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Sunday, November 6, 2011

ARC Review and Giveaway: Shatter Me ~5 Cupakes~

TITLE: Shatter Me
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PUB. DATE: Nov. 15, 2011
FORMAT: ARC paperback, 342 pgs
SOURCE: HarperCollins
Shatter Me
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.
THREE WORDS: Breathtaking. Electric. Captivating

MY “I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK” REACTION: OMGWTFLOLBBQ! So. Many. Emotions. right now! I demand politely request more.

MY REVIEW: I have to make a confession. I have a pretty big to-be-read pile and there are other books that I really need to read and review, so when Shatter Me arrived in the mail I placed it on my shelf with a sigh and made a big girl promise to myself that I would read the other books first…yeah, that didn’t happen. What can I say? The shiny cover just kept calling out to me. So after a few placating words to my TBR pile, and after prying the book away from my mom, I gave in and devoured read Shatter Me. And holy guacamole am I ever glad that I did! Tahereh Mafi’s novel is an electrifying and stunning debut that held me captive spellbound from beginning to end.

Seventeen year old Juliette has a dangerous touch. A deadly touch. Abandoned by her parents, she’s been placed into an institution, cut off from anyone and everything. Until her new cellmate Adam arrives. At first she’s scared and wary of this stranger, but soon realizes that maybe he’s not a stranger or a threat at all. Outside the prison institution, the world is falling apart. Famine, disease, and greed are quickly destroying the world. The Reestablishment promises to make things better. Promise that their way is the ONLY way. When a Reestablishment leader takes Juliette away and hopes of turning her into his own weapon, she must make a pivotal choice- stand with the Reestablishment or take a stand against them. When secrets are uncovered, when love becomes a reality, and when danger stalks her, Juliette must learn to trust her power, her instincts, and her heart.

            THE STORY
YA dystopian novels are very popular at the moment, meaning that they’re also very repetitive. True originality is getting harder to come by in this genre, which makes Mafi’s Shatter Me a true gem. Mafi has taken the now familiar dystopian landscape and set it aflame with an innovative spark, fueled by a bright imagination, thrilling action, captivating paranormal aspects, and a breathtaking romance.

This is very much a multi-layered story. It is not simply just Juliette’s story or just Adam’s story or a story about a dying world or a story about a villainous establishment. It’s all of these things. And spectacularly so. Imagine this book as set of Russian nesting dolls, with Juliette as the smallest most inner doll and the world itself as the largest doll holding everything else inside it. Juliette and her story make up the core of this book, but are nothing without the world she’s enveloped in. And I loved the fact that when the story begins, we are placed snuggly within the most inner nesting doll with Juliette, and we journey outward.

 Yet, despite how layered this book is, it is never overwhelming or just Too Much. The story paces and flows effortlessly. While reading, I never found myself over or under whelmed or distracted by what I did or didn’t know.

Mafi’s writing and way with words is impressive and quite beautiful. Her prose is almost lyrical and poetic. The story is told from Juliette’s point of view and her narration flows in an intriguing, Faulkner-esque stream of consciousness kind of way and I found myself completely mesmerized by Mafi’s words. For me, this way of presenting Juliette’s story/thoughts/actions creates a very intimate relationship between her and the reader. And there is something so incredibly powerful about the way Mafi utilizes the strikethrough (as I did above). Each one of Juliette’s words or thoughts that had a strikethrough felt as though it were stitched into my mind or embedded underneath my skin, always there, always present.

The story itself is just awesome! There’s such a phenomenal mix of action, romance, supernatural action, and character driven emotion. There are several climactic revelations and plenty of awe inspiring twists and turns. The ending will leave you desperate for more.

As the narrator, Juliette’s developments is integral to the development of the story as a whole, and trust me, she’s a brilliantly developed character. This is a character that has been abandoned, abused, humiliated, and yet, she’s not completely broken. She has a quiet strength that has nothing to do with her lethal touch and a breathtaking grace that I found moving. She’s surprising and relatable and easy to root for. Juliette’s every thought, every feeling, every emotion is palpable, and I felt intricately and intrinsically connected and bound to her and her story.

Adam is a complex character, yet there’s also a comforting simplicity to him as well. I was completely drawn to his compassion, longing, earnest intentions, and I was awed by his honesty that is found even within his lies.

Warner, the antagonist, is charismatic and his villainy is very compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed hating him; yet also found myself sympathetic toward him at times as well.

The romance between Juliette and Adam left me completely breathless! There’s a sweetness to the way they fall in love, but their relationship is also passionate, sexy, and intense. I read every scene between them feverishly and with a racing heart.

Adam and Juliette fall in love quickly, but it didn’t feel rushed to me. Their feelings developed very organically and felt natural. I love the way Mafi explores the excitement, anxiety, and intensity of falling in love for the first time.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Shatter Me is an amazing and riveting debut from Tahereh Mafi. I was captivated by the story and enchanted by Mafi’s beautiful, aching words. This is an awesome and MUST read book!


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When this book releases on Nov. 15, I'll be purchasing my own shiny, awesome hardcover copy, which means one of you will be getting my equally shiny, awesome ARC of Shatter Me. To enter to win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 
This giveaway is U.S only! 
Will run Nov. 6- Nov 14 at 11:59 pm

  • One entry per person
  • U.S. only
  • Winner will be chosen randomly
  • Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner will be chosen
  • I am NOT responsible for lost or damaged prizes


Jennifer Lane said...

The cover is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway! You have a fun blog here and I like your blog title.

Bookluvr Mindy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Nikki said...

Thorough review, I can't wait to read this one!

Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

LisaILJ said...

Thanks for the review and the giveaway. I have heard AMAZING things about this one. I can't wait to read it.

Arianne said...

aw, now i really wanna read this book! hope i win :)

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I totally agree with your review. The romance definitely felt natural, not "insta-love" as too many authors fall back on, and thank heavens there was no love triangle. I also agree that the book was never was just right.

One of my favorite books of this year. :)

Sarah@Catching Books said...

Great review! I have heard awesome things about this book and I can't wait to read it!

Jessirae said...

I've been dying to read Shatter Me. I love your review. It gets me so pumped up to read this book. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Unknown said...

Great post! I am dying to finish this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Denise Z said...

I have been stalking Shatter Me from the time I first saw the cover (yea I'm like that LOL) I cannot wait to read it and I thank you for your review and confirming my thoughts about the awesomeness of this story. Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity.

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I've been seeing this all over the place and I'm dying to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

thank you for the fantastic contest!

jayjay said...

Thank you for sharing this book!
*cross fingers*

Entered via Jayjay Atanacio

Maji Bookshelf said...

i can NOT wait to read thissss!! i havent heard anything but AMAZING reviews about it. eeek im excited!

- juhina

evrythngzen said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for doing a Giveaway! Great review too!


Kelly said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

In Julie's Opinion said...

OMG!! I want to read this book SO bad, especially after reading your reactions to it!! Please, please, please let me win!!!! :D

April X said...

thanks for the giveaway! I've been DYING to read this book lol

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

love the cover..and can't wait to read it :)

Anonymous said...

awesome giveaway!!!! can't wait to read.

Joy Keeney said...

Sounds like a great read!!

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I soooo want to read this one! Thanks for the chance!


Pao Martinez Parente said...

This book comes out on my birthday! it would be an amazing birthday present, thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Oh, what an awesome giveaway. I've been DYING TO READ this book for a good long while now. And I've only heard MANY GOOD THINGS about how awesome it is and how it's a must read. Thank you, so much for this generous giveaway! :)

Suz @ A Soul Unsung
My Teaser Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

great post--I have to read this book before my tween gets it first! It's a mother-daughter competition of sorts...

Anonymous said...

Everything I read about this book makes me want to read it more! Great review!!

Gimme The Scoop said...

I have been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

brendajean said...

Great post! I can't wait to read this:) Thanks for the chance.

elin said...

Thank you for this giveaway! Also, I liked your blog on FB, but I forgot to put my FB name which is allie lin. Sorry about that!
Emily L

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I am so anxious to read Shatter Me! Thanks for the chance!

-Mystery Rose said...

I had not heard of this book before, but now I think I have to read it!!

Felicia said...

I've been dying to get a copy of this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

latishajean said...

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Isolabella said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I've looking forward to getting a copy of this book.

Sebrina said...

I have heard so many great things about this book, and I thank you for giving me the chance to snag it. (will get it no matter what)
Thanks again,

Amanda said...

Yayyy, I've heard SO many good things about this, I'd love to win it! :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

Andie Z said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I adore Shatter Me. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow this book sounds awesome, thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I desperately wanted to read Shatter Me; I'm really into dystopian novels nowadays. And your review of it put fuel to the fire. I'm definitely getting my hands on it soon! Nice review! :)

Farah said...

Shatter Me is just plain awesome. This book is really on my lust list. I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

Cayce said...

It was the cover that got me, but reading your review it does sound interesting too :)