Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy MeSynopsis:

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Favorite Lines:

“Love is a heartless bastard”

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

“This girl is destroying me. A girl who has spent the last year in an insane asylum. A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her. A girl who ran off with another man just to get away from me. Of course this is the girl I would fall for. I close a hand over my mouth. I am losing my mind.”

“She is a soft, deadly creature. Kind and timid and terrifying. She’s completely out of control and has no idea what she’s capable of. And even though she hates me, I can’t help but be fascinated by her. I’m enchanted by her pretend-innocence; jealous, even, of the power she wields so unwittingly. I want so much to be a part of her world. I want to know what it’s like to be in her mind, to feel what she feels. It seems a tremendous weight to carry.
And now she’s out there, somewhere, unleashed on society.
What a beautiful disaster.”

My Opinion:

Destroy Me is a novella in the Shatter Me series. It’s 109 pages long from Warner’s point of view; which I love. I always look forward to seeing from other character’s points of view because we get to see what they are thinking and how they view the main character. I won’t spoil much about this book and because it’s so short this will be a short review.

We get to see a whole different side of Warner; one we have never known before. We get to see why he is the way that he is and his inner most thoughts. More importantly, we get to see how he thinks and feels about Juliette (very important for us romantics).

There isn’t anything I don’t like about this book. It’s kind of hard to mess anything up in 109 pages; not that Mafi can do any wrong.

Summary:

Overall, this book is a nice little bonus to the series and our first introduction to the real Warner and I love it! Happy reading, everyone!

 

Destroy Me


Review: A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

A Bargain in SilverSynopsis:

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Favorite Lines:

I honestly didn’t even keep track of quotes; I was too engrossed in the story.

My Opinion:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review by the author. Guys….this book is really good. So good that I stayed up until 4am and finished it in one sitting. It’s well written, has action, romance, and vampires. What more could you want? I have read A LOT of vampire books in my life, and A Bargain in Silver still managed to be refreshing. **This is a slightly NSFW book**

The story follows Emilia as she finds out that the world as she knows it is coming to an end. Weepers, almost zombie like creatures, have been multiplying by the thousands overnight. This forces the hand of vampires known as the Silvers. Yes they drink blood, but they are very similar to humans in every other regard. Emilia has to figure out how to survive in the new world that is beginning to emerge, but she’s not going to do it quietly. Emilia is a strong, female lead who doesn’t let people tell her what to do. I like that she is able to be strong but still tries to be human when the world around her seems to be less and less human every day.

The only thing I don’t think I liked was that I ship her with Drew. I was selfishly wanting more interaction between the two of them so I was always upset when she was with Sol. That’s just me being spoiled and selfish though and it didn’t make the book bad. I don’t think anything could make this book bad. What I am really hoping for at some point in this series is Drew’s point of view; maybe seeing when her first met her or when he first silvered. I’m a sucker for being in the other side of the ship’s mind.

Summary:

Overall, I really like this book and I can’t wait to finish up the series to see what happens. It looks like there will be more 4am nights in my future. Happy reading, everyone!

 

A Bargain in Silver


Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiSynopsis:

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Favorite Lines:

“Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.”

“The sun is an arrogant thing, always leaving the world behind when it tires of us. The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

“Find me a cure for these tears, I’d really like to exhale for the first time in my life.”

“Hope in this world bleeds out of the barrel of a gun.”

My Opinion:

This is a reread for me in preparation for the new books that she has released for the series, but this is my first official review on it. This is still one of my favorite series, even after multiple rereads; which is saying something.

Shatter Me follows Juliette, a girl who kills people with her touch. Juliette has never wanted to hurt anyone. She grew up with parents who hated and feared her and no friends because all the kids stayed away from her. After a terrible accident, Juliette is locked up for 264 days. After not seeing anyone or speaking to anyone for those 264 days, she is recruited by the Reestablishment to be their weapon; except Juliette still doesn’t want to hurt anyone.

I love love love the way that Mafi writes her books. She uses a lot of beautiful and poetic thoughts throughout the story. We have to remember that we are seeing the world from Juliette’s perspective. She has never had any friends or a family who loved her; she has a beautiful and sad way of viewing the world. I think Mafi’s writing style is really what sets this series apart from others.

I don’t particularly think anything bugs me. If I had to be nit-picky I would say I don’t know how I feel about how quick Juliette changes towards the end. No spoilers, but she does start to do a 180 on her perspective of herself and her abilities. I understand why she starts to feel that way so again, it’s nit-picky.

Summary:

Overall, I really love this book (and the whole series). It’s been a consistent reread series for me and never gets boring. I hope you all love it as much as I do! Happy reading!

 

Shatter Me