Review: ‘Unravel Me’ by Tahereh Mafi

Review: ‘Unravel Me’ by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 461
Format: ARC
Source: gift
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.

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If you haven’t read Shatter Me, the first book, then the review and quotes may contain minor spoilers.

Don’t look for action in the first 150+ pages because it starts off slow, but after that mini lull in the book, it starts to take off, and boy was I reeling at the intensity of the entire book by the end. I can only say it starts off like a roller coaster, and before you know it, you’re plunging down a huge hill, and then another, only to be whipped back and forth into a loop. That’s how I felt reading Unravel Me, like riding a roller coaster. I was horrified at the abuse that was being revealed on the pages, I kind of wanted to skip it. Too horrific and too destructive. I can’t even imagine any of it being real. But I’m guessing it’s what makes the characters so much stronger and much more passionate.

Juliette is so vulnerable and so torn between the two that you can’t help but feel pity for her. The experiences she goes through, the emotions that run through, the pain that she’s afflicted, you are transported once again into her world. Into her life, and it’s excruciating to read. Juliette comes alive on the pages, and she is so wonderfully developed in Unravel Me that I can’t help but want to hug her and want to be her friend. Now I can understand why everyone is gunning for Kenji. He tells the truth in such a way that makes you feel shameful! Kudos Kenji! He is more or less the sidekick, but what a wonderfully written one at that. He is surprisingly one of my favourite characters.

And the swoon worthy begins! Juliette and Adam’s heavy make out sessions just make my body temperature rise rise rise! There’s a little bit of Adam in every corner of this book, and I’m completely fine with that, but if you haven’t read Destroy Me, I completely switched sides. I’m on Team Warner now.. I’m probably a little bit in love with Warner the fictional character.. Two amazing twists have been revealed in this part of the trilogy and I love love love it! A little bit of a megalomaniac, a little too perfect, but also incredibly and deeply scarred and flawed. His character is probably the most interesting one out of all the characters. He is much more than the soldier he was brought up to be. And just WOW on his intense desire and passion for Juliette.

I’m in love Tahereh’s poetic writing style and at 465 pages, it’s a monster to read in one sitting. I’m sure others will read it in one day, and if you’re like me, I’m already gunning to re-read it again. It’s that wonderful and intense. I want to read it over again just so I can find out if I missed anything. This is a complete perfect for me. If you love romance, action, drama, and dystopia, this book is your book to read. Love love love this one!

Loved each of these characters, they add so much to the plot.

Slow in the beginning, then it raced along until the very end.

Beautiful, but I don’t actually understand the icy eye?!? I’m glad they redesigned the covers, but now my books don’t match.

Most definitely a character filler novel, but I didn’t mind.

Overall, an amazing novel with incredible characters that developed and matured. Pick this one up on release date, you won’t be sorry.


I love it when he says that to me. I love it when he tells me that he likes the way I feel because it goes against everything I’ve heard my entire life and I wish I could put his words in my pocket just to touch them once in a while and remind myself that they exist. (19)
Good intentions are great, but they don’t change the facts. (76)
He’s easily the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. (144)
What I really want to say is who the hell are you and who are you to decide who gets to die. Who are you to decide who should be killed. (178)
I look sexy as hell in this outfit. (213)
I must meet the girl who’s managed to bewitch my boy! (230)
I’m afraid my son never mentioned how beautiful you are. And it’s always do difficult to kill a beautiful thing. (231)
He’s the kind of boy who was only ever taught to be a man, who was told to erase the concept of childhood from his life’s expectations. (233)
Warner as a human being terrifies me more than anything else. (234)
I’ve seen what you had to live through, what you had to go through, and I’m not giving up on you now, not because of this, not because of something like this. (294)
You’re the only one I’ve ever wanted and that’s never going to change. (294)
I don’t know how to hate you anymore. Even though I want to. I really want to and I know I shouldn’t but I just can’t. (313)
Don’t worry, love. I’m not getting naked, I promise. (327)
Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them. (329)
I cry too much. And I’m not interested in conquering the world. (330)
Because it’s so hard to be kind to the world when all you’ve ever felt was hate. Because it’s so hard to see goodness in the world when all you’ve ever known was terror. (333)
I want all of you. I want you inside and out and catching your breath and aching for me like I ache for you. (397)
I’m so desperately in love with you. (399)

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  1. Indigo Wayworth (@IndigoWayworth)

    August 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I love this series so much! Are you excited for Ignite Me?

  2. bhwrn1

    August 13, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    This book…sighs…well, I love Mafi and that is all.

  3. Cali W.

    July 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I love all the quotes you picked! Great review! <3

  4. Diana Grace

    May 24, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Thanks so much for the post… I hope to start the series soon.

    – Diana

  5. Brooke

    April 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Ok, I read this, I know I commented previously when I hadn’t. It was EXCELLENT. I just love Mafi. She makes you like the bad guy, how does she do that? I love to hate Warner, ugh!

  6. Cali W.

    April 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Great review! And I loved all the quotes you chose. <3

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  8. Nicole

    January 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I really need to start reading Novellas. I never think about them but they seem to add so much to a story I really feel like I am missing out. Maybe Destroy Me will end up being the first one but I don’t know if I want to like Warner. Warner/Adam/Kenji is this like a triple love triangle? I’m sad to hear that this book starts off slow but it sounds like the ending makes up for it. I’m glad you loved it so much I am eagerly waiting to read it! I loved Shatter Me! Great review, thank you!

  9. Brooke

    January 28, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    So jealous! I can’t wait to read this, not long now!

  10. Chantelle Ip

    January 25, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Great review! I’m so excited to read this!!!

  11. Apasdevelours

    January 25, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    I really want to read it ! All the bloggers love it … So I think I will to !
    The style of writing looks very good

  12. Rozelle Javier

    January 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I seriously want to read it! 🙂 Awesome review. I love the cover too <3

  13. Brooke

    January 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I cannot wait for this!

  14. Anne C

    January 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Excellent review. Thank you for letting us know that after the 150 pages or so, the books turns to amazing! Some people stop reading at around 80+ pages if the book is does not appeal to them.

  15. leighmarbella

    January 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I am sooooo jealous right now. I loved the first novel, Shatter Me and this is definitely on the top of my TBR list. I know February is just a few weeks away but it just seems soooooo freaking long. Anyway, awesome review. Can’t wait for this to be released.

  16. Janita

    January 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I’m working my way through Shatter Me right now. At first I was kind of iffy about the writing, but I was reading it again today and now I’m loving it! It’s like reading poetry. You kind of have to be in the mood for it. I’m really excited to read Unravel Me after your awesome review! A whopping 5 stars across the board! Must be good…haha

  17. Monika

    January 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I really liked SHATER ME, the first book. I can not wait to read this one.
    Glad you enjoyed UNRAVEL ME.

  18. Darlene Ysaguirre

    January 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    On my too be read list i love this cover looks great!

  19. rabbitsfortea

    January 14, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    I really need to start reading Shatter Me.

    The cover for Unravel Me is so gorgeous, I can’t stop staring. Love the quotes <3

  20. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    January 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Ok, ok, ok…I know I really have to get on Shatter Me. I can’t believe how many people have been pushing for me to read it. Great review – I sort of skimmed it because of the spoilers, but I love your enthusiasm, Giselle! =) And all of those five stars are making me so curious…

  21. Lynn K.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Oh those quotes are killing me. The ones without names. I’m dying to know who said them! Thanks for making me so pumped up…1 month to go!

  22. Lisa Richards

    December 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    This sounds like a great read Can’t wait

  23. Erika

    December 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    It is SO hard to wait for this one especially after that great review and amazing quotes! I just love Tahereh’s style of writing!

  24. Maria @ Fantasy's Ink

    December 31, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Your review has me so much more excited!!!! I’ve also switched to Warner after reading Destroy Me (but honestly I’ve always loved Warner more than Adam his character was just so much more interesting).

    Mafi really does have such beautiful writing…

    36 days to go until the release date.

  25. Jaime Lester

    December 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Yes, yes, yes, YES! Thank you, so freakin much. I cannot wait to get my hands on this already! I loved Shatter Me and it sounds like I might love the sequel even more. THANK YOU!

  26. Lily

    December 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Ahhh I need this book like NOW! I’m also team Warner especially after reading DM I just couldn’t help but want the underdog to get the girl (yes I refer to him as the underdog because even though he is powerful he isn’t so much when it comes to love an Juliette)
    Great review! Super anxious to read this

  27. Ashley

    December 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Oh Giselle! After all you went through to get this book, I am SO GLAD you loved it! It sounds amazing! Also I find it interesting that you switched sides. I always thought Warner was totally creepy and weird, but I wonder if I’ll end up switching sides too!

    Great review!

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