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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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
I was utterly drawn into the book from the opening scene. I loved the scratched journal. I felt that the inner dialogue was raw and original. I couldn't wait to hear more of Juliet's inner turmoil and fight. I didn't want to put the story down. However, I was a bit disappointed by the 2nd half of the book, as the stylistic thoughts of the character vanish and the narration becomes more simple and average. I think I would still recommend this novel, as it's opening is quite unique, but would be ready for a rapid "rap it all up" section at the end.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
The beginning in the prison. Wow.
She utilizes the timbre in her voice beautifully. It gives the various characters life!
I really loved Juliette. She evolved beautifully in the novel, it was inspiring. I also love a good love story.
Can not wait for the next book to come out!!!
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 really did not like the writing style in this book. Not sure I would enjoy any other books by the same author if this is the normal writing style used.
I really did not like this book. It dragged in too many places and couldn't keep my attention. I did not finish the book because I got tired of waiting for the story to blossom. I have NEVER quit a book without completing it. I have always followed through to the end but I could not make myself with this one.
i was drawn in right away and the story line is original. The author wrote in such a unique way, your not sure what is said aloud vs. what is being written in her journal.
It's a little like The Pledge, but not really. Both are post apocalyptic America. both have female lead who must find an inner strength, and have a romeo and juliet type love interest.
I did enjoy the story, when she triumphs, i felt pride. when she fears, i was insecure, i didn't know why no one could touch her, but i didn't want them to.
I can not wait for more from this author, for a first effort, this book was most excellent.
This is a new YA romantic dystopian novel, but it's more romantic novel than dystopian novel compare to the Hunger Games. The story is interesting enough to attract teenage girls. Not boys.
What I didn't like was Juliette's voice. It was too whiney. I don't think the author intended Juliette to sound like a whiney or hysterical all the time. She should be more sedated. Also Kenji sounded like Latino instead of Japanese. Oddly, Adam and James sounded pretty convincing compare to Juliette.
I thought it was well done. I would recommend this triology to friends. It was capturing from the beginning clear to the end.
But X-Men was awesome ;) I liked the store, and it kept me entertained while I worked.