Thursday, June 5, 2014

**#Jumble Your Genres Review ~ Unravel Me ~ Tahereh Mafi**

The genre for May was Dystopian. I chose to read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Obviously, my review is late. :)


Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi
Shatter Me #2
Release Date: Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Source: I purchased a paperback
Rating: 5 Bookworms

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 restistance.

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.

Wow! Unravel Me was an excellent followup to Shatter Me. It has a slightly different feel - mainly because we aren't reading Juliette's journal - but the story is even more exciting and is told in Mafi's exquisite prose.

In Unravel Me, we see Juliette working with Omega Point - training and trying to learn more about and how to control her gift. Along the way, Juliette's relationship with Adam evolves in unexpected ways. We see her begin to make attempts at friendship with others. And she's still thinking of Warner. (*swoon*)

What makes this story amazing is that Mafi creates this stark world - a world heading toward war, with characters set in their belief that their way is the right way - this suspenseful, exciting fantasy/dystopian story, and wraps it around very important lessons. It's incredible that Mafi weaves lessons on learning to love and accept yourself...that it's our differences that make us special. And lessons on not judging others based on preconceived notions. Juliette suffered horribly because of people judging her and then she did the same thing to Warner.

I was so offended and upset on Juliette's behalf. The people of Omega Point treated her no differently than anyone ever has. And Castle - he tells her she's selfish - not trying to make friends or fit in. I couldn't wrap my head around his not understanding that she's had 17 years of no love, no friends, no compassion, no touching. How would she even know how to go about making friends?

It was an incredibly awe-inspiring thing to witness Juliette mature - accept herself and decide to use her gift in a way she chooses. She had to endure even more pain but she made some decisions on her own, stood up for herself. Good stuff!

Mafi also throws in some twists and turns in the plot that were very unexpected and yet made things so clear. I don't what to say much about Adam and Warner to avoid being spoilery. Y'all know I have a thing for Warner and my feelings grew even deeper in this installment.

I cannot wait to read Adam's novella and Ignite Me! I need to know how it all turns out. I only wish I could read them NOW! :)


  1. First, off, Brandee: Warner is MINE!! And your review is so good, I agree with you, there are some important lessons woven into the stark world and the beautiful prose. I'm so happy you''re continuing with this series, and that you are enjoying it so much.

    I just had my very last exam this morning, so now, I'm free! I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I won't have to write another paper for a few months. And I'll have time to chat again, too.

    The weather here is starting to be so nice and summery, and things are winding down for the kids as well.

    I hope you're having a fantastic week, my friend. *BIG HUGS*

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I do believe that Mafi hit a home run with you Brandee! I'm surprised that you didn't go all fan-girl on us. ;) You might have some fierce competition for Warner, but I have enough fictional BF's so it won't be from me. :p Great review!

  3. Hey Brandee, I have read Shatter me and loved it, I have Unravel Me, just not got to it yet. I got the feeling from the end of Shatter Me that the story was going to be going in a different direction with the next book, especially how Shatter Me wound up. I just have to get through my pile of ASAPS and get back to enjoying some more YA reads. So glad you loved it!! I do love me some twists. Wonderful review, as always :D

  4. Wow, I need this series! I usually piggy back on popular dystopia coz it's not my favorite genre but this one is a winner accdg to fans. Like no book every sucked!

  5. I don't know why I don't want to finish this series! I think it's bc I loved Adam and I know it's all about Warner now. At any rate, I'm glad you loved UM!

  6. Wow... now I think this is a series I need to read! It sounds so good and I can tell how much you are loving it! Your review is so passionate!! I just want to give Juliette a hug and become her friend!! Sounds like she has had it extremely tough! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  7. Squeee! I also have a thing for Warner (I still need to read his novella) after just book 1. He's just clearly SO complex. So you liking him even more after this one? Yeah, I'm already trying to find a way to get to it faster! Brandee, make more time in my day please!!! Great review :)

  8. Shatter Me blew my friggin' mind and it is only a matter of time before I finish the series. Great review, Brandee! You make me want to drop everything and read them NOW too ;)

  9. OMG I was so with you! I hated how she was treated! Yeah sure Juliette... just make friends like it is so easy for you! ARGHHH I wanted her to be treated better..., but I loved this book and I thought it was a great conclusion... also I love Warner lol. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  10. Great review, Brandee. I have had this series on my TBR pile for ages. I really should bring it the top.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  11. I have the first book and am dying to get started on this series. It sounds so good, plus I love the covers. Great review, Brandee!


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