Friday, March 22, 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi [Joint Review!]

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Release:  February 5, 2013
Hardcover: 461 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Rex and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Rex and Shannon's Thoughts:
Welcome to our third joint review!  We are having entirely too much fun reading and reviewing books together.  This was the perfect book for a join review because there is just SO much to talk about.  We both really enjoyed Shatter Me and were very curious to see what happens in Unravel Me.  Suffice to say, we were both REALLY happy - exhilarated even!

1. What is your favorite and least favorite part?
REX: My favorite chapters are those where Warner is there for Juliette. He is always there for her and desperately telling her everything. I love how he is a bad ass, mysterious and yet lays everything out on the table all the time. My absolute favorite scenes in this book - the intense, sexy scene between he and Juliette- OH my gosh the things that comes out of the guys mouth!! And then the very ending, which I won't describe, but it made me love Warner even more. 

Least favorite part? The fact that Mafi made me switch teams. I haven't *really* chosen teams yet- but Adam doesn't really do anything for my emotions in this book. He is frustrating and closed off and that was probably my least favorite thing.

SHANNON: Um, my favorite parts were the kissing scenes.  All of them.  No, seriously.  I also liked it when Juliette raged.  She generally comes off as a frightened little bunny rabbit, but man, when she gets pissed off, she gets PISSED. OFF.  I like it.

My least favorite parts are between Adam and Juliette. I didn't like the direction Mafi took their relationship (even though it created room for some very interesting things) and I didn't like the secrets they kept from each other.  It made me sad.  I also got annoyed with everyone yelling at Juliette all the time.  I mean, I get it.  She needs to wake up and pull her head out of the ground, but she's been in an insane asylum!  For years!  Give the poor girl some time to adjust.  Plus everyone should respect her desire not to harm people.

2. And along the same lines, who is your favorite character and who is your least favorite character?
REX: My least favorite character was Castle. He is just ... blah. It's like, he is this fearless leader, but at the drop of a hat welcomes an enemy? Confusing. I don't know, his character is just off putting. But my favorite? Warner. Warner won me over in this book. Dammit, I just love all the crap that comes out of his mouth!

SHANNON: Ugh - Castle.  What was his problem?!  I did NOT like the way he treated Juliette at all.  I didn't like him keeping all these secrets from her, but then demanding that she sacrifice for him.  I found him very narrow minded and tunnel visioned.

My favorite character is...probably Warner too.  I liked his complexity and intensity.  (But really...EVERYONE is intense in this book).  I didn't always agree with him or his actions, but he makes for a very compelling character.  Even when I don't like him.

3. What were your hopes and dreams for this book?  Did it live up to it?
REX: I actually did not think this book was going to do what it did. It far exceeded my expectations. There is drama, action, passion... sigh. I loved it. I am STILL dreaming about Warner and I've finished it a week ago and read another book since! Readers aren't going to be disappointed. My heart felt squeezed. haha.

SHANNON: My main worry was that this series was going to turn into the X-Men starring Rouge, I mean Juliette, based on how things ended in the first book.  I was very happy to see that while people did have "unique abilities", that wasn't the main point of the story.  I was also hoping to see Juliette come more into her own and while it took until the end of the book, I am excited to see where it takes her.  It can be hard from sequels to live up to the first book, but I think Unravel Me had no problems with that.

4. Adam?  Adam, who?
REX: Adam who is right! What a disappointment! Juliette and Adam have a lot of obstacles to conquer and I feel like they're silly. It's just like, why, Adam? Why? Juliette is the toughest mofo out there, and he's treating her like a child. Frustrating. I guess this is what made me swoon over Warner too. Warner gives Juliette credit and doesn't really hide anything from her. I don't know what Adam's deal is here. Hoping Mafi can make me swing in Adam's direction for the next book. ;)

SHANNON: Mafi is the grand master of toying with your sympathies.  I'm equally impressed and annoyed that she made me question Adam and Juliette's future.  I didn't like what happens between them.  And like I mentioned early, it left room for me to be swayed to the dark side, aka Warner.  But since Mafi is tricksy, I am reserving judgement until the third book.  I am positive she has something up her sleeve. 

5. How is Mafi so good at writing those HOT kissing scenes?
REX: I can't even THINK about that *one* scene without blushing! OH my gosh, she got me. It was sexy. I don't even know what to say, I'm getting flustered. So hot and not cheesy. mmmmhmmm

SHANNON: Dude.  I was reading the infamous Chapter 62 on the bus!  And I KNOW I was blushing and had a weird smile on my face.  I'm pretty sure I said "Woah" a couple times out loud.  The thing I love about Mafi is she writes with intensity and that translates into some very intense, sensual and sexy kissing scenes.  Hats off, Mafi, hats off.

6. How does this compare to the first novel?  What do you think of this series overall.
REX: This series is amazing and I want to see it as a movie. Or maybe a TV show so I can enjoy it every week and get more hours out of it. I don't know, but wow. This book is much better than book one. I was bored for the first 50% of SHATTER ME. UNRAVEL ME blows it out of the water. Her writing is just so much more evolved and mature in this book.

SHANNON: Mafi's writing has REALLY improves and it shows.  Unravel Me is much tighter and better paced than the first.  I loved the Shatter Me, but I thought some of the metaphors and purple prose got to be a little...much.  Mafi reigned it back and focused more on the emotions of the scene and engaging the reader.  Overall, I am really excited about this series!  There isn't anything out there quite like it and the kissing scenes alone...haha!

7. How do you feel about where the novel ended?
REX:  I LOVED IT!!!!!!! Brilliant, captivating, my heart fluttered. I hope she chooses the bad guy. Someone needs to choose the bad guy. I am tired of these main characters picking the nice, right guy. Also, damn. Why do we always have to wait for book three to see who they choose?

SHANNON: No more Mr. Nice Juliette!  I am really excited about where that takes her.  I probably won't like everything that happens, but I think it will be intense, thrilling, exciting.  Personally I would like Adam to come to his sense and really fight for her.  But I always want Juliette to learn to take care of herself.  I can't wait!!


  1. Shiiiiiiiiiiit.

    Fine. I get it. I'll read the damn book this week.

    I think I've switched to Team Warner without reading because everyone keeps gushing about him.



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