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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi (Harper, 2011)

From Amazon.com
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.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

Audience: Young Adult
Genre: YA Dystopian, Fantasy
Length: 368 pgs

Rating: 4

Review: Good book. I can't say that it blew me over or anything, but I liked the writing style. It was very literary and poetic, which I can usually dig. It has an interesting dystopian premise. It was well written and I rode right along with Juliette for and enjoyed. I am interested to see where the story goes from here, but I don't know if I'm compelled to read the other books in the series right now or anything.

Sex - 2+ (Passionate kissing, discussing going further and their desires.)
Language - 4+ (Some characters are definitely bigger potty mouths than others, so naturally when they're on screen, per se, there's a lot more swearing. Damn, hell, and shit are all used frequently. A handful of uses of ass; one each of Jesus in vain and of bastard)
Violence - 3+ (Because of the world and certain characters there is a lot of maybe gratuitous violence, just for show. Some graphic. A lot of fighting.)
Overall Rating - PG-16 (Although, I wouldn't recommend it to my 17yo sister, but that's a personal thing.)

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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