Sep 142011
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Pages: 352
Source: BEA
From Goodreads:

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 cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.  

This is going to be one of those reviews that I will never be happy with because this book is just GAH. Nothing I say can convey how truly AMAZING this book is. So here is my attempt at a coherent review, chock full of squeeing, fan-girly ranting.

From the very first pages I was instantly taken with the beautiful, poetic writing style that just flows out of Tahereh Mafi. Along with her gorgeous style comes the totally unique aspect of the strikethroughs through Juliette’s thoughts that are not vocalized out loud. They added such an awesome dimension to the story that I found myself almost reading too fast to see what happens next.

And the story – holy adventure, tension, anticipation, romance, intrigue, and excitement all wrapped up into just a few hundred pages. The character development was out of this world and I just couldn’t get enough of every single character, no matter how good, evil, hot, deceiving, or awesome they were. Juliette absolutely mesmerized me – her pure and unedited thoughts were simply beautiful. And of course, we are introduced to yet another amazing Adam in YA fiction!

And speaking of Juliette and Adam… holy freaking sexy times!! They have one of the most steamy, sensual relationships I have ever read. I had to fan myself at frequent intervals and even that didn’t cool me down.  
I can’t even tell you how stoked I am that this will be a trilogy because I need MORE. RIGHT NOW. Shatter Me isn’t even released yet and I’m in agony waiting for the next book.
Final thoughts – YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. End of story :)

  12 Responses to “Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. This is the top book I’m looking forward to reading this fall. Every review I’ve read has basically mentioned that this book is absolutely amazing with one of the best romances in it. Mid-November can’t come soon enough!

  2. Yay! you wrote it! It’s perfect… exactly how I feel about this book. :) I’m dying for the second one now and its all your fault! lol

    sorry, I couldn’t comment with my sign on name. Blogger is continually giving me problems with that.. so I get around it by using Name and URL.


  3. LOVE this book. Seriously can’t wait for the next one (next year??!! gahhhh). Awesome review, TQ!

  4. I really enjoyed this one too! I thought it was beautifully written and just kind of sucked me in and refused to let go:) Need more Juliette and Adam immediately:)

  5. Yay! Another amazing Adam, I need to read this one asap! I love really good character development and I’m glad this one has it. Great review Tara! =D

  6. Oh goodness I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE! I do believe you’re the second person to mention fanning themselves because it was just so schmexy. Haha. Anyway I know what you mean about hard to write reviews because you just can’t express how much you love the book. You did a good job just so you know. :)

  7. Wow, you’ve definitely got me curious now. I’ve been bummed with a few dystopians that are out now but glad to know that this one lived up to the hype for you. Looking forward to reading it!

  8. Okay, okay. You’ve convinced me! I was going to wait to read this one, but according to you I should have read it yesterday lol

  9. i want to read this again. like, YESTERDAY. BAHHH it’s so good. it might be my fave of the year.

    i agree wholeheartedly with you about the depth and added dimensions that Mafi added to this book. i can’t wait for the rest of the series!

  10. I’d say you did this one justice, girl! My review is going up next week, and I was blown away! SO good :) Fab review!

  11. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to read it! So many great books are coming out in November. (:

  12. Man, I gotta push this one up the list of books to read soon. Sounds like it hits all of my different favorite elements — good characters, plot and some romance.

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