Unravel Me (The Juliette Chronicles #2), Tahereh Mafi + GIVEAWAY

unravel me tahereh mafi australian coverTitle: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi (author website | blog)
Release Date: 1st February 2013 by Allen & Unwin
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

Once upon a time, on a day much like any other, a girl had An Idea: What if Rogue had a purple suit? And a boyfriend? She sat down to write, and Shatter Me was born. Soon to follow was a sister named ‘Unravel Me’, and the other X-Men joined the tale. Unravel Me was fair and lovely, quickly surpassing her older sister, and, oh yes, she got all the boys.

From Goodreads:
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. 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.Haunted by her past, terrified of her future, Juliette knows that in her present, she will have to make some life-changing choices.
Choices that may include choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.

What a broken heroine Unravel Me has. We join Juliette two weeks after we left her, but for all that hope Shatter Me offered in its dénouement, Juliette is shattering all over again. Adam is distant, and if she thought she found a place she belonged, with people like her, who could accept her, the wary stares and constant isolation say otherwise.

Broken, isolated and misunderstood are familiar places for Juliette, but was there ever a lonelier place than the kind felt surrounded by people? Juliette is a most singularly damaged heroine, and it’s difficult finding her withdrawing into her shell and shouldering so much blame for problems outside her control – both from herself and those around her. While it would be easy to find fault in her anxieties and self-pity, it’s important to acknowledge her unique position: while Juliette runs afoul of good opinion with her inability to assimilate in the new community in which she finds herself, surrounded by ‘special’ people who can relate to isolation and discrimination, it’s important to understand there is no way she could.

A girl who has never known love, never known the basic necessity of human touch, thrust into an established, tight-knit community would not function. While certainly not the most scientific source, livestrong.com features an article discussing the essential nature of touch in human development. Not only can touch, in infancy, affect physical health, it has a huge impact on psychologic development. Children robbed of touch, of contact, can suffer anxiety, stress, and emotional disorders. It’s painful watching a character like Juliette so misunderstood, and there’s an interesting parallel here, however intentional, to the failures of our own society in caring for, and understanding those outside the sphere of what we consider ‘normal’, but it also seems Mafi enjoys the odd poke at the elevated emotions and angst of the typical YA heroine and hero.

But. Juliette grows in Unravel Me, develops new strength, and discovers new steel. She makes many, many mistakes, but she is a very human heroine and, for all her melodramatic angst, an eminently likeable one, her urgent stream-of-consciousness flowing in that uniquely Juliette/Mafi style making it easy to slip inside her head.

From Juliette’s narration, to the scalding romance, to the ominous cloud of impending war, Unravel Me bursts with feeling, and it carries a sense of immediacy. It’s impossible to pass that ‘romance’ with only a sentence, as Unravel Me, like Shatter Me, is sexually charged, each glancing touch carrying a weight intensified by a life filled with its absence. Adam returns, sweet and kind and with scorching chemistry – if not a little bland personality-wise – and Warner, the uncomfortably compelling villain of Shatter Me, appears in a new light entirely. More than a few readers may find themselves surprised by interesting feelings as Shatter Me’s villain becomes something… more.

But for all this talk of intensity and dark matters, Unravel me ultimately aims to entertain, and succeeds. Sexy and gripping, filled with bone-melting romance and gripping intrigue, Unravel Me is an outing stronger, even, than its extraordinary predecessor. Mafi’s prose dances swiftly across pages, dropping metaphors like bombs, and it feels a tighter book on a whole, with a stronger focus on plotting. Unravel Me sizzles with passion and chemistry, and offers surprise twists to keep those pages turning well into the wee hours. Fans will delight in Unravel Me as it unravels its spectacularly complex heroine just in time for an ending fine-tuned to leave them desperate for more.

Books in This Series:

  • Shatter Me (November 2011)
  • Unravel Me (February 2013)
  • As Yet Untitled (Expected 2014)

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An enormous thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing a review copy of Unravel Me!

59 thoughts on “Unravel Me (The Juliette Chronicles #2), Tahereh Mafi + GIVEAWAY

        • YESSS, same here. But I also think maybe Warner’s not going to be the real villain in the end? *rubs hands together in glee*

          I hear very feely things about The Darkling, from Shadow and Bone. I am INTRIGUED :D

          • I agree, and I’m soooo hoping you are right! I feel that Mafi has shown how heavily invested she is in the character development of Warner and how much she enjoys writing this complex character… I have a feeling he will continue to surprise us.
            Even though I ADORE awesome Adam, the road to redemption is soo much more interesting. Warner all the way I say! (with some sort of alternative happy place for Adam please.. lol)

        • Ahahaha! Well, if it makes a little more fair, I can’t get Destroy Me in Australia because of the digital rights! *grumbles*

          Seriously… I. can’t. even. And I am officially DYING to see what you think of Unravel Me and the Warner feels. My review was seriously nearly:

          OMG OMG OMG. WARNER! WARNER! WARNER! THE FEEEEELS CHAPTER 62! *ASPLODES*

          ^__^

  1. “sexually charged” um…HELL YEAHH I’M GONA LOVE THIS!!! Oh hell, everyone’s changing to Team Warner now, and I feel like that’s going to happen to me too especially since Adam sounds really…bland now! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ADAM I LOVED SO MUCH IN SHATTER ME? NOOOOOOOOOO!
    I NEED TO READ THIS NOW. Fab review Sarah<3

    • Oh, Shirley, you are gonna love it like WHOA *grins*

      I mean, I LOVE Adam. I love the connection anc chemistry he and Juliette has… but… there’s not much to him? I think we’ll see a darker, twistier Adam in book 3, so that’ll be excited, but WARNER. OMG. THE WARNER FEELS O__O

      I feel like I’m cheating. It’s like in VA. I always wanted Rose to end up with Dimka, but A D R I A N. THE ADRIAN FEELS. THIS IS LIKE THAT *grins*

    • Eeee! Thanks, Melissa! I loved it so much, and, seriously, anyone who loved book 1 will find a lot to love, here.

      The Juliette Chronicles! Yes. It’s how the Aussie publisher is referring to the series — I was intrigued! :D

  2. Y ARE YOU SO GOOD W/WORDS?! Like come on, please save some beauty for us. Our reviews are drastically different (yay, I didn’t accidentally rip you off!!) but I love that we can discuss this. Yours are beautiful while mine are um, something. I love this line a lot Mafi’s prose dances swiftly across pages, dropping metaphors like bombs, and it feels a tighter book on a whole, with a stronger focus on plotting. because it’s so true! It really did feel like a stronger book.

    I LIKE YOU xo

    • AHAHAHA. Seriously. I’m not any better than you. You KNOW this, but I LOVE YOUR REVIEWS. And YES! I love that we can talk about it, especially since we don’t always read the same books at the same time and and and… OMG. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE TALKS WHEN ISLA COMES OUT? EEEEEEE! *IS GIDDY WITH HAPPIES*

      I LIKE YOU! ♥

    • Eeeee! You’re like chocolate cake for my ego :D
      Thank you!

      I still haven’t read Destroy Me (I can’t get it in Australia! UGH!) but… seriously. If you’re Team Warner pre-Unravel Me? This book was MADE for you.

      Three words: Chapter. Sixty. Two.
      *evil grins*

  3. I read Shatter me and Destroy me and fell in love with Mafi’s writing.Judging by your review,Unravel me is even better and I cant Wait to read it. I cant decide Between Warner and Adam,but I Think Warner is more interesting

  4. I have read Unravel Me but I am STILL Team Adam. It’s going to take a lot of work on the part of Ms Mafi for me to be on Warner’s team. ;) But I do still love him though. He’s been through so much and OMG that scene!! You know the one I’m talking about. I seriously adored Unravel Me. Wonderful review as always, Saz! :)

  5. Ah-mazing review Sarah! Yes Juliette is so broken and I can’t wait to see her grow in Unravel Me. I’m really looking forward to reading this, I’ve already read so many raving reveiws and a lot of people seem to have switched to team Warner. I’m team Adam! but who knows what will happen after I read this one :)

  6. Oh My Effing Gosh! I am so excited to read this. Even more now. I just got my ARC in the mail so I start reading it tonight. I am a little scared by how sad it seems for Juliette, but I think I can handle it. And I am so happy to hear the sexual tension is still there. :)

    Great review.

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  8. she is a very human heroine and, for all her melodramatic angst, an eminently likeable one

    That’s a perfect way to describe her! I will admit that I found some of her reactions (or lack of) quite frustrating at times, but I’m glad Kenji was there to voice my opinion of her. I still liked her overall though, so credit is due for that. Plot-wise, I was pretty much hooked throughout this! I cannot wait to see what happens in the final book now. :) Great review, Sarah!

  9. I LOVE THAT YOU USED THE WORD DENOUEMENT IN YOUR REVIEW. I am pronouncing it in the proper French way in my head. :D

    Such a lovely review, Sarah! I confess to mixed feelings about the first one, but I have to say I am curious to see what happens to Juliet. And to see if Warner becomes more intriguing…I suspect he does. ;)

    • Ahahaha! I love you loved it, because I totally spent time thinking it over! Hmmm. Now is it REALLY a dénouement? It’s not really a conclusion and and and… *grins*

      I was ridiculously excited that my clever spell checkerer fixed the ‘é’ for me ^__^

      Thank you, Wendy! I was definitely with the fangirl camp in the last one, but I was also very new to reading, and, in hindsight, I’m aware I was a far less critical reader. Warner becomes very interesting — I love that he’s a genuinely complex character and… well, I’m not entirely sure it’d be accurate to say Mafi doesn’t make excuses for him. He IS damaged, and it’s made clear why, which, in turn, creates sympathy, but… she is unapologetic (and so is Warner) about what he is. And I LIKE THAT. Kind of like how Barrons is Barrons, the good and the bad and the downright squicky.

      ANYWAY. I AM RAMBLING *GRINS*
      I hope you like it! ♥

  10. Thanks for the giveaway Sarah!

    Confession: I LOVE your T&C’s. Clever. Funny. You’re awesome.

    Full confession: I did not read your review for Unravel Me. Not because I don’t like your reviews. Quite the contrary in fact. I LOVE your reviews. But, I’m actively avoiding all reviews/discussions of this book until I read it. I hate being spoiled.

    As to the question… LOL at Team Wardam. Oh dear… I’m not really team Adam or team Warner. We’ll see if that changes after Unravel Me. I definitely like Warner better as a character. He’s far more interesting than boring/perfect Adam, BUT I don’t want to see Warner with Juliette at this point. I usually prefer the dark/brooding/tortured character, but I rarely want them to actually be with the heroine.

    I’d rather keep them for myself.
    I mean… Did I just say that out loud?

  11. Augh! Has no words. Only jibbering.
    Mmm, I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Kenji. Not because I think Juliette should end up with him, but because he’s such a fun character, and he gets such good lines. Also, I am so excited for the poetry of Juilette’s thoughts.
    Cannot wait.
    (Team Adam, but with a soft spot for Warner. Have you read Warner’s novella yet?)

  12. Wow Km its seems like ages since I’ve commented on your blog… Sorry I’ve been real busy! But I couldn’t pass up this amazing book and Giveaway! You cover is so much more different than the UK’s that it totally takes a different take on the book that I’ve heard so many brilliant reviews on, especially yours! I have got the first, Shatter Me waiting on my book shelf that seem to filling with even more books! Its so frustrating when all I want to do is read it to find out about Warner and Adam! Anyways, enough of me rambling. lovely review, Sarah!

  13. Wow! Its seems like ages since I’ve commented on your blog… Sorry I’ve been real busy! But I couldn’t pass up this amazing book and Giveaway! You cover is so much more different than the UK’s that it totally takes a different take on the book that I’ve heard so many brilliant reviews on, especially yours! I have got the first, Shatter Me waiting on my book shelf that seem to filling with even more books! Its so frustrating when all I want to do is read it to find out about Warner and Adam! Anyways, enough of me rambling. lovely review, Sarah!

  14. I absolutely adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing and I’m team Adam all the way! :) I know a lot of people went team Warner after reading Destroy Me, but for me it just solidified my team Adam position. I actually liked that Warner was such a cold-hearted villain/maniac in Shatter Me, ultimate bad guy. But after reading Destroy Me, he just sounded like pathetic, lovesick guy who wouldn’t stop at anything to get what he wants. Yeah, he had a rough life with his father, but how’s what he’s been through any worse than what Juliette had to endure in hers?!
    Gah, I can’t wait for Unravel Me! Thanks for a giveaway and a review! :)

  15. I have not heard of this series! So I haven’t read this review, because I don’t want to spoil it for me, but I am intrigued! Will have to look up the first book.

    Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

  16. Eep! So glad you enjoyed this, Sarah! To be honest, I wasn’t one of those who fangirled over SHATTER ME or loved it, but I was still intrigued to go and get myself the sequel when it comes out.

    Juliette sounds like she’s having a tougher time than she was in the previous book! :O I’m happy that Tahereh’s writing is as beautiful as ever, though. :) Can’t wait for UNRAVEL ME, now!

    Lovely review, Sarah! :)

  17. I have not read first book, I’d order my friend to buy it last month, but dissapointed he don’t buy it whereas there is a sale on the bookstore :(

  18. I love the fact that you researched this. You’re just so.. wise and curious and determined, whether in fiction or reality, you fight for what you believe in and you’re just a very special human being <3

    And holy hell, your REVIEW. It demonstrates the very reason why words became sentences, because when the right people construct them, it's ART. Love love love love love!

  19. I loved Shatter Me, and am totally Team Adam. Warner just creeps me out. I loved how you highlighted how essential human touch is to everyone and brought it into your review, with facts to back it up.

  20. I read Shatter Me four days ago and I really liked it. Imagine my joy when I find out that Unravel me comes out tomorrow. Talk about perfect timing or what? :D Amazing review as always and thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I’ve read Shatter me, and destroy me, and even though I did get some more warmish feelings for Warner, after destroy me, I’m still team Adam all the way.

  22. “Adam returns, sweet and kind and with scorching chemistry – if not a little bland personality-wise – and Warner, the uncomfortably compelling villain of Shatter Me, appears in a new light entirely. More than a few readers may find themselves surprised by interesting feelings as Shatter Me’s villain becomes something… more.”

    YES, THIS. ALL OF THIS. Seriously, Sarah. I think you and I are developing a shared brain. (Though you get the eloquence portion. ;)

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