Thursday, April 17, 2014

Audio Review: Unravel Me

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 461
Format: Audio
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

I almost didn't continue this series after Shatter Me. I didn't care for the audiobook narrator's voice and I felt like Juliette was constantly whining. I wasn't a fan of her character and wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading a series with a whining MC. However, I felt the story was compelling. I liked the plot and the world so I decided to give it another shot and am so glad I did. Unravel Me was so much better in my opinion.

I was sucked in almost immediately and while I hated Warner in the first book I felt myself being drawn to him. I was constantly wondering when he would show up, what he would say, what was going on in his head. It quite obvious that he is a very deep character and I wanted to know more about him. Juliette and I were on a mission together to uncover the truth about Warner. As Juliette was drawn more to him so was I. I think that was sign that Mafi did something right in this book. I was so into this book and so in Juliette's head that I began to truly feel what she felt. Few books can do that and Unravel Me is one of those few.

I think part of the pull toward Warner was also due to a shift in Adam's personality. My draw to Adam slowly faded and as it faded I was drawn to Warner. I can't put my finger on exactly what I didn't like about Adam in this book but there was something. Maybe I felt he wasn't as strong? Maybe I could see he was holding Juliette back? I can't say for sure but that's two things that I believed played a factor.

Juliette did grow as a character in this book. She did take a couple of steps forward and then one backward every now and then but overall I felt she became stronger. Or at the very least began to realize that she could be stronger. This change in Juliette is also noticeable in the lesser amount of strikethroughs in Unravel Me. They are still there but there aren't as many as there were in the beginning.

Kenji is one of the greatest characters in this series and I loved him. If ever there was a secondary character that came in and stole the show it's Kenji. Some might even argue that he isn't a secondary character but in my opinion this is Juliette, Adam, and Warner's story.

Overall, I was very pleased with the second installment in this series. Mafi's writing had me completely enchanted while the story had me wholly captivated. If you read Shatter Me and didn't love it I urge you to give this series one more shot. It's worth it!


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