Review: Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi


Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is. Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.

Favorite Lines:

“And it’s not insane to imagine that sometimes even horrible people are searching for a way out of their own darkness.”

“Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close. Protected.”

“I love you, Ella. I will love you for the rest of my life. My heart is yours. Please don’t ever give it back to me.”

My Opinion:

This book…so much happened in this book, I can’t even begin to explain. I am going to try in the least spoilery way, so I am sorry that it’s about to get super vague.

First, I’ll start by saying this book was really interesting. I feel like every time Mafi comes out with a new book, the world we thought we knew changes. Mafi continues to introduce new information and characters to the storyline. She somehow manages to do it in a way that flows nicely and isn’t confusing (which I appreciate).

This book follows Juliette as she begins to uncover the truth of her past. I really, really liked what happened between my ship. Juliette and Warner are seriously one of the best couples and this book just furthered my opinion of that. Despite them trying to figure out who they are and who they are meant to become, they are still able to love each other as they grow. Mafi does a beautiful and amazing job at writing the dynamic of their relationship.

As I said before, there are more aspects being constantly added throughout the storyline. No spoilers, I just wanted to say that I am excited with where Mafi is going to take it next. She only has one more book (plus a novella) to wrap it all up unless she is going to somehow add on to the series again like she did after finishing up the first three. For those of you who don’t know, the series was supposed to end with Ignite Me but Mafi was able to reboot it and add a whole new twist to the plot that left it open to a million different possibilities. I really hope the last book is long and full of all the closure that I need but who am I kidding? I never want this series to end.

I will say that I was kind of upset with all the point of view jumping and the past and present jumping. We get to see points of view from Juliette, Kenji, and Warner. I would like to say that I would have been perfectly happy without Kenji’s point of view but that would be rude of me because I love Kenji and his point of view on the events taking place in the world. I am just selfish and love Warner and Juliette. I couldn’t help myself on wanting to see more of them. In regard to the past and present jumping, I completely understand why it was necessary and I even appreciate it and like it for what it was. But again, I wanted to see my ship together in present time.


Overall, this book was a really amazing addition to the series. I really hope you guys enjoy this book, and this whole series, as much as I do. Until next time, happy reading!


Defy Me


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