Review #5

Title- Shatter Me Series

Rating– Books ranged from 3/5-5/5 individually. As a whole the series was 4.5/5. (The 5th one in the series was the weakest)
Genre- YA Fantasy

POV- 1st person, multiple points of view

Trope- enemies to lovers, love triangle

Similar/Comps– Fallen Series & Delirium Series (On my TBR)

My emotions-  Invested, Connected


Characters

Juliette- main character

Adam

Warner

I’m purposefully not writing anything under the two male names above. Read to find out.

Plot/Blurb-

One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. An opportunity for a deadly weapon.

Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.

Prose-

I love the unique writing style so much. The passion really stands out and will be memorable for me a decade from now.

Quote-

There’s waaay too many good ones. Here’s some I love

Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat.”

“I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.”

“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.”

Pacing-

Fast Reads


Best part-

Cliffhangers


What I’d change-

  1. Most of this series was introspection, so I wanted a bit more on setting description to feel grounded and less of being inside their heads. But, this is also the unique thing that stood out for me as being so different than other novels.
  2. I also didn’t like that every “parental” character is the root of all problems. There are good parents out there and showing a 100% bias against them feels a little overkill.

Comments-

Shatter Me

The sentence structure just makes the pages fly by. And almost every chapter ended on a page turning cliff hanger. I wish there were more females -too many male characters. The journal and crossing out is genius.

Destroy Me- Novella from the point of view of the antagonist in the first novel. I love stories with different points of views and show characters with multiple layers. It made the entire idea more interesting when each character showed deep flaws and deep positive intentions simultaneously. I had a suspicion that the good/evil theme would continue and can predict what will happen in the second novel, so I hope there will be some curveballs thrown in there.

This was a short, easy read with more information given that I assume will provide power to the sequel. I enjoyed how Juliette’s character was weaved into it abstractly though her journal entries.

Unravel Me-  The second in the series had the continuation of a great, individual, unique voice that captured the essence of desperation. Kenji played a bigger role than anticipated. He made some good points. Oh the wise 19 year-olds of the world… please share your wisdom. Page 174 is perfection. And I definitely wasn’t expecting page 246!! Juliette got a bit too whiney and I hoped her character arc wouldn’t peeked faster/sooner. The love triangle was expected, but there were moments of pure genius… but really had me thinking she was too wishy washy at one point.

Ignite Me– Third in the series. Thoughts- Page 35- Not believable but page 143 was pure golden. Warner was contradictory. Like when said he didn’t care about what others thought of him. Yet he’s “appearance-based” and seemed to care that he could feel the soldiers’ hatred. There were too many repetitive arguments with too much dramatic door slamming. Chapters 29- 32 lost me a bit. There were way too many inconsistencies of people flip-flopping. No one was certain or on the same path. Goals and motivations were in a swirling chaos and made connecting too difficult. There needed to be more characters staying true to who they were.


Restore Me- The fourth in the series exceeded my expectations. Bringing back the journal entries here and there felt a little repetitive from earlier novels but was super effective. I liked to see both Juliette & Warner’s POV. Sometimes I feel exhausted by how dramatic these teen emotions are. The “climatic” scene wasn’t in the main character’s POV & completed too fast.

Defy Me- The fifth in the series.

Pg 112- There is soooo much backstory in this book which fills in some blanks and questions but so far it seems like the only purpose. And there’s a LOT of new information/history being shown that it’s a bit hard to play catch up. So far the vibe is very different from the others and there’s not much “current interaction” or foreward movement but rather a bunch of explanation. You also don’t understand the basic motive of why all these parents hate the world and their children.
Pg 129- I dont like when big events don’t happen on the page but then are told and rewound“after it happens
Pg. 155 – time is all over the place. The characters are going back and forth between ages and Idk what is up and what is down anymore
Pg 169-It kind of seems like the entire book is a whole “all is lost” section
Pg. 199- this feels like I’m in a different series than before. Idk how I feel about the turn of events. It’s a lot of shift
Pg. 231- goodness sakes. There’s a lot to unpack here
Pg. 240- I saw that coming from a mile away
Pg 357- Very satisfied with the ending

Imagine Me– Sixth in the Series was probably my second favorite of the group. I’m glad the route the plot took. I’m not happy with the ending not being fully resolved so I’m hoping the novella that comes after this will give more answers. It’s not published yet and on my TBR.

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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