Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

March 4, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 5

unravelTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Pages: 461
Release Date: February 5, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: An outstanding sequel to an already amazing series that won’t let you go until the end and leave you begging for more after you’re done.

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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.

It’s not often that the sequel outshines the first book, but Tahereh has got some fantastic writing skills and sure knows how to capture your attention with her intense plot lines, heated romance, and unforgettable characters. Shatter Me knocked me off my seat with how much I loved it and I have to say that Unravel Me doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. This is definitely one of those books that will have you thinking about it for days after you’re done reading it.

It starts off kind of slow at first and I got really irritated with all of the characters. But once Juliette figures out what’s going on around her, that’s when things pick up, drama ensues, and the action takes place. After that point, I pretty much couldn’t put it down. Not only can Tahereh write an amazing story, she can create some pretty awesome characters. In addition to the two swoon-worthy leading guys, Kenji stands out as an excellent secondary character and one I enjoyed learning more about. He definitely brings the humor and life into an otherwise dismal and desolate tale of destruction and pain. I also liked Juliette’s character development in all this. She slowly learns that it’s not all about her and begins to see the bigger picture. She also realizes that she can’t let anyone tell her what to do, which side to choose, and how to use her powers. She’s a strong and fierce one, whoever she fights for will be tough to beat, so it was interesting to see her struggle with that (figuring out what’s right and wrong). Oh, and the true villan in all this, Warner’s father, is as despicable as they come. I loved it!

I just have to say that I am still 100% Team Adam. That boy has my heart, for sure. There is honestly this one scene where he just wrenches my heart and if I could cry, I would’ve cried at that moment. Their love is nothing short of heartbreaking, tragic, and downright gut-wrenching in the best way possible. It’s not often that I truly feel something deep down for a character or particular set of characters, but Tahereh has done well in making me love this couple and I want nothing more than for these two crazy kids to find a way to be together. Yes, sometimes Adam was a bit closed-off, aloof and irritating, but his love for Juliette is unrivaled. Some might consider him weak, but it takes a truly strong and dedicated person to admit how crazy in love they are for someone and Adam shows Juliette, and everyone else at Omega Point for that matter, just how much she means to him.

Now about Warner. We definitely see a different side of him in this book. We get to know more about his past, how he really feels about Juliette, and we learn what is so special about him. I liked how his relationship with Juliette slowly evolved and you can see the changes in both of them because of each other. I totally sympathize and empathize with the guy, don’t get me wrong. It’s hard not to fall for him in this book and you can see why Juliette struggles with her feelings for both guys. Warner basically lays it all out on the line for Juliette and you can see the love, compassion, and heartache that this guy endures. It does make you just want to hug the guy. But, I stay strong in my resolve for Adam. And as for Chapter 62? Yes, it was sweet, intense, and pivotal; but I guess since I’m totally for Adam, it just didn’t do it for me as much as I was hoping. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it and the way Tahereh wrote the scene was fantastic, but, yeah, you know.

I think what really gets to me about these two guys is that I feel like although both of them love Juliette fiercely, Warner seems like he can manage and survive just fine without her. Adam, on the other hand, needs and wants Juliette with a strong and dedicated passion, more than anything else in his life. I think it’s that aspect of it that makes me lean towards Adam so much more than Warner.

Unravel Me is a whirlwind sequel to an outstanding first book and I seriously need Book 3 right now. I love/hate it when the author has me screaming “NOOOO!!!” and flipping the pages at the end like a mad woman, hoping that there’s more. I don’t know how Tahereh can make things any better or any more complicated but I’m sure the ending will be nothing short of epic. If you have yet to start this series, you’re truly missing out as this is definitely one of my very favorites.

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5 Responses to “Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Teresa

    Wasnt this book fantastic!!! I loved it so much more than Shatter Me! Partly because of Warner. I have been a Warner girl from the beginning, so to see that I was right about him made me love this book even more haha. This is one of the few books where the love triangle doesnt bother me I can really see Juliette with either one. Anyhoo, I’ll stop rambling. Amazing review!
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  2. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    I am team neither lol! I totally felt for Adam, but his desperation for her seemed so overly dramatic. And he was hiding things from her. I didn’t like that. Then Warner is just a psychopath. Dude, sorry you had a crappy upbringing, but you are still not a great person! Now Kenji. I love him. I know that Juliet can’t touch him, but still. He wins in my book. He is brave, loyal, funny, and doesn’t crack under all the pressure. He holds things together. I can’t wait to know what happens next!! Great review babe!!
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  3. Candace

    I kinda sorta skimmed your review. I did see that you weren’t disappointed though and that makes me happy. I’m picking this one up soon. I seem to terrified of it. I don’t want my heart broken! It’s just one of those books that you know bad things will happen…
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  4. Alexa Y.

    Your review reflects almost EXACTLY how I felt about Unravel Me! I loved it a whole lot, and Tahereh’s writing is still beautiful, magical and markedly unique. I love that she made the characters come to life eve more, with their complexities and strengths. While I can understand the whole Warner appeal, I’m also rooting for Adam as well. In the end though, it all boils down to the fact that I LOVE KENJI.
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