Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jen's Thoughts (+ Giveaway!): Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published: February 5, 2013
HarperCollins, hardcover, 467 pages
GoodReads Summary: tick, tick, tick, tick, tick 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. 

Tahereh Mafi, what am I going to do with you? I mean, seriously. How am I supposed to read any other book this year? How will any of them even compare? I liked Shatter Me. But Unravel Me? I lived this book. Nope, that's not a typo. I didn't mean "loved," I meant LIVED. I don't mean just "oh, good book. Next, please?" I'm talking "I forgot to breathe for 470 pages. What is oxygen?" If this was my copy of the book, I'd rip out all the pages and plaster my bedroom walls with them. I want to take them everywhere with me. I want to climb inside these pages and hide out there for a century or two. I want to pour all the words into a wine glass and get gut-twistingly drunk on them. The continuation of Juliette's story is devastatingly beautiful and I ache, ACHE to know what happens now.

And how am I supposed to hate Warner when you keep making me LOVE him? Yeah, yeah. "Warner is a douche and blah blah blah." LIES. Any hatred you harbor from Shatter Me? Toss it to the curb. TOSS IT. Especially if you've already read Destroy Me (a novella from Warner's POV.) I've never read about such a deceivingly good character. He is the titleholder of "Jen's Favorite YA Love Interests of ALL TIME, EVER." This is a pretty difficult list to crack, but Warner shot right to the top with Unravel Me.

Juliette got on my nerves a little, it's true. But it's like Tahereh KNOWS when she needs to be put in her place, unlike many others who make the main character all Mary Sue-esque and irritating and, still, it brings all the boys to the yard. Nope. Because Mafi has a secret weapon called Kenji Kishimoto who stomps all over that teen angst and knocks our girl J down a few notches. I didn't even have time to grunt to myself or sigh exasperatedly when Juliette went on a woe rampage. Kenji was all over that, like he's my own personal sanity advocate. I love him so. And I'm glad that we got to see much more of his amazing personality in Unravel Me.


Granted, her angst is has merit. A huge bomb is dropped. HUGE. And it doesn't do anything to tear down the obstacles keeping Juliette and Adam from some good lovin'. Yes, I'm totally Team Warner, but even I felt enveloped in the sad. It was overwhelming. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW? I HAVE TO KNOW.

The action? Nonstop.
The romance? Inferno.
The conflict? Gut-punching.
The angst? Mega-emo.
The writing? Creme brulee.

 If everyone read Tahereh Mafi's books, there would be no hostility or sadness in the world. There'd only be glossy-eyed, happy, book-stoned people everywhere. Help save the world by reading all of her books. You can start by entering my giveaway for a pre-order of Unravel Me below.



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77 comments:

  1. Omgosh. I'm scared lol. Shatter Me tore me apart. Now this book with literally destroy me!

    Fantastic review by the way! I felt the intensity! Also thanks for the giveaway :P

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  2. why Jen WHY. why you gotta do me like that huh? I was all calm and not at all angtsy and frenzied with wild excitement for this book before now. I was calm and rational and quite happy to wait. I was satiated and NOW I AM HUNGRY FOR MORE!!!!!!!! proper looking forward to this one, ESPECIALLY after our convo over email about you know what.

    also, would now be a good time to mention that I have a signed copy of Shatter Me? and not only that, but I have MET Tahereh?

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    1. AAHHHHH I met her in April when I went to stay with Anna! SHE'S HILARIOUS AND ADORABLE AND AWESOME!

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  3. Ahhh I was so excited about this and then I saw it was US/CA only! But still amazing! need to read this!

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    1. Oooh awesome :) I only just started in Shatter Me so I'm not on any team yet, but I'm LOVING it so far!

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  4. I'm torn! I read Destroy Me and I can't bear to side with Adam when I know Warner now. Grrr.

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  5. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. I LOVED LOVED LOVED ADAM IN SHATTER ME. I LOVED WARNER AS A VILLAIN. I'M NOT SURE I CAN FORGIVE HIM. Yes, I think that all deserved full caps. I don't change my team easily, so I don't see myself veering from Team Adam. But I have yet to read Destroy Me or Unravel Me. I had a huge breakdown when I realized this is turning into an Adam-Juliette-Warner sandwich.

    Your review is beautiful though. Truly a testament to Tahereh Mafi's amazing writing. I just don't know how I will be able to wait 4 months for this book.

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  6. Oh gosh now I'm chomping at the bit! I had put off reading Shatter Me for some reason I can't remember now so heading immediately to rectify my mistake!!

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  7. I normally am the one to vote for the underdog (or guy that has no chance) but in this book I am totally team Adam!

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  8. Excellent review!! I'm not sure what side to pick, now!!! You got me in a tizzy! Can't wait to read it, even more now!

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  9. I am DYING to read this book. Team Warner all the way.

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  10. I only hear great reviews about this book. It's making me antsy! I wanna read NAO!

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  11. Team WAAARNER but I do like Kenji a lot too! I seriously can't wait to read it and find out all the twisty turny things and more Warner.

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  12. *no words*

    your review, love it.

    TEAM ADAM <3

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  13. I am Team Kenji. Totally and completely. [AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING THAT OPTION! <3]

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  15. Shatter Me was amazing! Can't wait for the sequel. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    And I'm totally Team Adam!

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  16. i absolutly can't wait for this book. i LOVE this series! soo good. currently i am team adam. but i haven't read destroy me yet. i will keep you posted!
    Thanks for the giveaway! * crossing my fingers *

    Katie @ Inkk

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    1. I'm TEAM JULIETTE! No, let's be honest, I'm team everybody.

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  18. Team Adam. Hands down. :) Great giveaway!

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  19. to say i am dying to read this book is an understatement! Team Warner...!

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  20. Team Juliette!
    Also, can I just say that I LOVE the new covers? The eye is hypnotizing!

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  21. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS OMG OMG OMG

    Also team Adam

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  22. Thank god for Kenji. I was not a fan of Juliette in Shatter Me.

    And Team Adam, but I don't *love* Adam, so that could very well change.

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  23. For some reason I am always Team Bad Guy, so I'm Team Warner. I just got Destroy Me, so I can't wait to love him even more.

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  24. I was Team Adam...but from the sound of things I might become Team Warner after reading Unravel Me.

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  25. I am so over Juliette in this one.
    WARNER FOREVER.

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  27. I think this is one of the best reviews I have read. I especially liked the part where you say: I lived this book. Nope, that's not a typo. I didn't mean "loved," I meant LIVED. I don't mean just "oh, good book. Next, please?" I'm talking "I forgot to breathe for 470 pages. What is oxygen?"

    As for teams... I'm pretty torn. Adam is so sweet but I love the complexity of Warner. Based on Shatter Me, I'm team Adam. However, your review is making me rethink that.

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  28. I can't even handle you right now. CARLA! CARLA CAN YOU PLEASE READ THIS AND WEIGH IN?!?!?! If you like Warner too I'll dieeeeee.

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  29. One of the best reviews I've ever read! Great job! I'm team Adam at the moment, but I haven't read the novella yet. And now apparently I can't NOT read this book either. :)

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  30. Team ADAM all day and thanks for the give away

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  31. TEAM WARNER! Ahhhhhhhhhh The bad boy is mine :D Muahahaah

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  32. I want Adam to be with Juliette so I can stay with Warner <3

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  33. More Warner love? FYEAH! Team Warner all the way! I've been intrigued by his character since Shatter Me and Destroy Me just...made me love him more. I can't wait for Unravel Me!

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  34. this is so hard to choose! Team Adam probably haha even though I'm beginning to lean towards Warner's side -__-

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  35. I'll just choose Team Juliette because the three guys will haunt me in my sleep if I choose between them XD

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  36. Team Juliette so I don't have to choose!

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  37. I can't even remember anymore! How ridiculously sad is that? Team Me so I can reread Shatter Me and then immediately follow it with Unravel Me :)

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  38. I was Team Adam, but after reading Destroy Me... I don't know. Warner is now creeping up my hot-dar, lol!

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  39. I'm thinking Team Warner. Thanks for the giveaway.

    amy @ bookgoonie

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  40. HOW ARE WE GOING TO WAIT UNTIL BOOK #3?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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  41. I can't choose . . . Adam's, like, perfect. Absolutely perfect. How can you resist? But there's Warner . . . I'm a little creeped out by his obsession, but I can't help but sympathize with him just a bit because of his backstory. (BTW, I need to read Destroy Me soon.) Kenji is definitely best boy BFF material. He puts Juliette in her place c: Which makes him probably my favourite character. He's just honest, which earns him major points in my book.

    Grace
    Lust For Stories

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  42. I'm Team Kenji all the way. I adore the love interests but Kenji is just way cooler!

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  43. Team Warner. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  44. Team Adam from just Shatter Me and Destroy Me but AAAAAH JEN, YOU'RE SCARING ME! What if I end up being Team Warner? O_O what.

    You always get me so so so pumped to read a book, my heart is like racing just from reading your thoughts <3 Thank you for the fab review and giveaway!

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  45. I thought for sure Adam and Juliette were made for each other but after reading Destroy Me I don't even know what to think! And I have a feeling it doesn't just stop there. I cannot wait for more Adam/Juliette/Warner! And more Kenji too!
    Awesome review and thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  46. Team Adam for now but I have a soft spot for Warner too since there seems to be more to him. It will be interesting what I'll be after reading this! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  47. I have to admit it... Team Warner... i fell for him in 'shatter me' and even harder in 'destroy me'...

    great giveaway
    Kat

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  48. Team Adama!
    I really love Shatter Me so thank you so much for this awesome giveaway - I can't wait to read Unravel me:)

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  49. No team, as I haven't read the first book.

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  50. Reading shatter me, totally team Adam. Reading destroy me, totally team Warner. Now unravel me? I will probably be team Kenji! Lol

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  51. TEAM ADAM!!!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win Unravel Me!
    Fingers crossed! ^___^

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  52. ADAM! Wait... sometimes Warner... gah, I can't be sure!!

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  53. KENJI.

    Then Adam.

    CAUSE THEY ARE BOTH SO AWESOME..... YEAHHHH<3

    -Kaede

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  54. I'm definitely Team Adam, but I love Warner too! I don't think I've ever loved a villain as much as Warner!

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  55. I absolutely loved Shatter Me, can't wait to read the next one!
    Thanks for the giveaway :D
    Team Adam!

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  56. I am undecided which team I'm on lol Usually I pick one pretty early but with this series I feel like withholding judgment!

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  57. I think I'll go with team Juliette. I loved her in Shatter me. I didn't have that wierd attraction to Warner like a few of my friends did. maybe I will in Unraval me? I'm curious now. lol

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  58. Hahaha KENJI! I loved Kenji so much, I hope we get to see more of him!

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  59. Juliette. Great contest!

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