Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me#1) by Tahereh Mafi

10429045Shatter Me (Shatter Me#1) by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopia and young adult

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Pages: 338 (Paperback)
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

(My Opinion)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi seems to be a hit or miss novel for most people. And I can understand why with the overuse of similes and metaphors that makes this novel quite different from other dystopian novels (in both a good and bad way). Another thing about the novel is there’s a lot of strike out text. I’ve never read a book with strike out text before and I think that’s why I had such a hard time trying to get comfortable with it. But, during the second half of the book, the strike out text is a lot less prominent than it is in the first part which helps make the novel a lot more bearable. Although this book does have some problems (that can sometimes be overlooked) I really liked this. Tahereh Mafi took a very mainstream, very overused idea and added a very cool twist to it.

The beginning is odd, there’s too much use of similes and metaphors. Even simple sentences have been changed into more complex and ‘poetic’ sentences. It reminds me of that episode on friends where Joey finds out how to use a thesaurus. (Season ten episode five: The One Where Rachel’s Sister Baby-Sits.) Because of this, the writing is really clipped and straight to the point instead of smooth and kind of casual (for the lack of a better word). I also don’t like the romance much because the book focuses almost always on the romance instead of the actual plot.

With all that being said, I still liked most if not all of the characters. They’re all different and pretty well-developed with strong personalities especially James who is a very realistic ten-year old. I love how Juliette is explained to us, although she’s had her powers for a long time now, she’s still learning about them and how to control them. We’re showed this with a few examples of just how killer her touch is with not only children, but against adults as well. It’s pretty amazing.

The idea to bring in superpowers into a dystopian series is pretty creative. It helps make the story stand out in a genre that is all the same (for the most part). Shatter Me is a thrilling read that is both intense and exciting. I recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian novels as well as people who like a lot of romance and a kick ass protagonist.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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Book Review: The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris (Book Tour+ Giveaway!)

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Welcome to my stop on The Exemeus blog tour by Folami Morris and Abeni Morris hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

16189172The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: January, 2013

Pages: 337 (Ebook)

The Exemeus (The Exemeus#1)

Hyalee Smith is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

Her short life was devoted to love and to hate. Love of the man who stole her heart, hate for the man who stole the world. Murdered by the government she swore to destroy, she has been given another chance to make it right. But to save the planet, she needs the help of the most powerful mystic the world has ever seen—unfortunately he hasn’t been born yet.

In a world where fear is the only currency, Dephon has committed the ultimate crime:inspiring hope.

His only goal is to make it safely through ninth grade, but on a post-apocalyptic Earth run by the Treptonian government, it isn’t that simple. Heir to a legendary power, Dephon Johnson is the only threat to the government’s rule. And on Trepton, all threats must be eliminated. When hundreds of assassins are dispatched to neutralize him, Dephon is forced to fight back. His only chance of survival is to enlist the aid of the greatest warrior the world has ever known. The only problem is, she’s been dead for 13 years.

(My Opinion)
Most of the book is told from the perspective of Hyalee and her life on Earth while Dephon is just reading about her. The Exemeus
isn’t a bad book, but it is a bit on the mediocre/ mainstream side. The romance in the book has been done before. With the insta-love and everything that goes on with the couple, it gets very annoying. But I still liked the book with the many different types of magic, worlds, and love. The Exemeus is a (mostly) fun read that many people will enjoy.

It’s blind-fully obvious that Hyalee and singleton are in love. Many books have this type of insta-love that also shows the couple facing many obstacles. What makes me dislike the romance is that they feel the need to touch each other every second of every day. There is a line between affectionate couples and too affectionate couples. Not only this, but some of the characters are boring and dull. I especially didn’t like reading about Dephon and his sad, wimpy ways.

Usually, when I read a book, that’s in third person, it takes me a while to feel connected with the book and enjoy the writing. This isn’t the case with The Exemeus in fact, the writing makes it more enjoyable and tolerable of the romance. I love the idea of having two stories fit into one book almost perfectly. It also better that Dephon and Hyalee have a connection to each other. The ending is a surprise! I was not expecting what happens because when you think its predictable, it takes a sharp turn and you are left in the dark. I was only expecting about a quarter of what happens.

Jacqueline is an awesome character. She is so laid back and all hakuna-matata-like about everything. I love her and her blue tipped hair! This book isn’t perfect but the action and adventures Hyalee faces is worth the read. I recommend this to anyone who loves stories with different perspectives, magical beings, and a world full of destruction where the only hope for peace is far too young to understand.

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3.5 clouds

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