Defy Me

Defy Me

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Juliette Ferrars isn't who she thinks she is. Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn't know whom she can trust. She's desperate for answers, but to get them, she'll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062676399
0062676393
Branch Call Number: FICTION Maf
Description: 357 pages ; 22 cm

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I think it was a great book. It had everything I ever hoped for: suspense, romance, action. The backstory was okay. Pretty much, as per the previous comment on this book, the existence was a lie. I think the character who stole the show (the show-stopper) was Emmaline. Warner and Ella/Juliette, as usual, were awesome (as individuals and as a couple). I sort of was waiting for them to get back together. The parents were pathetic villains, in my opinion.

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bookishmutant
May 01, 2019

*WARNING--THIS REVIEW IS...okay, I’ll say it, ABSOLUTELY RIFE WITH SPOILERS. Sorry.*

Real rating: Ehhh...2.75 stars.

I’ll admit, after how fantastic and eartshattering “Restore Me” was, I kind of expected this to be the Dark Phoenix saga of the Shatter Me series. But...nope. This is what we have instead. The writing was still enjoyable, wonderfully descriptive, and kept me on my toes, but that was about it for what I liked about this book. I mean...I...sort of enjoyed getting back into the Shatter Me world, but I feel like there could have been numerous, better ways that this book could have been executed.
After the cataclysmic events of “Restore Me”, pretty much everything is...gone. Nope. Nothing really happened. Also, this whole “So basically, Juliette’s entire existence is a lie” subplot kind of bothers me. I get it, we get some much-needed backstory on her character, but...it seemed almost unrealistic. Her parents had hardly any redeemable qualities to speak of, and were just your standard villains who you’re supposed to love to hate. They were filler, really. The one thing I did like about this new subplot was Emmaline. She was the only character that was introduced in “Defy Me” that I really felt for; you could truly feel her agony and anguish in the writing. Plus, her concept is simulataneously tragic and absolutely fascinating. A+ for that. I just wish the rest of the book was like that.
Now, what’s next? Alright, first...Kenji and Nazeera...no. I totally love the whole “enemies-to-lovers” dynamic most of the time, but the change from bickering teenagers to “ohhhh, I’m sooooo in love with yooooooou” happened in an unrealistically short time. It had to be in the span of a single paragraph. Sheeesh. And speaking of relationships...okay, I’ll admit, I’m still bitter about Juliette and Warner ending up together. (I think I might be the only one in this fandom...) Most of their scenes together were cringy and nothing more than filler. I wish that they’d been cut out.
It truly pains me more than you know to give a review like this to a book by a spectacular author. It really does. But “Defy Me” really did feel just shy of filler. Unnecessary. And as disappointing as “Ignite Me”’s ending was and how amazing “Restore Me” was, I really think that the series should’ve ended with the former. For the first time, I’m hesistant about reading the next book. I’ll give it a try, but this time I’ll have to keep my expectations a little lower. [pained sigh]

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Apr 26, 2019

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