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Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

With it’s unique writing style and voice, Unravel Me had a lot to live up to. I loved Shatter Me and was expecting a lot from this anticipated sequel.

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Title & Author: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA – Science Fiction, Paranormal

Release Date: February 5, 2012

Series: #2 in Shatter Me series

Publisher: HaperCollins

How I Got the Book: ARC from Publisher


“tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.”

Success: I Am Unraveled

Unravel Me was a great follow up to Shatter Me. The style of writing is just as strange awesome.

What kept me engaged was the strong movement of action. There was a burst then rest, a burst then rest. It was well-paced with tender, intimate moments and loud, raging ones.

Not to mention that there are some serious swoon-worthy moments in Unravel Me. I’m talkin’ MAJOR swoon.

The quasi-love triangle continues, but becomes even more intense and amazing. I know what you’re thinking – NO MOAR LOVE TRIANGLES. And, I hear you, but…if you were to make ONE exception for the whole year, I’d pick Unravel Me. It’s just that great.

I can’t go further in this review without mentioning Mafi’s style. The crossed out words and stream of consciousness are continued in this book. I thought it was a bit jarring at first in Shatter Me, but I’m now a full-fledged believer.

She has such a great way of describing things. If Juliette is upset, her emotions can spill out of her like pennies. Of if she’s happy, she could be a bird in flight. The descriptions tend to interrupt dialogue and plot, but it’s purposeful and smartly done.

X-Men Reduex

Especially know that Juliette is in Omega Point with the other specially gifted kids, the story does remind me a lot of X-Men. Not so much that it bothered me, but enough to surface in my mind throughout the story.

The biggest difference in the storylines, though, is a post-apocalyptic setting and the more in-depth look at Rogue’s Juliette’s life.

Random fact: I love it when books reference other books. With quotes, allusions or anything else. I find it interesting and think it reveals something about the author.

In Unravel Me, Warner quotes Skakespeare, and I think it was so accurate and appropriate for the book, that I have to share:

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

Accurate, no?


I was so happy with this book. It had just enough going on to keep the pace moving but not so much that I was overwhelmed. It was balanced and lyrical and beautiful. Unravel Me is definitely a top read of 2012.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.