Review: Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

“Juliette has escaped from the Reestablishment. Now she’s 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.

Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make som life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.”

Unravel Me by Tahareh Mafi is the second book in the Shatter Me series – you can read my review of the first book here:

Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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To start off with the negative critique I have to say that the novel has too many repetitive words and sentences. Sometimes I think Tahereh Mafi tried to be a bit too poetic, and other times it felt like she had forgotten what she had already written earlier in the book. I mean, of course it is easy to forgot what has already been written in a 400 pages novel, but you would think at least the editor would notice and point this out.

I found that the first half of the book had quite too many unrealistic events, as in the first book, and I felt like something was missing regarding the relationship between Juliette and Adam. It may just be because I’m a Warner-fan, but it felt like I was being thrown into an extremely passionate relationship that I didn’t feel anything for. Juliette’s feelings and thoughts about Adam are described extremely expressive and wanting, but as a reader I found that the relationship didn’t really have any depth and it was boring to read about. It just seems too excessive of how much Juliette loves Adam after such a short time of knowing him, and I almost found it funny how extremely experienced Juliette seems with sexual pleasures, when she for obvious reasons shouldn’t be.

With all that said I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than the first. The story had more depth and had many interesting revelations. It was very suspenseful, and did well at only revealing a bit at a time. It kept the story going, and kept it interesting all the way.

In contrast to the first book this one was full of great examples of character development, and Juliette started to act less boring and more like a real person. It also revealed a lot more background stories on characters like Adam and Warner which was great.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (English), 461 pages, Harper

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