Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Genre: Ya | dystopian
Series: Shatter Me #1
Goodreads rating: 4.03
My rating: ★★★★

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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 (Goodreads).

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What I liked most about Shatter Me is the writing style. It’s so beautiful, poetic and unique. The plot though, not so much.

This is going to be a rather short review since I don’t have that much to say about the book, but I thought the plot was a bit boring until the end (that definitely saved the book! I can’t wait to see how it plays out). It focused too much on the romance for my taste. I mean, Juliette’s touch is fatal, which is a really awesome premise. I certainly didn’t expect that most of the book would be about the romance. Also I’m not the biggest fan of it. It just felt really rushed to me. Spoilerish: I know they already knew each other, but that’s when they were kids. They hadn’t seen each other in years and I would’ve liked to see the romance develop a little bit slower.

I’m also not really sure how I feel about the characters. They all feel a bit dull to me (except Kenji. I swear if he dies in one of sequels I’m going to throw a tantrum. You can not kill off the one character I actually like). I hope to see them develop into more three-dimensional and memorable characters.

So while I felt like not much happened and the characters felt a bit bland to me, the writing style is beautiful enough and the end promised an interesting series.

Have you read Shatter Me? I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this series haha. What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments! 

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Review: The One by Kiera Cass

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Genre: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Series: The Selection #3
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating: ★★★★★

summary

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants (Goodreads).

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While I knew how this was going to end (and not just because of The Heir), I still immensely enjoyed this book and I have to say this is my favourite in the series (so far, as I haven’t read The Heir yet). I definitely didn’t expect the book to go in certain directions and there were plot twists that I did NOT see coming at all.

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The girls became really close in this finale which really warmed my heart. I absolutely love friendship (a lot of the times even more than romance) and to see them all finally trust each other and have fun- I LOVED IT.

Here’s a list of things that I loved:

  •  Things being resolved. Highlight for spoiler: I loved that most characters got happy endings. You know, the ones who survived and were nice and all. I still don’t really care for Aspen and I think Lucy could do better but oh well. As long as Lucy is happy.
  •  The plot twists (there was one plot twist that I did think of during the first two books, but I didn’t think I was actually right!)
  • The action (more than in the previous two books, and I loved it)
  • As always the writing style. Kiera Cass’ books just read so easy and fast!
  • The rebels were finally really part of the plot. In the previous two books the rebels were just… Well, they were just there. They didn’t add much except a bit of drama.
  • Finding out more about the rebels
  • Minor spoiler: Celeste. Highlight: During the first two books I was so hoping that there would be more to her and YES THERE WAS.

Short list, because I don’t want to spoil too much (and I waited way too long to write this oops). Again, The One is in my opinion the best one in the series and I can’t wait to read The Heir to see what happens next. I really hope we’ll see some of the old characters besides the obvious ones make an appearance.

Have you read The One yet? If so, what did you think? I’ve heard mixed reviews about The Heir, which makes me a bit nervous (I haven’t read/heard any details, as I didn’t want to know anything, especially not having read The One yet, but I do know people who loved the original three books were disappointed), so what are your opinions on The Heir? Let me know in the comments!

– The Writing Hufflepuff