[Quick Reviews] The Zombie Apocalypse

I was on a zombie apocalypse binge a while back and picked up a few zombie books. Some of them were young adult books that were scary but fun to read; then there were adult books that were dark, dangerous and downright terrifying. The following two are apart of the latter.

Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Rise Again - Cover - Review Title: Rise Again: A Zombie Novel
Series: Rise Again
Book one
Author: Ben Tripp
Genre: Zombie, Apocayptic, Survival, Paranormal
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH. 

And a warning that would come all too late . . . 

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . . 

Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut. 

Review

I wasn’t exactly sure what I expected when I picked up Rise Again, all I knew was that it looked like a good zombie apocalypse book.

The beginning was very interesting, life is normal and Danny is at work handling things. She’s the sheriff in the small town that is packed with visitors due to the Fourth of July parade. Her sister Kelly has taken off with Danny’s mustang which means serious business since Kelly knows that Danny would hunt her down if the mustang was damaged in any way, so Danny realizes that maybe Kelly doesn’t intend to come back. Kelly left her sister a note but Danny hasn’t had time to look at it and is avoiding reading it. Funny things start happening, a dead body is found in the forest at the beginning of the town and no one can figure out how the person died. Suddenly another one is found. And then people are running around screaming and falling down dead for no reason, the whole town gets chaotic and that’s not the worst of it all. A bunch of people are seen to be running up the mountain towards the town while the road is packed with people in cars trying to get through. Soon, everyone realizes it’s thousands upon thousands of people that are running up the mountain, some of them are dying just like some people in town; Danny comes to the conclusion that it’s a wave and once that wave hits it will affect nearly everyone around and they too will start running around and dying. Danny can in no way control it, yet she’s going to try anyway.

Once the dead start to rise I found the book to lose some of its intensity and interest. For some reason I love to read about the fall of humanity more than the actual zombie part, I find it more interesting to see how people try and survive the beginning stages more so than hiding and surviving the middle stage. In Rise Again Danny takes control of the small group of people that weren’t affected, there’s a lot of action, blood and gore in this book except I found that sometimes the action slowed the pace of the story down rather than speeding it up. Plus my favourite character was killed off in the beginning and I found that disconcerting because it felt like he had been set up as a main character yet he had already died. From that point I realized that I wasn’t sure if I liked the tone of the book.

I couldn’t really connect with Danny, maybe it was because she was an older woman? Maybe it was because she had been in a war and from that she was changed and I could hardly relate to something of that size? Maybe it was because she was cold and couldn’t understand other people’s emotions? I just couldn’t connect to her nor like her as much as I wanted to. I felt detached from Danny because of this, I simply could not care what happened to her or if she found her sister.

The story was interesting though, the zombie’s and their evolution was different to what I’ve read before, which I liked. I just felt like Danny’s story wasn’t one that I wanted to read in this world.

Overall, I thought this was one of the better zombie apocalypse books. Even though I didn’t love it I still found it hard to put down, the story dragged me in and I wanted to see how humanity would survive it and if they could.

I recommend this book to people looking for a good gory zombie apocalypse book that aren’t too bothered by no character relationships or developments.

Autumn by David Moody

Autumn by David Moody - Cover - Review

Title: Autumn
Series: Autumn
Book one
Author: David Moody
Genre: Apocalyptic, Survival, Zombies
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living DeadAutumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by “phase two” of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, quickly the bodies regain their most basic senses and abilities… sight, hearing, locomotion…  As well as the instinct toward aggression and violence.  Held back only by the restraints of their rapidly decomposing flesh, the dead seem to have only one single goal – to lumber forth and destroy the sole remaining attraction in the silent, lifeless world:  those who have survived the plague, who now find themselves outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1…

Without ever using the ‘Z’ word, Autumn offers a new perspective on the traditional zombie story. There’s no flesh eating, no fast-moving corpses, no gore for gore’s sake. Combining the atmosphere and tone of George Romero’s classic living dead films with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days (and Weeks) later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear.

Review

When I picked up Autumn I was looking for a good zombie apocalypse novel, I wanted something scary as well as interesting. That’s exactly what I got. In the beginning.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, the way everyone died was intensely interesting and scary. I enjoyed reading how the characters that lived dealt with everything at first. Then the dead rose and it just got more intense and more exciting, except that the living characters just got weird and different. They panicked and picked sides, the lay blame and started going crazy, they tossed common sense out of the window and it was incredibly frustrating.

The main problem I had with this book was that the characters all sounded the same, they sounded like one person. When I would be reading any of them they would change drastically, they weren’t consistent and I suddenly found I was thinking of them as one person that had mood swings. I also found that each character became unlikable and annoying, I suddenly hated them all; I couldn’t relate and I couldn’t connect with any of them. They became very unlikable and it ruined the story.

I really enjoyed how the zombies evolved and changed, that was the most exciting part and I found myself thinking of the zombies as a character in their own right. They were way more interesting and I liked them a lot more than I liked the other characters. At least the zombies were consistent throughout the story!

Overall the beginning of this book was intense and exciting, however the end was crazy and weird, and the characters were just stupid, non-relateable, crazy and were just all over the place. I didn’t really like this book as a whole. I will not be reading the next in the series.

I recommend this book to people who are looking for a terrifying zombie read and can excuse character inconsistencies. The world is worth it, the characters and their story however are not.

Jord

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[Review #106] Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams Cover - Review Title: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous
Stand Alone
Author: Kathryn Williams
Genre: YA Contemporary
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame. 

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering–fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.

Review

[WARNING: There are a few spoilers in this review because I could not, not have them while explaining my opinions on this. But the spoilers are labelled before you get to them and they are in white font so you won’t be able to see them unless you highlight over them. You have been warned!]

Every time I read this title I keep wanting to read “Pizza, Love, and Other Drugs”… Anywhoo…

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous started out with an interesting idea. I liked reading how Sophie interacted in the kitchen and it was nice seeing her with her family. The premise of the reality T.V show sounded fun and interesting. But then the time came for the actual reality tv show.

Let’s get one thing clear: Everyone knows that ‘reality’ is more often than not, not actually reality right? I mean the way people live their lives is not that interesting, so there has to be some sort of interest to keep people watching, they may do things that they wouldn’t normally do to spice things up (For example: Kesha drank her own urine (Well she claimed she did) just because she could, on her reality show ‘My Crazy Beautiful Life’ (For the record I only know about this because it was all over the entertainment news; not because I watch her show) she wasn’t dared to do it or anything, she and her friends were talking about it and she was all ‘Oh, I’m totally gonna do it right now’. I seriously think it was just to cause a publicity stir up so she would get higher ratings – bad publicity is still publicity. I mean I don’t watch reality TV and I heard about it; so job well done … It just happened to be very disturbing). So editors might make it look like things are going on when really there was no such thing, and producers might even go so far to try and make something juicy happen; [Kind of spoiler] like write a burn book and place it in a location where someone will find it and then all hell will break loose… I thought this was a given about reality TV, I don’t watch it because I have no interest in it. But reading a book about it sounded like it would be fun.

It wasn’t that fun. The burn book thing was unoriginal and boring. Sophie finds a burn book in the pocket of her friend Shelby, chef’s coat. There are some horrible things written in it about everyone except Shelby, but Shelby denies having written it. [SPOILER IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK] To me it was obvious she didn’t write it and I thought it was obvious that the producers planted this in Shelby’s coat. I mean helloo? It IS reality TV, something’s interesting has GOT to happen. Snark is entertaining to watch. [END SPOILER]. So the fact that most of this book was around the burn book and Sophie, Shelby and Stan trying to figure out who wrote it, was boring and unoriginal. The twist wasn’t surprising in the least.

At first I thought the romance with the cute French chef Luc was, well, cute. [ANOTHER SPOILER] But then at the end when Sophie decides she does like her best friend Alex? That made me think ‘Ohhh so the cute French chef was only in this story to put some romance in and make it more appealing; but in actuality it was a load of bull and if we had taken that part out it wouldn’t have affected the story in the slightest’. [END SPOILER]. Seriously? The romance held no interest to me because of this. What a waste of time.

Then when Sophie returned home after the show had been filmed she had turned into this food snob. Throughout the book I had got the impression that she would realise that her fathers restaurant was what it was all about; family, love, laughter and good food. But she had denied it and was trying new dishes. She didn’t really stick to what she knew and it was starting to annoy me. She wanted to be anything but what her father was, I thought it would come down to the fact that she would realise that yeah, she wanted more, but at the end of the day her father had it right in some sort of way. That moment never came. She ended up being a stuck up food snob.

One good thing about this book? There are some pretty awesome recipes in it that I am actually considering giving a go. They look easy enough as well!

The reason I’ve given this book such a low rating is because Pizza, Love and Other Drugs Stuff that Made Me Famous did not leave any sort of happy impression on me. I had no idea why I read what I did, the ending was less than satisfying and made me feel like the small things like the romance (Maybe that isn’t so small), the burn book, the friendships made, the way Sophie had suddenly turned into a stuck up snob that doesn’t appreciate her family like she did before she went on the show, and the whole point of the tv show just made no sense with that ending. It annoyed me.

In Summary:
– I thought this book sounded interesting and fun. In the end it was neither of those things for me.
– I felt like the whole burn book thing was petty and immature. It felt like a pointless thing to focus on and was not exciting to read about. Considering I had guessed the twist as soon as the burn book popped up.
– The romance was cute. Until the end.
– There are recipes in the book which I thought was a pretty cool touch.
– I just didn’t really care for this book unfortunately.

Miss J

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[Review #101] The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau Cover - Review Title: The Testing
Series: The Testing
Book one
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: Dystopian
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Review

When I read the synopsis of The Testing, I definitely thought it had a Hunger Games vibe. I mean the cover even reminds you of The Hunger Games. In fact it was probably made that way so everyone that loves The Hunger Games would pick this up. Well. It worked. I decided to give this one a go because I had high hopes that it would be similar to The Hunger Games, yet it would also be appropriately different and it would hold its own.

It didn’t. Hold its own I mean. It did however try its best to replicate The Hunger Games. Yet it failed in that too. It was too much like The Hunger Games that I got bored rather easily because there was nothing new. It wasn’t even as half as good as The Hunger Games, it felt a lot more shallow and not as well thought out.

The point of ‘The Testing’ is so the government can find strong leaders that will do what they have to do, and I guess also be easily influenced by their decisions, regardless of what that means. Thing is, why would they be okay with killing off the smartest people in their world? Where’s the logical sense in that? Sure the weaker out of the smartest would be weeded out. But then they would also be dead. Very unhelpful.

I felt like the beginning of this book started off slowly. It took too long to establish Cia’s world and her life before the testing, I got bored easily. Yet I pushed on. I felt a little excited at the potential of the first round of tests but once it got to stage four of the tests which happened to be the survival bit, I got bored again. I felt like I had seen it all before. I didn’t feel like Cia had enough of a reason to be out there trying to stay alive. She wasn’t doing it for anyone, the stakes weren’t high enough, there was never any real danger. I didn’t feel like Cia was in any real trouble, as since before she left she had been prepared for this stage thanks to her dad’s warnings. It would have been a lot more exciting if she had had no idea what the testing entailed.

I kind of skimmed this part  but when I continued reading I felt like I hadn’t missed a thing. Nothing seemed to happen in the space of those pages. Obviously things did happen. Cia rehashed everything near the end anyway so I found out what did happen in the space of a page or two rather than chapters. And it didn’t really phase me.

Overall, go in to The Testing with low expectations and you may just like it. If you’re one of the crazy people that hasn’t read The Hunger Games or seen The Hunger Games movie yet, then there’s a chance you will like this. If you know you will love anything The Hunger Games then you also may like this. If you want something a little different yet also exciting then this may not be the one for you, but you’ll never know unless you give it a go right?

Miss J

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[Review #100] The Ghost and the Goth Series by Stacey Kade

Series: The Ghost and the Goth
Book 1 – 3
Author:
Stacey Kade

Genre: YA Chick Lit/Paranormal Romance, Contemporary
Young Adult

Series Rating: 2.67 / 5


I decided to post one review for this series because every time I tried to write a longer review per book it just never happened. I just don’t have much to say about each book.

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The Ghost and the Goth

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

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3.5 Clubs

Review

Hmm what can I say about The Ghost and the Goth? It’s fun, light hearted with a paranormal twist.

I had fun reading this, it was a short, fun read that kept me entertained. It wasn’t a fast paced page turner but rather more mellow and interesting read that had me interested from page one. I enjoyed this book and although I found the beginning to be cheesy I quite liked the way everything turned out.

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

Queen of the Dead

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

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2 Clubs

Review

Queen of the Dead wasn’t anything that I expected. In fact it felt different to book one, the flow of the story felt wrong and to me it just felt forced. I was able to enjoy as much of it as I could but it just wasn’t as good as the first book. I kept asking questions like: Why did this character feel so important at the beginning but now she doesn’t matter to the story at all? The Council kind of just disappeared from the story after Will tried so hard to discover them, and then this book just wasn’t as light or as funny as the first. It lost a lot of the charming, light humour book one had.

Queen of the Dead felt like it was lacking when compared to book one in this series. It was underwhelming for me.

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

Body & Soul

The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…

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2.5

Review

Body & Soul was better that book two for me. It had a stronger and clearer storyline, it felt like it was overall written better and it was interesting. But it still felt out of place from book two, it didn’t feel like it flowed too well. I mean the council completely disappeared in this book when you would think it would have had more of a role considering, and then the one new character introduced in book two was no where to be seen and felt completely obsolete to the story.

I liked this but I also had weird feelings about it.

In Summary

– This series as a whole just felt like it was all over the place. It didn’t feel like it flowed well together. To me it felt like book one was meant to be a stand alone but then book two and three were decided to be written and in doing so the story lines just didn’t quite feel like they bleonged together. I felt like I was reading three completely different stories instead of a series that melded together smoothly.
– I still had fun reading all of these books but book one was by far the best and I could have read that by its self and been happy.
– The characters slowly developed from book one to three, most namely Alona, which was nice
– This series was light and fun but did not leave a lasting impression on me. Hence the short reviews.

Miss J
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[Review #52] Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book cover of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Book Review Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me
Book one
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: 15th November, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Paranormal Romance in a Dystopian setting
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary
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

Review

Well, I decided to read this book after reading a few of the raving reviews. All I have to say is: What does everyone else see that I do not? Or rather, how does no one else see what I see?

The content:
This book held my interest in waves. I found the beginning to be dull and it didn’t hold my interest very well, I realised I kept checking to see how much more of the book I had to go and I nearly DNF’ed it. But then suddenly something unexpected and exciting happened and I found I buried myself in it instead. That burst of interest held for a while. But it slowly died down and I started wondering how much longer till I reached the end again. Then BAM! Something would happen that would make me power through the next fifty pages. Therefore, it held my interest in waves. And when it held my interest  it really held my interest. But when it didn’t I could barely focus on the text.

The way this book was written was unique, I haven’t seen this writing style before, I thought it was pretty cool to begin with. I wasn’t blown away by it though because I had expected it after reading a few comments about it, so I’m not as enthusiastic as those people. At the beginning I liked the way  that the lines were crossed out and in the middle of sentences they were randomly moved to the next line with no punctuation and no sense. It caught my attention. It made me think Juliette really was insane. But then as I kept reading, when there were so many lines crossed out it started to annoy me, because I felt like I was reading a lot of the things that didn’t happen or weren’t said. The things that would have been more interesting than what was really said. These were in the parts of the book that I was bored stiff in so this is probably why I was getting more annoyed as I read on.

Juliette and Adam as characters weren’t that memorable for me. Or maybe the were over-shadowed by Warren? Warren was very memorable. He’s the ‘villain’ in this story, he does nasty things but the thing is he believes he’s doing right. He believes this 100% so it suddenly doesn’t make me think he’s all that horrible because he has validated reasons. Then, he does something that makes me think ‘You really didn’t need to do that.’ and I’m back on the I-don’t-like-Warren bandwagon. Ohhh but wait, I suddenly find I’m sympathising with him? I understand why? And I’m back off the wagon. But then he does something that makes me hate him and I’m at the level where I can’t stand him. I jump on the I-can’t-stand-Warren bandwagon instead. And I’m determined to stay on this one.

That characterization right there is the reason I liked Warren the best in this story. I couldn’t make up my mind about him, I was all over the place. I kept getting surprised and half the time found myself rooting for him. It was great because you really don’t see that a lot. Author’s can rarely make you feel like that with characters. Mafi did a great job on this.

As for Juliette she annoyed me to no-end because she was vulnerable yet she kept saying no and refused to do what was wanted of her, but then she was still the damsel in distress? She has this weird power where whenever she touches someone (Skin contact) they are put through terrible agony and could die. Yet she has high morals and won’t use this awesome (Yet horrible) power to get herself free. Yeah, I get that she was locked up and this power has traumatized her. But I really thought she wasn’t going to be the damsel in distress type. She really was. It was predictable. I was hoping for a lot more butt kicking… The summary sure makes it sound like there should be a lot more butt kicking.

Adam just wasn’t very memorable at all. The only thing I can remember is the forced romance. The romance feels forced because there is hardly any build up, they’ve known each other since before Juliette was put away but I wasn’t convinced there were any real feelings of romance there. There were some hot and heavy scenes which I think were written well near the end, but at the same time I wasn’t swayed, it felt more like hormones than attraction.

The romance tried to take too much of the stage in this story and I really don’t think that should have been the point. That someone could love strange Juliette with this deadly power. If it had taken more of a back seat and had slowly developed then this story might have been a lot more interesting with a different focus. 

The writing style is really the only awesome quality to this book.

The end:
The ending of the book felt like it came out of nowhere. I mean the very ending. There’s nothing in the rest of the book that indicates anything about the ending. So I was like ‘What on earth is going on?!’. Then I thought it was pretty cool and my interest sky rocketed.

The ending is the only reason I want to pick up the next book, it says that it has the potential to hold my interest a lot more than this book did. Although, the ending made me think of a certain comic book franchise/cartoon/movie, and I did find I couldn’t keep thinking it felt like it was almost identical in the idea.

Overall, I had hoped this book would be one of those books that surprised me at how good it was, because it’s getting a rating of five everywhere. But instead it surprised me that it is getting a rating of five everywhere… Personally I don’t understand. This book is different, the writing style is awesomely different (Unless you get bored throughout the book like I did), and it is exciting and very interesting at the end. But everything else just didn’t come up to par for me.

Shatter Me is a uniquely written book that ends with such a high that it makes you feel like you need to read the next book.

Unfortunately I was mostly disappointed with this book alone but I will be picking up the next one in the series with the mind set it will be more exciting and there will be more ass kicking. It definitely has that potential.

Miss J