Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

13455782I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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.

Dear Lord. That was painful. I honestly cannot understand why this book has as much hype as it does. It’s completely plotless. The whole plot is Juliette going to three different places and making out with one guy and not making out with another guy.

I picked this up hoping it would be a fun read with an entertaining romance. I’d heard about this Warner guy, especially being compared to the Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and I was on board. (Shhhh, I know I have problematic tastes in guys.) Yeah. I was sorely disappointed.

I think the biggest problems stem from the fact that the main conflict in this book is a poorly-developed love triangle. There’s nothing else really driving the story, and considering how much the love triangle made me want to cringe, laugh and gag – sometimes all at once – it made this book especially hard to stomach.

Adam and Juliette’s relationship was like an expensive Italian car. Zero to sixty in three point five seconds.Everything – from them kissing to them saying they love each other to them risking their lives for each other – came way too fast for me. Maybe that’s just my personal taste (I love slow-burn romances), but it just felt like the author was so excited to have them kiss that she forgot to build a relationship and some tension so that I was actually excited for them to kiss as well. And then 88.2% of the book just becomes them kissing and ohmygod it’s so dull.

The third corner of this love triangle is Warner. The bad boy. The one everyone loves. Except me, of course. He wasn’t dark and twisted but so magnetic at the same time, which is what I wanted him to be. He was whiny, entitled, weirdly obsessive about a girl he’s only just met, and I’m still trying to figure out why he calls everyone love. Is he British?

Honestly, I feel like the author was trying to replicate Spike from Buffy, right down to the speech patterns, but, instead of this

we got this

Whiny, controlling, emotionally stunted brat who’s trying so hard to be baaaaad that for some reason everyone except me thinks is attractive.

I’d say something about Juliette except, whoops, I completely missed where her personality was hidden. We’re told by Adam that she’s kind because of all these things she did when they were in school, but we never actually see her make an actual decision. The entire story (not that there’s much of it, as I’ve covered) just happens to her. In a book that supposedly hers, she’s a very reactive character. The only reason why two hot guys seem to be so obsessed with her is… she’s hot?

Maybe this just isn’t the right book for me. Maybe this isn’t the right time for the book. Maybe if I’d read it when it first came out I’d gobble it up like a box of chocolates. Maybe, maybe, maybe. The fact is it was painfully boring and I didn’t care about anything.

Verdict: burn it with fire

What super-popular books do you just not understand? Do you think there are any books that you loved at a certain point in time that you would hate if you read them now? Are you attracted to Kylo Ren? Can you please explain why?


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  1. I’ve never read this book, and I have no plans to. It sounds awful, and I just have no interest whatsoever.
    But this review was a lot of fun to read! 🙂 🙂 (Tbh from what I’ve heard of the book, probably a lot more enjoyable than the book itself…)


    • Yeah, it was pretty bad. But it’s always so cathartic to write a rant review. 😁

      On Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 3:54 PM Death By A Thousand Paper Cuts wrote:


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