Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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.

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review: I would really like to say I loved this book because look at the cover. No, just LOOK AT IT. IT. IS. GORGEOUS. Dat eye doe. 

Unfortunately, the contents of this book is not even close to being the level of kickass this cover is. The book is banal, boring and cliché. Half the time, I wanted to cut Juliette. 

You've read the summary. Juliette's this really powerful girl with this lethal touch. Her power causes people to die, basically. I told you before that I like kickass powers. This girl has definitely got them. But she isn't actually kickass. 

Because what would you do if you were locked away for murder? And you were extremely powerful? Like powerful enough to maybe blow this prison to bits? Girl, she doesn't even try. 

The first, like, 100 pages are all of her sitting in her cell, moping around. Crying about how she's a monster, how she can't get over it, blah blah blah. Girl, get up on your feet, put your hands on the wall and blast this f*cker! She's got this power that she won't even use. If Adam (potential love interest) wasn't thrown in prison with her, I bet she would've stayed there for the rest of her life and this entire book would've been pointless. And the two books after it. 

I didn't like her attitude. She made stupid decisions, acted like a freaking damsel in distress when she was probably the most powerful being in the world. But nooooo, she just wanted to think about her actions and REFLECT. What the hell is this? Talk about our feelings day? 

I had really hoped that this would be a great book. You know, one of those books that are forever etched in your mind because of how awesome it is. Shatter Me was not one of those books. It will probably disappear from my mind the instant I post this review! 

There's a potential for a love triangle. I sometimes like love triangles. Occasionally, they can be really well done and leave me hyperventilating over who my character should choose. However, most of the time they are stupid and a complete waste of time. Like choose one already! 

The writing didn't stand out either. Like I'll take a bad plot and vapid characters but man, if the writing is sh*t, how am I supposed to love this book? There was just no personality. The author seemed to be just pulling characters out of her a*s and having them act the way she felt like it at the time. It just...wasn't pretty. 

Shatter Me's love interests were boring. Just. Boring. Adam was a bore and the other guy who I can't even bother to remember the name of was less interesting than a snail. Adam was a flat character who was constantly nice to Juliette for no apparent reason (he knew she was a killing machine!) and the other guy was a supposed bad guy turned nice guy. Ugh, so cliché.

What a load of horse dung. 

Oh, and there were a lot of references to birds for no reason. 


 'I don't know how to find the white bird.' 

'There will be a bird today.' 

'There will be a bird.' 

'I'm the bird and I'm flying away.' 

'Maybe a bird will fly today.'

'Birds used to fly.' 

I've dreamt about the same bird flying through the same sky for exactly 10 years.' 

'I glance at the window and wonder if I'll ever see a bird fly by.' 



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