Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, miscommunication, transphobia

Pages: 448

Publisher: Harper Collins

Goodreads blurb:

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


R E V I E W

Restore Me was good. Like, really good. Like, holy shit I can’t put this book down because I’m screaming good. I am shocked, honestly. I mean, I’m already shocked I even like this series since I despised the first one (my original review is still on Goodreads, somewhere). I can understand why people obsessed with this series may not like Restore Me. It’s a change. For years they thought they had the end and now there is something throwing the spanner in the works of something they love. If a negative ending this book will affect you in a negative way, I recommend waiting for the next book in the series releases due to this having a cliffhanger. I, however, a new fan, did enjoy this book.

There were so many things in this book that I loved. I mean, I gave it bloody five stars. If you know me, you know how rare I give out five stars, even if I loved a book. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi did have its flaws. There were things that were promised that wasn’t there and all the side characters bar Kenji floated into the background and become unnecessary to the plot. That was a bit annoying, considering how much everyone has been through to get to the point of this book. I’ll get more so into what I didn’t like later, but I just wanted you to know that I didn’t think this book was perfect. I just really, really liked it and felt it deserved five stars because I basically read it in one sitting. It was intense.

I won’t say much about the plot because I’m trying to keep this review spoiler-free. So, I guess it’s time to jump straight into what I did and didn’t like about Restore Me.

L I K E S

ANTI HERO PLOT LINE??

I guess this is a spoiler so I won’t say much, but I am feeling my queen Juliette possibly going the anti-hero plotline. One of my best friends (shout out Alex if you read this, love you) and I are obsessed with anti-heroes; I mean it’s how we became friends. She’s also the one who’s opinion made me try this series again. Feels a bit full circle to me. But, anyway, I would love if Juliette completely shrugged off the opinions of everyone and went straight to this plot line. This isn’t something that is exactly confirmed in Restore Me…okay, so this is me putting a theory in my likes. Don’t @ me.

LOVE THE BACKSTORY

Being a new fan I’ve been reading a lot of OG fans opinions and theories on what is going to happen in Restore Me. A lot of people seem to have had had the belief that no one’s backstory would be revealed in this book. However, we get a lot of backstories. Several characters actually and I was screeching because it broke my heart and I am soft. I even shed a tear a couple times. I won’t tell you who’s backstories they are, but they hit me deep in the feels so I can’t imagine how they would hit people who have been waiting on these backstories for years.

JULIETTE REMAINS MY QUEEN

I guess this is basically it for this point. I just wanted to mention how much I love my queen Juliette. At this stage I kind of want Juliette to end this series single…oops. GIVE ME A STRONG POWERFUL SINGLE WOMAN, THANK U. I just really feel her anti-hero plot line too, okay. I need this for my soul.

NO ADAM REDEMPTION

I think this comes from the disappearing side characters act that happens in Restore Me. We don’t get an Adam redemption. I am very vocal about my hatred of Adam and I am not ashamed of it. I mean, there’s one scene where he acknowledges what a turd he is but acknowledgement isn’t changing or forgiveness. So, hell yeah.

GIRL LOVE (okay ONE girl but still)

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

This is all I will say on the topic. It is only one other girl, but I will take the small scraps I am given and thrive. I think to say more on this would be a spoiler to be honest.

REP IS STILL AMAZING

The rep remains pretty damn amazing. There is a representation of a panic attack that I felt was incredibly accurate and hard to read due to the intensity of the scene. I even had to put my Kindle down for a moment while reading it to gain my breath. There is also PTSD rep slightly throughout that I felt was important.

I CANT WAIT FOR BOOK FIVE I NEED IT NOWWWWW

If you’ve finished the book, hit me up on my social media that I link at the bottom of my reviews because do I have some feelings or what. I really need to discuss this. Book five is too far away.

D I S L I K E S

MISCOMMUNICATION IS HELL

Most of the conflict in this book is purely from miscommunication or lack of communication. It is honestly the most infuriating thing because of how unnecessary it is. If people just talked there wouldn’t be dumbass problems like this. Honestly. It is my biggest pet peeve in books when conflict comes from people withholding information they should have shared.

GIRL HATE IS UNNECESSARY

It was this weird cringe worthy scene where an ex-girlfriend shows up and the two girls are compared + one girl isn’t impressed by the other. It just felt stupidly catty and I am not here for catty girl interactions after the one extra ‘nice’ girl we got in this book. Don’t go ruining this Tahereh. I swear to God. I will cry and send you a vial of my tears.

WHY IS WARNER A LOWKEY TURD

I think that’s all I can say on this topic without spoiling. He is heading into turd territory and he needs to fix himself before he becomes Adam 2.0.

DISAPPEARING OLD CHARACTERS

I mentioned this earlier in my review, but all the old characters but Kenji disappear. I don’t know why. Suddenly Castle is acting weird, Winston isn’t there and quite literally everyone drifts into the floorboards of Sector 45. It just felt slightly weak to have these old and treasured characters fade away in order for new ones. I just didn’t get the reasoning behind it. Juliette didn’t even seem to care, at all.

KENJI BI…WHERE?

No seriously, where? Tahereh has coded him so much as queer and I know almost everyone was excited about the possibility. It just felt a bit like a waste. I understand maybe it’ll be revealed in later books. I really hope so. I’m not saying this because he was attracted to a woman in this book either. Just kill it Kenji.

Overall, is Restore Me perfect? No. Did I enjoy it immensely? Yes. I really feel like this world is one I have fall in love with and the expanding of it was something that I excited me so much since I only finished the books the other week.


Happy reading everyone!

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