Author: Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh Mafi is one of the most beautiful writers I have ever read. Every paragraph sucks you in, wraps itself around your heart and squeezes until you're left feeling raw, craving more—it's truly mesmerizing, lyrical, brilliant prose.
In Shatter Me, the first book of this series, Mafi introduces Juliette, a 17-year-old girl trapped in a "prison" because she is dangerous. Anyone that touches her—dies. Except Adam, the young soldier who wins her heart. I first fell in love with Mafi's writing in this debut, envious of how seemingly easily she draws emotion from the reader.
Unravel Me is the second book in the trilogy, Juliette and Adam have escaped from "prison" (The Reestablishment) and are free to be together. Except, Adam is no longer able to touch Juliette without feeling pain, and Warner is back, not as her captor but to profess his love for her.
Okay, maybe the guy's done some questionable things in his past, but I am unabashedly on Team Warner. Just saying. I'm always drawn to the bad boy, but Warner is a different kind of bad.
Mafi expertly navigates Juliette through some tough decisions and enough inner turmoil that would turn a lesser protagonist to mush.
My only criticism is that sometimes Mafi's fantastic prose can detract from the actual story. With some authors, this might be a deterrent. Mafi makes it easy to keep turning the pages.