Daily Archives: January 2, 2014

Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?

Words to live by. Great Post by Author Kristen Lamb.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Today is a tad of a touchy subject, but in this New year, I want everyone to have a the greatest gift any of us can have…peace. Bullies, in my opinion, are among the lowest known existing lifeforms. I wouldn’t want to insult cockroaches and fleas by drawing a comparison.

Kristen’s History With Bullies

I grew up most of my life being bullied. I switched schools at least once a year and there was always a new gaggle of Mean Girls to make my daily life a veritable hell. I think this is why I grew to love books. I skipped school so much (to seek sanctuary at the public library), that I’m fairly certain I’m the reason for the current Texas truancy laws.

I couldn’t get out of bed. I became ill at the thought of even walking through the front doors of my school. I was poor and…

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Published Feb 5, 2013 by Harper Collins.  CDN $11.99 Kindle Edition.

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. (goodreads excerpt)

Where to start?  I absolutely love Mafi’s writing style.  It is so unique and engaging that it gives a different insight into Juliette’s thinking.  It makes her feel real.

I really enjoyed this second installment into the Shatter me series, despite the fact that it took me a long time to read.  That has more to do with my busy schedule than the book itself.  Granted it didn’t make me so enthralled that I couldn’t put it down, but every time I picked it up I had no problems reading it. The story itself was engaging and well thought out.  I have to admit as well that I didn’t read the novella Destroy Me, but it wasn’t necessary to enjoy the story.  I might go back and read it now given that it is Warner’s point of view and I have found a  but of a soft spot for him.  More like sympathy than I want him to win Juliette’s heart.  I still think he is a psychopath…lol.   I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but this one makes the story more real and engaging given that these are the only two people Juliette has encountered in her lifetime that she can touch-one good and one evil.

Shatter Me was very intense and I loved that.  I kept trying to imagine living Juliette’s life and having to deal with her powers and not being able to touch anyone.  In Unravel Me, she finds out more about her powers and others of her kind.  She learns how to deal with things much better and comes out of her shell that she has created.  We are introduced to a resistance group and some friends that Juliette learns to bond with.  I am really impressed with the Author’s unique insight into Juliette and her feelings and emotions.  She feels like a real person and you can’t help but empathize with her.

I am really looking forward to the next book.  I hope Juliette’s powers are explored further and her character becomes more developed.  You already see her growing more confident and sure of herself, but a lot is still held back.  I am interested to see how the love triangle plays out as well.

Overall I enjoyed the book very much.  It wasn’t quite as good as the first one, but still a great read.  I give it 4 ½ stars.