Thursday, January 9, 2014

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 461
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Pub. Date: February 5, 2013
Series: Shatter Me (#1)
Source: Personal Copy
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "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."

Juliette is living at Omega Point and while most people assimilate quite well, Juliette is struggling as she hasn't had to interact with so many people under the same roof in many, many years.  Plus, she is also struggling with her training and controlling her abilities, which is leaving her irritable and frustrated.  On top of it, she finds out some upsetting news regarding Adam and his newfound abilities and of course, Warner comes back into the picture stirring the pot once more.  Unravel Me is an exciting, addicting sequel to Shatter Me which fans will devour.

Juliette is maturing and growing a bit more in Unravel Me and while she irritates me from time to time, I still find her journey immensely entertaining. She is trying to understand how to control her abilities in Unravel Me and it isn't going as well as she would have hoped. She puts a lot of pressure on herself, and ultimately doesn't want to disappoint Castle.  To add to her stress, she finds out Adam is holding some secrets about his newfound abilities and instead of confiding in Juliette the details, he is keeping her in the dark when it directly impacts her world. So, needless to say, Juliette grows a lot in Unravel Me and learns more about herself, about Adam, and even about Warner.

I am not a big fan of love triangles, but when they are done in a unique fashion or if it feels fresh, I don't mind it as much and I am happy to say that is the case in Unravel Me.  Although I am a big fan of Adam, learning more about Warner in Unravel Me was pretty great and I felt the lines of my allegiance to Adam blur a bit.  Warner is such a mysterious bad boy and at times during the novel, his defenses dropped and readers got to see more of him; plus, we learn some secrets regarding both boys that are downright jaw dropping.

Mafi includes a lot of heart pounding action and conflicts in Unravel Me.  It isn't just about Juliette and her love triangle, but rather, there's a bigger conflict going on as well as Juliette's self-discovery.  Although the story is getting a bit more X-Men-ish than I would like, I still am a huge fan of the series and am DYING to find out what happens in Ignite Me, which due out in February.

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