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Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh MafiRestore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on March 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Supernatural
Pages: 448
Source: Self Purchase
Goodreads
three-stars

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?


 

I wish that the Shatter Me series had ended at 3 books, because Restore Me left a bad taste in my mouth. This book felt like it belonged to a completely different series. The original three books had always been a bit dark and scary, but Restore Me took it a step further. It morphed into a horror story. The last part of the book especially shocked and disturbed me.

Restore Me didn’t feel right to me, not just because it stepped into the horror genre, but also because I didn’t recognize the characters anymore. Except for Kenji, who’s still that fiercely protective, lovable goofball, with a good heart, I didn’t recognize Warner or Juliette. It felt like their characters reverted back to their book 1 versions. I thought Juliette and Warner made all this remarkable progress with themselves and their relationships in books 1-3, but then it all went to hell in this 4th book. I mean, yes, Warner still had some issues to work through, which I understood, but Juliette just reverted back to that scared, low-confident, little girl trapped in the darkness who we were introduced to in book 1.

The last book, Ignite Me, was left a bit open-ended, so we were left to imagine what the future held for Juliette, Warner, Kenji, and all the rest of our favorite characters. At the time I was bummed, because I was dying for more, but now I wish that the series had ended there. I felt like book 3 had a great send-off.

So how come I gave this book 3 stars when I’ve only talked negatively about it so far? Well, because it was still a decent read. Like I previously mentioned. Kenji was still awesome, which was a relief, because besides Warner, he made books 1-3 for me.  What I also liked about Restore Me, is how we learned more about the other sectors, and their leaders.  It was great having the world and cast of characters expand.

So yeah…The ending of Restore Me was insane and creepy, and I’m not a big fan of where the story seems to be headed, but regardless of my disgruntle-ness, I’ll still be reading the books to come.

 

three-stars
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Book Review: “Grim” by MULTIPLE authors

Book Review: “Grim” by MULTIPLE authorsGrim by Christine Johnson, Kimberly Derting, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Amanda Hocking, Ellen Hopkins, Shaun David Hutchinson, Julie Kagawa, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Saundra Mitchell, Jackson Pearce, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jon Skovron
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25th 2014
Pages: 480
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four-stars

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, Jon Skrovon

Ringing-in at 480 pages, Grim is a compilation of suspenseful and dark short stories, by 17 of today’s hottest young adult authors. Even though the stories only span between 20-30 pages each, the authors; such as Kimberly Derting, Tessa Gratton, Julie Kagawa, and Rachel Hawkins, all manage to create vivid worlds with solid characters that you find yourself instantly rooting for. In a lot of cases, you’re rooting for the character’s survival of a potential, grim fate…

All the stories in Grim, were entertaining, but there were a couple in particular that really struck me. The Key for instance, is the opening story in Grim and really sets the bar. The tale was short but provocative. Once the plot built-up steam and I got a sense of the direction of the story, I couldn’t read fast enough. If you like high stakes and suspense, this will instantly become a favorite of yours.

Light It Up, another favorite of mine, is a twist on a morbid and well-known fairy tale. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one, because I hope you’ll be as delighted as I was when it clicks. In Light It Up we have two abandoned siblings in the woods. I got a huge ‘Wrong Turn’ vibe when reading this story which made the creeped-out factor skyrocket. This story is action-packed and fast.

A Real Boy stands out among the rest because it takes place in a dystopian future where robots are very common and utilized. Although not at the top of my favorites list, I enjoyed A Real Boy for its change of pace. It wasn’t eery or gross or another dark-like adjective, mostly just suspenseful.
The final story I’ll comment on is Skin Trade. This story was all-kinds of eek and made me squeamish. Which I loved of course. When it ended, I really had no clue what had transpired, just that intense feelings of horror stuck with me. Skin Trade is a whirlwind story, graphic and chock-full of Poe-like macabre.

If you’re a fan of Poe, HP Lovecraft, or just like short, dark and twisty stories, checkout Grim. It’s a great way to past the time and get a little horror-loving fix.

A copy was provided by Harlequin Teen.

four-stars