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Preview — Vrees Me by Tahereh Mafi
'Je kunt me niet aanraken,'
hij kan me aanraken,
maar dat zal ik nooit vertellen.
Raak me alsjeblieft aan,
is wat ik wil zeggen.
Er gebeuren dingen als mensen me aanraken.
Niemand weet waarom de aanraking van Juliette dodelijk is, maar Het Herstel heeft grootse plannen met haar. ...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
Mafi's style of writing varies. Let me categorize.
This doesn't even make sense writing:
"I catch the rose petals as they fall from my cheeks, as they float around the frame of my body, as they cover me in something that feels like the absence of courage."
"He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter."
I'm picturing this in my head and it's not pretty writing:
"Every organ in my body falls ...more
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.
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 k ...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
Like, the Olympic gold medal in the Anti-DNF Games, people.
It took me three months to finish this book.
THREE. (Not 3, Miss Mafi)
Now, normally, I would have tossed this book out the window like an overwrought Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, being that I AM the queen of the heartless page 15 DNF; however, I find that I have a harder time DNFing something when I am 1) Reading a physical copy as opposed to a digital copy, and 2) When I a ...more
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
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 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
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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
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
“Shatter me” was an awesome read and I enjoyed it immensely! There were so many things I loved about this book and whilst it is true that many people complained about the writing style, I have to admit that I actually loved it.
“Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be ju ...more
I didn't love the writing and the characters felt very one dimensional.
Kinda felt like another YA dystopian world with a love triangle and an incredibly pretty main character - even after spending over 6 months isolated, underfed... and the fact that she hasn't seen herself in the mirror in 3 years... Her bea ...more
Re/read on audio for the upcoming continuation of the series ♥
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Holy butt-crack! I loved this book! Yay! Another trilogy for me. I already have the other books. You can seriously go broke on Goodreads!
Sooo.. I think I'm going to have to add **SPOILERS**! Read at your own risk :)
This book captured me from the start! Juliette has lived in a type of mental ward for 264 days. She doesn ...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
I swear, if the writing hadn’t been so awkwardly aghhh… this book would have been a 4 star book. No, it was not just the strikeouts and crazy reputations. It wasn’t even the unfinished sentences.
Please please please explain to me how you come up with sentences like this…
“He’s so wrong he’s so wrong he’s more wrong than an upside-down rainbow”
“He smiles with...more
I'm not giving it 5 stars because, even if I admire the shit out of the author's style and talent, the writing is a bit too pretentious at times (hyperbole thy name is Tahereh Mafi), and I really don't care much about the whole Adam/Juliette thing, which unfortunately, occupies a huge part of the story.
If you know me, you know I am a pro at ignoring ships that the authors clearly want you to root for.
I don't trust Adam and his and Juliette's feelings for each other are s ...more
I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. I missed the characters a lot so I spent a great time accompanying them in this adventure, I know that it is not the best book in the world and I know that alot of people can't stand it, but personally, even though I'm aware of certain problems in it, I can't stop loving it. Shatter Me is one of those books that have made me love reading even more and will always be in my heart. I can't wait to continue with my re-reading in prepara ...more
I fully expected to at least somewhat like this because one of my friends gushed about this series so much, and I was… extremely disappointed. I mean, what could I have loved anyways? The annoying characters? The love triangle? The cringy romance? The typical dystopia?
The premise was slightly interesting. The execution was Gárbáge.
First I have to talk about the writing style. Everyone probably knows about the absolutely ridiculo ...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
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It's not easy being Queen of Literary Trash. Between YA and bodice-rippers, I read more "bad" books than most elitist snobs will see in their entire lifetime. But then, I consider myself a connoisseur of the so-called trashy arts. There are two kinds of "bad" books. There are the books that tell good stories and while they aren't highbrow literature, they are still fun to read and if you can let go of your snobbery long enough to enjoy them ...more
This first book isn't the strongest story in itself, but I'm seriously loving the setup. The love triangle works. T ...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
I actually got through it. Full review to come.
I skimmed read this so bloody hard but here are some notes I took before my brain shit itself and couldn't handle the idiocy. The writing is beautiful, definitely but I hate both the plot and the characters.
So, without further ado, here are my notes:
- I hate Adam
- I hate Juliette
- "You could love me, you know.” H ...more
“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat.
That I have one, too.”
Juliette was in a prison cell for nearly one year trying to survive her life in a dark, lonely room. There was no one to talk to, nothing to read, to do.
She only had a small notebook where she wrote down her feelings, her thoughts. She poured her heart out into this pages. The guilt, the loneliness of never touching anyone.
But then she got a new cell mate. A boy with blue eyes, that she remembered ...more
Not bragging or anything, but for a slow sloth like me, that's a pretty good accomplishment, don't ya think??
This story didn't have a lot of pages, but for some reason, you're just compelled to finish it. Is this a magical spell? No, it's because this book was BRILLIANT. Mafi creates an entire world with action, suspense, crazy hot boys and all that shit.
Now, a lot of people said that they liked Warner, but for me, my childish brain fell in love with the first boy ...more
aka Juliette Whines for 3 weeks and I Endure It
aka I'm Really Only Here for Warner
This reread has been very helpful in informing me that yes, I do still hate Juliette with the fiery passion of a hundred nuclear detonations.
She speaks in riddles, to the point where any self-respecting reader has to rest their eyes & brain every 3 pages to recover. There's no way to escape this issue because first person narration - thrice cursed be ...more
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