REVIEW: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

April 22, 2013 Uncategorized 3


GENRE: YA SF/Dystopian
Published:  February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

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So, I swear I was just going to look up some quotes about Warner, but suddenly thirty minutes went by and I was halfway into the book again, Juliette is standing outside his door for the first time, and she’s about to learn a nasty little secret about her long lost notebook.

Oh, I love that notebook.

If you’re not a Shatter Me fan, well, you have no idea what I’m talking about, but the notebook is what pulled me over to Warner’s team.  Adam, pffttt.  Warner loves Juliette’s words.  He loves the way her lips form the words, and Juliette is all about words.

He sees inside her, he sees her insanity, and this makes him love her more.

I think everyone but Warner is afraid of Juliette.  Even Adam, even Kanji, Castle… all of them are afraid of her.  Shit, Juliette is even afraid of herself.

But Warner, the one person who should be afraid of her (“You must know how sorry I am.  That I”—he swallows—“that I kissed you like that. I confess I had no idea you would shoot me for it.”) Is not afraid of her.  He loves her.

All you ever said to me,” he explains, “was that you didn’t want to hurt anyone. You didn’t want to murder people.”

“I don’t.”

“Except for me?”

I’m all out of letters. Fresh out of words. Someone as robbed me of my entire vocabulary.

I’m all out of words too, because Warner has stolen them from me as well.  I tell you, the things he said to Juliette in chapter sixty-two.  The things he said to her were—just holy fucking shit, WOW.

You can feel his passion, his desire, yet the thing that strikes me so profoundly about Warner is that even though he’s so out of control in his love, he’s so in control of his actions.  He’s not obsessed, obsessed men take what they covet.  Warner is not interested in taking anything from Juliette, he wants her to give it to him. And he’s waiting for her to be ready to do that.

This series has so much emotion it’s almost too much.  It’s filled with words that have no meaning but make such sense at the same time.  It’s nothing but hundreds and hundreds of pages of love and how Juliette longs for it and how Warner longs for it, and how they struggle to figure out who and what they are.

After this review I just have to put it out of my mind because the next book is so far away I can’t even think about how far away it is.  And, this book is filled with a perfect characterization of yearning, I’m not even sure the next one could live up to it.

I almost wish I had waited to start the series after the third book was released.  But I see there’s a 2.5 in the works, so maybe that will hold me over.

Five stars.  I love Warner.

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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3 Responses to “REVIEW: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Angie F

    You described Warner PERFECTLY! OMG that man…just yes…Chapter 62…yeah I’m out of words, too.

    I cannot bare to part with my copy of this. I always donate my books to the library (unless they’re signed) but this one…It’s sitting on top of the stack I need to take in, but I can’t! Very strong emotional attachment.

  2. Kim (YA Asylum)

    I haven’t read this series yet (but I have the books…), I’ve been hearing nothing but great, great, great things! I really have to read this. Great review :)

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