Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

Name & Author: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: November 15th 2011

Genres: YA, Dystopian

 

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Summary:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
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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. -Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

Shatter Me is the first installment in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. The first two books, Shatter Me and Unravel Me, are out. The third book, Ignite Me, will be published on February 4th 2014. There are also two novellas in this series, Destroy Me and Fracture Me. I have only read the first one and I can’t wait to read the rest.

The story revolves around Juliette. In the beginning of the book she is broken. She has been locked away for some time without any human contact. That has made her just a shell of her former self.
One day a boy, Adam, is locked away with her. Gradually she starts to speak and opens up little by little. Later she finds out that she can touch him without killing him.

In the beginning Juliette views herself as a monster. She won’t look in a mirror and finds it hard to believe it when she is called pretty or beautiful. During all the things that happen in the book she learns slowly to love herself.

Through out the book Juliette grows. She goes from the empty girl to a strong woman. A big part of this development is Adam, who has been in love with her for many years. They went to school together and watched each other from afar.
The romance is well written and it isn’t instant love. Their feelings have been building up for years.

There were some parts of the book that seemed unlikely to me. I find it hard to believe that it took only three years for the Reestablishment to take over and rule everything. I also find Warner (the villain) too young to rule everything. He is 19 years old. If he had only been few years older he would have seemed more likely to be in the situation that he is in.

Shatter Me is a fast paced book full of action. Tahereh Mafi brings a new writing style into the YA world. There are lot of crossed out words and repeated words in the text. They are all part of Juliette’s thought process. On the book cover it is: My Touch is Lethal. My Touch is Power.
I read this book as an ebook and at first I thought my copy was damaged, words were repeated and crossed out. In my opinion this is a good change from other books but it is too much used. And it seems weird when you don’t know that it is supposed to be that way. Other than that Shatter Me is a great book. If you haven’t checked it out you should.

 

4/5 stars!

 

Diljá

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Joyland by Stephen King

 

Name & Author: Joyland by Stephen King

Publisher: Hard Case Crime

Release Date: June 4th 2013

Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Crime, Horror

 
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Summary:

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Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has neverpreviously been published. -Goodreads

 

 

My Thoughts:

This isn’t a typical Stephen King novel. The book doesn’t have the horror factor and isn’t over 800 pages long. But like his other books this one is beautifully written and Stephen King really has the gift of telling stories and keeping the reader reading on.

I think that many readers picked this book up expecting something completely different, I did. I was expecting a horror story, then a crime thriller (it is at parts) but the book is really a coming of age story.

Devin Jones is a 21 year old University student who gets a job at an amusement park after his girlfriend dumped him. There he hears the story of Linda Gray. Four years previously she was murdered and left in the Haunted – House  Ride at Joyland, the amusement part Devin works at. Devin gets fascinated by the story and often wonders what really happened to Linda Gray.

Most of the story is about Devin’s life, his ex-girlfriend and his work. During his stay at the amusement park he grows up. He saves a child’s life during one of his 15 minutes shift as Howie the Happy Hound and meets lot of really grate people.

It isn’t until the end that the reader gets to know what happened to Linda Gray, who murdered her.

This book was a surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

4/5 stars!

Diljá

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Name & Author: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: October 22nd 1999

Genres: YA, Fiction

 
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Summary:

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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country. -Goodreads

 

 

My Thoughts:

I bought this book from Amazon in March and read it about two months ago in September so I think this review is long overdue.

This book is very realistic and Melinda deals with her problem in a very realistic way. It is a story about a rape and depression and how to continue with life. Because how realistic and down to earth the book is I think Melinda’s story is very relatable. Not only for rape victims but also for people who have gone through bullying and depression.

In my opinion Melinda is very brave. Even though she doesn’t tell anyone what happened or explains why her school work is going down rapidly or why she has changed so much, she tries to continue with her life. She is withdrawn from everything but at the same time she is snarky and sarcastic.

The book is well written and uniquely set up. I loved the little details like Melinda’s grades after each ‘Marking Period’.
I think that everybody should give this book a go. It gets you thinking about how other people see you, but mostly how you see yourself.

 

4/5 star!

 

Diljá

October 2013 Wrap-Up

 

October was a great reading month. I read eleven books and one short story. However, October hasn’t been as good of a month for my blog. I decided that I would rather read instead of writing reviews after long days of Uni work. The reviews will be up eventually and posts will be irregular until the second week of December – Christmas Break 🙂

 

The books I read:

 

shadow and boneme and earl and the dying girlheadharry potter 7the coldest girl in coldtownthe program

the divinersthe lightningn thiefobsidianblood witch the coven book of shadows

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:  YA/Dystopian. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. A really, really good book. 4.5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Grisha #1)

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: YA/Contemporary. Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they make movies. Rachel has leukemia. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. Funny and sweet book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.

 

Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Classic/Short Story. Horace Tarbox is a child prodigy who falls in love with an opera actress and later becomes a gymnast to support her lifestyle. It was good. 3/5 stars. There will not be a review for this one.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: YA/Children’s/Fantasy. It’s Harry Potter – Everybody should know by now. It was amazing as always. 5/5 stars. Review of the series will be up soon. (Harry Potter #7)

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: YA/Paranormal. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. A really good book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.

 

The Program by Suzanne Young: YA/Dystopian. In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. A very good book, original story. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (The Program #1)

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray: YA/Fantasy/Mystery. Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. One of the best books that I read this month. 5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Diviners #1)

 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: YA/Fantasy. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. It was OK. 3.5/5 stars. There will not be a review of this book. (Percy Jackson #1)

 

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: YA/Paranormal. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, Daemon, the hot Alien. I really liked it. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (Lux #1)

 

Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch all by Cate Tiernan: YA/Fantasy. When Morgan meets Cal everything changes. She is thrown into Wicca head first and discovers things about her self and her family. I read the first bind-up of the first three books. All get 4/5 stars. Review will be of the whole series when I’ve read it all. (Sweep #1, #2, #3)

 

Diljá

Paper Towns by John Green

 

Name & Author: Paper Towns by John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books

Release Date: October 16th 2008

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fiction

 
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Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. -Goodreads

 

My Thoughts:

This is the third John Green book that I have read (after An Abundance of Katherines and The Fault in Our Stars) and I love this book as equally as the other ones.

This book is about Quentin Jacobsen’s journey figuring out Margo Roth Spiegelman and in the end finding out who he is really. The book is about growing up and seeing how things are really, going past what you see in every situation, to see what’s really there.

I love all the characters in the book, Quentin, Margo, Radar, Ben and Lacey, they were all wonderful (Margo irritated me a little in the end). I was so happy when they decided to ditch graduation to go on a road trip to find Margo. (Spoiler, sorry). That is what I call a great friendship, when your friends are willing to sacrifice something for you. And graduation is a pretty big thing.

The book is split up in three parts: Paper Towns, The Grass and The Vessel. The first and the last part were the best. They were full of action, while the middle part dragged on at parts. All in all the book was great. One of my favorites.

It is not often when I remember quotes from book but I did after reading this book and I quite like this one:

“I don’t need you, you idiot. I picked you. And then you picked me back.”

 

5/5 stars!

 

Diljá