REVIEW: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

April 21, 2013 Uncategorized 4


GENRE: YA SF/Dystopian
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Harper
Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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First of all, how the hell am I supposed to concentrate on this story when Warner informs me on location 104 that he is standing naked, hungry, tired and barefoot in his closet?  Just. How?

I’m trying to think if I’ve ever been so caught up in a book dude before and I’m coming up blank.  I mean, there are lots of really cool ones, but I latched on this this Warner guy almost right away in Shatter Me.  It was the bed thing.  He gave Juliette his bed.  But he didn’t touch her.  I think that’s what it is.  I’m desperate to figure this out.  Why does everyone love Warner?

I do like a good bad guy, but I don’t automatically go for the bad guy. I choose the one with the most chemistry, and even though Juliette thinks her chemistry lies with Adam (who is just so totally boring) it doesn’t.  I’ve read the second book, so I know.  And I cannot wait to read the third book, but if Tahereh Mafi makes Juliette get together with Adam, I will one star her.

LOL…yes!  I will. I will one star her.

I’m just putting it out there so she can be prepared if she is so inclined to hook our Juliette up with Adam.  I can’t tolerate it.  I want a wedding and babies in that epilogue.

Or better yet, she can decide to make the trilogy into a five book series.  Yes, that’s much better.  I’m totally fine with dragging it out.

OK, back to Destroy Me.  I’m giving this book five stars because it’s about Warner, but really, Warner and Juliette are a package deal. I don’t want to hear about Warner without Juliette and I could care less about Juliette without Warner.  So it was good in that it gave me insight that I didn’t’ have, but I’m all about Book Two, people.  Chapter sixty-two, to be precise.  I’ve seen others mention chapter sixty-two and I agree.


OK, so read this book if you love Warner because he’s maybe not a good guy, but he had good bad boy potential, and he does love Juliette.  That notebook, OMG, it was fantastic the way he found that and how it carries over into Unravel Me is just perfect.

OK, I’m done now.

All about Unravel Me tomorrow.

About the author…

(I’m pretty sure this bio is badly out of date, but this is what’s on her GR profile.) 

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She’s 24. She writes books and reads books and drinks way too much coffee. SHATTER ME is her first novel, and the first of a trilogy, coming from Harper/HarperCollins on November 15, 2011. Film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

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4 Responses to “REVIEW: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Angie F

    I loooooved this novella and I loooooooove Warner! I agree, Adam is so boring, and I’d love a 5 book series with more Warner!

    I may have to 1 star the third book anyway, since I gave the second 248 stars…not joking. I’m out of stars. 😛

  2. kimberly

    I’m with you about Warner, he is just such a great character! I just love him!!! I also agree about Adam, I only have the first book to go off, since I have yet to read the second one. Anyway, he just didn’t have any depth to him, its like, what you see is what you get, with him.
    I really need to read the second one soon.

  3. June Luu

    Urgh…this review just makes me want to read the book now! But busy schedules!! Anyway, Warner………..from the review I can tell he’s hot, so definitely looking forward to this book!! Amazing review!

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