Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Book Review)

Publisher: Electric Monkey
Page Count
: 448

CW: anxiety, panic attacks, transphobia, recollections of abuse, depression, mention of suicide

Restore Me is the continuation of the Shatter Me series (I once talked about it way, way back in the day and you can read that post here) and I got to read it with my very good friend Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Definitely stay on the lookout for her review in the near future!

When I first heard the announcement for the new additions to the series, I was both super excited and dreaded their release at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored the original Shatter Me trilogy, but they were tied up nice enough for me. Obviously there was room for more to tell, but I was a little worried about whether the things to come were really necessary and afraid that they might change my feelings towards characters I love. I think Tahereh Mafi managed to truly create another plot element that made sense to the history of the characters and at least I wasn’t disappointed in that area.

I wish I could say this book was everything I had dreamed of, but that would be the overstatement of the year. It took me quite a while until I was really back in that world. Something about the writing style has changed and didn’t feel as enchanting and unique as it used to. I think that’s really a shame, because the writing style is what made the original trilogy so special to me and made me want to revisit it time and time again. Also, I felt myself being far more impatient with the characters than I used to be, annoyed at their utter lack of communication. They kept tiptoeing around each other, assuming things that sometimes weren’t even true or just plain exaggerating for … drama? I don’t even know.

As much as I just complained, it was nice to have the old gang back. Obviously, Kenji is still my most favourite person in the entire series (and I honestly don’t think that will ever change). At first, I struggled with Warner’s perspective a little bit, feeling quite detached from his narration style, but by the end, I think I often felt more with him than with Juliette. There are a lot of things that surface from his past and I just think that he was judged unfairly sometimes. Do I condone everything he did and feel like he shouldn’t suffer any repercussions? No. But the way he was brought up and plain had to survive sometimes, I just don’t think most of what he did was really news to anyone (except J apparently).

This book also introduced some new characters and I love, love, love one of them especially and am intrigued, to say the least, about the others. I don’t really want to talk about anyone by name just so you get to meet them all by yourself and can form your own opinion, but I have a weird trust for that person and hope they’ll continue to play an important role.

Overall, Restore Me was mostly an introduction of what these new books would be about. It was an incredibly fast read and interesting to see alternating chapters from Warner and Juliette’s POV. I didn’t find much of the plot surprising, but … maybe that’s just me? There was definitely A LOT happening without much happening at all at the same time. Again, it felt like a set-up for the future the majority of the time. There’s also a cruel cliffhanger, so consider yourself warned!

On a final side rant, I am really sad that the font for the paperback was changed. I do realise that they rereleased the entire series with Electric Monkey and changed the font for all the books, but why wasn’t it also available from the same publisher as the hardcover, that had the previously established font still? I will never understand certain decisions …

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Interesting continuation of one of my favourite series.

Have you read Restore Me? Do you want to? Have you read the original books in the Shatter Me series?

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 1 (Again)

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I’ve done the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge before, but Fadwa @WordWonders tagged me to do it again and I am really happy about it, because bookish quotes are EVERYTHING! So thanks for including me!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

You all know how much of a fan I am of Tahereh Mafi’s writing. She has such a unique and beautiful style. It’s really all rather poetic and still so very relatable. I’d like to think that I have done a great deal of things in my life so far, but I have also spent a lot of time with books. Getting to know and learning to love characters from other worlds and paper places, so this quote still rang very true to me!

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Now, here are some people I’d like to spit out some quotes:

T5W – Books You Shouldn’t Be Spoiled For

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It’s Top 5 Wednesday, a meme hosted by booktuber Lainey aka gingereadslainey for which you can join on the Goodreads page here. The topic for this week was “Books You’ve Been Spoiled For” but since that has never happened to me or at least not in a significant way that I can remember I decided to tweak the topic a little and talk about books for which you should stay as far away from Spoilers as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel like there are some books that can’t be spoiled for – like a simple romance. It’s a little obvious that in the end the boy/girl is getting the boy/girl. But then there are those books that are just better the less you know about them – everything feels like the biggest twist in the history of literature! So, for the sake of not spoiling anything, I won’t even comment on the books and just list them. Sometimes it’s an actual single turn of events that made me put them on here, other times it’s the entire course the story is taking. See for yourself!

Red Rising/Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Do you see where I am coming from? What are some books you got spoiled for or wouldn’t want others to know anything about in advance? Don’t hesitate to link back to you T5W post in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To See As TV Shows

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the original weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the theme of the week. Since we all get a FREEBIE this week, I chose to do “Books I Want To See As TV Shows“. It’s common knowledge that I love all things TV (even more than watching movies most of the time), so you’re going to get a list of books that I’d like to see as a TV show (some of those will actually be happening!)

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1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh announced on a BookTube videoShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) that the series has been optioned for TV and I just got SO excited! I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen and keep thinking about who may be cast for some of the characters (I might do a post for that soon!). I loved that world so much and I think I would’ve been sad if they just pushed all the content in 3 or 4 movies, this way they can go on even beyond the ending of the books.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I actually liked the movie, even though it wasn’t like the books. I thought the casting was really good, but hey, it got picked up by Netflix and they have an amazing track record with their original content (still not over the awesomeness that is Sense8)! With more than 13 books out already, this could definitely be a show for the long-run.

3. Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)To my own shame I have to admit that I still haven’t read Miss Mayhem, but superheroes are really in right now and I consider Harper Price somewhat of a heroine. She has superpowers/super-strenght at least. Then it’s all in a High School setting – I can see it!

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This is another show that’s actually happening under the title “Shadowhunters”. Since the movie was somewhat of a flop (mostly due to seriously bad casting in my opinion), I am glad it gets a do-over on TV. Also, I am totally on board with the casting this time around (except for Kat McNamara as Clary … sorry, I am still hesitant about that one). But I finally want a real trailer now!!!

5. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighThere’s actually a movie for this as well I think, but it was a Disney-channel movie and therefore … well, disney-fied (watch the Trailer for that here). It just looked ridiculous but I love the Arthurian theme of the book and I think it would work very well as a TV show where the story can be stretched out. The book would obviously only serve for one Season, but I bet they could come up with other mystical stuff to do afterwards.

6. Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Can you imagine it? Every book would be a season and after Season 3/Isla everyone would want more and then Stephanie Perkins would be forced to right more books in that universe and I would be beyond happy! Okay, so maybe I just want more books, but I still think it would be a really funny and sweet show.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlI imagine this as a show where not a lot would actually happen, but you just sort of see what Cath is doing all day long with some flashes of her fanfiction in between. Episodes would probably only be like 25 minutes long, but still, the show would go on forever, because people can just relate to her and her geek life so much.

8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next DoorIn my opinion we would see so much more of the actual life next door if it were a TV show. Also, there is surely a lot of drama they could come up with over the seasons and we could just switch the focus to a different sibling every season and watch as they grow up!

9. The Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)I could see this being a lot like the teenage version of Ghost Whisperer.

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusAs much as I am rooting for the movie to come out (it has been optioned after all), I don’t think that one movie could ever be enough. There are so many different places in the circus itself that I would like to see, that I doubt they could fit them all in 2 hours. They’d have to scratch a lot and I don’t want that. When it comes to the Night Circus I can be really greedy! It’s just so magical!

Honourable mentions

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (also actually happening!)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (but only as a mini-series)
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

So, what do you think? If any of those shows would really happen, I SO want to do the casting. That would be amazing! Have you read some of the books as well and do you share my vision? Would you rather have movies for some of those books or no adaptation at all? What are some books you would like to see as a TV show?

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishI’ve never participated so far, but since this week’s motto is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, I thought it’d be the perfect time to join in the meme-craziness. Let’s do this!

There are actually a couple of authors of whom I have several books, just because I have a 3-strike-rule with authors. After reading one of their books and liking it, they have two more chances to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. That way I end up knowing if their future books are an insta-buy or not. Still, 3 is not that big a number and we’ll see how many people actually made it on the list with more than that!

  1. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (16 books)
    I devoured the Series of Unfortunate Events books (13 books in total) when I was younger and couldn’t resist additionally buying a collection of poems called Horseradish, The Beatrice Letters and The Unauthorized Autobiography.
  2. Charlaine Harris (13 books)
    I don’t know how many books she’s written in total, but I barely made it through the entire Sookie Stackhouse Series, so I decided not to read another series of hers. It’s not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are bad, but they do tend to get repetitive after a while.
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  3. Cassandra Clare (9 books)
    I’ve read the entire Mortal Instruments Series as well as the Infernal Devices Series and I loved them. I intend to get to the companion novellas and short stories at some point as well!
  4. Nicholas Sparks (7 books)
    I like cheesy romance … SO WHAT? I read The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John and A Walk to Remember. This pretty much means that I read most of the movie adaptations. I also own a copy of the Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Three Weeks with my Brother, but I haven’t gotten to those yet.
  5. David Levithan (6 books)
    Okay, so three of the books were co-written with Rachel Cohn, but nonetheless, I really like his books. The co-written ones were more fun to be honest and consist of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The books I’ve read that were written by Levithan alone were still good books, but didn’t excite me as much: Every Day, The Realm of Possibility and Wide Awake.
  6. Cornelia Funke (5 books)
    I adored her books! I will never get over the awesomeness that is the Thief Lord and the Inkheart Trilogy was basically a book series about fictional characters coming to life. (Dustfinger will always be my hero!) I also read Potilla, but that book was rather forgettable.
  7. Stephenie Meyer (5 books)
    Read the Twilight Series as well as The Host. I liked the books at the time, but I am not sure how I feel about them now. I remember that it took me forever to get into The Host, but I actually remember more about it than I do about the Twilight books. There are supposed to sequels to the Host, but I’m not sure I’d read them now. I think it’s been too long.
  8. Tahereh Mafi (4 books)
    I very much enjoyed the Shatter Me series, so I also read the companion novella Unite Me.
  9. John Green (4 books)
    I have read pretty much the standard books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.
  10. Eden Maguire (4 books)
    Eden Maguire’s series the Beautiful Dead is rather unknown as far as I know and I think the ratings aren’t that high from what I can remember. Still, I loved reading it at the time and like thinking back to it. Click here to read the Goodreads synopsis!

Turns out there are a lot more people of whom I’ve read 4 books, such as Georgia Byng, George R.R. Martin, Kiera Cass, L. J. Smith and many more. This list would go on for a while though if I continued like this. By clicking on the author’s pictures, you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page where you’ll be able to see their entire bibliography. What are some of your most read authors? Any recommendations?

Red Queen Review

Sorry for the hiatus, but I read this book last week and I was just so infatuated with it that I decided to share it with you – also, because I don’t know what else to write about. Here comes my review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! Spoilers can not be entirely avoided if you want to go into this book blank, although I will not give away the grand finale!

Red Queen is Aveyard’s debut novel and a brilliant one at that. I am still not entirely confident that I have the vocabulary to express my admiration for the book. It often made me think of other stories I love, such as the Hunger Games, weirdly enough Divergent and for some reason also the Shatter Me Series or was it just X-Men … In the end I simply figured it’s a mix of all the dystopians I have ever read and liked. (The description says it’s a mix between Graceling and The Selection Series, but I cannot testify to that, as I’ve not yet read those books. But they are on my list!) While it may not seem that way, it’s something really good that the Red Queen reminded me of other stuff. If you read as many books of the same genre as I do, things are bound to repeat themselves, be it in the set-up, the characteristics of the main protagonist or the love triangle/square/hectagon/whatever other shape possible. Aveyard managed to still capture me, so she must’ve done something right.

But let’s get to the actual plot of the book. The world is divided into people with red blood and silver blood, of which the reds live in crowded cities, have to work all day and are generally poor. The silvers on the other hand are like gods, they are rich and famous, some of them are even royalty and there is a reason for that: they have powers that no red possesses. Their abilities range from controlling elements, animals and their fellow human beings to superstrength and invisibility. But then there is Mare Barrow, red-blooded and a thief, but also gifted with a power like no silver has ever seen. She can control electricity, but oddly enough she can also create it. That doesn’t just make her special, but also dangerous, which is why the royal family decides to sell her to the public as a long lost silver princess. Yet, Mare never wanted to be one of the silvers, she hates them too much for that, so instead she helps plot a revolution to throw them off their throne.

The book is full of action and twists (oh my, that twist at the end!!!), but also love, duty and family. It has more serious topics, such as politics, race or in this case blood-type, war and the responsibilities that come with ruling over people. Then again it is also such a lovely, light and fast read. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but then I couldn’t put the book away. The powers of the silvers were really cool and I loved that Mare was special, but not in a way that meant she could just defeat everyone else because of that. Instead she had to work and train hard to get stronger. I thought the teen-romance would be too much, but it really wasn’t the main focus of the story, which was a relief. Instead I was really torn the entire time and didn’t know who to trust. Everyone just keeps betraying everyone. Aveyard managed to write a gripping yet really quick read. I am devastated that I have to wait an unknown period of time until I can finish the trilogy, for you just want to know what will happen next.

I hope my enthusiasm for the book came across. If you want to discuss in the comments, I am all for that!