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Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
I have a gift
I'm more than human
My touch is power
I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really car ...more
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First off, I honestly did not think anyone could outrank Divergent's Tris on my Most Annoying and Unlikable YA Heroines of the Year list. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. Juliette from
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Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.
The who-do-think-you-are-writing-things-like-that writing:
"I catch the ...more
This is not a dystopia, it is a romance. This is not a novel, it is a collection of similes and metaphors, most of which do not make sense. I originally gave Shatter Me two stars because that's my sort of kneejerk reaction to books I don't like, but after thinking it over for a while, I can't recall anything positive about it that would justify a rating of more than one star.
You're probably assuming - correctly - that I went into this book with low expectations. This is completely true. Any so- ...more
“...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”
“… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”
“…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”
“…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”
“…blue blue blue”
“…midnight moment filled with memories, the only windows into my world”
“… always shining the darkness”
“…two pools of perfection, open, honest, humble”
“…a sha ...more
I always wonder about raindrops....more
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
I am all for experimental writing, for stretching your abilities and trying to find fresh ways to express ideas. Occasionally you end up with genius, but most of the time you result in pretentious, awkward prose that stick in the proverbial craw of readers. This book is that writing. There are plenty of examples that I can give as evidence – but I shall stick with two relatively short ones:
“His eyes scan the silhouette of my ...more
There is no other way to describe this book, but awful.
When I was about eleven or twelve, before we had the Great Garage Sale of the Noughties, my sister used to always sit me down and force me to watch this terrible movie called All She Ever Wanted. I watched that shit about seven times, and I got so abhorrently sick of it that eventually I hid it.
The DVD rack hit a status quo. All were happy. Until one day a neighbor took the first strike in the Great Garage Sale ...more
I read thi ...more
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I looove it! Exactly how I would picture a movie poster for this book.
I read this book in one sitting.
For five hours, I read this. It was a school night and I stayed up all night. That's how much this book pulled me.
I know that there are many people who didn't like this book, some even hate it, but... Gah, it was just so awesome to me! It's definitely one of those bo ...more
“I always wonder about raindrops....more
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 ta
This better happen. I am not joking. I am tired of great books (cough, cough: The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Dust Lands Trilogy: Blood Red Road; Rebel Heart; Raging Star) not becoming movies or TV shows after they are optioned. Dear book gods (and I know you exist because you inspired Tahereh to write this series), make t ...more
a) I won it from a blog giveaway. And at the time I entered the giveaway, I really wanted to read it because I thought the premise sounded pretty neat. Now I know I probably should have just not entered, and perhaps someone else would have won it and enjoyed it more than I did. But, oh well.
b) The author is only 24, so she's probably still got a lot to learn.
c) The author is also Muslim, and apparently a lot of ...more
How awesome was this book? Well,I am going to tell you. Pretty darn awesome!
I am not very good at convincing people to read the books I loved so I am going to write this review without any pressure.
Here are some arguments:
1. if you are (like myself) a fan of X-Men,you will love it,
2. If you are (like myself) a fan of strong and smart leading character like Juliet,you will love it.
3. If you are (like myself) a fan of totally shagable and caring guy like Adam,you will ...more
You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!
This was something...and I liked it.
Okay so the first 200 pages were like the dullest,cheesiest romance bullshit,like the level of cheesiness was above normal,and you know how I feel about that.I sometimes thought to quit,but god,I am glad I didn't.You know when you loose all the hope but then one things clings and you see the light again? Omega Point was that for me.Like my thoughts about this book changed 100 percent.There are 3...more
I did think I was going to enjoy this, the first chapter was a good beginning, but just dooownhill from there. First off, was Juliette supposed to be insane, or at least partly insane? Because I really would never have guessed, the way she spoke and interacted with other characters didn't make her come across as a person that had been in complete isolation for 3 years...
And when there finally was some action, it was very predictable.
"OOMG where is Adam?! I must find him and to ...more
The book (well what I got to, anyway) read like a super annoying IM by a 12 year old girl that just learned what a metaphor is. Do we REALLY need ...more
UPDATE: I stand up slowly, suddenly shaking with anger, hoping my legs won't collapse beneath me. "You think that because I am unwanted - because I am neglected and - and discarded -" My voice inches higher with every word, the unrestrained emotions suddenly screaming through my lungs. "You think I don't have a heart? You think I don't feel? You think that because I can inflict pain, that I should? You're just like everyone else. You think I'm a monster just like everyone else. You don't underst...more
SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi is the story of Juliette, a seventeen year old girl who has been imprisoned for a dangerous and powerful ability she cannot control. She’s neither seen nor spoken—nor touched—another human being in 264 days; the only indications that she is not absolutely alone are the soldiers marching outside her tiny window and the screams the rend the night through thick concrete walls… neither of which are comforting. Her only outlets are the ragged notebook she kee ...more
What makes this novel so unforgettable. If I had to pick one thing it would be Mafi’s writing. Her depiction of Juliette’s voice is utterly captivating. There was one question that I battled with this entire novel and it’s the same one that Juliette asks herself. Who is she? To be in the mind of a character like that was absolutely shattering! (Pun intended.)
This novel has a bit of everything. I wouldn’t necessarily describ ...more
REVIEW: This book is something so powerful it had me intrigued by the first sentence. i finished this book in a day which is rare on my part lol(slow reader) I loved everything about this book, even though it is rather similar to X-men and the character Rouge. Juliette was placed in an asylum after an incident that occurred and ended with the death of a child. juliette hasn't been touched in over 265 days until she meets Adam, a familiar face that end ...more
I don’t want him to be afraid of me.
Seventeen-year-old Juliette Ferrars has spent the last three years imprisoned. Because of her unique ability to kill a person with a single touch, The Reestabl ...more
“Summer is like a slow-cooker bringing everything in the world to a boil one degree at a time. It promises a million happy adjectives only to pour stench and sewage into your nose for dinner.”
“Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles. Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch.”
“His eyes are tight, his forehead pinched, his lips his ...more
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I want to clarify one thing, right off the bat. This is not a dystopian. This book is clearly a romance, set in a vaguely dystopian (i.e. highly stereotypically oppressive) society. Mo ...more
MY TOUCH IS LETHAL.MY TOUCH IS POWERFUL.
I'm a bit conflicted about Shatter Me. At first, I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. The concept was interesting, the characters likable, and the writing engaging. But when I really analyzed it, it kind of lost some of it's spark. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, and that I won't be continuing on with the series, but there were some things that I could've done without.
I've been locked up for 264 days....more
I have nothing but a small noteboo
About those three red stars preceding this review: it’s probably best to take them with a grain (or a handful) of salt.
Because while I eventually settled on 3 stars, I feel like I’m being simultaneously rather generous and also meanly tight-fisted. Which roughly translates to: there are things I enjoyed immensely about Shatter Me, and things that made me roll my eyes and groan, so my rating is a total cop-out.
At an unnamed point in the future, when the world appears to have gone to hell in a h ...more
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When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.
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In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”