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I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
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
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Harper (first published October 2nd 2002)
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Becca J I absolutely loved it!! If you liked Divergent, Hunger Games, or Maze Runner, you will love this book. It is about a girl who everyone thinks is…moreI absolutely loved it!! If you liked Divergent, Hunger Games, or Maze Runner, you will love this book. It is about a girl who everyone thinks is insane. I loved the point of view. I thought it was amazing!!!(less)
Nes Read the novellas. Not necessary, but you won't get the full experience unless you step into Warner and Adam's heads and understand how they think,…moreRead the novellas. Not necessary, but you won't get the full experience unless you step into Warner and Adam's heads and understand how they think, especially towards themselves, Juliette and the Reestablishment.(less)
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Marg K.
WARNING: The proceeding review contains some necessary & unavoidable spoilers. It also contains my honest uncensored thoughts, feelings, and opinions. I don't bite my tongue, and I really did not like this book. So, if you can't handle any of that, then I suggest you move along.

Alrighty, let's begin.

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 The Emo Dia
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Haleema
Oh, friend. Recommend me a book that is good. Something that does not treat its sentences like they're handicapped, something that is not oversaturated with painful, utterly nonsensical metaphors, something that does not contain a useless, befuddled pool of roses disguised as a heroine, and something that will not flip my brain upside down.
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ERMAHGERD READ SHATTER ME!
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The writing:
Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.

The who-do-think-you-are-writing-things-like-that writing:

"I catch the
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Emily May


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-
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Juliette describing Adam’s eyes

“...perfect shade of cobalt, blue like a blossoming bruise, clear and deep and decided”

“…careful, curious”

“… 2 buckets of rainwater; deep, fresh, clear”

“…blue and bottomless like the deepest part of the ocean”

“…tight”

“…as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms”

“…bottomless blue”

“…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
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The Holy Terror
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
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Kat Kennedy
Shatter Me, otherwise known as: When Creative Writing Class Goes Wrong.

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
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Kiki
This book was just awful.

Awful.

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
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Lauren DeStefano
Jun 23, 2011 Lauren DeStefano rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The people. All of the people.
Each time I picked this up, I drew the curtain and turned on a lamp. In broad daylight. Because when I was reading this book, I didn’t want to know anything about there being a silly real world on the other side of my window. I wanted to get as deep into this dreary, atmospheric place as I could. I wanted it to be real, instead of the sunny afternoon and bright green leaves and flying birds outside. I wanted concrete walls and crossed-out thoughts, and creepy soldiers moving in tandem.

I read thi
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sunset shimmer
By the way, check out this fan made poster for the movie, if there ever was one.


Made by skellingt0n on deviantART.

I looove it! Exactly how I would picture a movie poster for this book.

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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
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Steph Sinclair
“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 ta
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Rachel E. Carter
In case y'all didn't know, not only was this book optioned by Warner Bros as a movie, it has now been optioned as a TV SHOW BY ABC STUDIOS -with Tahereh as a producer.

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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
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Okay, I feel a little bit bad giving this book a one-star review, for several reasons:

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
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Zemira Warner
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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,or else...

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
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Etnik
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You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

This was something...and I liked it.

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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

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Joel
Sorry Whitney :(

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
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Meg ♥
Didn't finish. I simply stopped reading this book today, and it wasn't because it was boring or anything like that. I just did not care for Mafi's writing style. The over use of metaphors and strikeout tools caused a constant distraction, and the book was just not interesting enough for me to want to struggle through something that annoyed me so much.

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
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Jillian -always aspiring-
(Note: Goodreads friends and followers, you know me by now. You know that, even as much as I love a book, my reviews aren't always a resounding, "Oh my goodness, you need to READ THIS NOW! YOUR LIFE WILL BE SO MUCH FULLER BECAUSE OF IT!" I'm not that naive or arrogant to think that the books I love will be the books you love. Instead, my reviews are...chronicles of the experiences I had with books, and if that can help you decide whether certain books will be for you or not, then I'll be all the ...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
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
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I am Bastet
This book is pretty darn bad. This book is pretty darn bad.

Oh, darn, did I miss the point of the strikethroughs?
tonya.
~Spoiler-free~

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
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Kristi
Absolutely incredible. Shatter Me is a novel that I will not soon forget.

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
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MeMe Belikova First lady Ivashkov
Title: Shatter Me
By:Tahereh Mafi

My Rating:5/5

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
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
His touch is scorching my skin through the layers of fabric and I inhale so fast my lungs collapse. I’m caught in colliding currents of confusion, so desperate so desperate so desperate to be close so desperate to be far away. I don’t know how to move away from him. I don’t want to move away from him.
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
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Haya
Nov 17, 2011 Haya rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fools
Recommended to Haya by: The hype machine
Shatter Me is only beautifully written if you think the following is beautiful writing:

“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
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Crystal Starr Light
Juliette Ferrars has been away from her parents for 3 years and incarcerated for over 260 days. Then one day, Adam Kent, a boy she knew as a child, appears. Thus begins an avalanche of activities that lead to Juliette escaping and learning to embrace her powers.

NOTE: I received this through the Amazon Vine program.

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
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eden
You should be offended by this book.

Due to Amazon's acquisition of GR, I've removed this review. If you're so inclined, you can read it here.

Elisabeth
So glad I finally read this book. I adored every second of it
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
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.
I have nothing but a small noteboo
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Reynje
Nov 06, 2011 Reynje rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reynje by: The Hype-Machine

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
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Laura Ann
4.5 stars! loved it!!! (:
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“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
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.”
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