Wednesday, April 25, 2012


So, today i devoured a new book I got for my birthday...Shatter Tahereh (pronounced "Ta"-like the beginning of toffee..."he" like the beginning of head...and "ra" like the beginning of ramen, but with a spanish doupble r) Mafi. (check out the real prounouncation here..

...3 months later. I loved Shatter Me. It fit perfectly into this new craving I have to read dystopian novels (thank you Suzanne Collins). I would highly recommend it to anyone who:
1. loves dystopian novels (complete with mystery and surprises---yes, plural)
2. loves a female protagonist who can really bite back
3. loves a male protagonist who you wish could be real just because he has a heart of gold, and is tough as nails (nails made of titanium)
4. loves to hate the antagonist...he's just so good at being evil.
Personally, I love to read a book that sucks me into the world, grips my heart strings, and leaves me wanting more. Thankfully, Shatter Me is just the beginning.
Here's the book description from Tahereh Mafi's website:
"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.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel with a paranormal twist that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel."

And here's the book description from Amazon:
"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever"
Let me know if you find this review helpful or if you want me to review any other books you aren't certain about reading. I love the YA genre and have read many other books besides Shatter Me (I have two BIG plastics bins, two shelves and other assorted piles to prove it). And let me know if you read Shatter Me, what you thought, and any books you might recommend. I’m always looking for something new to add to my book wish list.

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