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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Source: Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads
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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.

First off, I should start off by saying that while I liked Shatter Me, I didn't fall hopelessly in love with it or anything. It was a fun, unique story, but it had a lot of plot holes and ended up falling flat for me. Unravel Me, however, was an entirely different story. From the very first page, I was sucked in and I ended up loving it far more than I ever thought possible. The story grows deeper than ever and there's so much character development.

Juliette is so much stronger in this book than the last, and she continues to develop in this book. While before I found her whiny and annoying, in this book she really grows a backbone, stands up for herself, and makes her own decisions. I definitely found myself admiring her and I cannot tell you how much I love that she managed to find her courage. She only grew stronger as the book went on. She knows what she wants to believe, but she still finds the strength to question it.

We find out Warner's first name in this book, and let me tell you, it is damn sexy. Now that that's out of the way, we'll move on. In Destroy Me, which you really should read before Unravel Me, we get a deeper look into Warner's character. In this book, we start to see that same view through Juliette's eyes, as she comes to see him differently than she did before. He's still harsh, and possesses a lot of the same instincts as before, but he can be gentle and even kind too. He's a very complex and complicated person and I feel like we may never truly know all of him. I love him a lot, if you can't tell.
Adam has absolutely zero backbone, and he's really whiny and irritating. When Juliette has to tell him something he doesn't want to hear he starts acting like some lovestruck, clingy, hormone-ridden teenage girl. It was really frustrating and while I do feel for him I thought he really needed to just move on and stop being so dependent and childish. I don't really have strong feelings toward him either way and he just kind of exists.

Everyone loves Kenji, which is why there is no way I could not write about him. He has a very open and humorous personality, but in this book we also see a different side of him. He's loyal to his cause, almost blindly so, and he's compassionate but doesn't put up with more than he feels he has too. I really like him, and feel that he's a good addition in particular because he offsets Juliette.

Shatter Me and Unravel Me have entirely different plots, and I mean that in a good way. Shatter Me felt almost on the formulaic side, as if not too much effort was put into it. But Unravel Me felt so much better, with a fully fleshed-out plot and much more development. There were also so many fabulous plot twists that I never saw coming.

It starts off kind of slowly. Not too much happens at the very beginning other than us finding out a lot of new information. There's very little action at first, and though it was pleasant to read it still kind of dragged a bit. I actually had a really difficult time getting into it at first.

Once the action began, though, I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading it. Something new seemed to happen on every page, and it was especially interesting to see how it tied in with Destroy Me. There were a lot of unexpected directions taken and I was definitely impressed by the way everything fit together.

The side plots were fantastic, too. I loved that you could actually see how they tied into the story, and they felt important.

Sometimes, though, the powers of the characters, particularly those of Juliette, started to feel really ridiculous and overly done. I get having powers, even being stronger than others, but dude, you've got to draw the line somewhere.

Unravel Me was so, so much better than Shatter Me. There's so much more plot development, and the story is much more complex. It's truly a masterpiece, and something I loved despite my many reservations.

Ah, the romance. Sweet, sweet romance. I love Warner, so I was so very, very happy to see the development of a romance between him and Juliette in this book. I love the chemistry between them, and it's hot and heavy romance that I love. While I have read things steamier than the infamous Chapter 62, that was still one sexy scene. I like where this romance was when the book ended, too. There's not some sort of perfect place to be in. And while I'm not an Adam fan, I do feel for him, but he needs to move on.

This is the most complicated thing to talk about. Tahereh's writing has definitely improved from that of her first book, and she's clearly very talented. The thing is, her writing style is very unique. That's all very well and fine, but it's almost too poetic and abstract and can get confusing which leads to frustration. I truly do like it, but at times it got really annoying. Her word choice is excellent, and her dialogue sparkles, but her description in particular can be phrased in this really roundabout way. Still, it was more straightforward than before, which was nice.

You know when you want a a book to end a certain way, but you're sure it won't, and then it does? Isn't that kind of the best feeling ever? That's how I felt with Unravel Me. I was praying for it to end a certain way but I didn't think it would and when it took that unexpected twist I was so, so happy. The ending was perfect, and I have no complaints here. It's definitely a cliffhanger, and definitely meant to torture us while we wait for the next book. It leaves you desperate to know what happens next but there's not too much unfinished business at the same time.

I loved, loved, loved Unravel Me and I will most definitely be waiting impatiently for the final book of the trilogy. I cannot wait to see where this story goes, and what Tahereh comes up with next. Would I recommend this? If you loved the first book or were on the fence about it like me, then yes, yes, yes! If you haven't read the first book yet then based on how good this book was I would definitely recommend giving it a shot. It's a unique dystopian with some familiar elements but overall a wonderful second book.

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  1. Yay, another Warner lover! I love this guy, but I am always a fan of the more complex characters and Adam just isn't that. Chapter 62...gotta say I wouldn't have minded that going just a tad bit differently (ahem). Loved the review.

  2. OMG YES! I LOVE KENJI. INDEFINITELY. And I really do love Adam but Unravel Me kind of like flopped around when he was around it in. D: And now I'm all like "WARNER!" I kind of love him even though I totally hate him at the same time it's a very odd relationship.

    Awesome review as always, Annabelle! i'm glad you loved it so much and YES Juliette was just so strong in this one!

    It really was a huge improvement from Shatter Me! I didn't even care about the first book all that much, and I actually won this one, so I was like 'Ah, what the hell, I'll read it anyway just so I can see what happens.' I was impressed by how blown away I ended up being, and Unravel Me has been the best book I've read this year so far!

  4. I'd held off starting this series as I wasn't real sold on Shatter Me but sounds like I'm going to have to rethink that.

  5. I just got this series for my bday and I am so excited to start it! I have heard so many great things about this book. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Shatter Me and Unravel Me are both on my TBR list. I am happy to read how much you like Unravel Me! It's good to know in advance that even if I don't love Shatter Me, to hold out for this book because I might like it better! I love a good ending and that Juliette grows as a character! Thanks for sharing your comments!

    Suz Reads (in Rafflecopter)

  7. Interesting. I also wasn't blown away by the first book but ended up liking book two a lot more. I also really loved Destroy Me.

    Jennifer K

  8. Woohoo! I am so happy that you loved this one. I adored the first book, but have been nervous to read this on because of the dreaded sophomore slump. I think I can go into it now and not worry. Just enjoy myself! Thanks for the review!

  9. Team Warner!! I love him so much! I've read both Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but haven't read Destroy Me yet, but it is definitely on my list after I fell hopelessly in love with Warner in this one. I agree that Unravel Me was way better than Shatter Me! I love Tahereh's writing style. I can see how it could get annoying at times for people, but I felt like we got to see just how fragile Juliette's mind is because of her writing style. Loved, loved, loved this book! When I finished it, I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry because I knew the wait for the third one would be way too long!


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