Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)



The Gripping Fifth Installment In The New York Times, USA Today, And Publishers Weekly Bestselling Shatter Me Series Will Juliette S Broken Heart Make Her Vulnerable To The Strengthening Darkness Within Her Juliette S Short Tenure As The Supreme Commander Of North America Has Been An Utter Disaster When The Children Of The Other World Leaders Show Up On Her Doorstep, She Wants Nothing Than To Turn To Warner For Support And Guidance But He Shatters Her Heart When He Reveals That He S Been Keeping Secrets About Her Family And Her Identity From Her Secrets That Change Everything.Juliette Is Devastated, And The Darkness That S Always Dwelled Within Her Threatens To Consume Her An Explosive Encounter With Unexpected Visitors Might Be Enough To Push Her Over The Edge.Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)

Ransom Riggs She can usually be found over caffeinated and stuck in a book Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios Further, her first middle grade novel, is on shelves now, and Whichwood, its darker companion, will be on shelves November 14, 2017.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • English
  • 11 June 2018
  • 9780062676399

10 thoughts on “Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)

  1. says:

    SEE FULL REVIEW HERE review is going to sound really negative, but truthfully, I think this book has equal parts good and bad The difference is, whereas all the other Shatter Me books good parts outweighs any bad that exists, this book had so many terrible scenes and lines of dialogue that were not be redeemed by the sparse action and melodramatic romance scenes There s really no way for me to jump into this other than chronologically, so here we go Kenji and NazeeraIn Restore Me, I hated it Kenji Nazeera together They had no chemistry and Kenji declaring his love for her felt out of character and annoying I had to pack away my expectations to be able to accept their relationship, which by the time I read Shadow Me, I was able to do Not gonna lie, I enjoyed their make out scene better than warnette s screaming shower sex scene, which I ll complain about later The dynamic between Kenji and Nazeera is the perfect angst I want in a story that s otherwise a starcrossed lovers romance story between warnette I loved Nazeera s fear of attachment interacting with Kenji s fear of never ending up with someone To complete that, Kenji s reactions to being with Nazeera are SOOO FUNNY When he talks about not minding if she kills him, I m just nodding along like, same Ella Aaron FlashbacksTahereh said in a livestream that she tried not to weigh the book down with flashbacks, but I think she definitely failed And I just wasn t sold on warnette being in love their whole lives The idea that they fell in love every time just became absurd and unrealistic Delalieu and Anderson stating that Warner s been in love with her his whole life is a fact that I m just gonna ignore because they interacted so little when they were younger, and when they did, it was on such a platonic level or something extremely minor like holding hands I m really having to compartmentalize this new information and pretend it doesn t exist just to preserve my love for the original trilogy and the fragility and angst of them falling in love There reached a point in Defy Me where I wanted all the new info to stop Anderson being behind everything instead makes it so icky.Anderson s returnThis is hands down my favorite part of the book, except for maybe Emmaline I was running around my house screaming after reading the plot twist that Anderson wasn t dead The way Tahereh did it with the twins powers and the impeccable timing was actually BRILLIANT The conflict he created was so engrossing and compelling In a series full of morally gray people, and especially when Restore Me had no real antagonist, it was great to have someone who I just loathed wholeheartedly and had no idea what he would do next Every scene he was in, I was glued onto the page He died too easy a death for all the shitty things he did to his kids and Juliette, so the idea that he might have a cruel death or even might remain alive and suffering for the rest of his life is so satisfying.EmmalineI do not have one single complaint about any scene with Emmaline I love her SO much I love her power, I love her presence, I love her being Juliette s only loving family I love love love her, in a way that s going to make book 6 so much sadder Her talking in Juliette s head throughout the first few chapters makes me so soft, and the way she brought everyone together and helped them escape makes me want to weep WHEN SHE TOOK OFF JULIETTE S MANACLES I WAS YELLING WHEN SHE SAID THANK YOU AFTER JULIETTE KILLED THEIR MOM I LEGIT WAS SOBBING Her appearance came as such a shock and honestly, though it sounds terrifying, I want to give her a million kisses She breaks my heart, and I know her death in book six will would be merciful, but I still dare to imagine she could survive somehow and be restored to normal ReunionsThe reunions sucked because the stakes felt so low and I never felt any adrenaline or excitement about their reunion It was just sort of Oh Like, Lifetime Movie Network called and they want their script back Every single line of it was so annoying, and nothing about them reuniting was unique There was no description of the desperation of the two or how each other looked it was all Juliette s cliche crying and apologies, and blanket statements like he s alive and he s intact Since we ve known for 300 pages that Warner is fine, it s really anticlimactic for Juliette to be like omg he s alive Like yeah, we know I just really was not digging this writing at ALL.More than the dramatic cheesy dialogue and Juliette breaking out into cliche sobs, I LOATHE how she was the one apologizing to him Juliette did NOTHING wrong in Restore Me except not communicate with him, but she blamed herself for everything and Warner didn t even think to, I don t know, APOLOGIZE BACK Warner was literally the one in the wrong but Juliette was the one apologizing profusely I wanted them to solve their shit instead of pretending like everything will be perfect until the end of time Which is another thing that bothers me.In Restore Me, Kenji very accurately stated something like, You have to talk and figure out your shit before your relationship can be okay, but the second warnette made eye contact in this book, their relationship was perfect all over again with zero discussion except no lies which like. blah Again, I felt like a bunch of development from Restore Me just got dumped down a drain I wanted Juliette to continue being angry with him I wanted her to demand an apology and them to have a long discussion about what went wrong instead of them collapsing into each others arms crying melodramatically and then her apologizing and them being like NOTHING IS WRONG WITH OUR LOVE AND OUR PAST IS THE PAST AND WE WILL BE TOGETHER FOREVER The engagementI don t like it I get it But I don t like it I understand Warner s motivation I understand the we don t know we have tomorrow, so I want to be together now But there s so many flaws in that logic I think mostly, it s knowing Tahereh said that she s not killing off Warner or Juliette that makes it so anti climactic Warner being worried they won t survive is just kind of bullshit because we know they will Also, I know that Warner says he considers their residence in 241 a new beginning free from obligation and the beginning of a new life, but it s such an unceremonious, boring place I wish that their engagement could be attached to somewhere that s sentimental for them rather than just a tent in the middle of nowhere I m also trying to justify these criticisms against knowing that Warner isn t one for theatrics I understand he wouldn t want to make a huge deal out of it, but his not knowing he s supposed to have a ring is just out of character Especially when he s able to chime off random facts about Tangled Writing StyleI think this is the part of the book that let me down the most.Shatter Me has been an iconic book for its metaphors and description and lush detailing, so it s like this book is from another author completely There s a difference between evolved writing and laziness It just completely lacks any character or setting descriptions Both within each scene and throughout the entire book, if I didn t have the characters faces and descriptions memorized, it d be hard to even get a sense of what they were like Particularly in the reuniting scene and with Juliette s biological parents, I think the writing veered toward dry and boring because it left out any unique descriptions that would make those scenes vivid or meaningful We re meeting her real parents for the first time, which is HUGE, and we don t even get their hair color until the end It was just so sloppy.Also, there were certain points where new information would be revealed and someone would ask a rhetorical question, and you could tell it only functioned so that readers could keep up with the story Honestly, this criticism is mean, but it felt like this book was written for the dumbasses who ask stupid questions about the series because they didn t understand the subtlety of the previous books and so Tahereh started spelling things out plainly far too plainly in my opinion I know books in series should stop and give you an idea of the previous books, but still, the number of times that characters stopped and asked such clunky rhetorical questions and had paragraphs long recaps of stuff we already know just became disappointing Also, the two week time skip within this book is something I really don t like A lot of opportunities were lost to flesh out the world building and Juliette s parents and stuff I feel like we were cheated out of descriptions of Juliette s day to day life that really would have expanded the story to a meaningful level We never got scenes of her pretending to have her memory wiped We never got scenes of her interacting with her parents, pretending to be civil, never got her reactions to information as she was receiving it, only in hindsight I m just upset that SO much of this time skip was omitted because I think we lost a lot of valuable information and details I was so excited that this book was set in New Zealand, but we literally didn t get a single description of it other than the brief time she was on a balcony, which was told in a flashback Massive let down.Finally, the cheesiness The dialogue in this was awful times than not Usually, warnette lines are iconic and meaningful, but I could actually compile a list of lines they say to each other in heated or passionate or cute moments that completely ruined the mood for me because they were so cheesy or typical or blah The name changesI think Juliette s name change had the potential to be okay Two things could have sold me on it first, the characters actually continue to call her Juliette UNTIL she s indicated that she doesn t want to be called it any I know that s her birth name and her real identity, but the other characters deciding for her that that s who she s gonna be rubbed me the wrong way I understand Nazeera, or even Warner, considering her Ella, but everyone else being so quick to jump on board just felt really icky because it was like they were deciding who she was without her being there or her consent Second, I wanted Juliette to have a longer and or meaningful discussion of why she didn t want to go by Juliette any I understand why she doesn t I understand Juliette is an old name, one that was only given to her by Anderson as a cruel joke But I feel like she deserves to keep the name Juliette because she reclaimed it Anderson labeled her a tragedy but she rose above all her trauma and metamorphosed her pain and fear into love and action in order to better herself, her friends, and her world She overcame the name and the abuse of the man and the stereotypes that came with it Reverting to Ella, I understand, is somewhat of a clean slate and shows her heritage as a person of power, but it s just not the same person to me If she would have taken time to unpack why she wants to be called Ella instead of literally only just saying it s prettier, then I wouldn t be as upset This applies both in Juliette s and Warner s point of view Warner deciding so quickly that he likes the name Ella and he wants to default to that with no transition just felt so off In general, I think this relates to the fact that after they got their memories back cough infodumps of flashbacks , they did very little to reconcile past with present, so it was like their memories never actually blended their present selves They never had a moment of looking at each other with the weight of new memories on their backs, and they never even talked about their shared history other than do you remember me and yeah The majority of Warner s feelings for Juliette developed during the last four months, so it felt really uncomfortable that he would revert back to Ella so quickly when it was Juliette he felt such deep feelings for I m not saying it s entirely unrealistic, just that I wish there would ve been a longer explanation or transition rather than the abrupt jump from one name to another with no notable differentiation between the two.Waiting four years to publish add on books and then changing the identity of your main characters five years after their established names is just too much for me I ve been loving these books for almost seven years and I can t make that change overnight, even though I m trying to be willing to see them as Ella and Aaron The sex scene It s weird that all my complaints about this book are about the romance because warnette is literally what keeps these books afloat but this was just bad 90% of my trouble with the romance is because the name changes make my brain think they re different characters, but still The dialogue between them is so clunky and it just reads like Fanfiction for some reason Also, for a reuniting make up sex scene, it was drastically underwhelming, the same type of fade to black that chapter 55 was, but without any of the climactic angst or sexy dialogue Also, Juliette is not a screamer and I will die on that hill Also, yall got condoms I m NOT dealing with a book 6 pregnancy plot Also, the fact that afterward Kenji waltzes in the room while they re both half naked is just so out of character I know this is all so specific but like ugh.Random Dumb complaints ie things I wish were different but it s just my own selfishness and let down expectations, not necessarily flaws with the book or writing itself Adam bitch what After Restore Me I thought for sure we had a redemption arc coming but he turned into the biggest bitch in this book I m so confused why Tahereh would go so far in Restore Me developing the characters, but then it s like this book completely throws that away Right when I thought Adam would be civil and helpful, he reverts back to his Ignite Me self and is whiney and ugly and angry at nothing and it felt so unneeded I will always harbor resentment that we weren t given a scene of all the characters reacting humorously to Warner s first name At this point, even if we get it belatedly, it s still not gonna be that funny For so many characters including Juliette to name drop Warner so often and all the side characters give no response, it reeeeally let me down that there was no theatrical or funny moment of them being like hahah whoa you have a first name like not even Adam gave a reaction It just makes me think that maybe they knew all along, and that kinda makes me sad bc for soooo long, once again, I thought they didn t know and it would ve been funny if they found out Juliette waking up in her childhood bedroom and meeting her parents was a disappointing scene for me because it felt like the same character she was at the beginning of Ignite Me In Restore Me she went through this whole transformation of now I don t give a shit and she got so much confident, yet she still became such a blubbering mess multiple times in this book Now again, I don t want this to be construed as me calling Juliette weak or annoying because I will LITERALLY fight anyone who thinks this and it s the number one thing that gets me heated when I see it in negative reviews, but still, the way Juliette s dramatic reactions to things felt so out of character with the growth that she experienced in the past two books Ppl were roasting Delalieu so hard and my lil snake man did not deserve it Honestly if the twins don t heal him im unstanning The first time I read the book, I got a lot of anxiety from the idea that Juliette was made almost like a robot rather than a human being This isn t quite a criticism any, but this book is teetering on the edge of uncomfortable and if that is expanded or exploited in book six, it might make it irreparably painful or unrealistic for me to read.Questions theories What was Evie doing to Juliette during that whole experimentation scene Obviously she redid her body and tried to wipe her memory, but what s the whole thing about needing a new Emmaline Juliette doesn t have the same power and she said she would never be as powerful as Emmaline, so were they gonna use her powers like Castle suggested instead to destroy societies and stuff HOW DOES ANDERSON KNOW WHAT WARNER S BEEN DOING WHY THE SEX IN THE AFTERNOONS LINE IM SO DISTURBED I M BEYOND WORDS WHAT THE FUUUUUUU What are the plans Anderson made for James and Adam What if Leila is in the asylum What s the significance of the footsteps on page 146 Why does Warner remember his mom in the NZ lab Is what juliette experiences as her mom works on her what Leila was inflicted with Anderson told warner I stole your memories of a lot of things and I neED TO KNOW WHAT ELSE HE DOESN T REMEMBER Did he have a childhood with Adam in it Are there memories with his mom Baseball Other siblings More abuse Idk I m stressedAnd to end on a good note, my favorite scene Nazeera and Kenji making out hehehehe MOTHERFUCKING BRENSTON My feelings Honestly, Tahereh could stop dragging it out and give us the Brendan and Winston content we deserve, but every single time they were on the page I was just screaming I love them so much THE PIZZA PARTY SCENE except the One Part Juliette wanting to throw Evie through a wall before remembering she doesn t have her power Anderson coming back from the dead and the scene ending then the next jumpcut starts with every piece of furniture in the room is on top of Anderson INVENTED HUMOR Juliette remembering Leila Juliette pretending to Evie that she has her memory wiped Kenji waking up hogtied in an airplane and his convo with Nazeera afterward Warner being like I m not in this prison to be kept away from everyone, I m in this prison so that they re protected from ME fskjhflsddgj hi birthday boy The flashback of the Sommers family making pancakes Warner had a beard If she s gone, what good is goodness ENJOY HELL FSKHJKLDSHDFGKSDLK Juliette ripping her mom s fucking heart out of her chest Warner fucking monograms his sweaters Warner sassing Max Sommers Kenji and Juliette saying they ll make a list to cry together about later Warner saying shit Kenji breaking up warner about to propose and giving him the you should think about it talk KENJI AND WARNER TALKING ABOUT TANGLED Them all fucking jumping out of an airplane with no equipment When they re like we gotta kill evie and juliette says I already did 4 3 19The I think about it, the and I think this really just isnt on the same level as the other books and theres 2 major plot points that i really just don t like, so im lowering this to 4 stars or maybe even a 3.5.4 2 194.5 stars Something stops me from giving this a full five because there were actually a number of things that I m not a fan of, but I know from past experience that rereading it helps it feel real, so I might just have to do that, but still.I devoured this so fast I didn t even have time to mark it as currently reading on goodreads but HOOOLLYY SHITTTTTTTT this plot twist had me literally running around my house and screaming

  2. says:

    scorching hot tea was servedwe have decided to stan forever

  3. says:

    I M DEAD This was SO MUCH BETTER THAN I WAS EXPECTING IT AND I WAS EXPECTING TO BE FANTASTIC THIS WAS EVERYTHING.This just made it to the third best book in the series for me Ignite me, Unravel me and Defy me.Warnette is life Although the ship name is not the best And the only reasons I m still reading this series is because of Warnette and Kenji That s it.I have one word to describe this book EVERYTHING And now I have to wait 1 year for the next and final book of this series.

  4. says:

    After the last book I was so scared to read this one, seriously Juliette and Warner had gone through such a mess in the first three books, and then the last book was like, nooooooooooo And then this, tear my freaking heart apart with the back flash scenes, already I was balling like a baby I loved Juliette in this, loved Warner in this, really loved Kenji in this Those are my three little children Nazeera was awesome too, and her character ARC really opened up and shined here There are a lot of twists here, a lot of shocking moments, a lot of me with heart eyes and teary eyes and all kinds of emotional eyes And that freaking ending was perfect, which only makes me scared for this last book But I need it now

  5. says:

    1.5 starsMe don t disappoint me like Restore Me didDefy Me okayDefy Me throws plot, characters, world building, everything into fire Traitor Me you told me not to disappoint you, so I made you angryMe Buckle up because this is a long one It only took me four hours to write hysterical laugh And here ends my love story with the Shatter Me series This is seriously the end, because FOR SURE I m not picking up the last book in this ridiculous continuation I gave this series all my trust and love and look where this led me, to a one star review To be honest, I wasn t happy after reading Restore Me, but I liked it enough to want to see my favorite characters again I was curious to see how the author could make all those weird plot twists work I knew I would not love this book, but I thought I would at least enjoy reading it, not hate it If only I knew Tahereh Mafi was pulling a Rowling on all of us, because now my memories of the entire series are TAINTED I didn t sign up for this I didn t sign up for a book to completely and utterly betray my reader soul.But let s start from the beginning Because I regret so much even thinking about reading Restore Me and Defy Me, but how could I know Both books start so promising I was enjoying myself for the first 20% of this book Kenji has now his POV and I loved it so much He s the freaking best And now I realize I liked the novella because it was from his point of view That whole scene with Nazeera My favorite part in this book, and I was one of the people explicitly against seeing them together The reason is that that scene is the only one that feels authentic, the rest is pure fanfiction.My only two favorite parts, and just because Kenji is his usual cutest Will you at least look at me when I m talking to you Can t What She sounds startled What do you mean you can t Can t look at you She hesitates Why not Too pretty Nothing is going on with me and Nazeera, I say Drop it All right, he says, picking at his pizza Makes sense I mean she s not even that pretty My plate falls out of my hand Pizza hits the floor I feel a sudden, unwelcome need to punch Ian in the face Are you Are you out of your mind Not even She s, like, the most beautiful woman I ve ever seen in my life, and you re out here saying she s not even that pretty Have y See what I m saying Ian cuts me off He s looking at Winston Wow, Winston says, staring solemnly at the pizza on the ground Yeah, Kenji is definitely full of shit I drag a hand across my face I hate you guys Keep these scenes in mind because it s practically the last you ll see of the real Kenji Kishimoto And speaking of this, do you remember of good old Omega Point Well, then forget about it Because all of them, including Adam and James, have only like two pages Continuing the trend from Restore Me Because who gives a shit about them when Warner and Juliette oh pardon, view spoiler Aaron and Ella hide spoiler

  6. says:

    UPDATE We have a cover I m not really happy with it though I know that probably makes me a bean counter, but I m used to amazing covers from the other four books so this is kind of a disappointment It looks almost exactly like the Restore Me cover and I just would have wished for another amazing colourful and epic book cover Can t blame me for being such a huge fan, right PP.S I don t hate the cover All the Shatter Me covers are beautiful in their own way ___________________________I swear, every time I answer a book tag on my blog this series gets mentionedANDevery single time I do it, I get a sudden urge to read this book _I really don t know how I m supposed to wait until April 2019 I need this in my life and soon T_TSometimes the long wait for a book is just cruel sighs

  7. says:

    well, im starting to think that series has been two books too longyet again, heres another filler book i would say only about 50 pages of this are actually vital to the plot progression and story the other 300 feels like mafi writing fanfiction of her own books she is really milking this story and dragging it out as long as she can, i guess.the only reason i didnt hate this is because i still really enjoy the characters i know im the only person on this planet who prefers adam over warner, so i wish this had of him but warner fans will be over the moon with this installment which totally should have been a side novella, but hey, what do i know 3 stars

  8. says:

    This trilogy was created to show us the future of the characters after the initial trilogy Defy Me accomplishes this while simultaneous revealing the vast history behind this world that we didn t know existed A past that even the characters did not know of up until the events of this bookWhen this past slowly unfurls its wings we also come to realise that Juliette and Warner s past is a lot tragic than that of Romeo and Juliet.We see the world through Kenji, Warner, and Juliette s perspectives Kenji s perspective is coherent as he is in control of his faculties whereas Warner and Juliette are being tortured Their chapters include narrations of the dreams they have while being either asleep, knocked unconscious, or drugged Yeah, it gets pretty painful to read.This book is definitely emotionally painful to read that I thought it would, and I was prepared for quite a lot of pain The bigger plan of the Supreme Commanders comes into view and seems to be a lot than our characters can handle Restore Me was already very intense and this book carries on with that level of intensity while, possibly, adding on to it.I m relieved that this book ended on a rather happy note, compared to the last one, it s not a cliffhanger but we know that so many events have to take place The last book was full of conflict between some of our favorite characters and this book involves resolving some of those conflicts.The surprises that come along with this books are mind blowing Some of the things that were revealed in this book were truly intriguing and, in a few ways, terrifying in the potential they hold.I read this book a lot faster than I thought I would It is a surprisingly fast read, everything happens very fast On the same note it could be argued that not a lot happened, but there is so much emotion revolving around their past that the book feels very emotionally weighty while reading it.Not much can be said about this book without spoiling it The characters each have only one goal in this book and while trying to accomplish that goal many new factors are revealed that set up the plot for the next book, hinting at what might come.I loved this book, just like the last one, and I can t wait for the next one.

  9. says:

    First of all, what was the point of this book Really though What was the purpose Did we really need a whole 352 page novel for what happened here I don t think we did The entire first 25% of the novel could have been removed and it would not have impacted the story in any way.This is a series that should have remained a trilogy.I have so many questions about the world building and about the characters and about the fact that all these things and people are coming completely out of left field and we re just supposed to nod along and accept all the nonsense that s going on.Seriously, this book was filled with so many twists and revelations, and not in a good way These twists were of the wtf is going on, wtf does this even mean variety Like they were added for shock value and not because the story needed it or because they made much sense.It feels like Tahereh Mafi is just pulling stuff out of her a at this point and trying to overload us with surprises and twists so we don t realize that this book didn t need to be written.And this is coming from someone who absolutely loves Tahereh Mafi.Still, I suppose I was entertained for a few hours of my life The characters didn t all suck in this one Well, Kenji, Juliette now known as Ella, although she will forever be Juliette to me , and Warner didn t Everyone else from the original trilogy was pretty irrelevant Also, Nazeera ok, I guess Juliette and Warner will forever be goals and I will forever ship them I have no shame in admitting that their ship is the only thing motivating me to read book 6 That ship, and the fact that I want to see Kenji live happily ever after.Overall, this book felt pretty irrelevant if I m honest Maybe I m just hating at this point, but I ve fallen out of love with this series Unravel Me and Ignite Me will forever be on my list of favorite YA novels though Maybe I ll just pretend that the series ended at book three, it s what I did with The Mortal Instruments series and it s worked out fine for me.If you loved Restore Me, you ll like this one too If you didn t like Restore Me, or thought it was just ok then maybe give this one a pass.My final rating is 2.75 5 because despite being irrelevant and having a really weak plot, I was entertained Also, I like Kenji This book gets a star for him alone.Also, are we all going to pretend that they didn t just slightly photoshop the cover of Restore Me and tried to fool us into thinking this one was new The Restore Me and Defy Me covers are literally the same At least the original trilogy had different colors TW Parental abuse both physical and emotional and suicidal thoughtsFollow Me Here Too My Blog Twitter Bloglovin Instagram Tumblr Pinterest

  10. says:

    This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription It s not insane to imagine that sometimes even horrible people are searching for a way out of their own darkness Adele once said This is the end, hold your breath and count to ten.I think she was talking about Defy Me, I think this book brought the end of this series I also had to count to ten so I don t throw my iPad after finishing the book.This is an angry review and your boy is about to serve some tea So, as you saw in my review of the last novel and novella in this series, I was not happy I had low expectations no high hopes for this series But Tahereh did it She found a way to make it worse and for that I salute her This reminds me of University where doctors used to tell us we don t make anyone fail unless they absolutely want to So what went wrong I think not many things went right to start with I thought the series may have used an extension but I am sure that it does not need it now If you go to the first trilogy, you will find that it has many 1 star reviews and it was controversial Tahereh used a poetic prose then that readers either loved or hate There was so much love for Warner and Kenji was growing a fan base.Tahereh wanted this series to succeed so she went with what people want, Kenji, Warner, More Juliette will always be Juliette and less Adam I hate this.I think this may have pleased some readers but I think Tahereh s true success was when she was herself, when she kept using her style despite all the criticism The writing is actually so average now I can t distinguish that it was written by the same old Tahereh as I was able to This is not totally bad and it may give new readers a chance to read the series But what I hated most was the plot, it is like everything we know is a lie, everything is cancelled More cancelled than James Charles is I think this is a major pet peeve for me now When authors suddenly are like, you know the character that we spent 3 books trying to kill He s actually alive because that was a Doppelganger and I forgot to tell you that This is not the case here, don t worry it is not a spoiler These changes are not exclusive to the story line, the characters changed too Juliette is back to book 1 or 2 level of development Kenji my babe, is now cringy Warner the dark brooding hero is now soft and fluffy Who are you people Summary So I think I can go on and on about this series, but you get the point I think Tahereh ruined this series for part of us while trying to please the other part I think that this series now is beyond saving Will I continue the series ever again I seriously don t know, if this was the first book then it will be a definite No from me but since this is book 5, I may read this just out of curiosity Actual Rating 1.5 starsI am so salty and angry Tahereh just single handedly destroyed this series for me I have some alternative titles for this book Disappoint me Frustrate me Ruin me Fail me Milk me Actually not, this sounds very bad

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