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Erin Bowman

Coffee addict, type nerd, Harry Potter enthusiast. I also write books for teens. Taken is out now, and Frozen releases 4/15/14.

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On Writing
Stephen King
The Dream Thieves
Maggie Stiefvater
In Time (The Darkest Minds, #1.5)
Alexandra Bracken
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi When I first read this book it had no cover (ARC form) and by the time I reviewed it, it did. That alone was an interesting experience, because I had my own idea of how this story “looked” and the final artwork surprised me. This isn’t what I pictured, but one thing is certain, Juliette is as intense and powerful on this cover as she feels in the book.

This story is written with a bit of exploratory prose. There is repetition and strike-outs and sentences that span lines. The prose is also very rich and somewhat poetic, which in most cases I found beautiful. There were a few instances where I was thrown or confused by the flowery prose – I didn’t quite know what was being said, or I was pulled out of the story – but I also read an ARC, so take that for what it’s worth. Either way, Juliette is a light in a dark world. She has a curse, or a gift, depending on how you look at it, and that is exactly what makes this read so riveting. Mafi also peoples her world with incredible characters. The villain is evil, and yet you feel for him. The side-kick best friend is a pompous jerk, but you love him anyway. I enjoyed the supporting characters in this story as much as I did the lead. Grab a copy of this book come November. It’s lovely.

Originally reviewed here
NOTE: This review is based on an ARC