Shatter me was a book I kept seeing everywhere… Even in my dreams. Usually, I restrain myself from buying these books because I know I’ll end up not liking them that much and then I’ll want to punch myself for falling for the same trap as usual. So I gave it some time, continued to ignore the reviews, the comments, the online talk, the sighing, the drama and teenage cries, the 60 year old cries, the dogs barking shatter me shatter me as I walked past… and then, finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and bought the damn book.
I loved it. I loved it so much that I quickly bought the second and third book and read them all in like 2 days. And then by the third book I was slowly starting to get pissed off… Why? Here are the reasons:
Juliette was a cool lead for most of the duration of this trilogy. She’s kinda of weak at the begining which is the way she’s meant to be due to her circumstances. And slowly you watch her grow and become stronger. The way its meant to be. The cycle of life…
However, I don’t know when she tripped and banged her head against the floor… I definitely wasn’t there to see it… Because suddenly she becomes stupid. Sorry, I hate calling people stupid, it’s rude and disrespectful but this girl is just STUPID. I KNEW a YA wouldn’t be able to keep a strong lead female for too long… They all fall pray at some point.
The thing is, this Juliette is in love with Adam for like the entire part of these books. Then she meets Warner who is basically fucked up in the head, and does some pretty messed up things to her. And slowly you start to realise she’s into this guy… Now, that’s not the problem. At all. I love bad guys, and I love the romance of a good girl falling in love with a bad guy. But in this book, the author painted a pretty horrible picture of this bad guy Warner and then realising she wanted Juliette to end up with him, chose to find some rather poor excuses as to why he was bad. So suddenly, he isn’t bad anymore. Oh, I killed a guy but… it’s not what you think, he was a really bad guy himself, he would beat up his wife and stuff. Okay… To start with, that still doesn’t justify you killing someone in my opinion, but even if that’s the case… Warner is meant to be a BAD GUY! just leave it at that! So he’s bad and kills people… he’s messed up, broken and you love him for it in a very sick way, still, I’ll believe you and even defend you! But if you’re constantly telling me he’s bad and showing me that he’s bad and then suddenly you come up with lame excuses to write him off as the good guy… No, sorry, I’m not that damn stupid.
Then, the author went and did the exact same thing with the first love interest, Adam. Just the other way around. This guy does all types of crazy stuff to save the love of his life, Juliette. He does it because he’s in love with her… and he’s a sweetheart throughout the entire book. And then the author decided Juliette had to be with Warner and we couldn’t break Adam’s heart so… let’s make him bad. So suddenly Adam turns into this sort of violent domestic abuser that screams at her, tells her he’d rather see her dead, etc… what the hell?! I’m supposed to be okay with this stuffhgh!?! I can’t even write thinking about it!
The thing is, the romance in these books was amazing… and I loved it, and died with every single sentence, but then got pissed off, and then fell back in love and re-pissed myself off again. Constantly. So I was left with a headache and a very confused heart. I wanted Juliette to end up with Warner but not for the reasons the author gave at the end. If you fall in love with a bad guy, you fall in love with him, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t try to make up excuses for his actions!
Shatter me, you shattered me into a thousand emotions. Some good, some not so good.
What did you guys think about this trilogy? Did you absolutely love it, hate it, or felt like me?