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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Reading Challenge

My goal is to read 50 books. I want to read 100. Here is an ongoing list of books that I have finished thus far this year:

  1. The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

  2. Wake (Dream Catcher #1) by Lisa McMann

  3. Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson, #1) by Maryrose Wood

  4. Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) by Nora Roberts

  5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

  6. Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1) by Josephine Angelini

  7. Rapture (Fallen, #4) by Lauren Kate

  8. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

  9. Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck

  10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  11. Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

  12. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

  13. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  14. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

  15. Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1) by Jackie Morse Kessler

  16. A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark, #1) by Jocelyn Davies

  17. Need (Need, #1) by Carrie Jones

  18. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  19. White Horse by Alex Adams

  20. Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

  21. The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin

  22. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

  23. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Book 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.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short review: I loved this book! I felt it was completely unique to anything that I have read and would highly recommend this book. It had a significant amount of suspense, action and romance that kept my nose in the book for the better part of two days. Tahereh Mafi did a beautiful job and her writing left me wanting more.

A more detailed review: Let me start by saying how beautiful Tahereh Mafi writes. I haven't been touched by such wonderful writing in a while and I found myself wanting to keep devouring page after page of this book. I haven't read anything like this book in awhile, the premise was completely unique to me. When I first opened up the book I noticed that there were words crossed out and I was instantly mad that I thought someone had ruined the book! As I looked through to see how bad the damage was I realized that it is part of the book. It's a unique feature that represents Juliette's conflicting thoughts. I loved this feature; it added intrigue and provided more of an insight to Juliette's character.

I love that there are some dynamic characters in this book. Every character in this book is so full of life that they came alive out of the pages to me. I have heard critiques that Juliette is a weak person; that doesn't ring true to me. Juliette is shattered in the beginning of the book because of her past and how she has been treated. Adam is a strong, determined man that you can't help but root for. Warner is such a villain and I haven't read of such a strong villain in a long time; I couldn't help but want to punch this guy in the face through the pages. Devour Me, book 1.5, is from Warner's point of view and from what I've read it has made some people actually start to root for him which intrigues me to read this book asap.

I loved that there were some big events in the book that I didn't see coming. This book successfully delivered suspense, action and romance. I cannot wait to read Devour Me (#1.5) and Unravel Me (#2).

Some favorite quotes from the book:

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

I'm an encyclopedia with too many blank pages.

He offers me a smile that manages to kiss my heart.

I got this book from the library and I think that I may have to buy it. This is a book that I fell in love with and want to have in my collection. Highly recommend this read!