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Book Review: Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

 

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It’s been 264 days since Juliette touched anybody.

The last time she did, it led to something terrifying. But nobody believed her that it was an accident. The Reestablishment charged her with murder and locked her up. They don’t care to find out, why Juliette’s touch is fatal. Nobody cares for her because they’re all too busy with the outside world, which is completely different now.

Until someone else joins Juliette in her cell. Someone, who’s really familiar to Juliette.


This book was really hyped a few years ago but, I’m slow sometimes, so I only had a chance to pick it up this year. Maybe I made mistake and should read it a while ago when I was younger and not so tired of all YA dystopian novels. Right now, I really feel like I’m not a target audience for this genre anymore. I’m just too old.

The beginning itself was extremely boring and I struggled through the first pages (a lot of them). I was compelled to read on, not because the story simply would draw me in, but I was wondering how did Juliette become like this and what’s with her fatal touch. This is probably the only reason I read the book to the end. And let me tell you, the mystery around everything really got on my nerves.

Juliette is one of those characters I didn’t like from beginning and it was that way until the end. She is indecisive, distrustful when there’s no need for that and she’s complicating all the time and can’t make her mind. It’s good that she’s immense beauty that every guy in the book falls for her and that saves her life many times (that is, according to the book). In general, I did not like the characters very much.

Sadly, we don’t get to know much about the dystopian world. For those few information that comes to the reader, we can be sure that they are there to mislead us. This predictability slowly destroys all the stories, and here it was not different (still, there are chances that I’m wrong). There are two types of people in this “new” world, first are “bad” and the others are “good” and they want to resist the bad guys. We get to know some things about both, but we know that we can not trust anyone because everything can mislead us. I would love to get some more concrete information which would surely make the story more interesting.

As already mentioned, the idea is not bad, in fact, it seemed quite interesting to me but it was just not written in the way that would entertain me. Especially after some exceptions began to appear (don’t worry, no spoilers). I understand why this happened, but, at least to me, it completely destroyed the pleasure of reading, and also the idea the author wanted to present.

Yes, there are some chapters that keep a reader in tension, but they don’t outweigh the rest. Too much romance, too much mysteries, too much focus on relationships. And still, it was not enough for me.

Rating: 1/5 stars

Did you read Shatter Me? What did you think about it? Did you read the rest of the books in series?

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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire

Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare8755785

Sebastian Morgenstern is still a threat to Shadowhunters, now even more because he’s spreading his dark army and attacking Institutes and others. He’s turning Shadowhunters against Shadowhunters and turning them into creatures, with a power of Infernal Cup.

Survivors flee to Indris but now there is no one to protect the world against the demons. They’re attacking and killing innocent.

Soon, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec discover, how Sebastian betrayed them and they go searching for him. They need to go to the dark world where they’re trying to prevent Sebastian’s evil plan.


Finally, I finished the last book in the series! If I really enjoyed reading the first three, I must admit that I read the next three just to finish it. I won’t say they were not interesting but I still think that there are many better books out there to read.

First, something about the plot. Of course, because this is the last book, I expected that things would reveal and that story would have a logical conclusion. Therefore, I might have expected something more, something that would blow my mind, something that would end this story in a truly special way. At least, maybe some epic battle between Shadowhunters and Sebastian’s army. The battle has been but it was far from epic.

Still, the story pulled me in more than in previous books. It was interesting and there was not so much describing of unimportant things – yes, I’m thinking about all the problems couples had. I still think the book could be shorter but this time actually wasn’t so bad. There was more action and more was going on.

But still, there was no progress on a plot. Things were really predictable and we have seen it all. The parents and other older people still didn’t trust the younger ones. Their communication still didn’t improve like they haven’t learned anything from previous events.

Characters haven’t developed at all. If people say that we learn from our mistakes, it isn’t true here.

What bothered me the most, was the extreme happy ending. We all like books with happy endings and it was also expected here, that things would work out well for everyone. However, the ending here was forced, all events turned out in a way that at the end, nobody was affected and everyone got their happy ending. Which for me, was very disappointing.

***SPOILERS***

Usually, I don’t include spoilers, but here, some things just got on my nerves so bad, that I have to write them down and maybe discuss it with some of you, who have already read the book. Here we go:

Jordan Kyle and Maia were so in love and happy together and even when they had problems, they were trying to solve them (although I don’t know why because their relationship was pretty strange). But when he dies, Maia figured, that it wasn’t love she was feeling and she wanted to break up with him ages ago. Really? How convenient.

It was same with Sebastian. When he was dying he realized how wicked he was and how he hurt people around him. In his last minutes, he becomes almost a good guy, he apologized for his actions and repented. Again… seriously? I just don’t believe that people who are evil their whole life can just change in last minutes, let alone people forgive them. Which Clary and her mother did. Whatever.

And the last thing… which was the most shocking for me and really pissed me off, was Simon’s transformation. It really seemed awesome when Simon became normal again and lost his entire memory about a particular period of his life as a vampire. And what happens? Others find a way to return (almost) all the memories. Bullshit (sorry not sorry).

***END OF SPOILERS***

The book was nothing special but still, it was a decent read. Again, I can easily say that I’m happy I finished with series and that I won’t have to read about Clary and Jace again, haha.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Did you read and finished The Mortal Instruments series? What did you think about this book and others? 

 

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Book review: The Death Cure

Title: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

Author: James Dashner

Just a short note and advice for those who haven’t read the first and second book in this series. Perhaps is better if you don’t read this review because even that I’m trying not to include too much spoilers, here I just can’t avoid mentioning some facts which are vital for story. Any maybe you’ll find out too much which would affect your reading experience.7864437

Thomas has survived the Maze and the Scorch. Now he finds himself in a world where the disease requires more and more victims every day and people massively turn into maniacs. He and his friends are under the control of Assistant Director Janson (aka Ratman). And he claims there is a cure for Flare and he could get it with their help. That would happen faster if they would all get their memories back. Some of them decide to do it, but Thomas, Minho, and Newt decide against it. Janson wants to force them but before it happens, they escape. And now everyone is outside in a world infected with Flare and they can’t believe how chaotics conditions are.


If I loved the first book in series, The Maze Runner, and if the second left some bitter taste in my mouth, the only thing that I can write about The Death Cure is… a complete disappointment.

There were so many things that I had questions about and many things I hoped to be revealed and when I finished this book, the questions were still there and I was, even more, confused.

Let’s start with characters. I had felt that every single character in this book somehow faded. If I compare this book with The Maze Runner, where characters were interesting and well developed, here is the exact opposite. Even Thomas, the main character, faded and become indecisive and I had feeling that even he is totally confused about the lack of information and he doesn’t know what’s going on or what should he do. His friends, who in previous books played a great role in the story, are now in the background. And there were a lot (to me at least) unnecessary deaths. Like Dashner would want to include more action in the story that way.

The story itself is just…. meh. At the end, I read this book just to finish the series and I didn’t even have a lot of interest in what will happen. Because somewhere in the middle of this book, I got a feeling that many of my questions will remain unanswered. I thought that story was without head or tail. Whatever happened, I had considered it was forced, with the thought that something simply has to be done to entertain the reader and to finish it all (the story).

Many of my questions remained open and I’m still not cleared by certain things. I wanted to know more, about what was happening after the outburst of the Flare and what were actually doing in WICKED. And I believe that Dashner would easily provide us that kind of information. It’s true, that Thomas didn’t get his memories back, but Theresa did. But in this crucial moment, where she could reveal some things and information, her character was put aside and she became just some peripheral character. Like she’s unimportant for the story.

In conclusion, I can only say that this book is really frustrating. And somewhere in the middle of reading, I got feeling that also author himself didn’t know what to do with everything so he just wrote something to finish it. Too bad.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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Top 5 Wednesday

It’s been a while since a joined Goodreads group Top 5 Wednesday. I will not explain what’s this group is about – if you’re interested just click on a link and read it!

But I hesitated with my Top 5’s because there were topics for previous Wednesdays that I was just not interested into. But from now on I will try to do it every week although that it can happen that I’ll just skip it every now and then.


 

Top 5 Series You Want to Start Next Year

Gone series by Michael Grant

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Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

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The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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Legend series by Marie Lu

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I decided that this time I will not go into details about books because after all they are part of the series and I would have to write a synopsis for all of them which is nonsense because I really don’t want to spoil myself with too many details.

Of course, there are many other series that I want to read but those are just a few of them that I’m most interested into. And I don’t doubt that I’ll discover even more great books from series that I’m not yet familiar of them.

 

Did you read any of these series? Do you have any advice with which should I start? And if you read any series that you enjoyed you can recommend them in comments!