Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4.25 stars: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

"No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever."

Published November 15th, 2011 by HarperCollins. I listened to the audio version of this book.

Yes, I will be reviewing some older books here (new to me!). 2011, gasp! 

Here's my shameful secret that I would feel more comfortable admitting if I wasn't a librarian... I judge books by their covers. Yep. The cover for this is what really drew me in. I also loved what I heard about it on one of Epic Reads' webcasts.  

It's hard for me to find audio books that I like, because I can't stand many narrations, but I liked the sample on Audible, so I got it. 

At first, I was LOVING it. It was impossible to tell where the story was going, and it was interesting once Juliette got a cellmate... who was a BOY. A boy she really liked. 

Later, she's removed from the cell and is supposed to be used as a weapon (she can hurt and kill people by touching them!) by the government. That was such an interesting story line as well, mainly because of who had been trying to recruit her and why. 

Everything was fantastic, and the 5 star rating was in the bag. The pacing had been perfect, and the story line was so engaging, that I couldn't stop listening. I got the book so that I could listen to it while cooking dinner, but then I listened while getting ready the next morning. I purposely walked to work so that I could listen. I listened during the first hour of work while I set up the reference section of the library (the library is closed during that hour), and then I listened during my lunch break. I listened while walking home. I listened while making dinner after getting home. You get the idea. 

Then something happened. Insta-love. No! I swear, it ruins every story. At least Juliette was kind to Adam and he was kind to her, so there was no unhealthy relationship there. Oh, and Hunger Games fans will be happy to know that Adam is very much like Peeta (in my opinion). I was waiting for him to throw bread her way! 

Yes, insta-love is bad, but even worse, the pacing just kind of died once that happened. Sure there was still adventure to be had and locales changed, but I just wasn't feeling it. It dragged and stopped being interesting. 

I'm complaining a lot. Let's remedy that: the writing was beautiful, the world-building was amazing, the characters were very well-developed, and well, everything else was perfect except for the insta-love and saggy plot later in the second half of the book. Giving it 4 stars didn't seem fair, and giving it 4.5 didn't seem right either. 4.25 stars.

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