Book Review of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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4 Stars

Blurb:

I have a curse.
I have a gift.

I’m a monster.
I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.

I am their weapon.
I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

I mean sure there were sentences like: “He says it with a small smile the size of Jupiter.” & “Warner thinks Adam is a cardboard cutout of vanilla regurgitations.” And, true, there was alot of this striking thing going on, but I LOVED IT!

Shatter me is about a dystopian world and the girl, Juliette, who lives in it. Juliette has been locked away in an asylum for 264 days for murder. 264 days of isolation. Until Adam. Adam who reminds her of a boy she once knew. Adam is tall and sexy and wears clothes that hug his chiseled body and, y’know, he’s everything a young adult romance book boyfriend usually is. Still, I love it.

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Then I hate it, cause it turns out Adam is only in Juliette’s cell at the command of psychotic Warner, the leader of the Sector 45 and the son of the Supreme Commander of the hostile organization that is The Reestablishment.

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I hate Warner! You’ll hate him, too. Or maybe you won’t. I read a lot of reviews describing him as intensely sexy but kind of crazy. How confusing. I mean, the guy wants to use Juliette for her ‘I can kill a human with my touch’ powers. Plus all of his “choose me, choose me, Juliette” crap was seriously creepy.

SPOILER ALERT!

So then it turns out that Adam, like me, actually hates Warner, too! Juliette is actually the closest thing Adam had to a friend in school, so when he heard rumor Warner was looking for Juliette to use her as a weapon, Adam decided to join the army and rescue her.

So then I’m back to I love it I love it I love it.

SPOILER ENDS.

Whether you end up hating it or loving it, it’s definitely worth a try. Especially if you’re a romantic old sap like me. (:

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Book Review of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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4 stars

Description:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I always did love me a good mystery. Not that this is one. But from the first page, you can tell something is up. I turned page after page trying to get to the holy grail of what it was.

Honestly, the less you know the better. I went in knowing nothing and, damn, that plot twist kicked the crap out of me. I got the chills, BAD, from head to toe.

Some people won’t like it. A major qualm has been about the author’s writing. The style was very choppy and I can see how one could be turned off by it— however, I actually thought the style was unique, creating a sense of mystery and intrigue.

I was more bothered by Mr. Manipulative Grandpa Sinclair and why the 4 friends were called liars. If there were any lies they told in this book, I must have missed them all.

All in all, an entertaining read!

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Book Review of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

3 Stars

Description:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

 

Todd has been told his whole life that Noise and the death of all women in Prentisstown were a side-effect of germs that the Spackle, a native alien species on the planet of New World, released during the wars.

Ooohh..

Noise is interesting. You hear the thoughts of all the men and living creatures that surround you. It is visualized like this in the book:

 

I can’t even imagine.. I’d probably lose my mind. But then again, I wouldn’t be there. Cause Spackle and germs and war and all that.

Anyhow, one day Todd is out foraging with his dog, Manchee (who likes to poo a lot as made apparent by a number of passages in the book). They comes across a strange sense of silence. A void in all the Noise. Todd later comes to find out that this silence is actually a girl. A real life girl! But what? The germ was supposed to have killed them all, right?

Well, dear Todd, you are about to embark on a journey where you realize most of the stories you grew up with are lies.

 

 

Ok, so it all sounds intriguing, so why did I only rate it 3 stars? Cause this:

Numero uno: The bad grammar and purposeful misspellings were put in place to show the lack of education in Prentisstown, I get it. Still, annoying! All the “yer” and “stayshun” and “direkshun”. Just, omg.

Numero dos: The deaths. There were a few deaths that were supposed to be meaningful, but I found it impossible to care. (Well, ok, I cared about one – see spoiler excerpt below) I just didn’t have an attachment to these characters.

Numero tres: WTH is up with Aaron? Why is he everywhere? How did he not die any of the gajillion times Todd fought him? He’s running around without a nose and holes in his face. I do not understand.

Numero quatro: The cliffhanger ending was dumb. Just dumb.

TL;DR: interesting enough to keep turning the page, but kind of face palming sometimes. But this excerpt, though. Sigh, the feels!

 

Spoiler Warning!

And I put my hand on her arm to stop her rowing.

Aaron’s Noise roars up in red and black.

The current takes us on.

“I’m sorry!” I cry as the river takes us away, my words ragged things torn from me, my chest pulled so tight I can’t barely breathe. “I’m sorry, Manchee!”

“Todd?” he barks, confused and scared and watching me leave him behind. “Todd?”

“Manchee!” I scream.

Aaron brings his free hand towards my dog.

“MANCHEE!”

Todd?”

And Aaron wrenches his arms and there’s a CRACK and a scream and a cut-off yelp that tears my heart in two forever and forever.

And the pain is too much it’s too much it’s too much and my hands are on my head and I’m rearing back and my mouth is open in a never-ending wordless wail of all the blackness that’s inside of me.

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Book Review of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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3 stars

Description:

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.

 

Ugh, I feel terrible for saying this, but I didn’t enjoy this book. It had been sitting on my Goodreads to-read shelf for quite some time and it was a highly rated Young Adult book in 2014 so I decided to give it a shot. Now I’m wishing I could have these 4 hours of my life back to read something more enjoyable!

The book starts off slow. Too slooooooow.

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Melinda enters her freshman year of high school as a social outcast because of one phone call she made to the police at a party the previous summer. Her supposed childhood best friends don’t speak to her, strangers laugh at her, and the occasional lunch tray food item is thrown at her.
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I don’t understand.. This book was published in 1999 and I started my freshman year of high school in 2001. Kids were not this hateful.. But ok, maybe kids in Syracuse are.Anyhow, the first half of the book is Melinda being a loner. Melinda being silent. Melinda not responding to parents/teachers when they talk to her. Melinda skipping school. Melinda getting bad grades. Snooze.Finally, there is a “big reveal” on page 134. I say big reveal in quotation marks because let’s be honest, we all knew what happened to Melinda at that party.

 

Spoiler excerpt ahead:

He is so heavy. There is a boulder on me. I open my mouth to breathe, to scream, and his hand covers it.

In my head, my voice is as clear as a bell: “NO I DON’T WANT TO!” But I can’t spit it out. I’m trying to remember how we got on the ground and where the moon went and wham! shirts up, shorts down, and the ground smells wet and dark and NO! — I’m not really here, I’m definitely back at Rachel’s, crimping my hair and gluing on fake nails, and he smells like beer and mean and he hurts me hurts me hurts me and gets up and zips his jeans and smiles.

 

Ahh this..! This tugged at the heartstrings and made me finally feel something for Melinda.. but…. I’m not gonna lie, the rest of the book, disappointing!

The brief end wrapped up a little too nicely. In my opinion, there really didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why Melinda finally started talking and getting the guts to stand up to people. Then all of a sudden people were talking to her and being friendly with her after her run-in with IT, her relationship with her family improved, and she was willing to tell her life story to her art teacher. WTH?

I personally will never read this book again, but I do encourage others to read it because they may be more sympathetic and understanding than I. (;

 

 

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