by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by: HarperCollins
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.
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.
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.
Unravel Me 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 Unearthlyseries 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–” Unravel Me
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.
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