Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: Unravel me

Synopsis from Goodreads:
I have a curse
I have a giftI am a monster
I'm more than humanMy touch is lethal
My touch is powerI 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 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.

What I Thought
Blown Away! Pure and Simple.

                       I'd actually been wanting to read this book for a while. Every time I saw it I'd say ooh, that
looks interesting. I'd put it on my invisible theoretical to-be-read list. And I'd keep forgetting about it. Another book would catch my eye. Oh how silly I feel now. For Letting this book fall to the bottom of my list. All those less than satisfying books I wasted my time with when I could have been reading this.

                      I was sucking in with the fist page. I could feel it, in the writing, in the world created, this was going to be a good book. I admit, before I started my expectations were low. I hadn't read anything by or about this author nor had I read any reviews. But it by far surpassed anything I expected of it.

                     Tahereh Mafi is an amazing author. Her words are so beautiful, many times I found myself reading whole pages twice. The way writing describes places, people, emotions, It's language I wish I could adopt, implant into my own brain and use every day. The eyes through which she sees the world... speechless. I feel like this series was full of quotes and life lessons.

                    It is so hard for me to admire a heroine of the story And Juliette fell into the OK category. She had SO much growing up to do. And while I finally found I had a reason to cheer for her in the end, she still rubbed me the wrong way. She went from zero confidence to maybe just a little too much.
               And as usual I LOVED Adam and Warner. I loved them each so much and for very different reasons. I couldn't get enough. They were both so beautifully broken and yet so strong. So different and yet so much alike. I adored them and was very pleased with their outcome.
                But Kenji was hands down my favorite character. He was funny and so strong and encouraging. I like this best friend much more than the typical crazy, outgoing, kind of promiscuous best friend that seems to always make an appearance. Of course Juliette was by default surrounded by boys, but I loved it. It ended far too abruptly. There were really needs to be a 4th book. But maybe Tahereh Mafi is smart enough to leave us wanting more rather than adding on that last book which seems to often ruin the amazing opinion I had of it. I'd still rush out and buy it anyway though. Of course, I got all tongue tied and speechless when I was actually in front of her getting my book signed to ask. I'm just more comfortable in my nook reading.

                 This was one of the best dystopian series I've read.  

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