I love Juliette's character. And I love how she makes the relationship between the characters so confusing.
She does a good job of making you feel how Juliet thinks about herself with this week little voice but her actions speak otherwise.
Juliette is beautiful and poetic. Kenji is by far my favorite sidekick ever. Warner is to die for. Adam gets the short end of the stick.
I remember when I first read Shatter Me, I liked it, but I wasn't blown away. I thought Adam was likable, but there was something missing. That something was the complex, secretly NOT a psychopath Warner. He snuck up on me, but after reading the 1.5 novella Destroy My I knew he would get to me in Unravel Me, and boy did he ever. Chapter 62 anyone? Hot and Intense!
Julie the continues to grow and makes some tremendous progress. And I just love Kenji!
Narrator does a great job with the emotional and poetic thoughts, just wonderful.
Book 2 is SO much better, a must read!
I really liked the story line, it's really unique and was refreshing. It was predictable at times but I love seeing Juliette transform, especially at the end. I am always for a strong heroine and at times she is weak and scared but she shows up when it counts. The love triangle was SOOO predictable. The narrator did a pretty good job. The only thing that irritates me is all of the analogys and metaphors. There are SO MANY! Like 15 in every sentence. They made her seem kind of cray cray, but I guess in some sense she is. I would recommend if you like a good love story
I am picky about audio books, but the reader of this series is great. It helps that the story is too. Definitely wouldn't understand if you haven't read or listened to the first book. Praises all around!
My Initial Reaction...
I was so relieved that Unravel Me didn't go down the path I worried it would after finishing Shatter Me. Overall I'm loving this series, though Juliette is driving me a bit crazy!
Note:Some minor series spoilers.
I think Kate Simses is a perfect narrator for this series. As I already said in my review for Shatter Me, there's a poetic sound to Unravel Me that I feel needs to be read aloud and read aloud well. Kate Simses nails it for me.
I've had a real reversal in how I feel about Juliette with Unravel Me. In Shatter Me I loved her. But she's just so wishy-washy, "poor me" in Unravel Me that I got tired of her. I understand she's had a hard life, but she's surrounded now by people who've also had a hard life, who also have had to deal with these disturbing differences about themselves and all she can think about is how bad her situation is!
And the relationship between her and Adam is so frustrating. She let's it consume her - and I get that it's different than just a first teenage relationship... this is the first person who's ever been able to even TOUCH her. But come on girl, don't let that cloud your ability to think for yourself and make decisions. Surprisingly, Adam grew on my with Unravel Me. I think because he's having to face some pretty rough realizations and I think he's dealing better than Juliette. But he's still not my favorite.
My favorite is tied - for two entirely different reasons and roles - between Warner and Kenji. Kenji is the friend that Juliette really needs. The person who cares for her but doesn't want to BE With her. I feel like she really needed a non-romantic relationship like this. Because not only does Kenji show her she can have friends, but like a true friend - HE TELLS HER HOW IT IS. I can't tell you how much I liked his willingness to tell her off. And I really want to know him better. I loved hearing about him as a kid through Castle's eyes.
And then there's Warner. God, he's still such a mess. And still playing the role of villain in a lot of ways. And yet I adore him. I think him and Juliette are perfect for each other because they've both been told their whole lives they are monsters. Juliette because of what she can't help but do. Warner because that's who he thinks he has to be. Both are trying to tell the other they can be so much more. Both are right. And both are stubbornly not hearing the other. Can't wait to see where that goes.
I had been super worried that Unravel Me would go all X-Men after the first book. I'm so glad it didn't - I like X-Men but I wanted this to be more unique. And it is.
The basic story line for Unravel Me revolves around the resistance group at Omega Point that Juliette and Adam joined at the end of Shatter Me. They are training, learning more about themselves and preparing to fight the Reestablishment. Things aren't quite as perfect as they might have seemed at first glance, not to mention Warner's diligently seeking them out. I loved every twist Tahreh Mafi threw into Unravel Me - there's lots of unexpected challenges and lots of personal development. I'm actually torn a bit about the Resistance now - nothing is black and white, which I love. We got some SERIOUS, kick-butt action in Unravel Me, complete with superpowers galore! A really great balance between the conflict with the Reestablishment and the internal conflicts.
Also - as a note, I seriously recommend reading the novella Destroy Me before reading Unravel Me. The two overlap for the first bit of Unravel Me and it really changes your perception of the events in a great, exciting way.
I'm thrilled I found this series and am really invested in the characters and can't wait to see where it goes. Unravel Me ended on a bit of cliff hanger (not a bad one) so I'm thankful that the next book is out already!
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
Yes, it takes this whole book for her to finally stop being sad, mopy and blaming herself but it's all worth it because the devil is in the house and he has her heart. Who doesn't like a girl who always falls for the bad guys. But this just means we see the other side of Warner.
I couldn't stop listening, I got it done in less than a day. On to book 3!
It's been a long time since I could brag so much about a narrator. They are so important!! Kate Simses makes this book amazing. I can't imagine how I would feel about this book if anyone read for me. She's perfect. Perfection.
Favorite quote: Hell is empty and all the devils are here.