Today I am excited to share my review and giveaway of Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi during my week hosting the Fiery Hot Reads for Icy Cold Nights Blog Hop. Who doesn't have a problem believing that Adam or Warner could keep them warm? Enjoy my review, enter to win a copy and then visit all of the blogs participating in today's blog hop.
by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Publication date: February 5, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
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Publisher provided ARC for unbiased review
Tick tick tick tick tick it's almost time for war. Juliette has
escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and
it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from
The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to
love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from
Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. In this
exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions
between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might
involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
Unravel Me was one
of my most anticipated reads for 2013 and Mafi gave me exactly what I craved from
her lyrical writing style to the way she captures Juliette’s fears and thoughts. I was completely swept up in the second installment of the Shatter Me series. A few twist, a messy, wonderful, rip-your-heart-out-love
triangle and a fight for the oppressed kept me spellbound.
literally picks up where Shatter Me
ends and we find Juliette below ground dealing with her affliction or gift;
depending on her mood. Omega Point is an underground facility where others with
gifts like her are working together to fight the Reestablishment and all that
it stands for. Juliette struggles to fit
in, and longs for more time with Adam and fears Warner is coming for her. With gut-wrenching revelations, war and
betrayal the tale that unfolds will blow your mind.
We see a lot of character growth and get to know some key
characters in this second book.
Juliette still struggles and worries about rejection. She questions
whether here is any better than there and who is right. Sometimes her emotional baggage consumes
her and Mafi beautifully captures her thoughts and emotions. Poor, Juliette has to make difficult
decisions regarding Adam and Warner. Unexpected complications make it so much
harder for her, and I really felt for her. We also see tremendous growth in her abilities and a maturing in her personal growth. Has she
emerged as the kick-ass heroine I believe she is capable of being? No not yet,
but we catch glimpses of her. Adam,
sweet, Adam *swoons* He loves Juliette but oh the secrets he is keeping. Warner is back and my feelings for him wavier
between pity and love. Those who haven’t
read the novella Destroy Me, will
gain more insight into his life and even those of us who did will learn more about him and his dear old Dad. A clever twist changes thing and we see some really raw emotions
from him. He has a line in this tale that just about unraveled me! We really get to know Kenji more and I liked this soft-spoken leader. I almost wished he were the love interest. His role directly impacts Juliette
and a lot of her growth he brought to fruition.
I hate love triangles except in a few situations. One of
those is Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly
series and the other is this one. Mafi makes it all seem very real and plausible. Juliette’s background, personality and
situation all led to this tidal wave of emotions and uncertainty. The dystopian aspect of the tale is
interesting and we gained more insight into what happened to create this
oppressive government. The abilities of the resistance are unique and there missions interesting. As news of Omega and the resistance reaches civilians we
see them begin to rise up, and make a stand. The complexities of the male
relationships and back story were fascinating and I am anxious to see how they unfolds. I have to talk about Mafi’s
writing style; how do I even begin to express the beauty of it? It slides of the paper
like honey or music to my brain. Her descriptive language for even the most mundane things takes on an elegant beauty. Between the journal entries and the thoughts racing
through Juliette’s head we literally breathe in and consume her emotions. The tale just flows and I am able to complete immerse myself into it. The romantic scenes are some of the most beautiful
and emotional I have ever read. Here are
two tender moments with Juliette and ?!?
“All I know next are
his arms, the desperate edge to his voice when he says my name, and I'm
unraveling in his embrace, I'm frayed and falling apart and I'm making no
effort to control the tremors in my bones and he's so hot his skin is so hot
and I don't even know where I am anymore.” Unravel Me
"I want to be the
friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and
into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want
to be that kind of friend," he says. "The one who will memorize the
things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to
know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body, Juliette--"
Mafi made me melt. I could have easily consumed this in a
day, but forced myself to do it in two so that I could savior it. This is a
series I will re-read and except for a few classics..I never do that.
If you cannot tell after this fangirl gushing review, I love
this author and series. Unravel Me is
worth every penny and needs to adorn your bookshelf. While I was angered by the
cover change I must say it is lovely. Now I begin the painful journey of
waiting for book three due out in 2014. How about another novella to tide me
over? *hint* Unravel Me confirms Tahereh
Mafi as an auto-buy for me. I will purchase any book she writes.
Five Chocolate Dalmatian coffees out of five with a dollop of
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