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Restore Me: A Rollercoaster Ride of Romance and Revelations — A Book Review


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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Welcome, book lovers and aficionados of the unpredictable! Today, we embark on a literary book review journey through the tangled web of emotions and revelations in Tahereh Mafi's "Restore Me". Hold onto your bookmarks, because here we go!


"Restore Me" Book Review


Firstly, let's talk about our leading lady, Juliette Ferrars. Oh, Juliette, how you've grown! From a timid, self-doubting heroine to a fierce, empowered force to be reckoned with, Juliette's character development in "Restore Me" is like witnessing the evolution of a caterpillar into a butterfly, with a dash of sass and a sprinkle of chaos.


Mafi intricately weaves Juliette's inner struggles with her newfound responsibilities, thrusting her into the limelight of leadership with all the grace of a startled deer on a highway. Juliette's journey from self-doubt to self-discovery is a refreshing reminder that even the strongest among us have moments of vulnerability. It's like watching your best friend finally stand up to that annoying co-worker — satisfying and oh-so-relatable.


Now, let's delve into the heart of the matter: the romance.


Ah, romance, the bread and butter of YA fiction. In "Restore Me", Tahereh Mafi doesn't just serve up a love story; she douses it in gasoline and lights a match, creating fireworks that illuminate the pages with intensity. The chemistry between Juliette and Warner crackles like a bonfire on a summer night, leaving readers simultaneously swooning and reaching for the nearest fire extinguisher.


But hold your bookmarks, dear readers, for not all is sunshine and rainbows in the land of "Restore Me". While Mafi dazzles us with her prose and keeps us turning pages with bated breath, there are moments when the plot feels as tangled as a plate of spaghetti after a food fight. The pacing stumbles occasionally, like a marathon runner hitting a pothole mid-stride, leaving readers momentarily disoriented before finding their footing again.


And let's not forget the cliffhanger ending that leaves us hanging like a spider on a thread, desperately yearning for resolution yet simultaneously craving more. It's a cruel yet effective tactic, leaving us teetering on the edge of our seats, cursing the heavens for not bestowing us with the power to time-travel into the future and snatch up the next installment.


The Wrap Up: What Can You Expect from "Restore Me"?


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Tropes and Elements of Restore Me

So what does this story offer you?


Here's a rundown of what you can expect:


  • Written in first person, but featuring dual POV. For the first time, Mafi gives us two different POV's in one book. This one features Juliette and Warner.

  • Three new characters are introduced

  • A plot twist no one saw coming

  • Warner, and his continued morally grey self

  • A new character with her own superpowers (SPOILER ALERT — She gives Kenji a run for his money!)

  • Mild Spice continued (similar to steam levels in book 3 (Ignite Me)


"Restore Me" is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, with twists and turns that will leave you breathless and begging for more. Tahereh Mafi's masterful storytelling and captivating characters ensure that even the most jaded of readers will find themselves hopelessly entangled in the web she weaves. So buckle up, dear readers, and prepare for a journey you won't soon forget.


And remember, in the immortal words of Juliette Ferrars herself: "The world is not tame." And neither is this book. So grab your copy, dive in, and brace yourself for the wild ride that is "Restore Me".


Happy reading!


Oh! And if you're a major fan of the Dystopian Romance genre, then I have another book recommendation for you. Dissent features so many of the same delicious tropes that you loved about the Shatter Me series, including:


  • Dystopian Romance

  • Touch her and die

  • Forbidden Love

  • Love Triangle

  • Rebellion and Corrupt Government

  • Diverse characters

  • Strong female lead

  • Mild spice

  • Coming-of-age

  • Right vs wrong/ Good vs Evil


Check it out on here or go to Goodreads and add it to your TBR List!

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