October 17, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher's Summary:
"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.


My Take: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is captivating, riveting, brilliant, beautiful and sexy! Shatter Me is up there at the top of the list of my all-time favorites!

This is one of those books that you wish you didn’t wait so long to read! You want to run and scream to tell everyone to read it now! You want to buy it now so you can have the copy in your hand and put all other priorities aside to read from start to finish in one sitting. Yep, I said it! And I’m not exaggerating! I will be harassing everyone I know to read this one. There are not very many books that I could read more than once, but I think this will be one of those very few.

Tahereh’s Shatter Me is beautifully written. I love how she uses strikethrough to capture Juliette’s true thoughts. Right from the very first page, I knew this would be a novel unlike anything else I have read. Tahereh fully captures the thoughts of a teen girl who has never experienced the comforting touch of another human because her touch is lethal to others. Tahereh’s amazing writing style had me hungry for that single touch that Juliette craves; it’s only human for someone to want that affection from another person. She also perfectly captures the thoughts of a girl who has experienced her whole life of being neglected, a castaway and then locked up in a cell and who has had absolutely no human contact for 264 days.

Shatter Me starts out with Juliette locked up in solitary confinement a psych ward. She knows that she should be getting a cellmate roommate shortly and she doesn’t know how to handle it. Adam seems so familiar to her but she is unsure of why; to make matters even worse, he’s a major hunk and he won’t keep his shirt on! He is soooo yummy!!! Juliette’s question is, “Who is he and why is he locked up in here?”

All the while she is locked up, the world around her is crumbling faster than she could ever imagine because The Reestablishment has taken over and has destroyed everything.

I really admire Juliette’s character. She’s stubborn and it takes a lot to crack her. Not only does she show real strength, but even though she’s been mistreated her entire life, she still cares for others and their well-being.

Warner, the twisted leader of their region, wants to use Juliette as a weapon and is using her craving for affection and human touch to seduce her to help him! But can she resist the affection and acceptance of another person? Something she has never experienced before? Even from someone so twisted? And the worst part is Warner seems to fully understand everything that Juliette has gone through and what she most desires!

The love story that is intertwined into this fabulous novel only makes it even better! And, boy does it get hot and steamy!

The ending to Shatter Me couldn’t have been better! I loved it and I am hungry for the sequel to Shatter Me or even to another novel written by Tahereh Mafi! Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long!

Review copy received from HarperCollins for my honest review.



April X said...

I've been dying to read this one, glad you liked it so much! :) Will have to pick it up soon!

Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

I've been drooling over this book for awhile! It sounds great!! It sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing- great review!

Kristina said...

Everyone is reading this book! Not I, I will be waiting till is gets published :(

Fiktshun said...

I'll join you in insisting/forcing/begging people read this book! It did have its "hot and steamy" moments didn't it? Yummmm! Love your review!

Bookluvr Mindy said...

@April, Lisa and Kristina...yes! You must get your hands on it as soon as it comes out and read it right away! You won't regret putting all other books to the back burner!

@Fiktshun - Yes! It actually has a moment that it's LITERALLY hot and steamy! I was lovin' those moments in the book! But that aside, it is still an beautifully, amazing book!

Unknown said...

So enthusiastic, I love it! I have an ARC sitting on my shelf, daring me to read it. Soon! So happy you lived it so much. Hope I do, too!
Great review!

Jess - Taking It One Book at a Time said...

Mindy, how about I'll trade you my 9 yr old (who can clean like no ones business) for a weekend with the book? Sounds like a killer deal to me ;)

p.s. make the comments a pop-out page, because me & google/blogger don't get along. So I can't use my account unless it's a pop-out one, lol

Bookluvr Mindy said...

There you go Jessica! I changed it to the pop-up just for you!

roro said...

need to read it now

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