Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
ARC received from HarperTeen
Release Date:  2-5-2012
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Undeniably and Irresistibly Unforgettable
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
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.


 It might be called Unravel Me, but I want nothing more to be tangled up in Mafi’s world!  I loved Shatter Me more than words can describe, so I was just hoping that this second installment would live up to the first.  Oh how my hopes were tossed to the stars when this sequel captured my heart even more than the first!!!!  Laced with secrets and hidden agendas, catapulted into the void between good and evil, and filled to the brim with unwavering and unrelenting love—from page 1, Tahereh’s world will entrap you within its web.

I just love, love, love the language and metaphors that Tahereh uses in her novel.  Many people find it annoying, but I think it’s breathtakingly beautiful.   Poetic and truthful, it cuts to my soul.  Now you might think I’m exaggerating or being too “oh my she’s awesome,” but I really have never had a reaction to writing like I do to Tahereh’s prose.

“These sticks and stones may break my bones, but these words, these words will kill me.”  ARC, pg. 279

Ah!  I just love it.  I can feel the sorrow seeping from Juliette’s heart—knowing what people say about her—that she’s dangerous, untrustworthy, ready to explode.  Juliette can take all the physical pain in the world—I mean, she was locked away for so long without any comforts or communication; but words?  They can cut you more deeply than anything, and the way that Tahereh shows this…my words can never do her genius justice.

One way I know if a book is memorable is whether or not I like the heroine.  Like I’ve said before, it’s easy to right a swoony guy.  But a girl that will keep my attention and gain my confidence?  That’s difficult to do.  But Juliette had me rooting for her from the first page of the first book, and I will continue rooting for her until the very end.  She’s strong and brilliant, and she doesn’t let the bleak and the hopeless break her.  She stands firm and fights for her cause—even if it means she could die.  She’s willing to give up everything, and for that, I admire her.

I loved that we got to know Warner even more in this book.  We see a side that is so surprising and so heartfelt, and I do believe many girls will start to waver between Adam and Warner.  I know I did—I was Adam all the way in Shatter Me, but now, there is a part of me that wants Juliette to love Warner.  It’s like they are Catherine and Heathcliff—two souls that reach out and recognize each other, through all the pain and fear.  I won’t say much more about what we learn about Warner because it is so great to get to read and discover his truth for yourself!

My only complaint—and it’s not really even a complaint, it’s just an observation, really—there wasn’t much Adam in this book.  There were so many steamy scenes with them in the first book, and I loved seeing them feed off each other, but there weren’t many scenes with them together in this book.  I understand why she did this, though, because this installment was more about Warner and Juliette’s discoveries as opposed to Adam’s, but I think some readers will find themselves missing him.

Steam.

Longing.

Truth.

Betrayal.

Power.

Unravel Me has it all.  This is a series I will never hesitate to recommend to everyone—even the stranger in the elevator!  Full of life and death, love and hate, fear and power; Unravel Me will bring you to the edge of your seat, and come the end of the book, it will kick you right over the edge!  Now I just have to wait until 2014…oh, the horror!
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76 comments:

  1. I'd love to have super speed! I've always been obsessed with it, and I'd love to be able to get from somewhere really fast.

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  2. Invisibility (I love private moments)

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  3. Ability to heal very fast. :D

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  4. I'd like the ability to fly...there's just something about being weightless and free. :)

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  5. I LOVED THIS BOOK TOO! Especially Warner since he has always been my favorite! Awesome review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  6. I can not wait for this to come out!! I LOVED the first one so much!! I can't wait to read this one.

    I would love the ability to control all of the elaments. like Water,Wind,Fire,Earth. It would be so cool to control them.

    Thank you for hosting such a good giveaway :)

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  7. To fly or to be fast. Why does everyone want Warner? no no no!

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  8. Thanks for the fabulous post and giveaway! I'd like to be able to predict the future... i.e. lottery numbers :)

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  9. Invisiblity!I'm SOOO glad that there are lots of "Warner Moments"!Can't wait to read this! :D

    P.S.-Is this INT?

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  10. I would like the ability to use and manipulate fire.

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  11. OMG I need to read this book. It sounds so awesome!! I am not sure what superpower I would want. There are positives and negatives to all of them. Maybe telekenesis. That would be really handy.

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  12. To be able to heal the injured or the sick with my powerful hands, kind of the opposite with Juliette's. The most protected, and vulnerable soldier on the team.

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  13. I just pre-ordered this yesterday. Can't wait to read it!

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  14. I'd want invisibility! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Great review, I can't wait to read this!

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  15. Flying. Storm, from X-Men, has always been my favorite super hero because she is kick-butt and she can fly. I used to have frequent dreams about flying. And I just want to say that I loved Shatter Me and can't wait to read Unravel Me.

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  16. Probably to be able to heal others, because that would just be so useful and you would be able to help others. So excited about the giveaway, thanks!

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  17. to be able to yield all the elements cause how cool is that

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  18. I would want to fly. I think that would be so cool ;)

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  19. I think I'd like to heal or mind read. It is a toss up! Thanks! Can't wait to read this!!!

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  20. I'd want invisibility!! It would be incredibly useful for soo many situations :)

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  21. Definitely mind reading!!!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  22. I'd love to have the power to fly or teleportation, so I could travel whenever I wanted.

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  23. I'd want invisibility I think. To be able to just disappear would be great sometimes!

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  24. Gosh there's so many I'd love to have, but I think that I'd either want to be able to control all the elements like fire, water, earth and air because there's so much youcould do with that or teleportation because I could finally go on a vacation...

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  25. I would love to be able to have the power to stop/start time. More time to read books while also saving time to do homework!!!

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  26. I think I'd go for invisibility or flying. Not sure which.

    Brynna

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  27. Dose being Batman count? No? The flying ;)

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  28. Being able to turn back time :) I want my own time turner!

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  29. ability to save people from disease

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  30. I would love to be able to teleport. Save a lot on gas and wouldn't have to get up as early :)
    Brittany S

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  31. I would want to be an avatar so I could bend all four elements fire, earth, water and air. ;)

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  32. I want to control time! Time to sleep in, unlimited reading hours, never be late for class!

    Lust For Stories

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  33. I'd love to be able to move things with my mind! So Telekinesis for me

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  34. I would like to have the ability to time travel... Does that count? Though any superpower would be nice!

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  35. selective mind reading or teleporting!

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  36. If I could have a superpower, I'd defenitely pick the ability to freeze time and space or selective mind reading.
    And I can't wait to read this book! I'm just super excited! :D

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  37. The superpower I would pick...erase selected thoughts/experiences from people's minds :) *raising eyebrows* ha ha! Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

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  38. I would like the ability to discern other people's feelings - like, if they are sad, mad, lying, jealous, etc. It's a little personal, and probably overwhelming, but, yeah. Thanks for the excellent giveaway!

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  39. I'd like to be invisible, that way I could slip into places undetected, Calvin Klein photo shoot anyone?
    That's not creep! Right?
    Failing that teleportation would be awesome, imagine never having to commute to work and back!
    Or telekinesis would be a very handy superpower, too. That way I could bath the kids AND cook dinner all at once!
    Or maybe I just need a housekeeper!
    Thanks for the giveaway, my lovelies! =D

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  40. I would like the power to control time

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  41. If I have a super power, it would be to move things with my mind. (:

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  42. A super power to travel back in time..:D

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  44. I would love to be able to fly!:D

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  45. I would want to be able to teleport myself anywhere in the blink of an eye. Think of all the money I'd save on gas!

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  46. I would love to teleport AND be invisible.

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  47. Flying, invisibility, or mind reading of sorts :)

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  48. Ooooh...how about a power to make all your favorite authors and book boyfriends appear <3

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  49. The ability to manipulate time. Time is my biggest enemy sometimes

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  50. I loved Shatter Me cant wait to see what happens in Unravel Me! I would like to have the power of invisiblity!

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  52. Oops... I forgot to put in what superpower I'd like.

    I'd want to be invisible! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  53. If I had a superpower, then I'd be able to fly like Superman! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Being invisible or flying, one of the two.

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  55. I'd want to be able to hear what people think in their heads..... I just realized how creepy that sounded. Oh well, thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  56. The ability to teleport. It will save a lot of time and money if I want to travel LOL

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  57. I would want to time travel/teleport to where ever I wanted to.

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  58. I would want the power to heal!

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  59. I'd want to be able to time-travel. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. I would want the power to be invisisble
    christal c willdebbie

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