Release Day Review | Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Before we begin this review, don’t forget to check out our recaps of Shatter Me, Unravel Meand Ignite Me!


I want to see her, to study her. To remind myself that she’s really here, really mine. That she wants me just as much as I want her. And when I meet her eyes the feeling overwhelms me, threatens to drown me. “

Ashley: This book deserves all the stars plucked straight from the universe- if only to be placed in the gaping chests of its readers, to restore the hearts it shatters in every single way.

In short, I am in love and in hate all at once.

In love because I just revisited my sweet Warner, my strong Juliette, and my insufferably charming Kenji.

In hate because I am not sure that I can handle the wait for the next book after that ending.

I’ve spent the past week in preparation for this book by rereading the entirety of the series, and there is a pattern to Tahereh Mafi’s glorious madness. Not only does each book contain it’s own rising actions, climax, and resolution, but each book plays a part in that trio as well. Shatter Me, for instance, builds up the world of the Reestablishment, builds in our heads how we should see Juliette, Warner, and Adam, and is the rising actions that lead to the climax of Unravel Me and the resolution in Ignite Me.

Restore Me is our rising actions. We get the chance to see how our favorite characters are holding up now that Sector 45 is under their control. We also get to re-see the world of the Reestablishment and realize just how little Juliette knows about the world she was hidden from and is now trying to change. And we get to learn so many damn things about Warner and Juilette respectively, that it will make your head spin.

And it sucks so much because now I will have to wait so long to see what happens after that ending. THAT ENDING.

The Shatter Me world as you know it, is about to implode, guys. Prepare yourself before reading this book. I had butterflies, I laughed my ass off, and I wept like a baby. Tahereh Mafi not only gives you the poetic voice of Juliette, she gives you Warner…a lot of Warner. God, I love that man.

I can’t even say much more for fear of spoiling any of this for you. There’s just too much. You have to read it. You have to read it immediately.

Katie: There’s not much I can say without spoiling everything, but go into this book expecting nothing to be the same.

Like Ashley, I’ve spent the past couple weeks prepping for this release by reading the original trilogy. Unlike Ashley, this was my first time with these characters. I fell instantly in love with all of them (minus a few choice idiots), so I was very nervous for their well-being going into Restore Me. I ended up liking this one more than any of the original three because I felt like more happened in one book than spacing it out over a series. There’s still the expectation of something much bigger, but nothing that occurred in Restore Me was insignificant for me.

I can’t really say much without repeating much of what Ashley said, so let me close this review by saying Tahereh broke my heart, put it back together, and broke it some more.

-A (5)

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