**spoiler alert** And here I thought, after reading 1.5, I'd be able to see more Warner when I start book 2. Because, that's where 1.5 ended right?
Wel**spoiler alert** And here I thought, after reading 1.5, I'd be able to see more Warner when I start book 2. Because, that's where 1.5 ended right?
Well, no. There's still so much drama--Adam being tortured, Juliette exploding in anger, the two pitiful lovers' break up. And a little bit more stuff I can't really remember.
But finally. Yes. Finally it's time for Juliette and the Point people to go aboveground. Finally Juliette sees Warner, and it conflicts with what she knows.
Juliette started being better here. I'm still not her fan, but towards the end she's learned how to stand on her own and to think of others and not just her and her pitiful self and her freakish abilities and her love problems. I am very much grateful for that.
And I just really, completely, totally appreciated Warner here. Sure he can be a jerk to Adam, but that's understandable. Although, I do wonder how he'll react if he knew they're half-brothers.
Those "interrogations" were truly amusing and I loved those moments--those moments which pretty much screamed, Let's get to know Warner better! But of course, in a very entertaining way.
I have another thing I'm wondering about. Why is IGNITE written on Warner's back and then there's the third book with the title Ignite Me? I literally froze when I read that part. Then I couldn't hold back this huge grin on my face. Because. Why? Why the IGNITE tattoo on Warner's back and why Ignite Me as the last book title? That can't be nothing, right?
And then there's this part that's just so heart-wrenching, so beautiful.
And he leans in, so carefully. Breathing and not breathing and hearts beating between us and he's close, he's so close and I can't feel my legs anymore. I can't feel my fingers or the cold or the emptiness of this room because all I feel is him, everywhere, filling everything and he whispers
He says "Please don't shoot me for this."
And he kisses me.
And like, ain't that such a sweet, tortured moment? Oh Warner.
And that last part? I really thought the book was going to end after Juliette was shot. But of course, Mafi just had to show Warner in so much torment.
Maybe they see something in him, see something in his face, in his features. Maybe they see what I see from this disjointed, foggy perspective. The desperation in his expression, the anguish carved into his features, the way he looks at me, like he might die if I do.
All right. That's enough. I'm going to drive myself mad if I keep on thinking like this.
But there you have it. Why my rating for this book suddenly shot up....more
**spoiler alert** I read this book in like, pretty much half a day, and I am quite stunned. Right now, except for this giddy feeling (because I just h**spoiler alert** I read this book in like, pretty much half a day, and I am quite stunned. Right now, except for this giddy feeling (because I just had to scan for those Warner scenes again), I feel rather blank.
Well. That was some way to kill the villain. Really cool.
Not. I can't even believe how quickly it ended. I mean, the whole 408-paged book was about this freaking rebellion that would take many lives, that would be so devastating, so terrifying, and then there's... what? Two, three chapters for the "final" fight? And it's not even anything complicated or awe-inspiring or nerve-wracking. I, for one thing, am not a "Go action!" reader, and I honestly would have breezed through the paragraphs and thoughts and realizations and oh-nos during Juliette's search for Anderson and the killing that would follow. But. I have never felt calmer reading such a climax.
You know, all the time as Juliette was searching the ship, I kept thinking, "Where is Anderson? How is this going to end?" And then, "Maybe this is a diversion. Oh no what if he's planning to kill Warner on land? Oh no oh no oh no." Ah. But. I was greatly disappointed. I shouldn't have thought like that.
And don't even get me started on Adam. I just want to laugh every time I think of what to say about him. What a self-centered guy! All he thinks about is, "What about me? What about what I did for you?" Everything is me, me, me. I have never seen such a hero (or in this case, one of the love interests) who could be so angry and irrational and rash and selfish and self-pitying. I mean, usually readers are conflicted between the two guys right? What happened to Adam just... makes everything seem ridiculous.
And I was right. He never really did love Juliette. He keeps on denying they ever broke up and then says that he's still hopelessly in love with her but then he says to Juliette to get out of his house and that he doesn't want to see her ever again and that it would have been better if she was dead? Just because it hurt less for him? Excuse me? Ah. I still find myself wanting to laugh because of the absurdity of Adam's character. And Juliette's realization of the fact that Adam doesn't really love her, and then knowing that Warner was truly sincere about her even though both of them pretty much suffered because of her is just love love love. GO WARNER.
Well, I am glad that Adam's alive, because (1) I did not want Juliette ending up with Warner because she thinks, Oh hey now that Adam's dead I don't have to be guilty and what other choice do I have but to stick to this extremely tortured and handsome guy right? So yes, thank you for not making this romance into something disgusting like that. In fact, I kind of like how Juliette had a firm conclusion for her feelings for Adam. And (2) I feel it would have been very devastating and unfair to Warner if either he never knew he had brothers or he had but now they're dead and that may partly be because of him.
Lastly, I would just really like to say that I wholly, completely, absolutely enjoyed and loved Warner's scenes, whether they be him alone, or him together with Juliette, or him together with the rebels, or him together with James (it was just one short scene but man I LOVE IT). I am so very biased but I don't care. It messed up my rating big time. And I don't really care.
You must know by now that I am thoroughly thrilled to know that Destroy Me is told in Warn**spoiler alert** Destroy Me
Date read: 2015/8/18 - 2015/8/18
You must know by now that I am thoroughly thrilled to know that Destroy Me is told in Warner's POV.
It's refreshing to be in his mind after reading Shatter Me. While book 1 was all confusing and jumbled (with good reason), this book is neat, proper. I can't help but imagine Warner speaking in British accent with the way he speaks and thinks. I know he's not but it's not bad to think so. Right? I know I'm right.
Warner is just so... tortured in this book. Every single chapter is such a painful thing. Must he suffer even in his dreams?
This was wonderfully written, and re-reading it would be just as interesting and addicting and immersing as the first time. And I just loved Warner here. I think it's really cute that a guy like him admits with such straightforwardness and with no hesitation that he's fallen for Juliette.
Rating: 4 stars.
Date read: 2015/8/20 - 2015/8/21
Please, please, please don't tell me Mafi wrote this novella in hopes of making those people who like Warner like Adam. Because he did not, in the least, become better in my eyes.
As I said in my review for book 1, I would rather not elaborate on why I don't like Adam, but Fracture Me just provokes me to do so.
First of all, Adam's thoughts are not in any way... pleasant. Everything, as in every. single. thing he must feel something negative--anger, irritation, jealousy, envy, pride--and that just doesn't make me feel attracted to him, not even just a teeny tiny bit understanding of him. Reading Adam's thoughts is like reading an angsty teenager's mind who was a grudge against the whole world. And, I'm repeating myself but, Adam is not in the least grateful for the people of Omega Point for everything they have done to him and to Juliette and to James his beloved "I-could-never-love-someone-as-much-as-I-love-him" brother.
And I will say one last thing about Adam's feelings for his brother. Seriously, you love your brother so so much that you can't even imagine him dying, but he easily makes you annoyed, and you show it--you show you're irritated by him and try to shut him up in a very moody teen way! Wow! Why don't we give this loving man a big round of applause! I just can't reconcile his supposed "love" for his brother and his actions towards him. I mean, it would be really nice if Adam's consistent even just throughout this short novella. He's already breaking down with just the thought of James being gone from his life, but what? Why is it that he reacts that way to James' unrelenting questions? It doesn't fit the puzzle.
I don't understand why Juliette loves him, why James doesn't even react to Adam's unusual annoyance towards him, why Kenji still treats him like a good friend (Oh wait, I do know. It's because Kenji is so much more mature than Adam. Yep. That's it.), and why the heck I feel he doesn't even remotely like Juliette anymore.
Finally, this novella did not make me ecstatic about the final book when, in truth, after finishing book 2, I was so hyped about it. Thanks a lot, Adam!
So. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormentSo. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormented boys. And oh yes. Was she right.
Well, to be honest, this book here was more about Juliette and her somewhat unstable mind and her broken past and her childhood friend (view spoiler)[who turned out to be her love interest (hide spoiler)] and a psycho villain (view spoiler)[who is just so, so adorable (hide spoiler)]. So even towards the end I wasn't excited about it. (view spoiler)[Especially since half of the book is pretty much Warner-free, and that, my friend, is not very fair. For me. (hide spoiler)] That is, until I knew what the next book would be all about, and THEN I started to really look forward to it.
I wasn't very fond of the writing style either, with the strikethroughs and repetitiveness and so many confusing stuff. But, I guess it represents Juliette's thought process, which I must say, I am amazed at how Mafi showcased it.
(view spoiler)[One of the biggest reasons I have not thoroughly enjoyed this book is that, while I am already not very fond of Juliette and her self-pitying thoughts, I did not appreciate her fawning over this too-kind, too-nice boy she remembers from her childhood. Seriously. It did not make me like him. I don't know. Maybe I didn't like how he first appeared all mean and suddenly switching to such a caring cellmate. Maybe I was already rooting for Warner the first time he appeared (which is, I admit, very biased and unreasonable).
BUT. I cannot accept how he's portrayed to be this really nice guy who would do anything for his first love (a.k.a Juliette) and his younger brother, but does not have even a single appreciative bone in his stupid muscular body for all that his supposed "friend" Kenji did for him AND his first love AND his brother. I mean, that is just ABSURD, right? Some hero! I would understand if he is like Warner, who in all honesty is a tad bit mad and cruel. And all of this goes under Juliette's POV, so obviously she should know Adam's not as sweet and gentle and kind as he is towards her. Like, really? You'd like someone so two-faced?
That is my opinion of Adam. Sorry if I trampled on someone's feelings.
And I will try not to bash him again. I will avoid it in the second book and in the 2.5 and in the third book.
This guy is really... him, you know? He's his own person. Whatever his past may be, it made him turn out like how he is, and that's really him. There's no hiding behind a facade that would make him lovable in Juliette's eyes. He shows who he really is, and he wants Juliette to accept him that way. And I do believe that that is really nice. I'm just so tired of people acting all the freaking time to make people like them. (Oops, sorry Juliette.)
And to be honest? I really, really, really like tortured boys I am so sorry but then again I'm not. Like that kissing scene and then being shot.
Why. Why must Mafi write a scene like that.
And there's something appealing in Warner's... insanity. I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy too. Haha. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I doI really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I do, and I can't even tell what it is.
First off, there's nothing negative I can say about the writing style. It's great; a smooth, easy-to-read narration, with the pacing just right. Consistency is a big plus, too.
Next. I liked many of the characters here, on differing levels and points. They were very whole, well-rounded people who felt real, at least in my opinion. And not just one, but so many of them. It'd take me hours to explain how that came out nicely in the book, but it's enough to say that it did, in a magnificent way.
The romance was... Well, honestly speaking here, I was absolutely looking forward to some nice, make-me-smile-like-an-idiot romance. Not to say that it didn't. And not that I wasn't satisfied with it either. It just left me confused. Yeah, that's it. I was confused about the romance. If that makes any sense. (And as I'm writing this review, it barely does.)
So, there you have it. It's a very messed up review, I know, but that's exactly how I'm feeling right now. Puzzled and...lacking...something. And I'm not not recommending it. Give it a try if you're up to some girly friendships and other types of...relationships. (Don't worry, it doesn't mean anything negative.)...more