The Heir by Kiera Cass | Review

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Title: the heir

author: kiera cass

series: The selection #4

genre: YA, dystopian, romance

page count: 342 

publicATION: May 5, 2015

publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased 

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.


Okay, so I really loved this book, I did. The Selection is one of my favorite series, it’s the type of series where you either hate it or you love it, and with me I loved it. America wasn’t the best protagonist, but I got used to her. She was the most frustrating in The Elite, but in The One, she was great. I loved the ending to The One, I thought it was beautiful, and I read the other Epilogue,which I loved. Kiera Cass’ writing is so beautiful and easy to get into. When it was announced that there would be two more books in the series, I was one of the people who were really excited about it. If you haven’t read The Selection series yet, then I’d suggest you give it a try, and if you’ve finished the series, then there’s no reason for you to not read The Heir. Although, with what happened at the end of the book I feel like Kiera might be going down a certain road with these characters that we already know and love, and it’s not a path that anyone would be happy with, but I doubt she’d do that.

Anyways, for those of you who’ve read The One, The Heir follows Eadlyn Schreave, Maxon and America’s firstborn daughter, and the heir to the throne. By the time the book starts off the castes have been dissolved, but there’s a bit of rebellion and discrimination still going on, so America and Maxon decide that it would be a good idea to host a selection for Eadlyn. She’s not too happy about it because she believes that she doesn’t need anyone and she can do it all by herself. Here’s the thing with Eadlyn, I relate to her on a super deep level. I like her am also very indepedent, and don’t really allow my self to feel too much emotion, but Eadlyn is like me on a whole other level. I, for one am not as bitchy as she was at the beginning, and while I do believe that I can achieve whatever I want in life without a man, I’m not closed off to the idea of love. I loved the part where she realizes that she’s built a wall around herself, it was nice to see because she didn’t even realize she had built it.

If you haven’t read The Heir yet, this might go a bit into spoilers now, but yeah, if you enjoyed The One, why not. Come back, and let me know your thoughts! 

Okay, let’s talk about the suitors, my current Elites are Ean, Henri, Hale and Kile. At first, I really didn’t like Hale, because his first line to her was that his dad came off a line of twos, but I liked him after that, how he protected her on the float, it was all nice; and I love how he does something everyday to prove his worth to her, that’s super cute. Ean I loved instantly, because of his first interaction with her, the whole “Just Ean” thing, that was funny, so he was my favorite instantly. Then there’s Henri, whom I love so dearly, the kissing scene with him in the kitchen was pure gem, and the way he felt after, thinking maybe he’d gone too far, was so cute. Then, there’s Kile who is everyone’s favorite, at least I’m guessing. I love how they’re falling in love and not even realizing it. Their story will be hard though because he wants to leave the castle, but she’s going to be Queen so if they do get married, he’ll be Prince Consort, and that’s not what he wants, but as Prince he could still be an Architect, because he’s not King, so he doesn’t exactly hold the same responsibilities.

I think the top two will be Hale and Kile, or maybe Ean and Kile so it can reflect Kriss and America (settling vs love). Ean is her settling, which by the way, I love the deal Ean made with her, because it reminded me of the deal America made with Maxon at the beginning. I read someone’s theory that he’s gonna turn out to be a pshyco, but I don’t think so, at least I hope not. Although, I really don’t get why he’s so willing to settle, I mean maybe it’s the crown, but I think he might also be running away from something. Here’s why I don’t think it’ll be Henri, I think Erik is actually in love with him, I really believe that, I think Kiera tried to hint at that maybe he’s in love with Eadlyn, but I think that’s just what she wants us to believe. For example, when they were going on the float, Eadlyn said something about “brotherly love” but the emphasis on brotherly was  unnecessary, then after Eadlyn asked Erik if he entered in the Selection, she went to dance with Henri and she said she saw Erik looking at them with a sad look in his eyes, and I don’t think it’s because he can’t be with her, I think it’s because he can’t be with Henri. Then when Erik was waiting for her outside her door to tell her Henri’s concerns, he asked her if she did care about him, because obviously he wanted to know so hopefully Henri wouldn’t get hurt. I think that this is all going to come to light and at the end of it all all three of them are going to become close friends just like America is with Marlee and Lucy.

Anyways, I loved the letter Ahren wrote her after he married Camille, that was so deep and I understood him perfectly.
America getting a heart attack in the end was shocking to me. I feel like Kiera is trying to like kill them off like she did with Amberly and Clarkson, but she better not because then everyone will hate her. Also, finding out Kenna, her older sister had passed from a heart issue was pretty sad. I think Maxmerica will just retire at the end of the next book and the Eadlyn can take over. I loved her arc of development throughout the book, reminded us of her mothers own development throughout the series.

Anyways, those were my thoughts, share yours!

RATING:

5cam

Xx


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The One by Kiera Cass | Review

 

Title: The One

 Author: Kiera Cass

 Series: The Selection #3

 Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance 

 Page Count: 323

 Publication: May 6th, 2014

 Publisher: Harper Teen 

 Format: e-book 

 Source: Owned

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

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I absolutely loved this book. It’s my favorite in the series. The ending was perfect, America was pretty much the America from The Selection (though she still had her moments). Let’s talk about the cover, it’s so beautiful, they all are but this one’s my favorite. Okay so at the end of the last book it seemed that America was getting her stuff together, realizing that she wanted Maxon and she wanted this. I started reading this book as soon as I woke up, literally, it was about 9, and if you’ve read my review for The Elite you know I had stayed up to 3 to finish it. I honestly feel bad for those of you who had to wait a year for it, the way The Elite ended just made me want to pick this up, and I did and finished it in a few hours. Those books are such quick reads, it honestly feels like you’re watching a TV-show reading this book. It would make such a fantastic TV show, not even movie franchise, this should be a show, and I think it’d be fantastic. I can’t say much about the book as it would spoil the first two, but I will say that it was wonderful, a very satisfying conclusion; although it no longer is a conclusion as there will be 2 more books in this series (in a new POV, so no more America lol) but it was pretty awesome, though I do wish some more things were sorted out. This book was so much fun, and really heartbreaking at times. A lot of people die, and I mean a lot. Not so many of them were expected deaths. The Epilogue is perfection. Guys, really just read this series,  I don’t care how many bad reviews you’ve heard (which should be few because even those who don’t adore it, still enjoy it) it’s worth it. Prince Maxon only is worth reading this series. 

Is this one of my (many) favorite series? Yea, I think so. I also think this is one of my favorite books. It’s just so much fun, how can you not love it? 

Rating: 

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Starting this book, I really just wanted for them to be together, and for The Selection to be over already, I was getting tired of their arguments and just the relationship with the other girls. It was about time for them to figure it out. America had this moment, this epiphany that she truly loved him, but she didn’t want to say it first, which I understand because I’m like that too, but this is different, she KNEW for a fact that Maxon loved her, but she was all “I’m not gonna put it out there first” just really?! He practically already implied it, Jesus America, get over yourself and TELL HIM HOW YOU FEEL SO WE CAN END THIS THING! but nooo, being America she simply could not. Just..bye. It would’ve saved so much pain and struggle, just ugh! so frustrating. 

When she showed up to dinner with that sexy dress and later in her room when she tried to “seduce” him, I felt so embarassed for her, just whaaat is u doing honey? lol and when he laughed so did I. 

Celeste had her little redemption, and I loved Celeste now, and then she just DIES. I just, I was so shocked, why, just why? That wasn’t fair. The King also died in that little rebel attack, which I was glad about but then we find out the queen died too which wasn’t fair at all. I guess she would’ve been miserable without her husband, but she just she wanted a daughter and to see her son’s wedding and she was so close… But let’s rewind to before that. 

When Maxon came to her room when he showed her the house where her family was going to live, and she didn’t get it and I was squealing! and he was all “of course it’s you” and they were so cute, so cute! and I wanted her to tell him about Aspen, but America being the worst procrastinator ever was all TOMORROW! it would’ve been so simple, and he wouldn’t of had gotten mad but nope. Those lines:

“Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn’t be on mine, and I love you for them”

“What did you say?”

“I love you”

“One more time, please? I just —

“Maxon Schreave, I love you. I love you”

“And I love you, America Singer. With all that I am, I love you” 

and I just died. I knew something would happen to ruin it, I just did, but I also knew they’d end up together, I was sort-of spoiled, but even if I hadn’t been, I would’ve known, it’s meant to be. When he saw her with Aspen, I just, and then they had the speech about how he couldn’t marry her, and the ceremony where he was being totally mean, but that’s okay, I knew it’d end well, and it did. 

Maxon is King, she is the Queen, the country is going to change for the better, guys I cannot tell you how excited I am for the new two books, I don’t care that they’re in a new perspective, I know we’ll get to see them and the change in the country. I really hope it’s in Maxon’s POV. 

Oh oh, and the wedding, I thought it was weird but cute how Aspen walked her down, but I would’ve thought she’d have her mom give her away instead. It’s so sad because she’s always said how her one thing for her wedding was having her dad give her away, and he died, which was a WTF moment for me, I was so shocked and confused, and then to find out he was a rebel, wow. Kota, her brother is a total asshole, I wish he’d died instead. 

Then there’s also the love story between Lucy and Aspen, which I saw coming, I got confused though when we found out Anne was into him, but she died as well (like literally, basically everybody died) that was so heartbreaking, I know Anne was a side character, but still. Now she only has Mary left, just the book was so sad! Now Marlee and Carter are the King and Queen’s attendants, and she was the maid of honor at America’s wedding like promised, though America wasn’t hers but the circumstances with her wedding were complicated so that’s okay. 

I just really loved this book, and this series overall. I can’t get enough! So good! I understand why this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it surely was mine (minus the annoying, frustrating America parts) 

Share your thoughts! Are you as excited as I am about the new books? (: xx 

Team Maxon or Team Aspen?

I think it’s obvious lol. 

PS: The new novella coming out December 2nd titled The Queen is about Queen Amberly’s selection! Yay! I’m excited because I’ve been wondering a lot about that. 

More info to be found here

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The Elite by Kiera Cass | Review

 

Title: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #2

Genre: YA, Dystopian, 

Page Count: 336

Publication: April 23rd, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen 

Format: e-book

Source: Owned

 

 

 

Summary: 

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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Writing this right now, I’ve just finished The One (days ago when you’re reading this), but don’t worry, I won’t let it affect my review or spoil you for it. I read both this book and it’s sequel in a couple of hours. I stayed up until 3 am this morning to finish this (which is funny because Kiera states something similar in her acknowledgements, as if she knew) and as for The One, I’ve just finished it about an hour ago. I really enjoyed this book, it was just as addicting and entertaining as it’s prequel. I couldn’t put it down. Now if you’ve heard anything about this series, it’s how annoying America is in this book especially, she wasn’t actually that bad, not as bad as I had expected at least. Mostly she was just really frustrating, her decisions (especially those regarding Aspen) were infuriating and frustrating to such an extreme. It came to points where I could not stand her. With the way The Selection ended, I had hope for her, hope that she’d see the error of her ways and how amazing Maxon was and that she’d just get over Aspen, but nooo. She kept meeting him in secret, talking about how confused she was, and that was even more infuriating because something (very heartbreaking) had happened by that point regarding something similar, I had thought she would’ve learned from it, apparently not. There isn’t much I can say since this is a sequel, but I do have a review for The Selection and I’ll link it below if you wanna know more. Overall, I did enjoy this book more then The Selection, because besides America being the frustrating character, it was awesome. I do recommend this series, it’s really entertaining, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think there are high chances of you enjoying it. Besides Prince Maxon is amazing, and you’ll instantly love him. There are two novellas, The Prince (in Maxon’s POV) and The Guard (in you guessed it, Aspen’s POV) and I’m looking forward to reading them both. 

The Selection Review

Rating: (4 stars on Goodreads)

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I read this on my phone, so I didn’t write physical notes, they’re all highlighted and added in to the ebook, so I’ll be looking through. 

I loved when Maxon showed her the library, and then there was the computer (which she’s never seen) and it was just such a sweet scene, and how wonderful it was that he threw an Halloween party just because of her, this is why I love Maxon so much, he gives her so much, he could give her so much, and I don’t mean the luxuries because she doesn’t want all that, I mean that he cares about all those little things that make her happy and goes out of his way to do them. I honestly didn’t get why America was so hesitant. She was so hung up on Aspen, and I’m not saying she never loved him, I just think this was like an Adam/Juliette situation, he was the first person she got close to, he’s just a reminder of her past, but with Maxon, that was her future. 

Then we have Marlee, and America’s friendship which is totally wonderful. I actually saw the romance with Carter (Woodwork) coming, since America ran into him, and when she told Marlee she was giggling, and then at the dance he asked her to dance, because he knew she was Marlee’s friend and he wanted to get to know her better. I don’t know but I did see it coming. It made perfect sense, but I can’t believe they were so careless to get caught like this. The whipping scene, was heartbreaking, I loved how he kept telling her he loved her, and that it would be okay, and I loved how America wanted to fight for her. Maxon’s reactions to her cries for him, were honestly just as heartbreaking. When it was all over and he came to her room, I understood her anger, and how upset she was, I would be too, I was, but I also knew Maxon wouldn’t have let it happen if he could’ve done something, and for her to go off on him like that, I guess that was fine she was angry…but then she goes 

..what an idiot I’d been. I’d almost given up on the one person in the world who really knew me, really loved me.

and I’m just -__-. You’re being overdramatic. Then she goes of to all her little secret dates with Aspen and I am pissed as hell! Have you learned nothing?! Your best friend was just whipped and stripped  of her title for doing the exact same thing! I really hoped they had gotten caught at points because I felt like America really deserved it, and Maxon did not. Aspen started saying those things about Maxon and being the dumbass that she is, she believed him. I was so disappointed, seriously, how can anyone be this dumb. The thing is, I know she’s not, she’s pretty smart actually, she just makes the stupidest, dumbest decisions. I was honestly so frustrated, there are a lot of not nice words in my notes regarding her. As soon as she was going to do something like her philanthropy project, the way she was speaking, I knew she would be doing something dumb, and I’m just so scared for her at those times, because I know she’s going to embarrass herself, do something stupid; although her actions always seem to have some good things  come out of it. 

Then came the party thing with the Italians, and it was so awesome seen the princess root for her. America was so unsure of herself, and unsure of whether or not she’d make a good princess, and I knew she would. It upset me to see Aspen say she couldn’t do it, but I think he meant well. Aspen is sweet and I like him, I really do, but only as a friend for Mer, nothing else. 

When she ran into Celeste and Maxon in the hallway, and she made that whole big deal about it…Um…excuse you? She had no right to be angry with him, when she’s cheating on him with Aspen. He had already chosen you, he told you that and you screwed it up, he can do what he wants and you’re in no position to judge. I was so annoyed. 

The fact that the King whipped-whips Maxon, I hated him so so so much! I knew Maxon didn’t want him to die, but I did, I really did. What kind of person does that to their child, and I really don’t understand how the Queen ever even loved him, he’s awful, a monster. 

Then came the ending! When America thought she’d gotten kicked out, and she finally, FINALLY, realized that she should fight for Maxon, I was so relieved, no more crap with Aspen, go get your man! lol but really I was getting tired of the selection, I wanted it all to end, and for them to just be together, and work together to make the country better. I loved the ending. 

Okay! That’s it! Share your thoughts xx 

I’m going to go write my review for The One now (: {I loved it}

 

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass | Review

 Title: The Selection

 Author: Kiera Cass 

 Series: The Selection #1

 Genre: YA, Dystopian, 

 Page Count: 327

 Publication: April 24th, 2012

 Publisher: HarperTeen

 Format: Paperback

 Source: Owned

 

 

 

Summary: 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Okay, so I really enjoyed this book. I don’t think I can say it’s one of my favorites yet, but I did really love it. America Singer, the main character, if you’ve heard of her, you heard how annoying she can be, I personally didn’t see too much of it in this book, I mean it was there at times, but then again most people say she’s the most annoying in The Elite, so that’s something to look forward to. Anyways, then there’s Aspen and Prince Maxon and thus our love triangle begins , well it doesn’t really begin right away but nonetheless it’s there. I’m rooting for Maxon, I have been even before I met him, not to say I didn’t like Aspen because I do, but Maxon is just better. This is a Will vs Jem situation (though that love triangle was much better). Let’s talk about the plot and premise of the book, it’s et 300 years in the future apparently, there’s been 4 World Wars, China had taken over the US for some time, until this guy named something Illea saved the country, and it was then named after him. Now there are no longer presidents, we went back to the old ways with Monarchies, their is now a Royal family. The King, the Queen and their precious on Prince Maxon. When the prince comes of age, they host this competition called The Selection were every girl between the ages of I believe 16 and 20 could enter, then they picked out a total of 35 girls to enter The Selection, and the competition begins. America enters, because her boyfriend Aspen and her family want her to. She doesn’t think she’ll get picked, but she naturally does, and the story gets interesting. The story is really interesting, and keeps you interested. You’ve probably heard this before but yes it is somewhat like The Bachelor, only I think this is a lot more interesting and just better then The Bachelor (which is a show I can’t stand anymore). What else can I say? …. I definitely think this book is worth the read and I’m looking forward to the sequels. Is it a book I might re-read? Probably. Is it my favorite? No. Will I continue on with the series? Definitely.

I hope this helped you understand the story and maybe add it to your TBR if it wasn’t there already. 

Rating: (5 stars on Goodreads) 

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So the book starts off with them receiving the letter/ application form about/for The Selection. America doesn’t want to enter because she’s already in love and doesn’t want to be royal. She already says she hates the prince and all that. Then Aspen (her boyfriend) asks her to, because he doesn’t want to keep thinking what if for the rest of their lives. Aspen is a very proud person, he’s very set in his ways of how the guy should provide for the girl, blah blah blah, which I didn’t mind really, it wasn’t a turn off for his character. I do like Aspen, I really do, but I prefer Maxon, he’s just perfect, he’l like Prince Charming but he’s not shallow (like America thought) it was very easy to connect with him and start liking him. He’s really invested in his people and his country, and he’s caring, respectful, and vulnerable but he also has authority and power, and all that together is really amazing. I loved his and America’s relationship from the start, even when she was being rude to him, I could tell what kind of relationship this would be. They have something in there, an understanding, he’s so different from Aspen, and so is their relationship. I loved how they started off as friends, how America was totally honest with him, and he with her, and their friendship slowly grew into more. When he kissed her, that was beautiful, then the end when he kissed her again ♥ 

Then Aspen showed up, I figured he’d show up as a guard, they’d mention the draft earlier and I know there is two novella’s for this series, one of them titled The Guard and the other The Prince, so I think it was pretty obvious whom they each were about. When he walked into her room and they had their little”  I still love you” make-out session, I was so pissed. I never really got too attached to Aspen because like I said I already was team Maxon, I’m pretty sure she chooses him at the end, and when I did meet him, he didn’t disappoint, so I was so upset for America to be doing this to him. Also not forgetting the fact that it was illegal and could’ve gotten her killed. But in the end she slapped some sense into herself, and realized she couldn’t keep doing this, and I sure hope she doesn’t start up again in The Elite. I also hope that by the end of this Aspen isn’t portrayed as a douche, like what happened in Shatter Me. I want them to end on good terms, and that he finds happiness again (maybe Lucy or Marlee). 

America was so sweet to her maids, and I really liked her character, I was frustrated with her at points, but she was likeable. Marlee was super sweet and I like her too. The maids were great, That girl Ashley who got eliminated (naturally the girl who has my name gets eliminated first..) I liked her too. Then there’s Celeste, whom why is she even still here, I mean I heard his reasoning but still…                         Then also what’s Marlee’s secret? I really wanna know (don’t tell me lol, I’ll find out for myself when I get to it) 

So anyways, that’s all I’m going to say (:  Have you read this book? Share your thoughts xx 

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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 Title: Ignite Me

 Author: Tahereh Mafi

 Series: Shatter Me #3

 Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance 

 Page Count: 408

 Publication: February 4th, 2014 

 Publisher: Harper Collins

 Format: First, American Hardcover

 Source: Library

 

 

 

 

 Summary:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

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HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK!  (Excuse my language, but it had to be said, and there’ll be more of it) The book was literally so so good! The pacing was perfect, there wasn’t a single slow or dull part in this book. The character development was off the chart excellent. Guys, honestly just trust me on this. I feel like Tahereh has been holding out on us, but now she let it all go in this book, and it was beautiful. I was hooked! I couldn’t put the book down, I read a 100 pages and it felt like only 5 minutes had passed, that’s how good. The book was shorter then I wish it was though. The only thing I could say is that the end felt really short, but it wasn’t rushed in any way though, but I was still satisfied. I loved the ending, it was perfect; and Warner! OMG! Just Perfection. Speechless. Then we have Adam who was a complete asshole, really dislike him now, I might hate him just because of that one thing he did, I don’t care about the ending, he was a douche and should not have said that. I mentioned the character development, but it truly was pristine, Juliette’s character grew so much and so well from that character in Shatter Me. She was no longer that weak whinny little girl we first knew, and it was so beautiful to see her grow so much, I think Juliette is the one character that I’ve ever read about that has such an amazing character development throughout a series. The metaphors were still there in this book, but as opposed to how I found them to be a bit annoying in Shatter Me, in this book they were beautiful. There no longer was the annoying repetitions that were in Shatter Me, and also the cross-outs were no longer there, which also showed character development, she was no longer afraid to say what she wanted to say. This book is definitely my favorite in the series, and one of my favorites of the year. Tahereh Mafi has worked her way to becoming one of my favorite authors. This book was beautiful inside and out. The tag line : Fear Will Learn To Fear Me. I think that’s the most beautiful thing ever. I’m buying my own copy ASAP. If you guys read Shatter Me and stopped because of Juliette or the writing style, please continue one, I promise you it’s worth it. That’s all I have to say without spoilers, when you’re done with it, come back and discuss your feels (: xx 

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Spoilers ⇓

Warner. Just Warner. Aaron Warner is perfection. Beyond that really. A beautiful angel from heaven. But at the same time he’s not. Which makes him perfect. I loved him since Destroy Me, and I love him even more now. He was so beautiful and vulnerable, and my heart just burst, his pain his joy, it was all so strong and real, and beautiful. Tahereh certainly knows how to write characters well. First, he’s with Juliette and it’s so beautiful and painful to watch. He then explains everything to Juliette, why he shot that soldier, why he took her in the first place *which was news to us*, that the thing with the baby was a stimulation, and Juliette realizes that he’s not horrible at all. I love how Warner was though, he didn’t want to people to believe he was some angel , when the Omega Point survivors asked him, how they should trust that he has their well-being in mind, and he straight up said he didn’t, I loved him for that, because he stayed true to himself throughout the book, not trying to get people to like him, because he didn’t care and wouldn’t change for anyone’s approval, I thought that was beautiful.                                                 When Adam was being an asshole to both Juliette and Kenji, telling Juliette to drop dead, I was just what the actual fuck is wrong with you asshole. I was pissed. Then Juliette, I loved how she handled it, the old Juliette would’ve cried in a corner, this one was better than that. Then she kept pressing the pager Warner gave her, and he came bursting through the door all scared for her, and I cried. He hugged her and I cried some more. I’m crying right now just thinking about it. Warnette is just so beautiful. 

When they went to the ruins of Omega Point and ran into Kenji, that reunion, just so beautiful. Their friendship in this book, so beautiful. I feel like I use the word beautiful a lot, but that’s because that’s what it was. Then she started telling Kenji all that happened and his reactions were priceless, you guys already know how much I love Kenji, but yea, I love Kenji. I want a best friend just like him, or be his first love lol I just adore that kid. He’s such an amazing best friend, and person, he’s funny, and I can relate to that kid so much ♥ 

Okay so Juliette, I love her now. Her plan was fantastic, although her becoming supreme I didn’t see coming, but I think she’ll do well with a little help from her friends. She was super badass, like Katniss and Rose badass. At the end, at the boat, wow, then when she met Anderson and crushed his ankle. Oh oh! When she figured she could touch people (another asshole moment for Adam) I figured it would happen, more like I wanted it to happen, but I believed it would happen, and it did. It was such a beautiful moment, everyone came to hug her and shake her hands, and Kenji was all I’m so proud of you, awe. Then she was all, you know what this means, she doesn’t have to be with anyone by default and Kenji got it, I got it, and she ran to Warner which was another beautiful moment. 

Warner’s mom had just died, which when Juliette ran in and he was just broken, and he cried in her lap, I collapsed. But Warner felt like she was in a better place now, no longer in pain, but it was still heartbreaking. 

Then came the part when Juliette said I love you, and he was all No, No you don’t know what you’re saying and she’s all no I love you, and I’m all stop you’re killing me lol. Chapter Fifty Five was everything. Better then Chapter 62 of Unravel Me, better then anything, it was perfect beyond words. They had their fair share of beautfiful moments too, and you know how in my Shatter Me review, I said how I felt Adam and Juliette’s relationship was more  physical then anything else, and that was before I was team Warner. With Warner and Juliette in this book, they had their steamy physical relationship too, but it never felt like it was just about that, it was much deeper than that, and it was something she never had with Adam. What Juliette realized she felt about Adam, was what I saw reading about them, he was the first person to show her kindness, and who was able to touch  her, she thought that was love, it was just lust. With Warner, that was what love is, what is should be like, that’s the beauty of it. 

Then, there was that moment when Warner finally found James and Adam were his brothers. BTW, James and Warner’s relationship was beautiful, they acted like brothers without even knowing it. The way Warner and Adam’s relationship is going to be, I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t think it could happen, but I’m so glad it is. Warner deserved to have a family, even if it consists of asshole Adam, although idk if he redeemed himself or not. there was that weird moment between him and Juliette on page 351 which I’m not sure about, what exactly was he referring to, herself or her and Warner? 

Then the ending, was pure beauty. Juliette’s announcement, and the way it ended, I was satisfied, I do wish we’d gotten a epilogue, but I’m still content with it. It kind of ended the same way Champion did, and I was content with that as well. This book was wonderful from cover to cover, literally. 

What were your thoughts and feels? I’d love to know (: xx 

 

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Title: Fracture Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #2.5

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance

Page Count: 62

Publication: December 7th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: E-book 

Source: Owned

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Timesbestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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So Adam…… I’m disappointed. He was not the same Adam, the way he thought of Juliette and Omega Point. I feel like Tahereh wrote this with the intention of making us all like Warner better, which I mostly already did. She says she doesn’t have a team, mostly all the authors who’ve written love triangles say that but I think it’s pretty obvious they do, Tahereh is team Warner, Cassandra Clare is team Jem, Suzanne Collins is team Peeta, ect…

I can’t really go further into this without spoiling it, but I do still want to talk about it so I’ll just write a spoiler section just like with the rest of my reviews. 

Overall, I enjoyed the novella, not nearly as much as I enjoyed Destroy Me though. I’m still unsure on how to rate it, I wish we’d gotten a novella in Kenji’s point of view, that would’ve been great. He was so awesome, especially in the end. 

Rating: ( 4 stars on Goodreads )

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Spoilers! 

All I want to say is that I hated how weak Adam thought Juliette was, how she shouldn’t be here, she can’t fight, I was shocked and dissapointed because what happened to the Adam I knew? Warner would never think of Juliette as lowly as he did in this book. It was as if he didn’t care. I don’t mind that he would choose James over her, that’s totally fine but he didn’t even let Kenji go get her… Then when they got the the apartment he still didn’t want to get her. I understand that he didn’t want to leave James, but again…. 

When he said ” I don’t know if my allegiance is to James or Juliette ” it doesn’t have to be like that, when he said that, it genuinely felt like he was giving up on Juliette, and that was not okay. 

Then when Kenji came back crying thinking Juliette was dead (which she’s not) I loved seeing the emotion from him, because it showed just how much he cared and that was beautiful. Adam didn’t even cry. I wished we’d gotten more, so that I could see his reaction after that, but the novella ended there. Ignite Me is in Juliette’s pov again, so when they find out she’s still alive, we’ll be seeing it from her perspective. 

So yea, that’s all I had to say! Have you read it? leave your thoughts (: 

Look what just came in the mail ♡

The Young Elites

I’m so excited! This is one of my most anticipated releases. I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu and I’m so excited to read her new work. I’m going to start this right now because I don’t have anything else to read at the moment so this is perfect ♡ Thank you Penguin! (:

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

 

Title : Unravel Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #2

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance

Page Count: 461

Publication: February 5th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: First, American Hardcover

Source: Owned 

 

Summary: 

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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.

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I really enjoyed this book, a lot more then the first. Although, like the first, I felt like it was a bit slow in the middle and more fast paced in the start and the end. Adam and Juliette’s relationship still felt a lot more physical then anything else for the duration of it. We find out Adam’s ability in the book, but more on that in the spoilers.I read the book about a week ago I think, and I’m just now writing this review, but I’m using the notes I took, so I should be alright (: Since then I’ve also read and finished Fracture Me , the novella set during/after this book in Adam’s POV (Review coming soon). And I’m currently reading Silver Shadows. There isn’t much I can say about the book without spoiling since it is a sequel, but I really enjoyed it! It didn’t have the middle book syndrome, there was a lot of actions,and there was Warner ♥.  Anyways, I’ll link to my Shatter Me Review below, as well as my Destroy Me review, in case you haven’t started this series yet. Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel, and I’m looking forward to Ignite Me (:

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Shatter Me | Review

Destroy Me | Review

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Okay so Adam’s ability is to “disable things” which I have to agree with Warner on this one; in most case scenarios, it’s pretty useless. I find it funny how he actually has to work to be with Juliette, while with Warner her touch actually strengthens him. I definitely think Warner is the best choice for Juliette, I think Christine mentioned it in her booktalk but I definitely feel like this is an Elena & Stefan vs Elena & Damon situation; and guys I love The Vampire Diaries, and I’m totally Team Damon in case you didn’t know. Anyways like I was saying with Warner its the same as with Damon, both Juliette and Elena make them want to be better, they strengthen them. I’m not gonna compare Stefan and Adam, because while reading this book I was still on the fence, but with TVD I was team Damon since I knew he had affections for her, I cannot tell you how happy I was in the season 4 finale, I cried. Okay, back onto the topic lol. I said previously how irresponsible I thought Adam and Juliette were when they were together, and I had the same opinions in this book. When Adam and Castle told her about it all and they still had that make out session, I was annoyed, I honestly didn’t feel bad for Adam because I thought he deserved it. Seriously, can you just not touch for awhile I MEAN YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE HERE! I did appreciate the fact that he was willing to risk it and didn’t want to let her go, but they went too far. They had their fair share of heartbreaking scenes after their breakup which I mean, I was touched….but then Warner… I have to say I was so glad I read Destroy Me before reading this, like Christine said, I do think it should have been part of the book, like a prologue or something (though it’s a bit too long for that) but anyways I do think that even without it, I would’ve fallen for Warner ♥ Those scenes in the room with Juliette, when he started reading from her journal, another reason why I think Warner is best for her, he genuinely understands her, and he knows her better then anyone. Then when she found his scars (which I’m still wondering about) then the Ignite tattoo (a little cliche lol but cool) I just love Warner. When he was like “Are you saying you want to be friends?” all their scenes were adorable; and CHAPTER 62 OMG! But we’ll get to that later. 

I have to say I love James, he’s definitely one of my favorite characters. I also love his relationship with Kenji (my other favorite) it was beautiful.Oh and he has healing powers! How cool! Poor Adam lol even his little brother has cooler powers.

Then we have the whole encounter with Anderson, and Juliet. Turns out he’s also Adam’s dad. I was spoiled just a couple days before -__- I was really upset because I went out of my way to not get spoiled on this series, and I hadn’t really. I haven’t gotten spoiled about Ignite Me though and I intend (hopefully) to keep it that way.  

At first with Warner, I was pretty sure his power was empathy, because he said he knows what people feel, and idk it might still be part of it but his power is really cool. I’m still not over the fact that he actually enjoys Juliette’s touch and it strengthens him, they’re literally meant to be. When Kenji got hurt, I was confused and upset, I knew that Kenji couldn’t die (at least not yet) but I was scared and sad cuz I love Kenji, but he’s alright (: 

THEN CAME CHAPTER 62 AND OMG I JUST I FEELS!.  When Warner said “Please don’t shoot me for this” then kissed her, that was so cute and funny, I was crying and laughing at the same time just perfect. Then they started getting steamy and he asked her to call her Aaron instead cuz he wanted to be different with him and then Juliette ruins it by calling out Adam’s name. It wasn’t like she was imagining it was him there (which is what it would’ve looked like to Warner) she just felt guilt; which I understood but still… omg, that was heartbreaking and beautiful. 

Then came the ending and Juliette got shot (WTF moment) then Warner saved her along with the girls, and I loved the way the book ended with her waking up next to Warner, and the fact that Anderson (and everyone else) thinks she’s dead, and it really got me excited for Ignite Me! I can’t wait (: xx 

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know and no spoilers for Ignite Me please ♥ 

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi | Review

  Title: Destroy Me 

  Author: Tahereh Mafi

  Series: Shatter Me #1.5

  Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance

  Page Count: 109 

  Publication: October 2nd, 2012

  Publisher: Harper Collins 

  Format: E-book 

  Source: Owned 

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

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.

{This review will be spoiler free for Destroy Me, but might include mild spoilers for Shatter Me.}

I cannot tell you how much I loved reading from Warner’s point of view. It was amazing. In Shatter Me, he’s portrayed as this ruthless psycho leader, but in Destroy Me we really get in inside look into his mind. His struggles, his fears, his feelings, it was beautiful. It was explained why he did some of the things he did in Shatter Me and that was beautiful. I finally understood and saw the Warner that everybody loved. He’s not horrible, not at all really and most importantly, he really truly cares for Juliette, he’s not just obsessed with her in the creepy way we saw in Shatter Me. It’s genuine love. I said in my Shatter Me review how sassy Warner was, and he was just as sassy in this book, and I really loved that. You truly understand that Warner doesn’t agree with The Reestablishment, and he really cares about the people. I think he should be the Supreme Commander to be honest, because he is a great leader. We also meet his father (the actual Supreme Commander) and calling him horrible is an understatement. Once you see what Warner had to deal with, the kind of father he had, you can understand him a lot better. Warner is really neat, I think he might be OCD lol. Also is he british? , because the way he speaks seems like it. I’m picturing him as british which makes him even more attractive ♥ Reading this novella, I love Warner now. I just finished Unravel Me, and I love him still. I’m reading Fracture Me now, the novella set between Unravel Me and Ignite Me in Adam’s PoV. I still like Adam I really do, so I’m really conflicted because idk… 

Okay that’s it! If you haven’t read Destroy Me then do, even if you’ve already finished the series (: It was great xx 

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Shatter Me | Review 

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Title & Author: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, romance
Page Count: 338
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: First, American Hardcover
Source: Owned

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Summary:

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.

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This series did get a cover change, and the new covers are beautiful ♥ I’ll insert it at the end.

Anyways, I really loved this book overall. When I first started reading it, it was a 4 stars for me, mostly because of Juliette. I didn’t like how she spoke in numbers, and all her metaphors, and long rambles; it was so much that at some points I could actually believe she was crazy. I loved when Adam came though, because she finally had something else to talk about and someone else to talk to, and the dialogue became interesting. I really wish we’d read from Warner’s PoV in this book, I know it really wouldn’t have worked out for the story she wanted to tell, but I just finished the novella “Destroy Me” set in Warner’s point of view, and I loved it. Besides that, I enjoyed Tahereh’s unique writing style with the cross outs. There’s this awesome twist at the end, which I did not expect at all, and it was epic. Those last few chapters were unexpected and amazing. They’re the reason why I gave the book 5 stars on Goodreads. It was just such a nice way to wrap up the book, it got me really excited for the next book. There is a very big romance in this book, which I really did enjoy mostly. A couple of times I felt like they were just a little bit too obsessed with each other, and acted stupidly but we’ll get more into that in the spoiler section of this review. The love story, it wasn’t the most build up one I’ve ever read, but I didn’t really feel like it was instant, which was great. There’s also a villain in this book, not going to mention his name because some people could consider that as a mild spoiler, but we’ll definitely talk about him in the spoiler section. My favorite character was definitely Kenji, I loved him since he showed up.  Anyways, like I said, I really enjoyed this book. I’m not going to give it a 5 star rating on here, because I feel like throughout most of the story it was a 4.5, and the only reason I gave it the 5 on Goodreads is because it’s a 4.5 that’s definitely closer to a 5 then a 4. I would recommend you read this if you like dystopians and romance, if you loved books like Legend by Marie Lu, Divergent by Veronica Roth, that sort of stuff, even The Hunger Games, then you’ll most likely really enjoy this book.

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Okay. Let’s discuss Warner. I honestly reading this did not understand why everyone loved him so much. He was just horrible and psychotic. I feel like if I hadn’t known that so many people loved him, I would’ve hated the guy. With him it’s like I would start to sympathize with him, and feel sorry for him,like when Juliette mentioned his mom, I could tell that that was a sensitive subject, and it showed some kind of humanity in him, but then he would go and do something horrible to make me hate him again; and the whole process would start all over again. Then we have page 264 and that whole scene, again if I didn’t know that people liked him, I would’ve been so scared that he would like rape her or something, like he was literally so creepy, and psychotic and insane in that scene, I just, I can’t. When he said “But I Love You” I died, just bye lol . But he was very sassy in the book, and I could really appreciate that (: Like I said earlier I just finished Destroy Me and it completely changed my view of him and I hope Unravel Me continues that. If you’ve read this book or even the whole series already, I would highly recommend you read Destroy Me, it’s very short and very helpful in understanding Warner, and I reading from his pov is beyond fantastic. ( Review of that coming up soon ).

Moving on, to Adam and Juliette. I really loved their relationship, it was very cute, I loved how he saved her notebook, got beat up for her. They had a lot of cute moments in this book. Like I said earlier, I felt like they were a bit obsessed, like their relationship was a lot more physical then anything else, which I mean I can understand because Juliette hasn’t been able to touch anyone, and this feels like a miracle, but still…. also I felt like it was that obsession that almost got them caught way too many times, I found them to be very irresponsible a lot of time.  When Warner walked in before the whole escape thing happened, then when they decided to have (another) epic make out session while his 10 year old brother was right next door, like are you kidding me? He almost caught them, the kid already has enough on his plate, do you really want to traumatize him even more? …

Then Kenji came in, and I was a bit annoyed at Adam. He was just so uptight, like Kenji was just making jokes, Jesus, just calm down. Anyways, oh Kenji, I really love Kenji. He was funny and sarcastic, and sassy and those are all characteristics that I love, so it was very easy for me to care for him, and the ending omg! I did not see that coming, okay well I was spoiled on him being able to be invisible literally like 10 minutes before I got to that part… but before that, I didn’t see it coming.

Then they got to Omega Point, and I didn’t realize that it was the rebel headquarters, I was just confused. I thought for a second that they’d want to use Juliette as another one of their weapons, but I realized that was not the case. I think it’s so cool that there is a bunch of other people like her. Did Omega Point remind anyone else of District 13, or was that just me? You know with it being underground and stuff. Then there was the powers which really reminded me of Fantastic Four, we had the doctor guy who had the stretching power, Kenji with the invisibility, Juliette could pass as Ben with all her super strength, and all we were missing was the fire power. I’m not trying to say that I think she copied anything, just that it reminded me of them.

Yea so I think that’s it. I really enjoyed the book. I’m wrapping this up so that I can go read Unravel Me (: Have you read this book? the series? What are you’re thoughts? Please don’t spoil anything else that happens after Shatter Me. I’ve just gotten spoiled on something big regarding Adam and Warner that apparently happens in Unravel Me, and I’m quite upset about it, because it wouldn’t have been something I’d seen coming, but now that I think about it, it actually makes sense. Anyways no spoilers please! (: xx

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