Wednesday, 21 May 2014

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

                          Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

                       Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My review-:

I have completed this book as soon as I can because it pulled me towards it and made me desperate about what happened next. The story started with the female protagonist was in prison and narrating the outer world, her story and her misery.   

I have read so many books but this was just DIFFERENT and UNIQUE in its writing style, which credit goes to the author Tahereh  Mafi. The author likes to play with words, words we can magnify them as they take you to another world of imagination. The most amazing thing is you can see and feel Juliette’s emotion, thoughts; some of her lines which I really like were

“For the first time in my life, I walk forward because I want to, because I feel hope and love and the exhilaration of beauty, because I want to know what it’s like to live.  I could jump up to catch a breeze and live in its windblown ways forever.  I feel like I've been fitted for wings.”

I admit I like her words and phrases but there were some lines which I still don’t understand after it for so many times of reading like

“Hate looks just like everybody else until it smiles.  Until it spins around and lies with lips and teeth carved into the semblance of something too passive to punch.” 
 Can anyone describe what it means? So Tahereh Mafi should be careful about her words as some of her lines made the reader frustrated.

I like the plot as well as the story line also but rather than a dystopian it should be a paranormal romance genre. The male characters were so strong in their corresponding ways; they can compel you and make you amazed throughout the story. As like other young adult category the main protagonist is pretty, kind and perfect but here she has a supernatural power, her touch is lethal. 

The chemistry of Juliette and Adam was really likable and sort of cute though Juliette was growing some feeling towards Warner. I also quite attracted towards Warner due to his ambiguous personality and caring for Juliette.

I will give 4 out of 5 stars for the story and unique writing style. I will recommend it to those who love to read paranormal romance. I know some reviews will contrast with mine but I will love to see, it transforms in to a great movie. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014


A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless. When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remembers how to hope-and love-once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become... The Last Princess.


 It is an easy read and the story moves quickly but left me with so many questions. To start with I didn't understand the reason of roamers to be present in the story though they have nothing to do in whole story and probably the villain Cornelius Hollister was more powerful than the king as he had so many weapons and soldiers.

I feel the main protagonist “Eliza” was a strong character with so much disaster happening around her, she still never give up and tries to fight back for revenge. I feel sympathy for from beginning to ending as first she lost her mother then her father, her brother and sister was kept in prison for execution. The heart aching moment was when Portia cut her hair and burnt her chick as for every girl their hair is precious. 

The author choose the words correctly for describing her struggle to survive in the cruel world but  fail to justify some logic like how can the queen eat something directly from a stranger at that time what were the securities doing , the connection between the royal family and Hollister, Eliza had a chance to live comfortably but she decides to stay and fight with the citizen, then the people appreciated her and can die for her but why can’t they die for their children and why didn't  they try to take the queen Mary (Eliza’s sister) and prince Jamie out of prison.

Moreover I can give 3 out of 5 stars to this book for its strong main character despite of improper plot,  story line and logic I still didn't hate this book neither did I feel wasting my time.       


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