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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi **** Okay, this had one of the slowest starts ever -- and not because the very beginning wasn't intriguing. I loved the first few pages, but then...well, it stayed that way for so long that I almost put it down and gave up. However, the overall premise (the flap copy) promised something more, so I stuck with it, and by midway, I was hooked. I really liked the overall story -- it was romantic and unusual, and the ending was phenomenal (to the point that I'll definitely be picking up the next one -- and I'm waiting impatiently for it). For me, this book really pointed out the importance of finding that balance between creating tension and simply confusing the reader to the point they no longer care. ;) Granted, once it picked up, it picked up so much that I could barely put it down, so it did turn into one of the better reads for the year. All this to say, if you pick this up and struggle to make it through the beginning, it's worth it (if you like paranormal romance)! The story: Juliette has been locked in a cell for far too long, and no one has talked to her in almost a year. When a boy is thrown into her cell with her, all she really understands is that he must not touch her. However, he's not the typical boy, and it doesn't take long before memories begin to surface -- then Juliette is released from her prison, and she discovers the boy works for the army (those who have taken over). Soon she must decide if she can trust the boy (Adam) or his boss (Warner) -- both of whom try to lay claim to her. For Juliette has a power they all want -- her touch can kill. (YA dystopic/paranormal, released 11/11, publisher: Harper Collins)
(P.S. As I was contemplating my top ten reads, this story kept popping into my mind, but I couldn't find it in my reviews...I read this a while ago and forgot to put it down -- makes me wonder how many others I've forgotten!)