Furthermore Book Look OOTD + GIVEAWAY!

Hi Bookworms! I have another exciting giveaway to share with you today! I partnered with Penguin Teen to give one lucky reader a copy of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi as well as some of Tahereh’s favorite things which include Rifle Paper Co journals (MY FAVORITE) and a super cute letter opener!  Tahereh’s new book has major Alice in Wonderland vibes so I was really happy to have been chosen to work on this.  In honor of Furthermore‘s release, I put together a Book Look in which I wore the brightest colors I could find in my closet.  This is the first book look that I’ve ever filmed for my YouTube channel but you can see the rest of my Book Look photos here. Good luck and below is a synopsis of the book!!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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Tea & Book Chat: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first book in the Shatter Me trilogy.  The book follows a girl named Juliette who has spent her life avoiding touching living things for fear of accidentally killing them.  She lives in a dystopian society but she hasn’t been outside in years.  Not since her parents had her locked away.  Unfortunately I did not like this book as much as other people seem to but there are some redeeming qualities.  I also wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it earlier on in life before dystopians saturated the YA market.

I had such a challenging time rating this book because I found the beginning and the ending very interesting but the middle barely held my interest.  I know I fall on the unpopular end of the spectrum since everyone seems to love and rave about this series but it just didn’t get me excited like it has for others.  It’s possible that the book was overhyped and I went into it with high expectations which weren’t met.  I’m also not a huge fan of stories that are heavily militial.  About three-fouths of the way through the book did a complete 180 and the story suddenly grabbed me.  I felt more like I was reading an X-Men origin story comic than a YA novel.

Shatter Me

What I enjoyed most about my reading experience is Mafi’s writing style.  It’s very fluid and Juliette’s narrative is a stream of consciousness which allows the reader to plow through chapters at an exceptional speed.  However, I did feel like there were a lot of scenes that seemed like something out of an erotica novel.  I never truly warmed up to Juliette despite feeling bad for her being unable to control her ability.  I grew to like Adam more than her, specifically because of his relationship with his little brother James and I even liked the villain, Warner better.  However, I did not like the insta-love between Juliette and Adam.  I will also say that the novel is full of action and there are constantly things happening to advance the plot, but nothing excited me until the final chapter and epilogue.  I’m so torn on whether to keep reading since I like where the story is going or stopping for fear of not getting into the second book either.  I don’t know what to do!

Final Thoughts:  I did not enjoy Shatter Me as much as many others seem to have but I do see potential in the series.  The first book lays the groundwork for an X-Men story in the making and the while the writing is lyrical and fluid, the action didn’t hold my interest.  I would like to see where the story goes but I haven’t decided if I’ll be reading on.  If you enjoy dystopians, I would suggest checking it out!

Rating 3

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (via Goodreads)

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