Out of the books I read in November, I’d have to say the best was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I was a little late to the game on this one, seeing as it’s been out for quite some time already, but I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it.
The voice in Shatter Me blew my mind. (See all that stuff blasting outward on the front cover? Yeah, that's my head exploding from this book.) I found myself rereading lines just to enjoy the sound of them again and to marvel at how creative they were. Tahereh Mafi links words together in such unique ways and while I wanted to know what was going to happen in the story, half the reason I kept reading was to see what she was going to say next and exactly how she was going to say it.
I love Juliette’s thoughts: the way she repeats things to herself, thinks in fragments that trail off, fixates on numbers, or crosses out what she really means in favour of a more acceptable response. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so inside a character’s head before. At times, Tahereh Mafi tossed the rules for sentence structure and punctuation out the window and it adds so much to the emotional effect of the book.
When the comment on the back cover said it was “oozing with romance” this wasn't an exaggeration. Seriously, the swoon factor in Shatter Me was off the charts before…okay not going to finish that sentence because there’s really no way to do that without spoiling anything.
I’m flipping through the book while I’m writing this and I need to put the darn thing down before I get sucked into it again. I have other things to read (and write), but I can say that I will definitely be rereading Shatter Me (likely more than once) and can’t wait for the sequel.
Oh, and while the new covers on this series are really cool, why oh why did they change them right after I bought this copy? Ah well.
Care to share your best November read? Or give your opinion on Shatter Me?