Destroy Me

Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45. (Goodreads)

This is a mini-review because it’s a  mini book. It’s a novella.  Honestly, I usually skip these little novels but this time I couldn’t resists because it’s written from the perspective of my beautiful Mr. Evilpants himself, Warner.

The Story: (spoiler alert for Shatter Me)

Juliette, that wascally wabbitt, escaped Warner’s clutches thanks to the help of two traitorous soldiers, Adam (her sexy shower makeout partner) and Kenji.  Before her narrow escape, Warner made the near-fatal flaw of exposing himself to Juliette (um, not literally you guys. Geesh) by telling her he was in love with her. This shocked the hell out of Juliette (and me), especially when he hungrily and passionately kissed her in the moments that followed. Juliette used that opportunity to reach inside his jacket, steal his gun and shoot him before jumping out the window. Warner was, to say the least, a tiny bit peeved.

When we pick up, Warner is still healing. He almost died. And his father has come in to run the show since his son is a ginormous disappointment as far as vicious, murderous villains go.  This is where the story gets interesting. There is not a ton of action in this book, but we do get to see how exactly Warner came to be so fascinated with Juliette and what he was trying to do by holding her captive–I mean, if he says he loves her he probably shouldn’t threaten her, right? We also learn more about what Warner has experienced with his father and just how that’s shaped him into the man he is today.

I think if you’re a fan of this series, Destroy Me is a must-read. You can truly read the next book without it but this gives you so much insight, gives you empathy and understanding for the guy we thought was a monster all along (albeit a hot monster).  As novellas go, it’s very short but it’s worth diving into. If you’re not a Warner fan, this will, at the very least, help you to see him a little more clearly. If you are a Warner fan, like me, it’s a building block that takes you from viewing him as a totally intriguing guy you should stay away from to one who might be  worth giving a chance.

Crush Intensity:    4.5  What can I say? I love this series.

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I love this cover

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever. (Goodreads)

The Story:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days.  She’s locked in an asylum because she has a gift an abnormality (get used to the strikethroughs because this is something the author uses quite well to get her point across in the book).  When Juliette touches people they die. Instantly she reminded me of someone else with a lethal touch.

Yes, it's Rogue from X Men. I would have chosen a cartoon image, but they all had ginormous boobs, which is just not how I picture Rogue

The world outside Juliette’s cell is completely different from ours.  Life is controlled by The Reestablishment.  There isn’t enough food, there is disease—even the weather patterns have changed. And as the army of The Reestablishment pushes forward promising a better way, things only look more bleak.

Warner is the son of a valuable man in The Reestablishment.  He has Juliette removed from her asylum because he wants to harness her power and use it as a weapon (which terrifies Juliette). Let me be very straight here.  Warner is pure evil.  There is no doubt about it—so why did he make my toes tingle?   Because the man is dead sexy ( OMG, I hate myself for saying that. I’m so ashamed.  Normally I don’t like guys who kill people for pleasure. I swear). But truly, I wanted Juliette to facepunch him after having a steamy makeout with him. Warner wants to team up with Juliette and in his own twisted way he wants to love her. It was totally intriguing to me and almost Darth Vader-esque.

Aww, remember how he just wanted Padme to help him rule his new empire? The one he tried to establish after he killed all the Jedis.

One soldier, Adam Kent, has been assigned to care for Juliette.  Adam and Juliette knew each other when they were children. And as it turns out, Adam remembers her quite well. In fact, he volunteered to watch over her.  But he really isn’t Team Warner. He’s Team Juliette all the way. And the steaminess between Adam and Juliette? It’s off the charts. It’s TO DIE FOR. Like, I found myself reading and rereading those parts over and over again and fanning myself.

Adam and Juliette do not want her used to kill and torture people, so they devise a plan to escape.  And while Juliette still sees her ability as a problem, she begins to understand that most of those around her view it as a gift.  Now she has to decide how to use it.

My Take:

This book was totally excellent.  I loved all of the characters (even that wanker Warner!).  They were so layered with secrets and pain and they were all willing to go to such lengths to protect Juliette.  And Juliette…I loved her. She was so kind and selfless. She had no idea how powerful she really was. And she was brave beyond words.

And lordy the swoon between Juliette and Adam was truly spazzworthy. Every moment. Every touch (oh yes, touch) was breathtaking. Adam is wonderfully written—so full of love and so willing to go to any lengths for Juliette. I loved his character and found him to be somewhat reminiscent of another tough guy I adore, Jonah Effing Grigss. WHAT??? I know? Is it the military thing? Maybe.

And the end– I loved it.  Shatter Me was a complete story unto itself, but the story sets up perfectly for the next book in the series.  Now I’m just bummed that I have to wait!

Book #2, Unravel Me comes out February of 2013

Crush Intensity: 5/5 I totally loved this book.  Can you tell?

The Way I See It:

For Juliette, I like Lily Collins.

For Warner, I like Alex Pettyfer

And for Adam…seriously I have no idea. I’m open to suggestions, but I’ve thought long and hard about this. I’ve done every internet search possible and sought the opinions of others. It’s tough to put that kind of perfection on one guy. Read it and see for yourself.

Soundtrack:

The Killers, Bling (Confession of a King). I chose a video with subtitles because I love the words.

Fangirl Friday- February 24

Woot! It’s Friday! That’s means it’s time to have a good spazz over the things that have me buzzing this week.

Fangirl Friday is a feature hosted by my pal Evil Eva over at Nancy Drew is My Homegirl!

1. SUMMER VACATION!!!  Whhaaaaa?  I know.  It’s like four months away. BUT…I just found out that one of my very best friends and all of her people (you know, husband and kiddos) are flying out from Virginia in June and will be here for over two weeks.  This makes my heart do somersaults!!!! Tammy (she and I share the same name) went to high school with my husband and I.  When we got older, she and I used to have Tammy Night (where we’d basically go out and eat dinner and drink cocktails and where my husband–who was my boyfriend at the time–used to always try to invite himself. Know why? Because girl talk is way fun. Especially when margaritas are involved). And later we were in each other’s weddings (and her husband has the same name as my husband, which everyone always thinks is so funny–because it is).  Many years and lots of kiddos later, they are still two people I adore and I’m crazy excited that they’ll be here in a matter of months!

2. Shatter Me– Yes, I’ve been saying forever that I want to read this. I waited like a good girl for someone to buy it for me for Christmas because SOMEONE (my husband) always complains that SOMEONE (me) buys every book on the planet and never leaves anything to put under the Christmas tree. This isn’t true because at any given time there are about a billion books I want to buy/read, but to him it feels that way. Anyhoo, SOMEONE (my hubs) bought it for me for Christmas and I finally started reading it.  Let me tell you, there’s some serious swoon potential here.

3. The Oscars!  In our house Oscars=Nacho Night.  I’m so psyched to watch the show, see the dresses, find out who wins, and, best of all, watch the speeches. There are so many lovely, funny humble ones and then there are always those people who take themselves waaaaaay too seriously and act like they’re changing the world with their performances (um, reality check. You’re totally entertaining as you recite the words that OTHER PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN. Just sayin).

4.  Projects!  I know this has nothing to do with books, but I love cute decorating ideas. I’m a stay at home mom and by hubby is a teacher, so I’m not out hiring an interior designer and pulling dollar bills off the money tree in the backyard though, so I love blogs that have fun ideas I can do on my own. This is one of my favorite ideas, mostly because I’m obsessed with jars.

The Painted Hive

This super-awesome blog, The Painted Hive, has a free template and directions for applying these great stickers to kitchen canisters.  I love this idea!

5. This lady named JK Rowling–heard of her?–she’s going to publish another book.  The spazz levels on this one are so through the roof for me.  Seriously. This is freaking my freak in the best way possible.  I don’t care what her book is about. Clearly I’m going to love it since, you know, she has a pretty amazing track record.   Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!