Book Review — Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book Review — Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Book Review — Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by Harper Teen, HarperCollins
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 461
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Rating: two-starstwo-stars

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.

Book Review:

I wish I would’ve have loved this book. But honestly, it left much to be desired. I found much of the plot and character lacked development and a cohesive continuation from the first book. The romance between Juliette and Warner felt forced, and the method by which the author manufactured Juliette’s attraction to Warner (by severely weakening Adam’s character in the process) was lazy.

The first half of this book was so incredibly slow. The author made me detest Adam and Juliette as characters. I kept waiting for things to turn around, but really the only good thing about the first half was Kenji. The latter part of this book was marginally more gripping for me due to Warner’s presence (he was someone to distract me from Adam and Juliette).

What was so great about Shatter Me was the interesting premise and three distinct interesting characters. Warner was a great villain with many facets and an alluring mystery surrounding him. Adam was wholeheartedly good and strong character both in emotional and physical strength. Despite being psychologically tested and isolated for nearly a year, Juliette was resilient and defiant. However, in Unravel Me there was absolutely no character growth for Adam or Juliette. Honestly, they were weak, whiney, and, irritating. These three characters were absolutely ruined in this book and that made me so sad!

Love triangles themselves do not bother me in the least. I don’t hate on them for their existence. But like I said earlier, to me the author did nothing to build Warner as a love interest. She just made him this mysterious man and then made the reader strongly dislike Adam. By ruining Adam’s character, it was all too convenient for Warner to pop in and steal Juliette’s heart.

My favorite thing about Unravel Me was Kenji. Not only he the most consistent character in the series so far, he’s also the glue that holds everyone together. He’s Adam’s best friend, he’s like a brother to James, and he has an unwavering faith in Juliette’s power. He brought so much to the story—humor, stability, and a cohesiveness. I am worried about his mortality in book three, however. It seems like the good die young in books. Please don’t kill Kenji. I will self-combust with grief and despair (dramatic? probably).

I may read book three, but I’m a little scared to just because of my opinion of this book. I fear that the focus will be too much on the Juliette’s choice of guy rather than the impending war.

2 stars

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


The List — Essentials for Bookworms this Summer

The List — Essentials for Bookworms this Summer

Okay, so I know we’re nearly two months into summer, so this post is a little late. But, hey, it’s going to be hot for another couple of months. I thought I’d put together a list of essentials for readers when it’s freaking hot as crap outside.  I hope you enjoy!

1.) This Awesome Hammock

Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand - Tropical

This hammock was an Amazon Daily Deal well over a year ago. I remember it because I contemplated buying it at the time. It was going for a wicked ridiculous price. My dumb self didn’t buy it and, that is something I will regret for a long time.

Seriously though, this would a PERFECT reading spot on a hot summer day.

Purchase your sweet ass hammock.

2.) This Bitchin’ Fan

Holmes 12 Inch Blizzard Remote Control Power Fan with Rotating Grill

Admittedly, I chose this fan because it has a remote. Let’s be real, you don’t want to be getting up out of your hammock to turn the fan on, right? I didn’t think so. Plus it’s called “The Blizzard” and that just makes me feel cold, which is what I want to feel when the Lord creates an inferno of hell outside.

Get Yoself a Blizzard and a Remote

WATCH THIS!Where the hell is Moses? <– If you guys haven’t watched this, you absolutely MUST! I die laughing every single time.

3.) Music from These Fine Folks!

Search for your next favorite summer tune!

4.) This Fancy Ass Water Bottle

Swell 25 Ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle in Silver Lining

I’ve yet to experience the supposed awesomeness of the S’Well Water Bottle but apparently it works miracles. And by “works miracles” I mean it keeps your drinks hot or cold for a long ass time. So I thought this magical bottle (that’s probably made from wizardry) would be perfect for long summer nights reading outside in that sweet ass hammock (bringing it full circle people). How many times can I use the word “ass” in this paragraph? Ass. Ass. Ass. Ass. Ass.

5.) Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Author Beth Ehemann posted about this beer on Facebook a few weeks ago. And when I saw it I thought The Lord has created a beer especially for me. I’m not a beer drinker. But this girl LOVES root beer, like really.

This Root Beer beer is called “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” and it’s distributed by Small Town Brewery.  Go to their website to find out where you can get yoself some of this good ass shizzle.

6.) Be Smart. Go Waterproof.

Don’t jack up your precious eReader *my precious* by getting water all up in there. There is a waterproof case for just about every device.

Atlas Waterproof Case for Kindle Paperwhite by Incipio
Kindle Case
LifeProof nüüd Case & Cover/Stand for iPad Gen 2/3/4 - White / Gray
iPad Case

7.) A Freaking Float!

SwimWays Spring Float Recliner Canopy


Look at how happy she looks. That could be you. You can get your adult floaty right here.

8.) Always wear Sunscreen

While Baz Luhrmann’s song/speech from the 1990’s focused on living a happy life, the title preaches an important lesson here. KOLBEE, I’m talking to you.

Kolbee, this Banana Boat stuff is SPF 100. I think you’ll be good. And it’s a SPRAY, so it’s super easy!

Or if you want the classic lotion stuff, you can get the goods here.

Get yourself some sunscreen. Apply it frequently and you won’t be crying in pain later.

9.) These Beach TowelsNatural & Black Turkish Towel Peshtemal - 100% Natural Dyed Cotton - for Beach Spa Bath Swimming Pool Hammam Sauna Yoga Pilates Fitness Gym Picnic Blanket (Dandelion Textile)

This towel (Purchase Here) is super cute and kind of hippie looking (would also be great for a picnic blanket). I love it! But if you’re wanting something a little more beach towel-like check this one out:

OUTLANDER fans, you’re going to love this!! It’s a towel that turns into a kilt! It works for the ladies and the dudes. (Hildy, I totally posted this for you!)

10.) Mood Lighting

Set the mood with these twinkle lights. I believe the description on the first is “Fairy Lights”. FAIRY LIGHTS, PEOPLE! I need to get some of these. And you know you want that tacky “It’s 5:00 Somewhere” sign. 😉

INST Solar Powered LED String Light, Ambiance Lighting, 55ft 17m 100 LED Solar Fairy String Lights for Outdoor, Gardens, Homes, Christmas Party (Warm white) NEWSTYLE 16.4Ft 30 LED Crystal Ball Solar Powered Outdoor String Lights for Outside Garden Patio Party Christmas (Warm White)

19x19 Large It's 5:00 Somewhere Motion LED Sign

Why not add this?

11.) Will Sumner…Trust me, he’s essential

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren      Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren write some of my favorite feel-good sexy reads. Beautiful Player is my absolute favorite book from their Beautiful Bastard series.

12.) Cute Flippy Floppies!

Roxy Women's Mimosa V Flip-Flop

These are Roxy Women’s Mimosa V Flip-Flop and they’re on sale too! I thought they were cute.

Well there you have it, folks! I hope you fellow bookworms like what I picked. If not, that’s fine too! Have a great Tuesday!

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