young Adult novel that will join its sis­ters in the Mediocre Hall of I Can’t Be Stuffed.But, if you do decide to visit, at least you get a free shirt!One last thing (view spoiler)[– the end­ing? That pissed me off the most! Xavier’s school for Mutants in Rebel­lion of the Oppres­sive Dystopian Régime? FML! And the suit, using that word loosely, that they pro­vide for her at the end? Yeah, that’s great…Doesn’t EVERY woman look at this suit and just say to them­selves, “Yes! I can’t wait to wear this! This doesn’t objec­tify me as a woman, degrade me as a human being and make an embar­rass­ment out of every­one involved. Not. At. All.It’s like the mutant ver­sion of fan­tasy armour for women. And as we all know, Women’s armour sucks.” (hide spoiler)]This review also appears on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kiki
    2019-04-13 14:31

    This book was just awful.Awful.There is no other way to describe this book, but awful.When I was about eleven or twelve, before we had the Great Garage Sale of the Noughties, my sister used to always sit me down and force me to watch this terrible movie called All She Ever Wanted. I watched that shit about seven times, and I got so abhorrently sick of it that eventually I hid it.The DVD rack hit a status quo. All were happy. Until one day a neighbor took the first strike in the Great Garage Sale of the Noughties, and my sister bought an Ingrid Bergman boxed set. There were five rotting monkey brains movies in that boxed set.She sits me down the following Sunday, or rather she catches me at my weakest: coming back from a pox. She grabs The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, jams it into the DVD player and I'm forced to watch what I can only describe as three hours of Rogers and Hammerstien on crack (without any of the ridiculously hilarious lyrics).This book still takes the cake.It's obnoxiously written. Which is a shame; in blogerto, Tahereh is an enormously cool and entertaining person. Was this the work of a dastardly ghost writer? I almost hope it was. I know most of the best bad quotes have already been recanted by several other dear reviewers, but I'd feel unfulfilled if I didn't just refresh your memory:"Summer...promises a million happy adjectives only to pour stench and sewage into your nose for dinner" (p.26)Okay. I understand the stench and sewage part, and the million happy adjectives. But why for dinner? Why dinner? Why that one meal? Ms. Mafi, honey, I've been in this place. I've been in a place where, as a writer, you feel the desperate fanfictionesque need to tack on fancy-dancy meaningless words to give your sentences mystical rhythm, but there comes a point where you have to stop that. Stop it forever."I hate the lackadaisical ennui of a sun too preoccupied with itself to notice the infinite hours we spend in its presence" (p.26)No comment. Except that it's one sentence away from the smelly dinner thing. "My eyes are 2 professional pickpockets, stealing everything to store away in my mind" (p.61)Wait, what?"The sky is raining bricks right into my skull" (p. 70)I have a thing about this. The words "brain" and "skull" are too often used in teenage-girl narratives to describe thought process. Granted, I've used them myself in YA narrative; but with a certain character. A character such as Juliette who is clearly a dreamer and an artistic type (yeah, okay, bear with me, will you?) would most likely not use such clinical terms as "brain" and "skull" to relate to her thoughts. When I consider my thoughts, I relate them to my mind. When I consider my body and the scientific part of what I am, I consider the brain and skull. Thus, "brain" and "skull" are simply unrealistic words for a character such as Juliette to use in her narrative.[example: Kira from Partials is a scientist. Therefore, she is more likely to use "brain" and "skull" in her fleeting point. Grace from Shiver reads poetry and plays bocce ball with wolves, therefore she is not a clinical thinker and would not use "brain" and "skull" in her natural narrative. Capiche?]"Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch" (p.73)Oh, honey. What happened here, hm?"He begins to pull off his gloves and I begin to panic...my jaw is too tight and my teeth have begun to ache" (p.78)This morning, I began to begin, because the beginning is where everything began. Later, when I began to dine, my mother began to yell for my beginning to eat before my sister had begun to sit down."[Adam's eyes are] 2 buckets of river water at midnight" (p.113)Is it just me, or does anybody else find the image of that extremely unappealing?"My eyes are fighting not to flutterMy legs have won the right to tremble" (116)This sounds like some kind of seizure. Instead of dry-humping Juliette in the shower, maybe Adam should be calling for an ambulance and putting a towel under her head!"He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter" (p.119)Okay...you do know that Jupiter is the largest object in the solar system, besides the sun?"I feel the sudden urge to rupture his spleen" (p.132)Again with the clinical language! NAO."Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations" (p.164)Warner is absolutely right."James and Adam glance back at me and I melt into pink Play-Doh" (p.234)I'm not even going to dignify that with a comment."My jaw is dangling from my shoelace" (p.310)Sounds like a scene from Saw.Like I just said in that long-winded point-reference-comment passage, the writing in this book is just abysmal. It wants to be all deep and metaphorical and Bronte, but it's just a giant mess. Of the hot variety.To match this sordid writing is a truly terrible heroine. Juliette is pitiful. Absolutely pitiful. She is already on her knees in screaming horror on page 65 because the guy she met a maximum of 48 hours ago 'betrayed' her. What the fuck? The instalove in this book is worse than Halo. I'm not kidding. I'm honestly not. She's making out with him in the fucking shower by page 116. What? WHAT?I'm really struggling to find anything to say about Juliette. She has no personality. No quirks, no little habits (except striking out words, but Mafi noticeably runs out of steam with that little gimmick around page 100) and absolutely no traits that warrant my sympathy. This girl is such a shell that I didn't even care that she'd been locked up for however many days in a cell. I cared less than I did when Jane Fonda looked like a 20-year-old on the red carpet last week. At least that elicited a, "No! Really?" There's also no point in even touching the romance in this book. It's instalove, and written badly. What more is there to say? Oh, there is more. This book is not a dystopian. Bananas in Pajamas was more dystopian than this book. No shit. This book is a romance, worthy of Harlequin. There's no plot behind all the kissing and his lips his lips his lips and the 400 cotton balls someone inexplicably jammed down Juliette's windpipe, probably in a vain attempt to end the monologuing that plagues this book like The Blob. It's just intolerable. It's like reading the weepy little diary of those kids who brush their hair over their eyes and pretend to like Korn cuz nobody gets them, yo. It's the Sisterhood of the Snivelling Emo. It makes me want to scream.So, where was I? Dystopian?SHH! Orwell and Huxley might hear you, dammit!The only decent thing in the entire universe of this book was the banter between Kenji and Winston, whom I now ship. They're the only characters in this book worth giving a flying fuck about. In fact, I wish the book were about them and nobody else. Castle was a very sad attempt at Professor X. And just stop right there. Because you can't be Professor X. Nobody can. James McAvoy, I heart you.I'm already tired of writing this review. See what this book does to you? It's just the biggest time-waster ever. And you just know that in the next book, Unravel Me, Juliette is going to question her love for Adam and go back and forth between Warner, because she conveniently missed the kill shot here, even though she was five inches away from him. But what the heck, right? Everybody knows it's only logical to shut your eyes when you're firing a gun.Did I mention that Juliette is one of the stupidest YA heroines to date? No? Yes? No? Well, I'm mentioning it now.Juliette, you are one of the stupidest YA heroines to date.My conclusion? This book is a sloppy, shoddy mess and a very sad attempt at bandwagon-jumping the dystopian trend right now. Every so often you find a great brand-new YA dystopian read, but those worthwhile tales (think Unwind) are swallowed by the growing number of trashy, tasteless, stupid and lacklustre titles like this one. It's sad to say, but it's true: books like this cheapen the dystopian genre. They have brought it to its knees.That is all.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-27 20:23

    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.Let me translate what Mafi was trying to say; "It was raining."This is one of, if not THE major problem of Shatter Me; she tries too hard to be clever and poetic and the story gets muddied along the way.I apologize for not going more in depth with this review, but I read this book over three months ago now and all I remember is that I hated it and it was incredibly poorly written. I think my status updates should show this pretty clearly, but to make this easier to see, I've decided to write this somewhat brief review and sort through a few of my updates as well.A device Mafi chooses to use early on is crossing striking out the words that "crazy" Juliette is "really" thinking. As the story goes on this device gets used less and less and so it feels more like Mafi just used it in the beginning for fun and to make her book look different from the rest of the young adult books out there, which, unfortunately, it is NOT, especially when you get to the romance. And that is what this story is: a romance, and a disgustingly sappy one at that. I don't think you'll be able to believe these favorite quotes of mine until you read them for yourself:"I'd like to cry into his eyes.""His body presses closer and I realize I'm paying attention to nothing but the dandelions blowing wishes in my lungs.""I'm suddenly desperate to drink in every drop of his being, desperate to savor every moment I've never known before. I suddenly worry that there's an expiration date on this phenomenon.The possibility of losing himThe possibility of losing himThe possibility of losing him is 100 years of solitude I don't want to imagine.Realization is a pendulum the size of the moon. It won't stop slamming into me.""His heart is racing so fast I can't distinguish it from my own. It's 5,000 degrees in the air between us.""I've run out of words. My pockets are full of letters I can't string together.""I want to fall asleep to the sound of his heart beating in the atmosphere.""His eyes are a midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world.""My heart fails for a moment.There are 400 cotton balls caught in my windpipe.""James and Adam glance back at me and I melt into pink Play-Doh.""I'm up.Spinning.Scanning.Scared.They found us is the only thing I can think of. My stomach is a flimsy crepe, my heart a raging woodpecker, my blood a river of anxiety.""It's raining today. The sky is weeping for us.""His lips are spelling secrets and my ears are spilling ink, staining my skin with his stories.""The sun is revolving around the moon when he responds.""I offer him a smile. Try to keep my organs from falling out. Hope the holes in my head aren't showing.""My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps.""My neck snaps up to meet his dark eyes, his smooth voice, silky and strong.""My jaw is dangling from my shoelace.""I'm blushing through my bones.""Adam pulls back just a tiny bit. Kisses my bottom lip. Bites it for just a second. His skin is 100 degrees hotter than it was a moment ago. His lips are pressed against my neck and my hands are on a journey down his upper body and I'm wondering why there are so many freight trains in my heart, why his chest is a broken harmonica."And that, my friends, is that. I thought it was awful. Even if I didn't think the writing was trite and overwrought, later on it really starts to feel like she's borrowing heavily from the X-Men mythos (even though she claims she's never even seen the movies.) If you read the few quotes I've listed above and they're not your cup of tea, I'd say skip this one and try something else. Or maybe watch one of the X-Men movies instead; you'll get a much better portrayal of Rogue and a steamier love story. Mmm ... Wolverine.

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-04-12 19:12

    “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.I am a raindrop.My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.” Here lies Steph Sinclair, slaughtered by metaphors raindrops.

  • shady
    2019-04-02 16:13

    By the way, check out this fan made poster for the movie, if there ever was one.Made by skellingt0n on deviantART.I looove it! Exactly how I would picture a movie poster for this book._________________I read this book in one sitting.For five hours, I read this. It was a school night and I stayed up all night. That's how much this book pulled me.I know that there are many people who didn't like this book, some even hate it, but... Gah, it was just so awesome to me! It's definitely one of those books that pulled me in and refused to let go. I loved every minute of it, and I guess I see why it's getting all the hate─insta-love, lack of world-building, the writing style, etc etc─but... I don't know, something about this book just really really wowed me, and it was fucking awesome in my eyes.Also, the author herself is awesome as well. <3 Here is her YouTube channel where you can see all of her adorableness. :DOverall, in spite of all the hate this book is getting, I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the sequel.

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2019-04-18 17:22

    I seriously don’t know why it took me so long to dig my claws into this book, but I definitely know that I don’t regret doing it! ;-)“Shatter me” was an awesome read and I enjoyed it immensely! There were so many things I loved about this book and whilst it is true that many people complained about the writing style, I have to admit that I actually loved it. “Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.”I think it was something new and extraordinary and I loved the way Juliette described her world. The repetitions, her thoughts, the things she thought and even the truths she vehemently refused to admit. It all gave me a very good picture of her character and her mind, the many things she must have gone through shaping her into a person that distrusts everyone and desperately tries not to feel anything. XD Of course she’s failing but this actually only made her even more likeable. *lol*See where I’m getting at? Tahereh Mafi knows exactly what she’s doing and she really managed to drag me into her world. Yes, I confess! I’m officially hooked now and I’m soo going to read all of the other books! ;-PSo be prepared to read many reviews! *LOL*Okay, enough of the threats and right back to the characters! Oh, the characters! There’s so much to tell! XDFAIR WARNING: Mild spoilers lying ahead of you! ;-)Juliette: At the beginning of the book you don’t even know her name. Everything you know is that she’s been imprisoned for ages and that she’s more than just a little insecure. Considering her ability this is no surprise though, the fact she can hurt and even kill people with just the touch of her fingertips making it kind of hard to be all too sociable. Juliette may not talk a lot but she sees everything and she’s more than just observant. She obviously also seems to have a knack for poetry and I really enjoyed the way she used her words. “All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”Adam: That boy is hot as hell and Juliette’s new cell mate! Could a girl ask for more? Dark hair, blue eyes, awesome and muscular body! *drools* Okay, okay! I’m back on track! *lol* Yeah, as you can see Adam is just awesome boyfriend material and it’s no wonder that they kind of hit it off! He’s caring and gentle and he always tries to understand Juliette’s thoughts. I liked him from the beginning and I’m really curious to find out how things are going to proceed in the next books. =)Sidenote: Is it just me or does he never tell Juliette that he loves her? O_o I thought this was kind of odd. Juliette told him she loved him but as far as I could read he never returned it…. Did I miss anything? xDGod, Juliette, I'd follow you anywhere. You're the only good thing left in this world.”Warner: Oh my god! Warner! Gosh! Warner! Argh! Warner! *babbling mess* That boy, that boy gave me all the feels! Good and bad! Happy and angry! Disgusted and longing for more! *lol* I wanted him to touch Juliette and I wanted her to touch him! I just couldn’t decide if I wanted it because I wanted him to hurt or because I wanted them to make out! *LOL* What is it with me and the villains? Why do I love them so much!? XD First Maven and now Warner, I think I’m going to die! >_< Oh, well I think I’m supposed to say something about his character as well so here I go: He’s ruthless when he is with his soldiers but he is gentle whenever he is with Juliette. He seems to care about her a LOT and he even admitted that he loved her! But why does he hurt her so much? Warner is a big question mark and some sort of mystery I’m determined to solve. So yesh, I’m so going to read “Destroy me” after I wrote this review! XD 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.”"I'm nineteen years old." He clarifies. "I'm a fairly impressive specimen for my age, I know." Kenji: I loved Kenji! That boy is so funny and I really enjoyed his sassy demeanour. He’s constantly hitting on Juliette and his character gives the book a hilarious edge. I want more of him and actually can’t wait to meet him again! =)His grin is crooked. "I don't know why, but I kind of like it when you threaten me.""That's because you're an idiot.""Nah." He shakes his head. "You've got a sexy voice makes everything sound naughty."So, if you haven’t already figured it out: YES I liked “Shatter me” and I can easily recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a nice and short-lived page turner! =)Enjoy! ;-P

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-04-12 19:16

    (2.5?) The lack of world building is one of my main issues with this book (even though it seems like things will be explained in book 2... a full book with little world building is boring!).I didn't love the writing and the characters felt very one dimensional.Kinda felt like another YA dystopian world with a love triangle and an incredibly pretty main character - even after spending over 6 months isolated, underfed... and the fact that she hasn't seen herself in the mirror in 3 years... Her beauty is mentioned in pretty awkward moments.If it wasn't for the fact that people say the series becomes way better after book 1 I would stop but I'll give the second book a try!

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2019-04-22 16:14

    [image error]How awesome was this book? Well,I am going to tell you. Pretty darn awesome! I am not very good at convincing people to read the books I loved so I am going to write this review without any pressure. Here are some arguments: 1. if you are (like myself) a fan of X-Men,you will love it,or else...2. If you are (like myself) a fan of strong and smart leading character like Juliet,you will love it. 3. If you are (like myself) a fan of totally shagable and caring guy like Adam,you will love it. 4. If you are (like myself) a fan of crazy and demented bad guy who actually happens to be smoking hot(and in love with our girl Juliet),you will love it. 5. If you are (like myself) a fan of almost kissing or almost doing it scenes,then you will love it. If that wasn't enough for you,than you have no soul suck.I love the guys in this book. Adam has tattoos and muscles but Warner is also hot in a I-will-kill-you kind of way. He reminds me of hotter and more dangerous version of Tom Felton if that is even possible. I mean look at this[image error][image error]Is it getting hot in here,or is it just me?

  • Etnik
    2019-04-13 16:09

    You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!This was something...and I liked it.Okay so the first 200 pages were like the dullest,cheesiest romance bullshit,like the level of cheesiness was above normal,and you know how I feel about that.I sometimes thought to quit,but god,I am glad I didn't.You know when you loose all the hope but then one things clings and you see the light again? Omega Point was that for me.Like my thoughts about this book changed 100 percent.There are 3 things that I truly cherish in life: 1.Girls in tight outfits, 2.Dragons, 3.Superpowers and that's what I got in the last 50 pages and it is enough for me,enough to continue with the series.I don't know why but I got a vibe of fantastic 4,maybe with Wilson hugging himself twice if you know what I mean.One thing I can't wrap my mind of,one things I can't get is the hype for Warner.He is like the worst character in the book ,he is like Joffrey from Game of Thrones for me and if you know me just a little you would know how much I truly deeply hate him and I am hoping he gets killed.But absolutely get the hype for Kenji,like that guy is a legend.I feel like we are already buddies.Such a cool humor,got me laughing out loud.In the other hand Juliette,I don't know why but I got the feeling like I remember her from somewhere.I like her like a lot,she cries much,and she literally has a million chances to kill people she wants to kill but doesn't,but god she is beautiful.I don't know some people are just beautiful,now in what they look,not in what they say,just in what they are,and she was beautiful to me that way.I will definitely continue the series.I like the plot,and now with superpowers it is a million times better.I recommend this book to every reader out there,it has a different writing style,some call it beautiful and unique,and I can't disagree,it's just that I didn't find it beautiful.It was annyoing like hell,especially at the beginnings.I know I will get a bunch of replies for not liking Warner,but seriously people what's there to like?

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2019-04-16 14:27

    MKAY. First of all. I actually liked this but I must rant.. I must... then I promise to go to book 2 immediately.WHY. WHYWHYWHYWHY. I swear, if the writing hadn’t been so awkwardly aghhh… this book would have been a 4 star book. No, it was not just the strikeouts and crazy reputations. It wasn’t even the unfinished sentences.Please please please explain to me how you come up with sentences like this…“He’s so wrong he’s so wrong he’s more wrong than an upside-down rainbow”or “He smiles with teeth so white it looks like snow falling on the chocolate valleys of his face”Um. Okay? I swear this book was littered with those.. I don’t even know what to call them… on every single page. I’m really sorry but I just needed to rant about that. Why Mrs. Mafi.. WHY. Okay. Moving on.So OK. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I was totally into the story. Ugh whatever. I’m not ashamed. Maybe I am. Whatever. It wasn’t the most original story ever and it certainly had its very…odd… parts… but I’m totally curious about book two and I’ll definitely be continuing. Maybe because the promise of something more from friends? Who knows. I can’t help it… I got into it. (Harriet, girlfriend.. thanks for being there for me.) As I continued powering through...I found that I never got less annoyed with the writing SO I just started skipping the unnecessary sentences… thus the book was a little more enjoyable. ***************This is where I’m going to get somewhat spoilery so stop here if you haven’t read this book…The CharactersJuliette. I feel very meh about her. I mean I feel for her- I do, but I’m waiting to see what she’s made of. Adam. Yeah, yeah. Ok. I’m sad for him. I like him. The whole taking are of your family, living through abuse— I feel you bro, I feel you. Thats some tough crap. Warner…. well alright. I don’t know if its because of all the crazy fandoms over this guy but I’m interested. Clearly we haven’t the foggiest on whats going on in his little brain. Right now he seems like an over obsessed lunatic… but who knows. Kenji - Congrats dude. You’ve won my favorite character for this book award. (This dude is basically Jax’s close (from the Air Awakens series.) Lets call you Mr. Personality. Juliette + Adam’s rather quickly escalating relationshipDon’t hate me guys but I have some issues with this. YES there are feels… and I would have totally been on board for them EXCEPT FOR THE FACT that how can you be so focused on lust when you both are literally fighting/running for your life?? I’m sorry, but making out is the last thing that should be on your mind if you are trying to keep each other alive. Ughhh Tamlin much? Like you guys were apart for years and you never talked to each other in the first place (AND YES THAT BUILD UP WAS SWEET… I genuinely appreciated their connection..) but come on - talk first! Survive first! Chill your dills. Seriously, I liked these two together.. but that just made me uncomfortable. Whatever, I know what happens to them in book 2. The WorldbuildingSo this was really only mildly developed- we’re only told bits and pieces. Honestly this didn’t bother me though- I’m typically much more interested in the characters. It feels like a fairy generic dystopian world but whatever. I anticipate much more from this in book 2.Okay but really WTF is with elastic boy?? Da fuck? Lasting ImpressionsSo despite my little rants... WHATEVER OK.. I'm ready for book 2 because well... you guys convinced me. You win, friends, you win. My Blog ~ Instagram

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-24 21:16

    I was going to take this down one star but I'm too lazy to change it on my blog so there! Re/read on audio for the upcoming continuation of the series ♥Picture by George Redhawk Holy butt-crack! I loved this book! Yay! Another trilogy for me. I already have the other books. You can seriously go broke on Goodreads! Sooo.. I think I'm going to have to add **SPOILERS**! Read at your own risk :) This book captured me from the start! Juliette has lived in a type of mental ward for 264 days. She doesn't get to talk to anyone or do anything. It takes a good bit of time for them to tell you why her parents threw her in this place. She killed a little boy just by touching him. If she touches you, she sucks the life right out of you. Soooo... she hasn't touched anyone in 264 days either. She was devastated, she just wanted to try to give the little boy some comfort when his mom was being horrible to him. I love the way the author has her repeating sentences two or three times to herself or in her little notebook. I do that myself when I'm in one of my moods! It made her seem real. I mean who wouldn't be a little nutzy cuckoo locked up alone for that long and knowing you couldn't touch anyone. Well, it would come in handy for your enemies!! Out of the blue one day they announce they are going to give her a roommate. She gets Adam. Lovely, yummy Adam :) Come to find out she has known him all of her life, from childhood. Anyhoo, then we find out Adam is a soldier to some wicked dude that pulls her out of the place. This man named Warren wants to use her as a weapon to kill people. I mean what evil villain wouldn't right? He also has a little crush on her but he's a jerk and evil so that's a no go. She is in love with Adam and he with her. They have loved each other all of their lives and guess what? He can touch her without being killed :) They break out and go to Adam's home to see his younger brother. It's in a place where the bad people don't generally go. Some other soldier ends up coming to the house all shot and what not and telling them he knows of a safe place for them to go. They start to head out as the bad guy finds them, Adam gets shot but will be ok. And for some reason that jerk can touch Juliette now too. She shoots him, but we all know he's not dead! They make it to the safe house and all I can say from there is it reminds me of X-Men. There are a whole crew of "different" peeps there. I'm excited to find out what will happen with all of these new friends. Awesome book! Happy Reading! Mel ❤️MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Lia Bonnibel
    2019-04-08 14:13

    This is gooooooooood. I'm not giving it 5 stars because, even if I admire the shit out of the author's style and talent, the writing is a bit too pretentious at times (hyperbole thy name is Tahereh Mafi), and I really don't care much about the whole Adam/Juliette thing, which unfortunately, occupies a huge part of the story. If you know me, you know I am a pro at ignoring ships that the authors clearly want you to root for. I don't trust Adam and his and Juliette's feelings for each other are so desperate and all over the place that it's really easy to confuse love with a typical hormonal storm. Also, Adam is super boring, and this seems like one of those romances you often encounter in first books and which only purpose is to prepare you for the abominable love triangle that's inevitably going to be rubbed in your face, later.As if the presence of a love triangle wasn't a problem of its own already... But I'll try to endure it, for the sake of a good book such as this one. Just give me a bit more consensual interactions with Warner -because of course I had to fall for the stunning and stunningly cold-blooded sociopath-, fill up some plot holes, bless us all with some more Kenji sass, let Juliette not become a self-centered and stubborn bish, and I'm sold for the rest of the series. Can't wait to read book 2!

  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    2019-03-28 15:33

    Re-Read (11/02/2018)I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. I missed the characters a lot so I spent a great time accompanying them in this adventure, I know that it is not the best book in the world and I know that alot of people can't stand it, but personally, even though I'm aware of certain problems in it, I can't stop loving it. Shatter Me is one of those books that have made me love reading even more and will always be in my heart. I can't wait to continue with my re-reading in preparation for Restore Me, which I hope doesn't breake my heart lol.Read about Kenji and Warner again, it makes me so happy!Original Review: (23/06/16)“I have a curse.I HAVE A GIFT.I'm a monster.I'M MORE THAN HUMAN.My touch Is lethal.MY TOUCH IS POWER.I am their weapon.I WILL FIGHT BACK.”I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!.Like many I had said, yes , I finished attached to the characters !. From Adam to Juliette and Warner they are all very good characters with very well-defined personalities.But my heart has been with Warner from the beginning and I need to know more about him RIGHT NOW ! Omg is so interesting!The plot is very interesting from the start, of course that highlights the incredible of the writing of this book, because guys, I've been in love with the way of writing that has Tahereh!. So beautiful, unique and completely addictive!if it has taken me a while to finish reading it, it was simply because I have no time to read (universal dilemma of most LOL), because this book is mainly characterized because, once you start with it is very difficult to leave it !. I had read it in one sitting if I could.Juliette is a great main character for the story, from the beginning won my heart, for the difficult things she has been through (for his "condition"), how hard it has been her childhood and the relationship with her parents, just, broke my heart.There were moments in which I thought, "Why you does this or Why you say that?", I think she was a little lost in some pretty obvious situations to understand, from my point of view, but then you think she's been locked up for a while and has not had intimately contact with anyone in her life, and her actions have much more sense.“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”Adam is a character that I liked, but it took me a while to love him, I liked more in the end, in the action scenes, but for others things I consider him as the typical hero of the story, quite stereotype, handsome boy, who saves te girl and I don't know yet I'm not convinced about it. But I have faith on him, and I hope revelations for this character , maybe change my mind :)“His lips soften into a smile that cracks apart my spine. He repeats my name like the word amuses him. Entertains him. Delights him. In seventeen years no one has said my name like that”Warner is my love lol, I feel a great connection with this character, it is dark and hides a mystery that catches my attention. It is so interesting and sexy , I'm dying to know more of its history, really, I know it is something perverse in this book but you can't deny that his scenes with Juliette are INCREDIBLE. High Voltage guys!,even when only they speak to each other. So Good! . I don't know how she resists to him!“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.” So I'm dying to continue the story I loved it, especially the last pages and the plot twist has surprised me !. I love the whole powers thing . Very clever twist! YAY!.

  • Megs ♥
    2019-04-16 21:22

    Didn't finish. I simply stopped reading this book today, and it wasn't because it was boring or anything like that. I just did not care for Mafi's writing style. The over use of metaphors and strikeout tools caused a constant distraction, and the book was just not interesting enough for me to want to struggle through something that annoyed me so much. The book (well what I got to, anyway) read like a super annoying IM by a 12 year old girl that just learned what a metaphor is. Do we REALLY need 50 to 100 different ways to describe his eyes? She repeats things so many times as well, and it's like she used a bunch of tools that could have been great devices had she used them once or twice. Instead she chose to beat the metaphors, strikeouts, and repetitions into your head so many times you just end upreally, really, really, reallywanting tokill yourself stop reading.This book was one of the biggest disappointments of 2011 for me, and I still cannot understand why anyone would enjoy this book, let alone say this author has talent. When I read the synopsis, I thought this book sounded so good. This could have been an amazing story, but sadly the execution was horrible.

  • Jillian -always aspiring-
    2019-04-23 13:11

    (Note: Goodreads friends and followers, you know me by now. You know that, even as much as I love a book, my reviews aren't always a resounding, "Oh my goodness, you need to READ THIS NOW! YOUR LIFE WILL BE SO MUCH FULLER BECAUSE OF IT!" I'm not that naive or arrogant to think that the books I love will be the books you love. Instead, my reviews are...chronicles of the experiences I had with books, and if that can help you decide whether certain books will be for you or not, then I'll be all the happier. However, sometimes I am a gushing mess with books I love, and I don't note the flaws present. I will try to be mindful of this tendency of mine as I write this review.)Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.Two years ago, I had my first experience with a young adult dystopian novel: Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. I fell in love with the characters, found myself fascinated yet horrified by the circumstances of the world, and became invested in a wonderful story that still makes me feel a tangle of emotions to this day. In some respects, Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me gave me some of the same emotions I had back then as I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning just to read what happened next to Katniss, Peeta, and everyone else. Shatter Me left me expectant, worried, and intrigued with every page I turned. It was a stressful reading experience, definitely, but all the stress I felt was pent-up through the heroine, Juliette.Juliette, you see, hasn't been touched for 264 days. Inside of her is a curse gift that brings deathdeathdeath agony to anyone she touches, and this strange ability has led to her being locked away in an asylum. Isolation takes its toll on Juliette, and her only real solace is writing away in a notebook and spinning phrases in such a way that they seem overwrought and not entirely rational or "normal." Then the unthinkable occurs: Juliette is given a cellmate, and everything she thought she knew begins to expand and spin out of her control entirely.Shatter Me is a dystopian novel but, unlike others of the genre, the novel is less about external conflict (though there is some of that; it wouldn't be a novel if there weren't) and more about internal conflict. To make my meaning more clear, let me explain with a comparison: one of my friends recently directed me to a script called Maggie about a teenage girl bitten by a zombie and her slow change into one of the undead. What do zombies and one girl's transformation into one have to do with this novel? Because that script is about a big idea (zombie infestation worldwide) narrowed down to a character (Maggie) and her experiences. In some ways, Shatter Me, is much like that: it's about a big idea (a dystopian world headed by a secretive totalitarian government), but instead it focuses on one character's role in it (Juliette). Given how so many writers focus on the "big ideas" and sacrifice deep characterization because of it, I was very happy with the way this first novel developed, driven by Juliette and her ramblings thoughts.Another hurdle of this novel is the prose, something that I feel will probably alienate many readers since...it's not exactly typical to read novels with lines like I'm catapulted across the room by my own fear or My mouth freezes in place. Also, the strike-outs may become a teensy-bit annoying to some readers. As for my experience, I was surprised: the prose didn't bother me. It actually reminded me of a verse novel (which, I know, many people don't like...but I find some of them very lovely, albeit a bit thin plot-wise). And it also helped that the prose fit the character. Juliette is an isolated girl, left alone with nothing but her own thoughts and words. Her thoughts, eccentric and detailed as they are, are coping mechanisms. The words help her to distance herself from her situation, and even after her life begins to brighten she still relies on her old habits of describing things and actions in an unnatural way. What would have bothered me is if Juliette hadn't seemed a bit "different" after spending so much time alone. Then I would have thought her a robot, and the story would not have drawn me in nearly as much.The hero, Adam, and the antagonist, Warner, also managed to get my heartstrings all tangled. I couldn't help noting some of the sweetness and tenderness I had seen in Peeta Mellark's character within Adam Kent. In contrast, Warner...is a sadistic bastard of a character, but his obsession with Juliette and her powers is as sorrowful as it is pitiful and disturbing. Though a part of me dreads the love triangle already beginning to form, a greater part of me finds the dynamics fascinating since Adam and Warner are two opposite ends of the spectrum. One is heroic and kind; the other is cruel and nearly mad during certain moments. Even though it's a no-brainer who the "right" choice is, one must wonder how this will all play out if Juliette begins to look at herself as a monster again.I'm not going to lie: the direction this novel takes is familiar yet still a bit surprising. When I opened this book, I hadn't known what to expect...but, near the end, I found myself at a complete one-eighty from what I had first expected. That in and of itself is a good thing, so I'm hoping that the rest of the trilogy will continue to bring surprises to the table. With the ending, I actually felt that I had a glimpse of what Tahereh Mafi had been hoping to accomplish with this novel. It's an origins story of transformation and healing amid darkness, despair, and loneliness.The only major thing that irked me a little in this first novel was that the lack of other female characters was...quite noticeable. It gets a tad annoying that all the other characters (who matter) are boys in this first installment. No matter how strong Juliette becomes as a character, somehow it will feel a little lacking if she's the lone girl amid adoring males. I love strong heroines even more when they have a few other strong females around them. As much as I really enjoyed this first installment, my reading experiences with the next two novels may be hindered as far as enjoyment goes if Juliette remains the one girl who matters in the story.Mixed though the opinions may be about this novel, Shatter Me really surprised me with its take on the dystopian genre, narrative style, and characterization. I look forward to seeing what will happen as the story progresses throughout the trilogy, so here's hoping the ride will continue to be exhilarating to me as a reader. As for whether you should try this one for yourself...I advise making use of preview chapters before committing to read the entire novel. Shatter Me isn't going to be for everyone, but I hope that it will find the readers who will appreciate and savor it for what it is and be able to ignore the flaws that may hamper full enjoyment of this novel.

  • I am Bastet
    2019-04-07 13:20

    This book is pretty darn bad. This book is pretty darn bad.Oh, darn, did I miss the point of the strikethroughs?

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2019-04-22 19:33

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestIt's not easy being Queen of Literary Trash. Between YA and bodice-rippers, I read more "bad" books than most elitist snobs will see in their entire lifetime. But then, I consider myself a connoisseur of the so-called trashy arts. There are two kinds of "bad" books. There are the books that tell good stories and while they aren't highbrow literature, they are still fun to read and if you can let go of your snobbery long enough to enjoy them, will perform quite serviceably as quality entertainment. Then there are the books that are just bad, and have no redeeming value at all.I had friends warn me about SHATTER ME. It's apparently infamous for the "creative" metaphors that the author likes to use. It's also yet another attempt to cling to the coattails of THE HUNGER GAMES (although it's more like DIVERGENT than THE HUNGER GAMES, which if you know my thoughts on DIVERGENT, you will know is not a compliment, coming from me). The premise is pretty undeveloped. Juliette has been in captivity for just under a year when she accidentally killed a boy by touching him. Her touch, you see, is deadly. She's like Rogue, from X-men. One touch, and your life force is hers.It's set on a dying Earth but why and how it's dying are incredibly vague. We've apparently allowed a fascist-tolerant (if not outright fascist) regime to gain power, which I would say is not really giving the world a whole lot of credit, but on the other hand I'm a liberal living in the United States right now, so on the OTHER hand, maybe future Earth is totally stupid enough to do that. It seems to happen a lot in YA dystopians, to the point where the reader begins to wonder if all it takes to start a fascist regime is a kickstarter and a special license. What matters is that resources are thin and there is not a lot of food and there are parts of the world that are radioactive(?) and for some reason, some people (especially Juliette) have mutant-like powers for Reasons and this is the world we live in.Both love interests are, conveniently, immune to Juliette's power. Because I guess it wouldn't be much of a romance if the book took the MC Hammer "Can't Touch This" approach to courtship. There is instalove up the wazoo in here, and even when Juliette finds out that Adam was put in her cell to spy on her under the guise of being a fellow prisoner, she forgives him stunningly quickly, and is constantly telling us how much she wants to touch him. She wants to touch the villain, Warner (I'm sorry but I can't take you seriously when I'm picturing the dancing frog mascot of the WB), too, although it's a traitorous body sort of desire to touch, the I-love-to-hate-how-I-hate-to-love-you type. Warner was the biggest potential sell of this series to me because I love villainous love interests but he's too creepy, even for me. Between the constant unwanted pet names and the really disturbing "I could just take a bite out of you"-type comments, this dude was about one villain notch away from singing a Tim Curry song.Then there's the writing itself, which can be broken down into three categories: OMG, WTF, and LOL.OMG:Every organ in my body falls to the floor (68).I want to rip up the carpet and sew it to my skin (163).My jaw is dangling from my shoelace (310).WTF:I'm wearing dead cotton on my limbs and a blush of roses on my face (6).There are 15,000 feelings of disbelief hole-punched in my heart (40).My throat is a reptile, covered in scales (172).I'm blushing through my bones (326).LOL:I wondered if your eye color meant you saw the world differently (151).My heart is parasailing in the springtime (286).The author also makes two other attempts at being creative, which are overuse of the strikethrough tool and overuse of numbers, written as numerals instead of being spelled out. Which, if you ask me, is 1 bad idea because not only does it look unprofessional as 0 other writers do this, but 2, comes across as overly gimmicky and makes you feel like you're reading cast-offs from a teenager's poetry journal as she tries - and fails - to channel Ellen Hopkins and/or Rupi Kaur.If you like this book, good for you, I guess. I personally couldn't stand it. It felt incredibly derivative, and from the woe-is-me beginning to the yay-I've-got-a-hypersexualized-supersuit ending, there was just way too much I ended up side-eying in this book for me to enjoy it. I don't think I'll be reading the sequels, not even for the lols.1 star

  • may ➹
    2019-04-15 19:25

    My first reaction when I finished the book was: THANK GOD IT’S OVER.I fully expected to at least somewhat like this because one of my friends gushed about this series so much, and I was… extremely disappointed. I mean, what could I have loved anyways? The annoying characters? The love triangle? The cringy romance? The typical dystopia?The premise was slightly interesting. The execution was Gárbáge.First I have to talk about the writing style. Everyone probably knows about the absolutely ridiculous metaphors that Mafi uses. (I stayed away from all the reviews so I was not warned of this beforehand. Sadly.)“My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps.”—Wow. I... wasn’t aware jaws could drop that far down. “He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter.”—Jupiter is not small?? Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system??? “James and Adam glance back at me and I melt into pink Play-Doh.”—Or you could just say… “I blush”???????Look, some people can make the best, hilarious and/or beautiful metaphors that wouldn’t make sense worded another way, but they make it work. I am not one of those people. Mafi is not one of those people. I recognize that I SUCK, but Mafi just keeps going on and on and on with these stupid absurd metaphors. At first, it was laughable. Then it escalated to the point of “oh my god can I die now”.And yeah sure whatever, it’s showing that Juliette is mentally unstable and crap, but I’m pretty sure there was at least one stupid metaphor on each page and like boi I got the message on page 1 when we were introduced to Juliette yOU CAN STOP NOW.At least the writing style was easy to read, which helped me get to the end faster. (Or maybe that was just me skimming.)But what made the whole book unenjoyable (or at least one of the causes) were the characters. Like you know in school where you have to do group projects, and if you don’t like the people you're working with, you’re screwed? Yeah, that was basically this.Juliette was a whiny, annoying little binch. Yes, I’ve heard that the series is about her growth and development as a character, but?? I’m judging only THIS book, and in this book, she was annoying beyond tolerance. She whined so much and had so many cringy thoughts towards herself & others (that were, again, first laughable, and then “oh my god can she stop”). PLUS she lusted over Adam all. the. time. Speaking of Adam. At first he was cute and then he was “meh” for a long time and then he was “wILL YOU STOP DECLARING YOUR LOVE FOR JULIETTE AND NOT KISS HER EVERY 2.9 SECONDS”. His personality is literally “protect my brother and kiss Juliette” and… that’s it. The romance between these two was so obnoxious and cringy and just a;ljdkfja;lsdjf;lasdjfa. There’s literally a scene that goes:Adam: I’ve always loved youJuliette: But why? How? I’m such a monster, how could you love something like me [insert sobbing]Adam: I’ve adored you from far away even tho I’ve never talked to you* and I always was drawn to you and I just hoped that you were okay when you disappeared and I wanted to see you againJuliette: You found me… I love you more than I could ever imagine [insert more sobbing]*I’m convinced it’s insta-love because they did not talk AT ALL when they were “childhood friends” and they literally just fell in love with each other based on appearances.I literally “oh my god pLEASE SHUT UP” the whole time and I actually said “oh my god” out loud (and I never usually react to books out loud) because I was just THAT !! ANNOYED !! I mean, I’m a pretty sappy person and I love sap but this… this is too much. And don't forget!! Before we run for our lives, we have to kiss!! It’s okay if we die because of the 49823 seconds it takes for us to smush our lips together and agonizingly pull away because we just NEED to kiss!! I mean as long as I get a kiss before my death am I right!!!!!!Now, I honestly DO NOT GET what the whole hype over Warner is??? He objectifies Juliette to the point that I just cannot. He says horrible things to her and keeps pushing himself onto her despite her saying that he’s sick, he’s a monster, and telling him to stop. No. Can you just not exist. Plus he’s the stereotypical bad boy with no motivation whatsoever which is always SUPER FUN to read about!!!There’s also Kenji who literally appeared in the last third of the novel… out of nowhere??? Apparently I’m supposed to like him but he seems to have no impressing traits or qualities besides being stupidly annoying (like everyone else). And then of course there’s the whole Look At How Pretty And Sexy Juliette Is And Insert Unnecessary Comments About Her Body thing!!! (I DO appreciate the one part where Juliette stood up for Kenji being called “Moto”—a shortened version of his last name, Kishimoto. Kenji is Asian, if I’m correct, and it was really great to see someone stand up for Asian names that are “too hard to pronounce/too long so we just shorten it”. Names are our identity; don’t condense it so it’s easier to say.) The plot was literally your typical dystopian plot. Look at the world, an evil organization is controlling everyone but appearing to be “perfect”! Look at me, I’m a weird mutant with powers that no one else has! (view spoiler)[Oh wait, look at us, all mutants with special powers and we’re going to rebel! And oh em GEEEEEEE, the exceptions to my powers are the two guys I might possibly be in love with!!! (hide spoiler)] Reading the same thing over and over is really annoying!!!!!POSITIVES OF MY READING EXPERIENCE:- getting to make status updates of my complaints and spread the hate & salt- laughing at how ridiculous everything was (especially Juliette and Adam’s “love”)- using Google to add to my vocabulary and learn synonyms of the word “annoying” in order to write this review and describe the many annoying things about the book!!! (if you want to know, these synonyms include: irritating, infuriating, exasperating, maddening, trying, tiresome, troublesome, bothersome, nettlesome, obnoxious, irksome, vexing, vexatious, galling, aggravating, pesky, and, my personal favorite, cursed. this book is so cursed, y’all, STAY AWAY)I’d originally rated this 2 stars but after writing this review and finding no positives of the book whatsoever, I lowered it to 1 star!!! Everything pissed me off so much and I just hate this book!!! Save yourself and stay away!!!Basically, Shatter Me in one word: ANNOYING.// buddy read with american, british, and german (sorry for hating on your fav book xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo)(all the other BR people rated this 3 stars and higher, I love being the only hater in the group)

  • Aly (Fantasy4eva)
    2019-04-16 13:10

    UPDATE: I stand up slowly, suddenly shaking with anger, hoping my legs won't collapse beneath me. "You think that because I am unwanted - because I am neglected and - and discarded -" My voice inches higher with every word, the unrestrained emotions suddenly screaming through my lungs. "You think I don't have a heart? You think I don't feel? You think that because I can inflict pain, that I should? You're just like everyone else. You think I'm a monster just like everyone else. You don't understand me at all -" "Juliette-" "No." I don't want this. I don't want this life.Now look at this: From Jane Eyre. (Thanks Lanna)"Do you think I am an automaton? ­ a machine without feelings?...Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong — I have as much soul as you, — and full as much heart..."When I first read the quote in the book, I kept thinking I had heard it before. I was so sure about it. Now I realise it's from watching the movie. I kind of ignored the feeling out of guilt, but obviously I was remembering a particular part in the movie. Yeah.. I'm not sure what to think of this. I mean, is it supposed to be a tribute to the book of some kind? Let me know what you think :/My Thoughts - Juliette hasn't touched or talked to a single soul in 263 days. She is now part of a new world. A world where animals are close to extinct, the English language soon lost, books and our history on the verge of being erased and even birds have stopped flying. Being close to starved in a cell and alone for so long has taken it's toll. She is a broken girl who has given up and learned to not fight back in order to survive. But when she finds herself with a new cell-mate: Adam, she's horrified. She recognises him, or so she thinks. But this boy isn't like the others. He looks at her with kind eyes, he's curious. His curiosity could get him killed. He doesn't know what she's capable of. That her touch is lethal.SHATTER ME is very entertaining. Heck, I straight up devoured the book and had a good time doing so. But it doesn't come without its flaws. Let me tell you now. I do analyse a lot. So if you're a reader that just wants something enjoyable and fast paced, then you will find that with this book. If you don't care for the things I'm about to mention, and hey, had they not bothered me, this would have been a high four star to a 5 star read. But unfortunately, there were flaws, and they did bother me. First off, I found Juliette very annoying at times. At first, you think that she's been through hell. She's been bullied for being different and even pushed away by her family - which can be traumatising for any child. But as the story progresses, instead of eventually growing out of her shell and being more stronger as a person, she instead remains pretty much a coward. Cowering behind Adam, or in a corner at the mention of threat. Sure, she likes to give Warner attitude, but only because she knows that he won't hurt her. On another note. She comes across as very innocent, vulnerable and naive, but can't seem to stop thinking about how she'd like to have her way with Adam - all the time if I might add."You're going to get better," I promise him. "And when you do, I'm going to show you exactly what choice I've made. I'm going to memorize every inch of your body with my lips." <-- WTF was my first reaction. This is our naive Juliette talking? Was my second. I thought I had slipped into a naughty romance novel for a second there xDAlso, she seems to react to every guy that pays her attention. I mean, you claim to be in love with a particular guy, then what's with all the lusting for the others. In fact, why is it that every attractive guy that she meets falls for her. I know she's supposed to be really pretty, but really? At this rate, forget a triangle, there might just be a darn square! LOL :P Highlights? The sexytimes :) There were many, and the author wrote them very well. I grinned a little, or maybe a lot. As for Adam? As nice and attractive he may be, it was Warner and Kenji that really caught my eye. These two made the book for me. Kenji, girls, is charming and funny. And he completely won me over. Truthfully, when you have Adam and Juliette being so dramatic all the time and constantly declaring their love for one another (which I still don't buy) it's nice to have someone like Kenji around to lighten the mood. But also, he's just really awesome :) Warner, on the other hand is the bad guy. But there's something about this 'bad guy' that you can't quite bring yourself to hate. He may be on the wrong side, but there are instances that show a side to him that makes you soften up to him. He has a vulnerability about him. Clearly he is sad and lonely. There's definitely more to him than meets the eye and I'm very intrigued. He may have obsessive tendencies but there's something about him that's very appealing. It may be wrong, but I doubt I'm the only one who found herself swooning. The metaphors. Gosh, this book is full of them. You know, one or two once a while may seem nice and pretty, but to have 3/4 on every single page just gets annoying and tiresome. I'll give you a few examples:I am nothing but Novocaine. I am numb, a world of nothing, all feeling and emotion gone forever. I am a whisper that never was.Realisation is ice-cold water and it's dripping down my spine. I am gaping with my eyes, gaping with my mouth, gaping wide open because I feel holes everywhere, punched into the terrain of my body. My heart must be bleeding out of my chest. My words wear no parachutes as they fall out of my mouthHis eyes are two shots of green punched through a pane of glass. Cutting through me.He leans back against the couch. Runs a free hand over his face. Seasons change. Stars explode. Someone is walking on the moon.My eyelashes trip into my eyebrows; my jaw drops into my mouthIt's raining today. The sky is weeping for us.I'm wearing dead cotton on my limbs and a blush of roses on my face.I rolled my eyes, a lot.I may have grown fond of James (Adam' little brother), Kenji and Warner, but I found Juliette and Adam rather bland - which is pretty worrying. I felt like Juliette was just your typical helpless girl and Adam your typical protector. They just seemed to stick in these roles throughout the novel - leaving little for character growth. At least Warner and Kenji are interesting. The actual world building was lacking in my opinion. Maybe they'll explain more in the next novel, but I'm still wondering why there wasn't much of an in depth explanation for why things were the way they were. I felt like the book completely headed into the romance and just ignored the world building - which is so crucial when it comes to this genre.It's towards the last few pages that the book takes the "X Men" route. And hey, I'm a fan, a big one actually. So all I could see when I saw Juliette was Rogue, only less badass. But I think things went too far. (view spoiler)[I mean, not only is there this whole institute of sorts like the cartoon, but for heavens sake they even have their own Xavier. A man who helps them control their powers. Ironically, that very man can move things with his mind, well, like Xavier. *sighs* I'm all for powers since its a lot more interesting than a lot of other things out there right now, but I wish it wasn't so close to home. I would have preferred things to have not to been so obvious in being similar. And did anyone else find it awfully ironic that Adam could touch her? (hide spoiler)]It's a little painful giving this one 3 stars. It's much better than your average read. It has great potential. And a part of me feels like it deserves more. But personally, there are so many things that weigh this book down that I can't see myself giving it more. Warner and Kenji have kept me loyal, though, so I'll be looking out for the sequel. I'm just hoping that there's an improvement in the world building and character development department, because I do see potential. Oh, and less metaphors please.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-04-26 17:08

    THIRD ATTEMPT AT READINGI actually got through it. Full review to come. RE-READINGSECOND REVIEWI skimmed read this so bloody hard but here are some notes I took before my brain shit itself and couldn't handle the idiocy. The writing is beautiful, definitely but I hate both the plot and the characters. So, without further ado, here are my notes:- “My parents emptied their pockets of me and left me to evaporate on a concrete slab.”- I hate Adam- I hate Juliette - "You could love me, you know.” He’s smiling a strange sort of smile. “We would be unstoppable.”- Warner is creepy af with that quote - seriously - wtf - how is this guy romantic he seems like a creep - YOU WANT TO TELL ME YOU WOULD TREAT ME LIKE A QUEEN AND I COULD LOVE YOU? BOY NO- he also wants to use her for his gain???? i'm so confused by this how is this not mildly abusive??? - i really hope his character changes because if not no thank you- such a classic Edward Cullen and Jacob Black vibe between Adam and Warner too - Still hate Juliette - ok but why is it that the two love interests have the ability to touch her? TOO CONVINENT I don't know, I just found everyone either creepy or having absolutely no personality. 🤷🏻‍♀️FIRST READ REVIEW2.75 - SPOILERS. Shatter Me confused me. I've seen heaps of reviews recently, praising this book and it's understandable why - but I was left more confused than not. I'll probably finish this series purely to try and understand the hype. I really wish I'd enjoyed this. I mean, I did in a way but for the most part I was confused. The writing felt jerky, Juliette's inner monologue was strange, the romance came out of nowhere, and the world building took me almost 75% of the book to work out. I think the only character I actually liked was Warner. I felt he was the most realistic for this dystopia like setting. He wanted power and I could understand that. Juliette could be used as a weapon and be easily moulded too considering the lack of love and attention she had experienced in her life. She was fragile and naive in so many ways, something that wasn't shown. In my opinion, after the bullying, murder and abandonment that all featured in her life Juliette should have acted differently. However, the author seemed to want to portray her as strong, which isn't what came across to me. Also, of course our special little snowflake Juliette is beautiful - absolutely stunning from the definition provided when she looks at herself for the first time in ages. If I could punch a female character in the face it would be her. Adam was even stranger to me. I just can't even put in words my feelings towards him. He rubbed me the wrong way and every time he came up I cringed. I didn't understand why Juliette and Adam were so infatuated with each other. They'd known each other at 14 and they're now 17. It felt underdeveloped and immature. “H-how could you possibly care about someone . . . like me?” I’m barely breathing, nervous and petrified but somehow staring at his lips, studying the shape, counting the drops of water tumbling over the hills and valleys of his mouth.“Because I’m in love with you.”This quote basically made me sick. I can't stand weak heroines and I can't stand an under developed romance that leaves me wanting to run head first at a brick wall. It's one of my pet peeves in books that drives me absolutely mental. Onto my main problem with the book: the writing. I couldn't stand handle the constant strikeouts through every other word or words words angerangerwordswords Trying to look like poetry. It made my brain hurt. Was the book meant to be a representation of Juliette's diary? Was it meant to just be the childishness of her underdeveloped mind? I have no idea. I also couldn't imagine anything. Too many similes and metaphors that made me feel like I was back in high school and deconstructing the assigned book. There were inconsistencies as well. Juliette states that her parents moved her around lot in shame, because she'd be kicked out of school or because she'd done something weird. However, when Adam and Juliette are taking he refers to several years of schooling which aren't consistent with the statement uttered before. If Juliette was always doing weird things happen how would it be possible for her to stay at a school for several years and only be pulled out once she killed a small child? Also, there was minimal remorse for the death of child that left me speechless. I killed a fish by accident when I was 11, I still think about it to this day which is 8 years later. When I was 9 I had a rabbit and he died within days of getting him, I still wonder what I could have done to save him ten years later. But Juliette only mentions this young boy when suited to her. Maybe she's insane? Maybe isolation in no way helped her? I'm not sure. But I'm quite furious about it. To continue the inconsistencies, if earth is becoming a wasteland why is technology so advanced? Like I don't understand how Warner had a room just out of high tech torture chamber but no one is able to supply food for themselves?There were may too many time lapses as well in which we aren't informed what's happening either. It left me wanting to slam my head against a wall repeatedly. I didn't know what was happening but I was disappointed by this book. Maybe I went in with expectations too high, but overall I'm going to rate this book a 2.75.

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    2019-03-30 21:26

    “Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Juliette was in a prison cell for nearly one year trying to survive her life in a dark, lonely room. There was no one to talk to, nothing to read, to do. She only had a small notebook where she wrote down her feelings, her thoughts. She poured her heart out into this pages. The guilt, the loneliness of never touching anyone. But then she got a new cell mate. A boy with blue eyes, that she remembered and a name she always liked, Adam. Shortly after she gets a cell mate they’re being brought to a young man - Warner who rules this sector and is making Juliet a great deal. Did you hear that Shatter me will become a series on TV? I’m super excited for that, even though I can’t really understand how they’re gonna put the first book on screen. In the end not much is happening. But we get a lot of Juliette’s thoughts. Throughout this book is mostly character driven in my opinion. But it is still really really addictive. There is some action, that’ll make you gasp out loud and there are scenes with so much passion/love/fear/anger that you’ll love this book even more. Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Even though Juliette isn’t the perfect character, she still has her good parts. Of course she is a little bit weak and cries sometimes, but that’s only because she is afraid. Of the world, her skills and herself. She has such a big, kind and wonderful heart that she doesn’t want anyone get hurt. Especially the ones who are kind to her. Being trapped in a prison cell for nearly a year and never seeing kindness or love in the eyes of others, I’m not surprised that Juliette tries to seek out good and bad people she meets. Oh Adam, you were never my favorite character. You always seemed like a protective, romantic guy, but after reading this whole trilogy a few times I see you clearly. I see that you love the weak side of Juliette. The side that needs protection. You don’t see how strong she can be. That, sometimes, she doesn’t need the saving or protection from others. She needs someone to support her. To show her that she can be more than the weak, locked up girl, that can’t be touched. But then you always protected her when she needed protection. You were kind to her when no one was. You searched for her years of your life, because you wanted to see her, you wanted to know her save. In the end you were always a nice guy with a kind heart. Warner is our “villain” in this story and as I said a lot of times: I love the “villains” of stories. Nearly always. For me they seem to be the most interesting character. And that’s exactly what I love about Warner. He is young and he is ruthless. He is strong, but he is also extremely intelligent. He knows how to hold his power. And even though you could think he is the perfect villain of this story he is also supportive of Juliette. He tries to show her that she is capable of more, that she has so much potential to be great. Even though she doesn’t want to see it sometimes. Oh and of course we have the best and most amazing side-character there could be. Kenji ♥️He’s just so funny and I loved him from the start. World ⭐️⭐️⭐️The world building in this one is really really little. It seemed like a introduction to the whole world. We can be sure that this is a dystopian novel, but we don’t know what happened to the world and why it is the way it is know, but we know that it’s not right. That there is a regime that shouldn’t be ruling and people lose hope for a better world. Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Even though I wasn’t really fond of our main character and love interest Adam, I can’t say he isn’t madly in love with Juliette. The things he says to her, even though we all know it can’t be this wonderful true love on first sight he says it was, were filled with so much love, romantic and happiness. It was beautiful. If you love unconditional sometimes irrational but beautiful love, then this is the book for you. (But definitely continue the series, there’s something better coming our way) Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The first time I read this book, the thing I liked the most about it was the writing. It was so poetic, so full of beautiful descriptions of feelings. The second time I read it, I wasn’t in the mood for this book or his writing. That’s why I felt it was too much. But now I changed my mind, like all human being do sometimes, and now I fell in love with it. Again. If you’re a person who don’t really like unrealistic metaphors, then you probably don’t like this writing. But if you have a huge imagination and love absolutely weird metaphors and description, then this is the book for you. And if you tried it once and you hated it, just wait a little bit maybe in another time with another mood you’ll like it.

  • P
    2019-03-28 21:21

    “I'm oxygen and he's dying to breathe.”I enjoyed this book heartily despite that world-building. Shatter Me gave me much more than an entertaining ride, the book shocked me with its characters. Yes, Juliette is such a doleful character and she isn't the one leading the story into a good way. Not at all ! But Warner and Adam are my reasons for liking this book and going crazy. Adam is just like a good guy trying to impress the girl he likes. But Warner, a handsome and dark guy, took my breath away.What I liked- Adam. He is my focos in this bok. His personality will make you swoon relentlessly from the first page. I don't know why I liked him this much. Maybe he's too kind to Juliette and my heart just melted for him, and the romance scenes in this book are super intense and also made my heart wobbly.“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” - The love triangle is hard to decide on whose side you're on. ADAM or WARNER. I couldn't even choose them. When Adam is with Juliette, they're so cute. And when she's with Warner, everything about them is a bit sexual, I could feel it. Trust me, the love triangle is the only thing making this book bearable for me. But if you're NOT a fan of it, I think this book might not work for you and you'll get annoyed easily.- Warner will shake your heart and rock your world. He's a veryyyy bad guy and will stop at nothing to own Juliette. You can't resist him no matter what you do and you'll be torn between him and Adam at the end. Of course, I've said this twice already.“The moon is a loyal companion.It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” - The story is enjoyable and I didn't get bored by it. The narration is not complicated at all and the setting is very easy to understand. Instead of not liking it as other people, I found the writing style awesome and hard to forget. It's unique but it does something good for the book, though.What I didn't like- The worldbuilding is NOT good. She created the world where mutants are confined and banished, which is alike what happens in X-MEN. The heroine, Juliette, runs away from her miserable life at the beginning, nothing new to intrigue me. And she also tells nothing about the origin and development of the power.“I've been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.” - Juliette was annoying sometimes. She's insipid at first but around the middle she does get better. But even now, I don't really understand why she's the center of Adam and Warner's attentions. Aside from her power, she doesn't have something good at all.http://goo.gl/zxuFwg

  • Jeff
    2019-04-18 13:07

    I read this in 2 days. 2 DAYS!!Not bragging or anything, but for a slow sloth like me, that's a pretty good accomplishment, don't ya think??This story didn't have a lot of pages, but for some reason, you're just compelled to finish it. Is this a magical spell? No, it's because this book was BRILLIANT. Mafi creates an entire world with action, suspense, crazy hot boys and all that shit.Now, a lot of people said that they liked Warner, but for me, my childish brain fell in love with the first boy my eyes set on. Yup, it was Adam.For some reason, this dude happened to capture my attention and made me absolutely despise Warner. I HATED Warner. I thought he was a pervert, honestly. XDAnd with this hatred, I absolutely LOVED it when Juliette escaped with Adam to a sort-of happily ever after. Now you see why I finished this in two days??And not only that, the action and just plain awesomeness of this book made it a terrific read. You'll love it. :)

  • Helen 2.0
    2019-04-15 21:27

    Time for a Reread of Shatter Me aka 300+ pages of Hyperbole aka Juliette Whines for 3 weeks and I Endure It aka I'm Really Only Here for WarnerThis reread has been very helpful in informing me that yes, I do still hate Juliette with the fiery passion of a hundred nuclear detonations.She speaks in riddles, to the point where any self-respecting reader has to rest their eyes & brain every 3 pages to recover. There's no way to escape this issue because first person narration - thrice cursed be whoever came up with fucking first person narration - means that we spend the whole book locked inside Juliette's neurotic mind. So, every other line is some insane hyperbole describing Juliette's heart-wrenching inner turmoil about whatever minor event just occurred.And the metaphors get pretty gross. See for yourself: "These words are vomit. This shaky pen is my esophagus. This sheet of paper is my porcelain bowl." Ew."Every organ in my body falls to the floor." EW."My skin is still steaming. My bones are bandaged in the tight folds of this strange dress, the zipper the only thing holding me together." She really should get that checked by a doctor."I'd like to cry into his eyes." No, seriously, GROSS.All of this because Juliette's been on her own all her life and thus lives inside her head. And I get it, Tahereh Mafi wanted to pull the reader into the unique mind of a girl who is, by all professional opinion, clinically insane. But the abstract language is so abundant and so downright weird that it threw me for a loop every time. The author should have reigned it in a little, edited out the superfluous metaphors and left only the really meaningful ones, the ones that help give life to the characters and the world.For example, leave phrases like this: Warner whisks into the room like he treads air for a living. And cut ones like this: My face has been slapped by a hundred hands. That's just distracting.So now we get to the second, and more important, issue with Juliette: her self-esteem (or lack thereof).There's nothing wrong with creating a heroine who struggles with her self-image; this is a natural thing to add to a book targeted at teens. Writing about a journey towards self-acceptance and -love is always a good bet for YA.Things get problematic when we look at how Juliette gains confidence in herself, namely, through the attention of men. At the beginning of Shatter Me, Juliette hates herself and her abilities fiercely, to the point where she has thoughts like these: "I am a monster. He doesn't want me near him. Of course he doesn't. I should never forget my place." Then Adam comes along and solves her inner turmoil - caused by a lifetime of abuse - within a few weeks! By doing nothing more than complimenting and touching her! "He's kissing away the pain, the hurt, the years of self-loathing, the insecurities, the dashed hopes for a future I always pictured as obsolete." Nu-uh, Juliette, that's not how it works!!My point is that Tahereh Mafi shouldn't be teaching her young readers that a man will come along and magically fix their self-image. She should be teaching girls that lasting confidence is something you need to discover for yourself, and not by defining yourself based on the men who claim to love you. The moral of Shatter Me is very far from healthy.The last problem with the book is the world built by the ominous "Reestablishment". Who are these people, what are their goals, how and in what world did they manage to rise to power? We get answers to none of these questions, and answers don't seem to be on the horizon for book 2 either. For now, Shatter Me's setting is a nebulous 1984esque fascist regime with no apparent means or motive. We need more clarification about the world where this story takes place. So all-in-all my only reason for continuing the series is my baby Warnerwho really deserves a hug.

  • Christine Riccio
    2019-03-30 15:15

    The writing style intrigued me and although at times I was irritated with Juliette, I couldn't help but enjoy this book! I flew right threw it in two days! Here's my booktalk with all my thoughts and musings: http://youtu.be/Ihe6hYaUTRA =D