Saturday 16 June 2012

Guest Review and Q&A's - Blogger Adeeb@ Bookville

I put a shout out on twitter for anyone who wanted to contribute to my Blogoversary celebrations and Adeeb@ Bookville got in touch.

For Adeeb's contribution there is a review of Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi and some Q&A's from Adeeb himself.

You can visit Adeeb's blog HERE and also he has a YouTube channel (where he Vlogs) you can visit it  HERE

 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Adeebs's Review:

 Before I start my review, I'd like to talk about the two covers. The old cover (top) is very cliche. I do not like it. We've seen girls dressed up for a cover a book million times. I'm really glad Harper Collins decided to change the cover to the new one (bottom). It perfectly resembles the story.

This book was unique. One of a kind.
This book kept me reading. Addicted.

Yes, I really enjoyed this book. The idea is wonderful. Suppose you have a power curse, but your power doesn't help people. It kills people.

 What I liked about this book:

1-Writing style: Hands down, the best thing about this book was the writing style. Tahereh Mafi truly writes beautifully. Shatter Me is her debut novel, but it's is perfectly polished. It doesn't feel like it is a first-time published book. It is full of imagery and visuals. You see the site of birds, waterfalls, nature... Another really fascinating writing technique was the crossing out. Congratulations Tahereh Mafi, you have brought created a new unique writing style into literature. 

2-Narrative: I think our main character, Juliette, had a very authentic voice. The way she sees things is very different than any character in young adult books. 

3-Ending: While I was reading throughout the 330 page book, I never knew where this book was gonna go. The story went somewhere I did not expect at all. It gave this bad-ass epic feel to it, made me smile.

What I didn't like about this book:

1- Romance: I've reached a point where I don't mind romance books anymore, and sometimes I feel that there's something missing in the book. However, with Shatter Me, I thought Tahereh Mafi overdid the romance. It felt like Juliette thought about her romance way too much. There was too much emphasis on descriptions.There was too much kissing. Kissing the lips, necks, nose. It made me a little uncomfortable at many instances.

Overall, this book is an amazing debut novel full of adventure. Tahereh Mafi is a brilliant writer and I can't wait to read Unravel Me.

Questions & Answers with Adeeb @ Bookville

What is your blog mainly about?
As the title suggests, it is about books. All my posts are reviews of books I read. There is one cover reveal. I plan to expand my blog though. I'm gonna be doing interviews with authors soon. I'm gonna try to participate in some memes as well. So, let's say it is in the beginning stage.
How did you come up with your blog name?
Well, I was an admin on a facebook page, Mera's YA Book List, and I thought: hmm, maybe I should make a facebook page too. So I talked with Mera and she came up with a few suggestions. We kept thinking of some, until I finally came up with Bookville.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I have always been fascinated by reading people's reviews. Also, I always wanted to express my thoughts on a book. So, I first started writing reviews on Goodreads. My reviews were quite amateurish. They were very short and talked very generally. So, the more reviews I read, I was able to learn how to express more. As a result, I came up with my blog and started writing reviews that I'm really happy with.
What book would you recommend?
I read LOTS and LOTS of YA. I wouldn't want to recommend very popular books. So, I will choose something I really love.
1-series:The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
2-standalone: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Name three of your favorite authors.
I would love to say J.K. Rowling, but that is probably almost everybody's favorite.
So, I choose:

3 male:
1-Rick Riordan
2-Patrick Ness
3-Darren Shan

3 female:
1-Suzanne Collins
2-Cassandra Clare

P.S. There authors are in no particular order. Also, there are more but these are top 3!

Once again thank you Adeeb for taking the time to answer my questions and for your excellent review of Shatter Me :D


Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Great review Adeeb. While I did like the original cover, the new one is very pretty and very unique. I too loved the writing style.
Jen- great interview :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I like both covers :)
Got to read this book!

Unknown said...

Love the review and the short interview. (: I however like both covers, though the second one is even more EYE catching (how convenient haha). I still have to read this book and I honestly have no idea what I'm even waiting for. Soon, I'll do it soon. :D

Aleksandra @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I love the new cover too, it is so gorgeous! I liked this book so much, I know there were so many mixed reviews, but to me, it really stood out. I'm glad you felt the same way.
Great review!

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