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Compiled Book Reviews for: Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Updated: May 1, 2023

Shatter Me

I’m feeling happy, sad and desperate at the same time after finishing this implausible piece of fictional work.

It made me burst with thousands of incalculable emotions. This is definitely the best futuristic novel I’ve ever read so far. And you should certainly certainly CERTAINLY read Shatter Me if you haven’t already, it’ll fulfill its promise of shattering you, and you’ll love it.

If you love a male character who is feared by the world but is a kind, sweet butter from within, then you should read this. The book is about a girl named Juliette, a 17-year-old girl with a lethal touch and her life’s journey about how she was never truly understood or even treated right like a normal human being just because of something she couldn’t control. There’s also a messy love triangle too, which I personally love.

I’d give it a 5/5 stars.

Favorite quote: “I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors. I am a raindrop.”

Unravel Me

Yet again Tahereh Mafi impressed me immensely by her writing and she just topped in favorite authors list by writing a book as thrilling as Unravel Me. Her writing style is so good. Sometimes I feel like reading her words aloud. But apparently my mind reads better than my mouth does! LOL.

This sequel to the book Shatter Me was unable to bore me. And I am so hooked with this series entirely. Unravel Me gave me so many different kind of chills, anger and sentiments that I didn’t get in any other book like this before.

All the characters were so interesting in their own way, really! That’s what made this series so special. The main character: Juliette; grew so beautifully in every chapter that her success truly made me happy.

If you are asking yourself and wondering if this series is worth jumping into, then your answer is definitely a YES! You will not regret it, it’ll be one of those series that you’d be thrilled to re-read.

I’d give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. That’s a big deal because I barely ever give any book 5 stars, especially not in a series and definitely not twice to the same author.

My favorite quote: “Loneliness is a strange sort of thing. It creeps on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes by your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can't breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out of every corner. It's a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you're struggling to stand up.”

Ignite Me

The Shatter Me series never fails to intrigue me, nor does it ever fail to entertain me. I don’t know how it is even possible to fall so madly in love with a fictional character. Especially when the character ‘Warner Anderson’ doesn’t really exist in real life. He never fails to amaze me with his dark charms. I am sure I’m not the only one who thinks the same.

‘Ignite Me’ really ignited my reading experience. This book had SO many breathtaking suspense that I just couldn’t keep the book down.

The very few things I didn’t like about Ignite me was that Warner, my favorite fictional boyfriend, looked and sounded so much more sad and vulnerable in this specific book. That was kind of a turn off for me. And also, I didn’t like how the story abruptly ended, I wish the author had given a little bit more spice into the ending of this book just like she had given in all her other fantastic books. Even though this book from the Shatter Me series wasn’t my most favorite, it gave me almost all the entertainment I expected, almost...

I would like to end this review by saying: if you wish to get into a crazy fandom and fiercely fall in love with fictional characters, this book’s for you. But remember, this book is nowhere near being light. It a dystopian novel and it’ll surely get to your heart somehow.

A 3.5 out of 5 stars from me because even though I didn’t like a few things in this book, it was still quite entertaining.

My favorite quotes: “In a world where there is so much to grieve and so little good to take? I grieve nothing. I take everything.” AND “I am no longer afraid of fear, and I will not let it rule me. Fear will learn to fear me.

Restore Me

Restore Me for me was… Okayish. The book was interesting as always, and Warner and Kenji had a complete grip on my heart the whole time but, it was nowhere as good as its first book, Shatter Me.

🚨 Spoilers Ahead 🚨

⚠️ Look Away ⚠️

So many secrets, so many mouths shut. Why? Why didn’t they just cut the chase and simply talked? Why didn’t the characters just take a time out, arranged a round table, and TALKED? Or do round tables no longer exist in their dystopian universe? Sorry if I sound mean, but I really got frustrated by all the unspoken issues that weren’t being explained to one another between the characters of the book.

I loved Kenji throughout the story. He was kind and caring. He was in short; the type of friend I always dreamed of having. I’ve always loved Warner, and I still do, but he really needs help, which he isn’t getting, and it sucks. I wish Warner and Juliette had spoken more thoroughly when they had the time, and had worked harder to know each other better rather than just doing the… other stuffs.

Castle was honestly being treated terribly throughout the book and I hated it. Juliette was being dumb, but I don’t blame her, it had only been a few days that she had come out into the real world. The new characters were interesting, in fact I liked Nazeera a lot.

What I loved the most in this book was the final cliffhanger.

I’m giving Restore Me 2.5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

Defy Me

⚠️ Look Away! ⚠️

I ended up loving Defy Me just as much as I had ended up disliking Restore Me. Right now, I’m so happy with the book that I think I’m going to roll down and just cry. IT WAS PERFECT! It had the perfect amount of suspense, mystery, sadness, happiness and romance, so much so that I had to stop between chapters to sink them all in.

I loved how each of the characters developed themselves beautifully; I loved how they changed into the better version of themselves; I loved how Aaron and Ella got back together - I basically loved everything in Defy Me!

I couldn’t get a lot of Kenji and Nazeera in this book, though. And I really wished for more details on their relationship.

I’ve seen a lot of readers who just couldn’t like this book – some even said they wished the series ended with Ignite Me. So I sat for a while and I thought. If I had been asked if I wished this series ended when I finished Restore Me, I would’ve said yes. But Defy Me changed my whole perspective, this book made me want read more and I genuinely have no complains.

So 5 out of 5 stars – for making me happy! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Imagine Me

I jumped into Imagine Me with a prejudiced mindset of being disappointed, but thankfully it wasn’t the worst. I won’t call it the perfect conclusion to a long, amazing, heart wrenching book series but it was okay.

***Spoiler Alert***

The first half of the book revolved around Juliette screaming her lungs out and Kenji trying to reach her, and then Juliette went into a coma and Warner went mean and silent. So technically both the characters I was rooting for the most in the last book were absolutely silent almost throughout the book, and that frustrated me as Imagine Me was the last book of this long and beautiful story and I wanted to hear more from them.

We got to see a new side of Anderson, the side where he wasn’t a complete asshole, and it was almost nice seeing that. And the twist where Juliette found him ‘beautiful’ after her memories were washed away was hilarious and weird at the same time, especially when we got to see him feel extremely uncomfortable about it.

The final war and the part where Nazeera rescued all the children of the supreme commanders whooshed by too quickly for me to take it all in. I was hoping to get all the details of the grand rescue but upon seeing the little amount of pages left in the book, I knew better than expect that.

However, the last chapter of the book – the chapter of Warner and Juliette’s wedding day, was my most favorite of them all. We got to see that a day didn’t need to be pitch perfect to feel beautiful. Their wedding outfits were ruined, Warner was riotously pissed at Kenji for accidentally doing that, and it was generally a mess, yet everyone sounded so happy, and NORMAL. I loved it. I guess you can say the last chapter was the only star of this show.

And Kenji, oh dear, he’s so hilarious I love him, so much.

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