Depression, OCD and a Sh*t Ton of Romance ~ Let’s Discuss Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

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Poetical Prose and X-Men ~ Let’s Discuss Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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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.

Book Info:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Paperback, 338 pages

Published October 2nd 2012

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book was so intense that it shattered my mind.

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THE PLOT

IMG_1271So we have this dystopian world where we’ve basically destroyed the earth, and now thousands of people are starving to death. The main focus is on a 17-year-old girl named Juliette, who has this strange power: she can kill people with a touch of her bare skin.

Juliette’s been thrown in an insane asylum, and she’s slowly driving herself mad with guilt and fear, until one day she gets a roommate. But he’s a boy. And she remembers him from 3rd grade. Adam Kent.

Now she’s going to be given a chance to rule with commanding officer Warner, and use her power as a weapon to torture and kill. But she’s conflicted inside: is Adam still there for her, or has he transformed into one of the cold soldiers of the Reestablishment?

A+++++ on the plot. The idea of all of our cultures and languages destroyed by this Reestablishment really got me thinking. In fact, the entire dystopian world was incredibly immersing, what with the animals dying out and the ozone layers killing us off slowly. I really enjoyed the pacing as well: we started out slow, and then sh*t went dooooown.

One criticism that I would have to make is that it seemed a tad plagiarized from the X-Men series (*cough*Rogue*cough*), but you know what? Those are some of my favorite movies ever, and it was really interesting to see a part of them translated into a novel.

P.S. Tahereh, if you ever see this, know that I think you are awesome and I totally don’t want to accuse you of plagiarism. If you’ve never seen the movies, then #1: I’m sorry, and #2: go watch them.

THE CHARACTERS

These characters were… not my favorite of all time, but they definitely deserve a high ranking. The raw emotion and power expressed within Juliette (our main character), the love and compassion shown with Adam (our love interest who I kinda distrust), and the psychotic control displayed with Warner (our vilain, who I felt very sorry for), all made for a superb cast of characters and personalities.

THE WRITING

IMG_1269I know this has been said before, but I’ll say it again: Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is very unique and kind of strange, but it blew me away and I loved every minute of it.

And of course, that is the main distinguishing feature of this book. You will notice the writing as soon as you read the first sentence. There are many strikeouts and repeats of words, like this:

I am lethal. I am power.

It’s kind of like she’s saying to herself, “No, no, that’s not what I meant.”

I believe the writing was basically the hit-or-miss for readers. I’m pretty glad that it was a huge hit for me, but I’ve read some reviews where it just bugged people. And I have to admit, some of the metaphors are a little ridiculous. Like this one:

His lips soften into a smile that cracks apart my spine.

That doesn’t make very much sense, does it? I can understand how some readers were annoyed. It was a little random, and also made it hard to get a general flow going. But somehow for me, it just worked!

The descriptions were very emotional, and I got a lot of feels reading about Juliette’s childhood. Don’t even get me started on the more *clears throat* passionate scenes. It was all so vivid and beautiful, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

WHAT I LIKED

-Juliette had some amazing character development
-Her powers were kickass to the max
-I’m immediately hooked for the rest of the trilogy
-Warner’s had an awesomely twisted personality

WHAT I DISLIKED

-I still distrust Adam
-Juliette didn’t give Warner a chance
-Juliette was a little stupid at times, and didn’t consider all her options

FINAL THOUGHTS

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If you have not yet read this book, I suggest you go out and do so today! It’s worth the hype, trust me. I myself will be ordering the next two books in the trilogy quite soon. Tahereh Mafi is one author you can’t pass up on. Just try her out, you’ll see!

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Hello, my fellow bookworms! Today I am going to be doing a book tag that has been circling around the blog community. After reading my amazing friend Adriana’s piece at Adriana Gabrielle Writes (and begging her to tag me), I was inspired to complete these 10 grueling questions and have you guys learn a little more about my personality and book preferences.

So, without further ado, let’s jump into this tag. Wish me luck!


This one is easy: trilogies! Standalones tend to leave me feeling unsatisfied, whereas trilogies can pack so much more of a punch.


I guess I’d have to say female. Right now, more than half of my favorite books ever are by women. The Throne of Glass series, the Harry Potter series, the Little Women series, the Lunar Chronicles…


Amazon, hands-down. Barnes & Noble is (and I hate to admit it) wicked expensive. On Amazon, you can generally find the hardcover versions for the price of the softcover versions at B&N.


TV shows! That would be awesome! Can you imagine Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian coming on every week? *hyperventilating*

 5 books per week. I have actually done this a few times.


Now, this one is really friggin hard. I have wanted to be an author ever since I was a little girl, because the power to bring the happiness that I feel when reading a book to millions of people around the world seems like such an amazing feat. But I suppose I’ll choose reviewer, because writing is hard for me.


Books I haven’t read before. Let’s be honest, there are so many books out there in the world that could fill my heart just as well as my faves.


LIBRARIAN. You don’t feel the pressure to sell stuff, you don’t have the awkwardness of people only getting one book, it’s just better in every way.


I’d have to say every genre except my favorite. I’m sorry. But this one isn’t so hard because I couldn’t actually tell you, off the top of my head, what my favorite genre is! Maybe fantasy, maybe classics, maybe dystopian…

Physical. I ain’t got nothing against eBooks, they are handy and easy-to-use, but I love the feel, look, and smell of real books so much more.

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Thank you so much for reading! That completes my Would You Rather book tag. I am feeling pretty guilty right now, because I feel like I betrayed my books… I shall persevere. 🙂

I would like to tag… EVERYONE! *smile* That makes it so much easier for me. God, I always feel so stupid at the end of these things because I can never think of anyone to tag. I will someday! But that day… seems like it won’t be today.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice ~ Let’s Talk About Me Before You

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Book Info:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Format & Pages: Paperback, 369
Published: December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking
Source: Bought from my local Athenaeum library.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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THE CHARACTERS

imageThese characters were absolutely fantastic. I adored their quirky traits and personalities. I think the fact that they were English was perfect for the story, and just imagining their voices with a Brit accent made it so much more enjoyable. Even the ones that I don’t talk about here, like Will’s parents and Lou’s boyfriend, were amazing and fit the story beautifully.

Louisa Clark (or Lou), our main character, was so awesome. Her determination to help Will was really admirable, and I just loved her.

Will Traynor… what can I say of Will Traynor? Well, for starters, I just knew that he wasn’t really such a stuck-up prig. It made me so happy when he finally realized his feelings for Louisa, and there were some moments where he honestly made me warm up inside! His personality was also on-point. He was cynical, funny, but he maintained a strict sense of realism throughout the story.

As for Lou’s family, they were perfection in writing. They actually reminded me of Audrey’s family from Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. There was this one scene where Will’s mother asked Lou to stay over and keep an eye on Will, and when Lou called her parents to let them know about it, well…

“Did you hear that, Bernard?” she said, her hand half over the phone. “They’re paying her to sleep now.” 

I could hear my father’s exclamation.

“Praise the Lord. She’s found her dream career.”

I just laughed my head off, I can tell you. They were perfect.

THE PLOT

 This book has to have one of the sweetest plots I have ever read. It was all so delicate… Lou finding work to support her family, and then discovering that secret that made her job all the more important (no spoilers).

It was unique and gave me a roller coaster ride to remember. This review quote describes it perfectly:

To be devoured like candy, between tears.

That is this book in a nutshell. Unpredictable, making you laugh, and then curl up in sadness. I LOVED IT.

WHAT I LIKED

I basically loved everything. Characters, plot, pacing, tension, setting… you name it, I 😍 it. No joke.

WHAT I DISLIKED

Well, for those of you who have read the book, you know exactly what I didn’t like. For those of you who have yet to read the book, then just wait for the ending. You’ll… you’ll figure it out. *sniff*

FINAL THOUGHTS

They say this book is New Adult, and it is. It deals with a lot of mature themes, but there is absolutely nothing graphic or suggestive. If you are a smart, mature teen who wants to read this, then go ahead. You will love it.

YOU GUYS NEED TO READ THIS NOVEL. It is sadder than Eleanor and Park, funnier than Confessions of a Shopaholic, and perfect everywhere in between.

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Thanks for reading! I’ll be back on Sunday with my September TBR.

Grace Meredith.

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Moyes became a full-time novelist in 2002, when her first book Sheltering Rain was published. She continues to write articles for The Daily Telegraph. Moyes is one of only a few authors to have won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award twice. She first won the award in 2004 for Foreign Fruit and in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover. Moyes lives on a farm in Saffron Walden, Essex with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Characters I Didn’t Click With ~ Top Ten Tuesday #1

imageHello guys! Today I will be taking part in a fun little meme that is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Here is a little blurb from them about what Top Ten Tuesday is all about:

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Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

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1. Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

I did not particularly like Clary as a main character. I thought she was a bit snooty and odd. Also, she had a lot of rather cliché personality traits that I disliked.

2. Prince Dorian Havilliard from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

This is one of my favorite series ever, and I would never ever ever diss Sarah’s characters. However, Dorian and Celaena’s love interest felt very forced (at least in the first book), and I guess I never fully understood him.

3. Princess Nehemia from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

As you can see, the Throne of Glass series takes up most of my thinking space, so here is another character that just didn’t happen for me. So, Celaena had this huge relationship with Nehemia. But the thing is, I never got what was so special about her. Even rereading it, I didn’t connect. I guess it just differs from person to person.

4. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

Let’s be honest: Scarlet was the most rushed book in this quartet. Therefore I feel like it’s normal that I understood and empathized with Scarlet pretty badly. The strang thing is, I really connected with her love interest. Ah, well.

5. Margot from Paper Towns by John Green.

God, I hated this little b*tch. She was so infuriating, even from the beginning! And that ending… Oh, every time I think about it, I want to strangle John Green for being able to anger me so badly.

6. Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

A lot of people seem to think that Katniss is the cold one in this trilogy. I couldn’t disagree more. I empathized with her so much over the books. But Peeta… I hated him with her, and I hated his goody-two-shoes act even more! Gale was just so much awesomer –  but I digress. Let’s just say that I didn’t click with him, and leave it at that.

7. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

I always feel so left out when Potterheads exclaim, “Oh, Luna! She’s so quirky and original. I loved her.” Because I was never on that bandwagon. I thought Luna was quite funny, but I didn’t particularly admire her. In fact, I thought she was really very strange.

8. Aspen from The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

I did not understand this guy. At first I loved him. I was TOTALLY on Team Aspen. Then things changed, and I was torn between him and the prince. And I eventually ended up hating his guts! What strange things fictional characters can do to one’s mind, eh?

9. Bianca from The Duff by Kody Keplinger.

Bianca was pretentious and hypocritical to the max. End of story.

10. America Singer from The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

America, America: our leading lady. She had an enjoyable and intelligent personality, but she made some of the dumbest decisions!

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That concludes my meme! Please note that I did not organize this from least-to-greatest or vice-versa because I couldn’t decide which of these buggers I hate most.

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you on Thursday with a review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 

Grace.

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