Monday, January 2, 2012

Is it too early to start the best of 2012 list?

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Because I just read SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi and oh WOW [takes cold shower].  This book is incredible.  Ms. Mafi weaves an amazing story- I dare you to not read this in one sitting- while employing the most gorgeous language and writing style.  Her slightly unorthodox style grabbed me right from the beginning and lines like this one made me catch my breath:

"His voice hugs the letters in my name so softly I die 5 times in that second."

I mean.... wow.  You must read this book!  Here is the summary from Goodreads:

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.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

Did you catch that this is a DEBUT novel?  I am agog. I am awed. I am impressed. I hope some of her brilliance rubs off on me! 

Have you read SHATTER ME already? Did you have a similar reaction (i.e. instant love)?


  1. I am SO excited to read this book! It looks AMAZING! I've heard so many people love it. And after reading your review, I'm pretty sure I'll love it too! :D

  2. This book is on my shelf right now. As soon as I finish Become I'm reading it. Although for some reason I have a ton of writing stuff that just came my way, SO, I am not sure when the reading will happen. ;0)

  3. Woah. That book sounds like a loaded gun. I bet it's good.

  4. This is way up there on my wish list. I haven't heard anything bad about it at all, and I've heard a lot :-)

  5. OK. Now that I've read it, I totally know how you feel. She has such a unique way of getting Juliette's character across. It wouldn't work for all her books. But, WOW. How many ways did she poetically desribe blushing?? And each touch was amazing. Loved it.

  6. Jenny- I am so happy that you read it; devine, right? That is totally the word to describe it.
    Chantele, McKenzie, and Sarah- RUN out and get it. Seriously- why are you running yet? It's that good.


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