Shatter Me | Book Review

Shatter Me #1 | 338 Pages | 2012

Shatter Me at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★1/2
  • Heroine: I would be crazy too
  • Dude: Insta love guys are not my thing
  • Steaminess: Can I just lock them in a hotel room for a weekend?
  • Brutality: The babies!

Pairs Well With

Boxed wine


Okay, so apparently third time is a charm? I tried reading this as a hardback. I tried the audiobook. Both times I only made it to chapter 7. Today, I decided to push through and somehow I read THE ENTIRE BOOK in one day. I’m very proud of myself.

There will be spoilers here so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I struggled with the first half of this book. It’s the blue language and insane metaphors. The scratch outs didn’t bother me, but the weird things she says!

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

or even better…

“I’m paying attention to nothing but the dandelions blowing wishes in my lungs.”

I give this a pass because our girl has been locked in isolation for almost a year. Additionally, she has never felt touch that didn’t kill or hurt the other person. So she has some trauma and that shows in her language. I get it. I just can’t help but laugh really hard when I read some of these things. It took me out of the book and made it difficult for me to stay engaged.

HOWEVER, I pushed through and ended up really enjoying the book. There is action and tons of romance and a creepy sort of love triangle. I know the ships in this series so i’m kind of spoiled to the way this is all going to go down, but that didn’t really ruin anything for me. If anything, I’m just flat out curious as to how this is all going to go down.

I like Adam, he is fine. He is a YA hero and he is obsessively in love with a girl he has never actually spoken to… So, totally normal… Not at all weird. Except it’s completely crazy to risk your family and livelihood for a person you have never spoken to. Adam, sweetheart we need to discuss making better choices. You have a perfect, adorable baby brother to take care of.

So Warner… I despise him. But I love his character? Villains are usually my favorite character. As long as they aren’t the parent who hates their child because i’m over that. But Warner seems to have depth somewhere, maybe, possibly. OR I am projecting because I love a good redemption arc. Either way, a nineteen year old as the bad guy? I am digging that. He may be batshit insane, but I’m excited to see what happens to him.

Juliette… I am trying to withhold judgement of our main character because again, she was held in isolation and treated horribly her whole life from what I can tell. She is bound to attach herself to the first person who comes along and shows true affection. Even if that person could be seen as taking advantage *cough* Adam *cough*. Their relationship feels very unhealthy to me in this first book because Juliette, while strong as hell, should have some time for friendship or any less intense relationship than having someone profess their undying love. OF COURSE SHE LOVES YOU. But is it real? I’m calling serious physical chemistry and a desperate situation on this one.

James and Kenji made this book. I wish I had met Kenji earlier because I needed some comic relief! Honestly, with a little of that I may have made it further in on those first few tries. Thank god for these two because I’m going to attach to them for the rest of the series.

With all of that, I’m pretty stoked to jump into Warner’s novella because I need to see how deep the crazy runs.

Have you read Shatter Me? Let me know what you thought in the comments! 

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4 thoughts on “Shatter Me | Book Review

  1. So excited to see how you like the rest of the series! I love a good redemption arc too 🙂 I have never read a series where my opinion of a character has taken a greater swing in opinion.

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  2. Great review, Jess! When I first read the book last year, I had some VERY COMPLICATED FEELINGS about Warner as a result of knowing what happens later and as a result, I never wrote my review. I am glad you and the gals encouraged me to re-read because I’m enjoying the book a bit better now. But my GOD with Adam’s insta love. I kind of remember digging it last time, but yikes and a half.

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