A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: October 16th, 2018

Dates Read: October 18th 2018 to October 19th 2018

Pages: 320

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

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October Wrap Up | 2018

Wow, can you believe this year is almost done? October wasn’t super busy for me, I worked a lot, I handed in my last university assignments and I went and saw Taryn from @ Taryn Reads Books for a few days. I also started my Christmas shopping because ya girl likes to be prepared. However, I am so stuck on what to ask for my 21st in December. What did y’all get if you’re 21 or what your siblings get?

In terms of reading, I had a pretty good reading month. I read quite a few novellas but I am not mad about that – a lot of them I have been anticipating for a while.

Let’s just jump into my wrap up though. I don’t want to babble too much, mainly because I am typing this up before work because I was not prepared for this month to end. I read 4, 830 pages and 17 books in total! Let’s jump into this.

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Books I Didn’t Think I’d Love But Did (2.0) | Discussion

I enjoyed writing up the first post (click here to see it) and it was well received, so here I am doing part two. I’m pretty excited and I hope y’all like this part two as much as part one. I think after this I’m going to try “books I thought I’d love but hated” because the list of those books is ridiculously long. I may also do “books I knew I’d hate and I did” because I hate myself and have even more of those (actually probably just one post).

Enough waffle though, let us jump into these books! I’m super interested to hear your thoughts so make sure to comment below!
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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?

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES. I WOULD RECOMMEND HAVING READ THE OTHER TWO BOOKS BEFORE THIS. HOWEVER, I CAN’T CONTROL YOU, SO, LIKE, READ AHEAD IF YOU WANT. THIS REVIEW IS ALSO KIND OF A LOT OF RAMBLE, SO HAVE FUN.

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: February 4th, 2014

Trigger Warnings: PTSD anxiety, depression, suicide mentions, murder, ableist language (crazy used negatively), grief, death of a parent

Pages: 421

Publisher: HarperCollins

Goodreads blurb:

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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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ SHATTER ME (THE FIRST BOOK) I WOULD READ WITH CAUTION, THIS REVIEW MAY CONSIDER THINGS YOU BELIEVE ARE SPOILERS. ALSO, I HAVE NOT LISTED THE TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR THIS BOOK BUT THERE ARE MANY.


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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: February 5th, 2013

Pages: 461

Publisher: HarperCollins

Goodreads blurb:

The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, raved: “A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young-adult literature—or any literature!”

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Feburary Wrap-Up

February was a bit of a strange month for me. Actually strange the wrong word. It was a fucked up month. It was busy and an absolute fucking mess. I was doing good reading and then early in the month, my mum ended up in the hospital overnight. Which resulted in me having to sit with her a lot afterwards. It was just a mess, honestly. Then a friend was moving away so I tried to spend some time with him and apparently it’s not socially acceptable to take your Kindle to a movie theatre. I know, ridiculous! I did watch Black Panther and developed a love for Michael B Jordan, just normal Feb things.

Obviously, you aren’t here to hear about my month though. You want to know how much I read. In February I read fourteen books. A decent amount but I personally wanted to read more. I didn’t enjoy a lot of books I read this month either. My favourite was probably Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – the only book I rated five stars. What was your favourite book?

Anyway, these are the books I read in February:

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: November 15th, 2011

Trigger Warnings: suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, murder, parental neglect, parental abuse, isolation

Pages: 338

Publisher: Harper

Goodreads blurb:

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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