Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Published by HaperCollins on February 5, 2013. Hardcover, 461 pages. $17.99, US

From Goodreads:

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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.

Dear Book Reader,

Unravel me was pretty much one of those “building the love triangle”, second-book-in-a-trilogy books.  You’ve got Adam and Warner (later you find out that he wants to be called Aaron, his first name, and only by Juliette), the two guys.  Then there’s Juliette, who can’t make up her mind about which guy she wants.  One can touch her and might get hurt if he can’t control his special power and the other can touch her and won’t be hurt because of his special power.  Yes, that’s how a guy should be chosen, by who can or can’t touch you and the reason.  Both of these guys have done plenty emotionally and mentally to Juliette, but that doesn’t seem to be taken into consideration by her all that much.

Between all the back and forth of the love triangle, there’s a war brewing, with Juliette becoming a key figure.  Except she has to get out of her thick head and stop throwing a pity party for herself.  At one point the lightbulb does kick on and Juliette starts seeing that everything isn’t just about her.  There are other people involved in this war and she can help them.  If Juliette actually starts the training she can receive at Omega Point, she could use her power for good.

What are Juliette’s feelings towards Adam and Warner?

How does her training go, once she starts?

Does she ever learn to stand up for herself?

I’m honestly struggling with the review of this book.  I really wanted to like this book, but I just can’t.  I struggled to stick with it to the end, as I did with the first book in this trilogy.  At times I just wanted to ask Juliette what she was thinking.  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  Ignoring the advice of others doesn’t do any good if they are legit trying to help you, and doing things alone aren’t going to get you anywhere.  Boundaries are okay to set as well.

The main point of this is that I just can’t stand the main character of this book.  She’s not relatable, at least to me.  Juliette is indecisive, has no sense of the word “no”, thinks everything is her fault and won’t listen to reason.  I can’t come up with the right phrase to describe this girl.  I know the reason I don’t like this book is because of the way the main character has been written.  I had no problem reading the two novellas that go along with this trilogy.

I’m not even going to get started on the love scenes in this book.  Over dramatic and almost a focal point.  I could do without them, or at least not having them as graphic.

If you’re someone who’s a stickler for grammar, get ready if you choose to read this book.  All I feel like I need to say with that point.

Stars: *** (generously)

Read On,

Liz

This book was checked out at my awesome public library.

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Check It Out Fridays #3

Dear Book Readers,

Here we are again at another Friday.  Another look to see what I’ve gotten from my library!  I’m super excited about two of the books I checked out and they’ve moved to the top of my reading list!  It’s also been one of those weeks where everything came in or was up for renewal.  So if this doesn’t say anything about the number of books I currently have checked out, I’m not sure what more can.  Maybe I need to do a post of what I’ve managed to return each week, although it would only be one or two books.

First Time Check Out:

  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Insanity by Susan Vaught
  • Ruins by Dan Wells
  • Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
  • Something Real by Heather Demetrios
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Checked Out/Renewed Again… And Again:

  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Altered by Gennifer Albin
  • The Savage Blue by Zoraia Corova
  • Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Hereafter by Kate Brian
  • Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
  • A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
  • The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison
  • Mirage by Jenn Resse
  • What We Become by Jesse Karp
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Overdrive Media Library:

  • Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
  • The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

Quotes That Move Me #1

Dear Book Readers,

This week is going to be a very slow blogging week!  In spite of that, I’ve decided to share some quotes that move me from the book(s) I’m currently reading (which means I really need to update my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads).  Feel free to share quotes from the same book(s) in the comment section.  What just struck your heart while you were reading?  What made you connect to the character?

But time is beyond our finite comprehension.  It’s endless, it exists outside of us; we cannot run out of it or lose track of it or find a way to hold onto it.  Time goes on even when we do not.

~ Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’m always apologizing.  Forever apologizing.  For who I am and what I never meant to be and for this body I was born into, this DNA I never asked for, this person I can’t unbecome.  17 years I’ve spent trying to be different.  Every single day.  Trying to be someone else for someone else.

And it never seems to matter.

~Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I just understand the emotions that the main character, Juliette, is feeling as she puts those feelings into words.

Quote On,

Liz