Book Review: Unravel Me

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13104080Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Series: The Shatter Me Series #2

Published by Harper Collins on February 5, 2013

Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 461

Format: Hardcover, Purchased

Rating: ★.5

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SYNOPSIS:

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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.

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RATINGS:

Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: ★.5

Overall Rating: ★.25

Plot: Medium Paced | Unputdownable | Intruiging | PLOT TWIST

Characters: Annoying For The First Half (Only Juliette :P)| Character Development | Best Side Characters (Kenji & James) | Complex & Downright Crazy | Full Backstory | I SHIP IT

World Building: Dystopian Setting | Hard To Imagine | Kind of Typical | Needs More Detail

Writing: 1st Person POV | Beautiful & Poetic | Absolutely Unique | I NEED MORE

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MY REVIEW: 

(SPOILER FREE REVIEW FOR UNRAVEL ME, THE SECOND BOOK IN THIS TRILOGY! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SHATTER ME, THERE MAY BE MINOR SPOILERS HERE :O) 

After finishing Unravel Me in a mere day, I can safely say that I am so glad I decided to continue on with this trilogy. In this instalment, there is absolutely no signs of the second book syndrome. None. Instead, all Mafi leaves the readers with are jaw dropping plot twists that make you doubt everything in life, poetic strings of words drawn together and most pleasantly surprising of all, major character development of a certain female protagonist that you were sure was specifically made to annoy the life out of you. Yes, I’m looking at you Juliette Ferras. You grew a lot I’ll admit that, but you still aren’t and probably never will be my fave :p

Unravel Me takes place straight after the events of novella Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5), when Juliette is being trained as one of the fighters at Omega Point. From the start, we are once again thrust into Juliette’s perspective who still remains as self pitying as she was in the first book. There is not much character development or change in her personality until the latter half of the book which unfortunately caused me to knock down half a star. Nevertheless, her journal entries are much less frustrating to read about and though words continue to remain crossed and repeated throughout Unravel Me, everything seemed necessary and rather poignant in it’s own way.

Admittedly, I was rather nervous going into the sequel with me being more than a little let down by the first instalment. However, that fear soon vanished after I realized once again how amazing Mafi’s writing style truly is. Her words are like delicate butterflies, living objects you can only admire from a distance away. The one thing that definitely needs some improvement though, was the world building. I get that Dystopias are usually fairly similar in their settings to one another, but unlike The Hunger Games and Divergent, I was having a rather difficult time picturing what the Shatter Me world looked like. With the exception of the brief descriptions of the trailers, the only thing I knew about this dystopia was that it was bad. Unfortunately, this was a problem that carried on from the first book but I still won’t lose hope for some improvement in the third and final book.

“Hope.

It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”

Now let’s talk about the characters. (Other than Juliette because pshhh, who needs her anyway :P) WARNER, WARNER, WARNER. How I love thee with all the fibres of my body ❤ Even in Shatter Me, I liked him loads better than boring old Adam but this book was a game changer for his character. Multi-dimensional, complex,  troubled bad boy with a heart wrenching backstory… CAN SOMEONE SEND HELP PLEASE?! My heart can’t take his hotness anymore 😭 I love him and I want him. That is all. Give him to me Juliette, I WILL fight you. (Okay, that’s probably a terrible idea with her powers and all but love conquers all am I right?) 

His chest, heaving harder this time. His words, almost gasping this time. “You destroy me.”

Enough of me embarrassing myself, it’s time to talk about Adam. I really, really don’t like him, okay? He just seems too needy and whiny and whereas Warnette make each other better, Adam just drags Juliette down. He weakens her already vulnerable state and there is something just off about him that I can sense. But enough about Adam, let’s get onto my absolute new favourite side characters! KENJI is just the best. His hilarious comments and sarcastic retorts made my day about 1000000x better. And not only was he funny, KENJI was totally on a roll with his “stop it Juliette” comments. Gah, the things he said to her were exactly the same things I was thinking! I loved how he told her off when she was being a bit too whiny for me and reminded her that she wasn’t the worst off person in the world. (There were people STARVING TO DEATH outside for goodness sakes!) Also, if you have seen my Goodreads updates as I was currently reading this, you would already know that I mentioned Kenji more than I did Warner. And that my friends, is one big achievement. Ooh and I almost forgot to mention Adam’s little brother! I loved, loved, loved James, he was the sweetest thing to ever exist on this planet and now after the big plot twist, I can’t wait to see what happens with him and my bae Warner.

“Yeah, bro.” Kenji puts his utensils down. “You are moody. It’s always ‘Shut up, Kenji.’ ‘Go to sleep, Kenji.’ ‘No one wants to see you naked, Kenji.’ When I know for a fact that there are thousands of people who would love to see me naked—”

Speaking of plot twists, I DID NOT see that one coming. As a person who almost always gets the whodunnit right, I’m impressed, Mafi. Way to freak out your readers XD And now I’ll just sit here, waiting for the rest of the characters to find out. *Cackles evilly* 

Overall, Unravel Me was a great second installment to one of the most addictive series I have ever read. Although Mafi could have used little tweaks here and there to improve the lackluster world building, none of the negative aspects were large enough to deter me away from my enjoyment of the story. Needless to say, I am definitely continuing on with Adam’s novella, Fracture Me before starting one of my most anticipated books of the year, the long awaited Ignite Me! 

“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”

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Have you read Unravel Me or are you planning to? Are any of you hardcore Team Warners like me? Should I be excited to read the last book of this trilogy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Unravel Me

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I have read Unravel Me, and the whole trilogy actually, and I think my thoughts on this book were pretty much the same as yours.
    I loved Juliette’s development in this book, and the development of her relationship with Warner too. I really started to ship them in Unravel Me.
    Also KENJI ❤️ he is probably my favourite character in the whole trilogy! 😀
    Great review! 🙂

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  2. fridaysandbooks says:

    I adore this trilogy! I’ve reread them twice! So happy you liked this book so much! And I totally agree with you about Adam! I never really liked him either. So if you’re team Warner, you’ll absolutely love Ignite Me 😉
    Great review! 🙂

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