Mini-Read Review: Destroy Me by Taherah Mafi & Shadows by Amanda Sun


Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get over looked. Today I have Destroy Me and Shadows.

Destroy MeSource: Purchased on Amazon
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Edition: Ebook, 103 pages
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi Dystopian
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Rating: 4/5

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Destroy Me puts us in the mind of Warner and we finally get to see some of his motivation and his past. I really loved this since Warner was my favorite character in Shatter Me. Warner is, to me, the character that offers the most. He’s kind of crazy, he’s definitely tortured and confused, and he also has that who evil thing going for him. Now Mafi has given him even more by shedding some light on who he is as a person, and how his mind truly works. If you didn’t like Warner before you might after this, or you’ll at least see him for the human he is and not necessarily the monster he’s portrayed as with Juliette’s pov. And speaking of Juliette we get to see some more of her thinking as well, which really surprised me. I really love that it’s set right before Unravel Me and a few sections overlap some, so it’s the perfect bridge. I don’t really like to spend money on novellas but I found this one to be well worth the money.

4 stars

ShadowSource: Purchased on Amazon
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Series: Paper Gods #0.5
Edition: Ebook, 69 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 4/5

Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…

Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean.

For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

Wow! I wish I had read this before Ink! Shadow starts while Katie is still in the US, the day of her mother’s funeral. We get to see the moments that pushed her to staying with her aunt in Japan and we get to see the beginning stages of her attempting to start her life over in a foreign country. As an added plus we get treated to chapters in Tomohiro’s point of view, where we get to see the nightmares that haunt him and his strained relationship with Myu. I loved that this gave him a chance to explain his personality more and I think that if I had read it prior to Ink I might have warmed up to him a bit quicker. I really enjoyed the added depth to the story and it’s always nice to see what happens directly before the main book starts. We get to see what drives the characters into making the decisions we get to see first hand in Ink. It’s a cheaper novella (free when I downloaded it) and so I think that if you enjoyed Ink or are curious to see if you might like it then give it a shot. Everything has the same feel too it and you get to see how the writing style is for the Japanese culture, which isn’t for everyone as it does use some Japanese words here and there.

4 stars

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4 Responses to Mini-Read Review: Destroy Me by Taherah Mafi & Shadows by Amanda Sun

  1. I fell in love with Warner because of Destroy Me and then Unravel Me!
    And I think I should read Shadow now too.

  2. I just adore Warner. I haven’t been able to read Sun, but it sounds good. Great reviews. 🙂

  3. Warner, Warner, Warner…ooh I am so torn between both of them and cannot wait till February! Paper Gods is on my wishlist 🙂 wonderful reviews my friend :0

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