My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This is why you do not write a review until you have finished the book. Had I written the review at the end of ten chapters, I would have given it five stars. It starts out with this girl in prison. A prison where there is only a small window about fist size. The only light is through that window. She is fed maybe once a day. She has been in prison for nine months and has not spoken to anyone in that time. It kind of reminded me a little of Room by Donoghue. The language or vocabulary is different then any I have heard in any book: See Examples. When the story started to go down hill, which is when she is let out of this jail for another jail, I stayed with it for the flavor of Mafi's words. After about a third of the book is over, the story seems rushed, gets very predictable and even the tasty language which had been about every other sentence stops, with the exception of the semi-love scenes. With the exception of one line in the whole book(See Examples), the love scenes are very middle school. The bad guy is laughable. The book ends with a copy of X-Men.
Examples of Mafi's savory language; My words use no parachutes as they fall out of my mouth. I've discovered I don't know how to breathe. The bed under my back. My eyes are fighting not to flutter. I am going to memorize every inch of your body with my lips. I die stupid in that second.
I wish I could have written these down as I drove, they come at you every other sentence in the first half of the book. If Mafi ever writes an adult novel or erotica, I most assuredly want to read it. This book went from five stars to two stars faster then a speeding bullet and I have no interest in the rest of the series.
The narrator sounds like a ten year old girl, the girl is seventeen.
Yes, this book is full of imagination and is very refreshing.
The whole book was memorable because of the writing style. Every line seems to have a half dozen vivid words.
Obviously the main character.
I can't quite remember. Its not a sad book, so no crying. It's also not a very funny book. Its more serious and full of vivid description.
This writing style is unlike any other books that I have currently read or listened to. The author has an extremely large vocabulary and she knows how to use it extremely well. Very intelligent, I can only imagine.
I read the summary and thought "this sounds interesting - a girl that no one can touch". I also read the reviews, and while some were negative, many were almost glowing. In the end though, the writing style was way too emo and overly dramatic. Even for me. The author seemed to think she had to over describe every single little thing. The MC couldn't have a single thought without it being compared to some overly obscure, flowery reference. The story itself was interesting and the world building was impressive. I even became invested in the MC and her love interest; but ultimately the over-the-top writing style ruined what could have been a great book and I only finished it to find out what happened to the two MC's.
The narrator has a VERY unique voice and would not impress me for any other book I've listened to, but her voice definitely matched the MC, so I won't hold this one against her. I won't be listening to the rest of the series and could not recommend this one - even to a 15 year old.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
The cover is awesome which goes to prove don't judge a book by its cover. The counting of everything is annoying. The heroine counts her toes, her feelings, etc., etc. The writing is mostly flowery prose and very, very repetitive. I know some people like this reminiscence of poetry, but I am not a fan of it. I only made it about two and half hours at which point I gave up. This is just another forgettable story, with unlikable characters and plot lines that have been done before. The story might have gotten better with time, but I have far too many books in my library to waste time on something I'm not fond of. The narrator sounded like a shy little girl not a teenager, I personally didn't like it.
This was a very good story and I did enjoy listening to it except for the main characters obsessive compulsive tendency to repeat things over and over and over and. OVER AND OVER AND OVER!!! The repeating of certain things accompanied with the narrators baby voice used for the girl almost put me over the edge in certain parts of the story. If you can get past that, the storyline is very good.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I have enjoyed Shatter Me, slow at the start but it was great overall!!!! Too many numbers though... it took me 3,312×10^13 nanoseconds to finish this book. This is what I liked and hated, the too much numbering of everything.. it took me 15 years to walk to A then 3500 years to walk to B then by the time i reached C I was a million years old, a bit too much in my opinion.
Don't get me wrong, i didn't hate it, but i didn't love it either (the too much numbering), but some expressions were really funny, like "my jaw was dangling from my shoelaces" that was a new one... but over counting the seconds every page or so got a bit old after a while.
Story plot was good by the time i understood what was going on. I understand the lengthy character introduction, but by the time I got to the end of the book and understood the story and whats going on, I really liked it because this kind of books i really love, and I wish i knew about it before. I would have red it long time ago if I knew what it was all about.
What I liked was the pencil scratching noise that was added to the book, it was a new touch to an audiobook and a simple one too.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
Part 1 of the Series Review
First Thought when Finished: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was different, interesting, and engaging! Bring me the next one please!
Part 1 Thoughts:
I picked up Shatter Me for 2 reasons:
1: Most of my friends (even the non-YA readers like myself) enjoyed it
2: It was on sale at Audible
I have to say that overall I found the world different, interesting, and engaging. The story was slow to start but once it got moving, I was invested. The world building was fantastic! I could picture the world in my mind's eye and while I have no desire to travel there, had no problem picturing the characters maneuvering around. The characters are what drew me to the story though. I thought Juliette was equal parts fascinating and damaged. Her life experiences made her both wise and foolish. I was intrigued by Warner and what made him tick. Was he just this bad ass nut case that was truly evil or is there more there? Adam was a little one dimensional to me but he did fulfill an important role: he gave Juliette someone to count on. That role is significant because she could begin to bloom. The pacing and action were a little uneven in the beginning but once the story hit it's stride the speed, urgency, and desperation of the characters was on par with the action. For a first book in a trilogy, it was fantastic!
Narrated By Kate Simses / Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
This is the first book I have listened too narrated by Kate. I thought she did a great job with Juliette, Adam, and Warner. I was a little surprised there weren't two narrators for this book (as the guys got as much page time as Juliette) but Kate (for the most part) pulled it off pretty well.
Final Thoughts: Interesting and engaging I will be continuing this series.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down....Tahereh Mafi is going on my favorite author list!
When Juliette finds out she can touch Adam...she feels alive again...she deserved it!
I love Kate...she has such a soothing sweet voice and her acting ability is incredible!
This would be a fascinating movie,,, Her touch is deadly, her love eternal!
This book put me through a huge range of emotions, it was quite the racy love story for a YA novel...and I couldn't put it down...I loved everything about it, and am reading book 2 immediately! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the book itself started out slow but once it got going, i was hooked. i love the character and don't agree with other people's reviews saying that she's weak. i'd like to see how strong they'd be in her situation! she's very strong considering the obstacles she's gone through.
warner. i know, i know! he's the bad guy but honestly i'm all for warner. also, i really liked kenji too.
all of them, i can't pick just one.
i'm not that creative....
i really enjoyed the narrator. i'll be seeking out other books she's narrated. i like the youngness and softness to her voice. i think it fit the character in this book perfectly.