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Restore Me and Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

There are very few stories or characters that I’ve gone back to more than these. I don’t know what it was about Juliette and Warner that drew me in so much. I remember being so annoyed by the shift in Juliette’s attention back in Unravel Me. I loved the first trilogy but I tried not to read this one. I had read a summary online that turned me off. After so much fanfare over Juliette’s love for Warner, that she would act the way the summary sounded seemed like a case of the writer destroying things to draw them out. I’ve read series that veer off away from the very things that made them great just to have more time with the characters. Television does it all the time, creating turmoil where there doesn’t need to be just to keep the series going.

I dont remember what called my attention back to it but I’m so glad it did. Of course, these two go together and I was actually trying to wait to read them for the third book but I just couldn’t. I’m glad I went ahead for it too. They were so much fun.

Well, the first one, Restore Me, sets up the new trilogy and does take some turns that were disappointing. But then it turns into something so much better in the second one. Well, for me it was better. I’m sure there are people too that find the whole thing worse but I loved it. I’m pretty sure I listened to the last quarter of Defy Me ten times when I really should have been on to the next book. There’s a good possibility I listen to it again when I finish writing this for that matter.

An interesting difference with the other trilogy is that this one is told in several perspectives. We get Juliette, Warner, and Kenji. The rotation isn’t a split either, its whatever serves the story. I loved having the additional perspectives.

Imagine Me, the third book, is coming out this year. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Click on Restore Me and Defy Me to add them to your Goodreads TBR.

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