Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

  Unravel Me
  Author: Tahereh Mafi
  Publisher: Harper Collins
  Publication date: February 5th 2013
  Source: Harper Collins
  My rating: 5 stars

 
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.

This story took my breath away!   I was high on emotion and excitement that kept me glued to the pages.  I am in awe of Tahereh Mafi’s writing, so beautiful, so captivating.  In a sea of YA she stands out and shines.  Prepare for lots of gushing.  

Now that Juliette is out of the asylum and not a prisoner of Warner anymore, all the effects of being locked up, and deprived of human contact come rushing in.  She’s never been close to another person; she was even rejected by her own parents and called a “thing,” so it’s easy to understand why she is so awkward with people, and scared to let any friends in besides Adam.  At Omega Point she’s supposed to fit in, these are her kind, after all.   But Juliette sees the frightened glances and the wary looks, so she can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever fit in anywhere.   

Her relationship with Adam is so intense, because this is a first for her.  She’s never had the joy of human touch and she now comes ALIVE from it.  Thrives on it.   Adam wants her, and wants to touch her, sees her as a girl, and not someone to fear, and to Juliette this is monumental.    Some of their scenes together are very powerful.  I think I was overcome just as much as Juliette while reading these!  Unravel Me has some of the steamiest scenes I have ever read in YA!  I know I’ve said that I HATE love triangles, and for the most part, I REALLY, REALLY do.  Well, we have a love triangle and somehow it works.  In Shatter Me I was solidly Team Adam.  So, why Warner?!! Why did you have to utterly charm me, and crawl into my heart?!!  Some of the things he confesses to Juliette, and the soul bearing words he shares, completely floors me!  I am UNDONE by him!!  I’m soooo conflicted now, I don’t know if I could chose between these two, and neither can Juliette.  But don’t fear, those who are cringing as you read that last bit.  The plot is not all focused on the love life of Juliette.  There are bigger things to worry about.

There is a war brewing between the Reestablishment and the citizens, and Omega Point is right in the middle of it.  Juliette must quickly learn how to control and harness her power if she’s to help the Resistance.  So many people are counting on her to step up.   Juliette struggles with her power, and how her intense emotions affect her power.  Whenever she’s flooded with dark or negative emotions, she can barley control herself, or the delight she feels at the horror she’s able to inflict.  This shocked me a little, and I think it shocked Juliette as well.  But I admired that she always tried to be a good person, and was willing to struggle to do so.  Also, we meet Anderson, Warner’s father and leader of the Reestablishment, and finally understand why Warner is so screwed up.  This guy will NEVER win father-of-the-year!!  But his history and a few revelations around him are extremely interesting.

Parts of this story were truly heartbreaking for me.  I was dying inside for Juliette.  She struggles so much with her worthiness to exist and be loved.   I was eager for her to reach out and be part of the Omega family and connect.  Seeing her finally gain some confidence brought a big smile to my face. I have a feeling we’re going to see this girl kick some ass in the next book and I cannot wait to watch!  

This book was a very satisfying sequel and didn’t suffer the dreaded “second book syndrome” at all.  I was riveted from the first pages on.  Ms. Mafi has a true talent for bringing out strong emotions.  Her gorgeous writing and prose are truly moving.  I felt heartbreak, lust, longing and love right along with Juliette, Adam and Warner.  The situation gripped my heart and squeezed.    I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series and I might literally die from the wait!  I highly recommend this series to all YA lovers, it’s a cut above the rest.  

Thanks to Harper Collins for allowing me to read this. 

17 comments:

  1. *squeal!* Reading your review makes me all giggly and stuff. OHMYGODS! I can't wait to read Unravel Me! I'm Team Warner since Shatter Me. Yay! More Warner!!! Great review, by the way. Now I really, really, really can't wait! ;)

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  2. I still need to read Shatter me so I skimmed this review to avoid spoilers but I think it's time I picked up the first book

    You gave it 5 stars after all :P

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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    1. Oh you should definitely pick up Shatter Me! It's so good. :)

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  3. I can't wait to read this!!! But I am FREAKING out about the love triangle (and not in a good way). I LOATHE love triangles to begin with, especially when they pop up mid series. I loved Warner as a VILLAIN, but I don't know how I'm going to handle him as a love interest. And my heart already hurts for Adam. I am excited for more of Ms. Mafi's prose and to learn more about the world she created. But IDK. Everyone seems to be Team Warner already and that has me even more worried!

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  4. I'm so excited about the sequel (and part of it mostly because of the-OMG-that-breathtaking-cover) and I'm glad you said the book's still so good and gave it 5 stars even with the love triangle. Really, really curious about Warner's story.

    Thank you for the review Rachel,
    can't wait for February! :)

    -Tirta.

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  5. So happy you loved Unravel Me! I think every review I've read has been extremely positive. Great review, Rachel!

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  6. I'm really wishing I had enjoyed Shatter Me now... Gosh, this book sounds fantastic, Rachel, so in between you and Maja, I think I'll definitely have to return to Shatter Me someday and try it once again. It seems as if this series is too good to miss! Wonderful review, hun!(:

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  7. Yeah would you please tell those people at Harper Collin's to allow me to read that book, please. I am dying to get a hold of this one and between you and Maja...Ahhh I am banging my head against the wall. Gorgeous review, Rachel!

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    1. Heidi, I got this from the ALA that was held here in Southern California back in June. You're in Oregon? There's another happening at the end of January in Seattle, WA. I'm not sure how far away that would be for you, but it may be worth checking out. :)

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  8. I'm so glad you liked this one too! And I'm also very grateful that you gifted Jasprit a copy as I could read it too. I'm sure many UK bloggers are! :D The love triangle was excruciating, no? As interesting as Warner is, I am just so not feeling him as a potential love interest! Team Adam through and through here. ;) Amazing review, Rachel!

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  9. I can't choose either! Warner was so damn charming and sweet and vulnerable. OMG!!! That extremely sexy chapter!!! I was won over!

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  10. I am dying to read this. Juliette, Warner and Adam tug SO much on the heartstrings and my heart breaks so much for Juliette. That girl has had it too rough. All that isolation. This review is amazing and just is increasing my desire to read this. I cannot wait. Thanks for sharing, Rachel. :)


    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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  11. Ah, that is SUCH a beautiful cover, and it's without a doubt of my favourites of 2013. :) Wonderful review, Rachel! I still haven't read Shatter Me (confession: reviewers have been telling me about absurb purple prose, thus I've been putting off reading it for awhile) but your strong praise for these two books are the push in the right direction for me. :) Thank you!

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  12. Girl, you nailed this review! I'm 100% Team Adam but Warner did start to worm his way into my heart but am still team Adam. Great review!

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  13. Oh, my goodness, I KNOW! I felt exactly the same way about all of those things. Warner especially! And after Destroy Me, I feel like I understand him even better, and it's not a welcome feeling.
    Fantastic review, Rachel!

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  14. I've skimmed a bit of this, just in case of spoilers, but you have convinced me I need to stop worrying if I will like Shatter Me and just get on and read it!

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