Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – review

Goodreads Description:

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.


It’s been a week since I’ve read “Shatter Me”, but I am still thinking about it. It is such an incredible and powerful story that it takes your breath away at times. Juliette is one of the strongest heroines I have ever encountered in a book. With everything she has been through in her life, it’s a wonder she doesn’t just resign and wallow in self-pity. Instead, she doesn’t give up, she is strong-willed and fearless.
Then there is Adam – sweet, caring, adorable Adam. Every girl needs to have her own Adam, that’s all I am going to say about him. Of course, if there is a good boy, there also has to be a bad boy. Warner is pretty much evil incarnate – he has a very dark personality and does horrible things. However, Juliette seems to sense some good in him, so even though you really want to hate Warner, there are times where you wonder if he is really all bad. Something must have,obviously, made him this way.

Tahereh Mafi has created an intense story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. You will not want to put this book down, ever. Even when it’s over, you will be gripping the book, wanting more.

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As a side note: This is the first review I’ve ever written, so please don’t be too hard on me. I seriously loved this book, and even though my review is fairly short, I hope it came across how much I enjoyed it. Now, go read “Shatter Me” if you haven’t already. 🙂

trying it out… :)

Well, after doing some research, I decided to at least try out blogger as well. I’m still keeping my other blog though, and for now I’m going to put up my posts on both of them. My first thought when I created the blogger blog was “I miss Tod!!!”
and I am still thinking that. I love my Tod background on wordpress, and I don’t like that I can’t have it as my background on blogger. Well, or if I can, I don’t know how. I’m not certain I like the whole set up over there either, but I will give it some time. 🙂

Well, but enough with this little bit of rambling, I’m going to post this now and then try to write my review for “Shatter Me”.

In My Mailbox #1

This is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren and this is my first time participating. There probably won’t be too many of these coming from me since I don’t get that many books send to me, and I can’t really afford to buy too many books either. Instead, I’ll probably do something like “This week at the library”. 🙂

I know we’re almost halfway through January, but since I didn’t want to post a picture of just one book, I put my two Christmas presents in this as well. Okay, here is what was in my mailbox:

I’m really excited about all of these. Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep was a Secret Santa gift and I’ve been wanting to read this book for months.

I’m also super, super stoked about finally getting Estevan Vega’s Arson. It was actually the cover for the second book in this series, Ashes, that got my attention first. The author seems really cool too, and likes to interact with his readers. So yeah, I cannot wait to start reading this!!!

Then there is Kristi Cook’s Haven which I won in a giveaway hosted by Kelsey Meyers over at http://www.basicallybookworm.blogspot.com/ With it came also a signed bookmark and a really cool pin. 🙂

This week at the library

Well, since I’ve had so much fun already, I’m going to keep going and also add what I got at the library this past week. 🙂 I actually joined a book club there too. Our first meeting will be at the end of the month, and I’m excited to see how it will go. It’s one for all ages, so I’m not sure we’ll actually read too much that’s really up my alley, but hey, I’m always open to new things. Besides, it’s the only book club in my area – unless I want to pose as a senior 😉 – and I really, really want to share my love for books with others, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least try it out. 🙂

Anyway, long story short, here are my library finds…

There’s The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver, also known as “Forsaken”. I remember hearing about it from Rachel over at fiktshun and was intrigued right away.

Then there is Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, that I just had to grab this one. The librarian didn’t like the cover at all. He thought it was too creepy. My guess is, he’s never seen the cover for “Lockdown” before (I got that one on a different day). There are so many creepier covers, but anyway, I don’t want to get carried away here. LOL

Next we have Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Unfortunately, I realized too late that it was the second book in the Halo series. For some reason, my library only carries the second book. I don’t really like reading books on my computer, but I ended up getting “Halo” anyways, so I can read “Hades” right after.

Up next is Enclave by Ann Aguirre. I’ve heard it’s somewhat similar to “The Hunger Games” series which I absolutely love, so I just couldn’t leave it standing there on the shelf. 😉

Lastly, there is Alexander Gordon Smith’s Lockdown. I am so, so thankful to Rachel from fiktshun for introducing me to this incredible series. If it wouldn’t have been for her, I would have missed out on one of the most amazing series out there. I mostly got this one for my husband, actually, because I want him to get into these books as well. If I can squeeze it in though, I’ll definitely read it again too. 😉

Well, if you thought I was done, then you are mistaken. There is one more, one that I was most excited for. I won it at a giveaway from the wonderful fiktshun during the Heroine Tourney, which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at YA Sisterhood. Drum roll, please!!!

And it was so incredibly awesome and sooo worth the wait!!! 😀

Okay, I think this is really it for tonight. I finished “Shatter Me” last night and am going to try to post my review maybe tomorrow. I’m a little under the weather though, so I’m not making any promises. ANYWAY, take care and thanks for reading. 🙂

my first post *yay*

Well, after spending a few hours trying to make this blog look somewhat nice, I am now attempting to write my very first blog post. How exciting is that? It might not be exciting for you, but it is for me for sure. 🙂 I don’t quite know yet what all this will be about, but I figured, I have to start sometime, right?

I’ve actually been wanting to start my own blog for quite some time now, but with my family keeping me busy, I never really thought I could do it. I’m still not sure I can, but I’m going to give it a try, anyway.

The final push into doing this actually came from the wonderful Rachel over at www.fiktshun.com She is hosting this amazing Soul Screamers Challenge, which I just had to join. Then I figured what better reason to finally start a blog could there possibly be? I just had to do this. I absolutely love this series by the awesome Rachel Vincent (http://rkvincent.wordpress.com/) and cannot wait to re-read all the books and novellas again, and then share my thoughts and feelings with anybody who wants to listen – or read. 🙂

If you haven’t already, you should sign up for this challenge by clicking the button below. As if reading these incredible books wasn’t enough reason, they’re also some really cool incentives offered by @fiktshun and Rachel Vincent. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, and sign up now. 🙂

Soul Screamers Reading Challenge

Well, I think this is it for my very first post. That’s not to say there won’t be another one later tonight. You never know what I’m going to feel like. 😉 I’m going to try to keep this blog mostly book-related, but I can’t promise there won’t be any rambling posts every now and then. That’s just who I am. LOL