The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Diana Ross sang so passionately about having a Love Hangover but a love hangover doesn’t have anything on a book hangover! Symptoms include: restlessness, inability to concentrate on anything but said book/series, a penchant for obsessively re-reading favorite parts of series (ahem, CHAPTER 62), and a sinking sense of loss that said series is over (say it isn’t SO!!!).
The Shatter Me series, has well, shattered me. Leaving me with a spiked heart rate and a general sense of malaise that it’s over. I am so out of sorts over the end of this series that I had to develop a new feature on this blog just to talk about it. So what brought on this obsession? It’s strange I read Shatter Me all the way back in July of 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed it but when the novella was released and then the sequel I didn’t clamor to read it. I had a TBR list as big as a house and somehow reading Unravel Me got pushed aside. I made myself a vow that this year I’d go back and finish off some series that I had started and stopped. I always had a weird fascination with Warner the “big bad” in Shatter Me so I decided to start small and read his novella Destroy Me.
Stop the presses. I know there is some division in the fandom over Team Adam/Team Warner but after reading Destroy Me, I was 100% the President of the Team Warner fan club. As I got into Unravel Me, I found myself almost impatient waiting for him to show up and when he did, dear God, get yourself a fan because he scorched up the page. By now everyone knows of the infamous, chapter 62. I don’t think I’ve ever had a series of words effect me quite like the ones strung together in this chapter. To date, I go back to it at least a few times a month, like an addict seeking a fix. Moreover, as I closed the last page in Ignite Me, I didn’t think anything could eclipse Chapter 62 but Chapter 55 was a literal mic drop. Reading these books gave me literal butterflies in my stomach. Do you know how good you have to be to incite butterflies? And if anyone is curious my dream Warner is Wyatt Nash (I don’t think any man could be more perfect) and my dream Juliette is Maria Avgeropoulos.
The series, is beautiful, unique, and yes flawed but it’s unlike any YA I’ve read and now weeks later I am still mulling over every single detail. Three books and two novellas doesn’t feel like enough and if I had a genie and 3 wishes you better believe one of them would be for a 4th book and another would be to see Warner in the flesh (wipes drool thinking about that stomach tattoo).
So there you have it, the first ever addition to the book hangover series by BookCrushin, the Shatter Me Series. Let me know in the comments what books and/or series have left you feeling hungover.
Publication: November 15, 2011
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.
Publication: February 5, 2013
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.
Publication: February 4, 2014
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.