Sunday, March 4, 2012

Emilia's Review on Shatter Me

Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi (@TaherehMafi)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Format: ARC
Pages: 338
Source: Prize
Series: Shatter Me #1
The Other Books: Unravel Me
Challenge: 2012 TBR Pile Reading
Extras: Trailer #1, Trailer #2, FacebookAuthor Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

You should… – Buy it!!

Reason for Reading – Cover, Author, Prize, Trailer

Judge the Cover – Breath-taking beautiful, and it feels more of a movie poster than a book cover. I understand why her hands are covered because her touch is deadly and powerful.

A Little Teaser I don’t know what I’ve done. I obviously don’t know what I’m capable of because I had no idea I could destroy anything at all and I’m suddenly so terrified so terrified so terrified of my own two hands. I stumble backward, stunned, and catch Warner watching me hungrily, eagerly, his emerald eyes bright with boyish fascination.

Review – I actually got an ARC for this book during ShatterDay, an event to celebrate the upcoming release for Shatter Me. Before I won though, they let us read the first 25 chapters of the story, and then Barnes & Noble gave us chapter 26, with all of that combined I needed to read the entire book.

This book is fantastic. Tahereh’s writing draws you in, and her descriptions create a new world. Juliette’s voice, for me, was hard to get into at first but after the first couple of chapters, my mind was reeling at how amazing this book was written. I sped through the first half of the book quickly, because I love everything about Juliette.

After I received the ARC, and did a little dance, I sat down to reread it but I never finished it. I think I only made it chapter 30, and got caught up with other things, that I never got around to finishing it until now.

The book was even better the third time round and this time I can say I actually finish it!! The complete story was just mind-blowing. If you haven’t read it yet, then go pick it up.

The characters were amazing as well. We have Adam and Juliette and all of their intense moments. Juliette can’t touch anyone because when she does she kills them. However, Adam can touch her and isn’t affected by her gift/curse. At first, I was thinking of course his able to touch her, and I kind of didn’t like that as the story. Even though every time they touch, and Juliette goes through this emotions, because she never thought she would touch by anyone. Adam completes her.

But then, Warner (the bad guy) can touch her as well. That got me excited! I know that sounds bad but it really does make the story more exciting because Warner is obsessed with her. He will do anything to have her on his side.

I know this book is set in the future, but I didn’t really think about it being in the future. I was thinking more about the supernatural part of the story, because you really can’t ignore it. Juliette is one of my favorite characters of all time. Can't wait for the sequel, and the movie because this will make a really awesome epic movie!! I just hope they portray Juliette well.

Author/Book News – Fox has captured the rights to make Shatter Me into a movie! Read all about it here. As for the sequel news, the title was released as Unravel Me, which gave me shivers. However, the book is not going to be released in 2012 but instead will be released on February 2013. Tahereh explains everything about this news HERE.


  1. I really disliked this book, couldn´t even finish it. I gave up after 150 pages and it is the first book in a year I couldn´t finish because I thought it was sooo bad. The writing style was just not bearable for me, I hated how often Tahere Mafi used the word "shatter" and with every page I hated Juliette more and more. After 150 pages I couldn´t force myself to pick up the book and read, anymore and descided that it is just not for me.
    Your review shows me again how different people are about books. You will probably hate a book I really like....
    ...But thank you for your review it was interesting to see another point of view on this book^^

    1. I agree with you, I also like seeing different points of views on books. The first time, I actually heard about this book was a review and person did not like this book at all. It got me interested. There are a ton of books out there that I never finished and probably won't, and some of them are popular.

      Can't wait to see your reviews on Legend and Article 5. I just picked up Article 5 but holding off reading it because I have few books I need to read right away.

      Thanks for the comment! -Emilia

    2. I actually really liked Legend and Article 5 a lot!
      What I liked about Legend was, that it is action from the first to the last page. It is an entertaining quick read, with an interesting twist. I didn´t like the relationship between Day and June, it felt like "Oh its YA, I have to bring boy and girl together!" but there were no feeling at all for me. But it still gets 5 stars from me.
      Article 5 was the opposite, I have never had such a good chemistry and intense relationship between boy and girl in a dystopian book. And on the other side, the author could manage to fullfill the action part really good as well. She found a good balance. 5 stars as well.

      You probably won´t understand my review, because I´m german and so my reviews are in german as well xP

    3. I read Legend and loved it! And oh my gosh, I need to read Article 5 asap! And I can read your reviews when I'm on Google, because it automatically translate :). -Emilia

  2. I really loved this books!! I was excited as well when we find out that Warner can touch her too! It makes things so much more interesting. I adore Adam!! I am really looking forward to Unravel Me. Great review!!

    1. I know right, when Warner touched her, my jaw just dropped. I was like whoa now he really REALLY wants her. Thanks for commenting -Emilia

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