12/12/2013

Review: Unravel Me {Tahereh Mafi}


 
It's time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point; the headquarters of the rebel resistance. It's a place for people like her – people with gifts – and it's where she can finally be rid of The Reestablishment.

Juliette is now free from their plan to use her as a weapon; free to love Adam and free to stop running ... or so she thinks.

But Juliette will never be free from her own lethal touch, or from Warner, who wants her more than she ever thought possible.

 

 
The first half of this book was amazing. The universe Mafi has crafted is so vivid and through Juliette's eyes we are thrown into a world where we can see, hear, taste and feel everything she does. The imagery is almost tactile and Mafi takes her time to ensure every detail fills us with a thousand images and feelings of our own. It's such a uniquely captivating writing style.

The secondary characters, like Kenji and all of the people at Omega Point, were so much fun to read about. They were funny and determined; fleshed-out characters who managed to be both strong-willed soldiers willing to die for the cause and also just a bunch of cool, friendly people

Another great thing? Adam and Juliette's relationship was ON FIRE at the start of this book. Some of their scenes were beyond hot and when that spanner got thrown in the works it made for a great storyline between the two of them. The angst and the heartbreak was just so intense!

But then ... well, the rest of the book kind of fell pancake-flat. All of a sudden Warner was pushed down my throat and the story just dwindled. We started with Adam and Juliette, a great couple with a fantastic new plot twist thrown into their relationship, making for more sexual tension than is possible to handle. Plus we had Juliette struggling to fit into Omega Point and her slow-forming friendships and her growth into a warrior. 

But once Warner steps onto the scene all of the above is forgotten and it's literally Juliette going 'Warner is a psycho ... oh, but he's so beautiful. I love Adam ... oh, but Warner is so beautiful and he read my diary and now loves me ... he's so beautiful.' My eyes rolled out the back of my head and along the floor and down the stairs and, well, you get my point. 

I understand the bad boy thing. But I do not understand the murderous, psycho thing. It's lost on me. If someone's daddy doesn't love them, does that now excuse every horrible, disgusting thing they have done? Seriously Warner, cry me a river. If Juliette ends up with him, then puppies everywhere will probably fall down dead.



If the middle/end of the book was as strong as the beginning then this would've definitely been a five star read. Instead an amazing story got whittled down to a love triangle and Juliette went from the underdog I rooted for, to a whiny and self-indulgent Mary-Sue.

"Books are easily destroyed, but words will live as long as people can remember them." 

 
 

 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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15 comments:

  1. I don't really want to read to far into your review because I still haven't read this one, but need to. I've been putting this book on hold because of the whole Warner thing. I don't understand the hype about him. I don't like him lol Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Haha don't worry - I keep all my reviews spoiler free :D

      But YES, Warner is just ... no

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  2. I really enjoyed it, but do remember the middle slowing down

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  3. I've heard a lot of readers say pretty much the same thing. I loved Shatter Me, but I hear that the rest of the series is fairly inconsistent, and that kind of leaves me a little bit on the fence about whether or not I should read this! Great honest review though, Allie!

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    1. I'd definitely say to still read it. This is the second book and the third hasn't been released yet, so I guess people are talking about the novellas? I haven't read them as they seem there purely to serve ships and I want more sustenance in a novel!

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  4. Lovely review Allie, I really don't like the sound of Warner, but the whole how beautiful he is swooning? Not for me. I really want to read this because of the writing and uniqueness of the story though.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. It's definitely a book you should pick up - I'd love to see whether you get swayed over to Warner or stick with the awesomeness of Adam! Lol

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  5. This series is on my TBR list, but I haven't very good about getting to it. I've heard a lot of mixed things about it, which might be why, but I think any book deserves a shot. I'll get to it eventually! I'm glad your review was spoiler-free though so it didn't ruin anything for me. :P

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  6. I'm actually kind of a fan of Warner xD BUT I do agree that it wouldn't be good for them to end up together. It would be chaos. I do hope he gets a happy ending, though. Great review!

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    1. I'm all for him getting a happy ending or being redeemed; joining the resistance, maybe? Helping them to bring down The Reestablisment once and for all! I think he could be a great, complex character if he wasn't trying to be redeemed through saying he loved someone, rather than actually doing things of merit.

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    2. I'm all for him getting a happy ending or being redeemed; joining the resistance, maybe? Helping them to bring down The Reestablisment once and for all! I think he could be a great, complex character if he wasn't trying to be redeemed through saying he loved someone, rather than actually doing things of merit.

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  7. I love your review, Allie. We feel EXACTLY the same way about Warner. I've actually asked a few friends to tell me who Juliette ends up with in the final book when they read it... because I really don't want to continue if it's not Adam. Which sounds dramatic, but I can't understand a Juliette and Warner pairing at all. But I agree that this series is wonderfully written. I still gave this 4.5 stars despite hating what the love triangle did to it. Great review! :)

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    1. That's exactly why I'm not reading Warner's novella and why I've recently decided not to read Adam's; they seem to just be there to serve Warner as the endgame and completely dismantle Adam's character.

      I'll still read the third book though; I'll let you know if you should check it out ;)

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  8. Yes! BOOO to Warner!

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