Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thoughts on Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series

So the final book in the Shatter Me series came out at the beginning of this month, and I read it right away. There was no way I could wait a single second longer, I needed it. And I loved it! Leading up to it's release date I decided to re-read the first two books as well as the to novellas. So now I've read Shatter Me three times and Unravel Me, Destroy Me and Fracture Me twice. They have gotten better each time I read them. This last time for instance, I picked up on a lot of subtle conversation snippets that alluded to things that would happen in the future. Warner made a lot of remarks that stand out upon a re-read. I really enjoyed this aspect of it and well as Tahereh Mafi's beautiful writing (I feel like that's a given though). I still found Fracture Me to be a bit meh, just too much Adam. I do like how they printed a paperback with Destroy Me, Fracture Me and Juliette's Journal in it. It's nice to have all the books go together in print. But enough with the books I've already read and reviewed and on to IGNITE ME!

Ignite Me was so very good and things worked on in some surprising and some unsurprising ways. One of the great things I love about Mafi's writing is her ability to write characters. It was fantastic watching Juliette grow from a shell of a girl with no real personality (mostly just insanity) to this women who is ready and willing to take on the world. If you really weren't a fan of hers in the beginning I feel like in book three you will be all about Juliette. She becomes a completely new person because of everything that has happened.

I also adore Warner in this one. I imagine it has to be difficult to crack through to the core of a character like Warner while not changing him in an unrealistic way. Warner definitely grows as a person but it almost physically hurts him to open up and become a better person. He also doesn't have much desire to be better. He likes who he is, or so he says.

This novel was so intense when you're nearing the end there is no way to put it down. I had to change position while reading because it was too much for a casual reading position. My body was tense and my heart was beating. It was a fantastic ending. It's open for more but there does not need to be a single other word written. I can not talk enough about this series. It's so, so amazing. I will definitely be re-reading it when the paperback of Ignite Me comes out. If you haven't given this series a shot, I highly recommend it. Stick it out past Shatter Me too. And read Destroy Me. It's just really amazing.

First Line:
"I am an hourglass" 

Favorite Line:
"'Do you never get exhausted being so wholly unbearable? You have as much charisma as the rotting innards of unidentified roadkill.'"


  1. This series didn't work for me, so I won't be reading book three, BUT, I loved the description of how you felt when finishing the final book, it's great when a book/series can make you feel satisfied with how it wraps up!

  2. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the final book! I really liked the first two books, so I'm curious to see how it all ends in Ignite Me!


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