Defy Me (Shatter Me #5)

Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Shatter Me:




Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.

Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.


It’s so hard to review a 5th book in a series, so instead I’m going to post-it note what I liked about this instalment…

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Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another wonderful instalment from Tahereh Mafi. I didn’t know I needed more of this series!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Shatter Me



It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


I have enjoyed Tahereh Mafi’s writing for quite some time now and was intrigued to find out that she was releasing a contemporary book. She usually writes in the dystopian genre. I was definitely interested to see how A Very Large Expanse Of Sea would compare to her other books. I thought it was a fantastic read on a very important subject.

The story is set in 2002, a year after 9/11. Shirin, is a Muslim-American girl who is dealing with the fall out and racism after 9/11. Shirin wears a hijab which causes her to become a target for bullying and racist comments within school and the local community. Shirin has started to become hardened to the way she is treated. She doesn’t come across as a very nice person anymore because her guard is up. She’s desperate to protect herself. When Ocean comes along, he wants to get to know her. Shirin has to learn how to let her guard down and let someone become closer to her.

The relationship between Shirin and Ocean is both sweet and frustrating. I think that’s pretty relatable though for the age of the characters. Sometimes I just wanted to push them together, but I think their struggles and stubborn behaviour were totally spot on. Having a relationship for Shirin, would have been a challenge, especially post 9/11. I loved Shirin as a character. She’s so fierce and not afraid to speak her mind despite what the community is doing to her.

This story does heavily involve romance, but it’s also more than that. Tahereh Mafi takes you into Shirin’s world. We find out how terrible people can be towards Muslims, especially those wearing a hijab. It was interesting (although horrible) to read about Shirin’s experiences with racism, but it was also lovely to read about the people that really cared about Shirin. I think there was a good balance. It mean it’s not all doom and gloom.

I feel like Tahereh Mafi somewhat educated readers about some aspects of Muslim culture. Of course, not all Muslims are the same, but it did give you an insight into some of their lives without being condescending. I appreciated that. I loved how we learnt about Shirin’s family. Her mum and dad were immigrants and aren’t sympathetic towards her drama at school. You can understand when you read about their experiences, however, they do still care about their daughter. That’s clear.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A very touching read. It was lovely to read a contemporary story from Tahereh Mafi. Especially a topic in which she has so much personal experience with!

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) *spoilers for previous books*

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Shatter Me



Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


I was really worried when I heard that the Shatter Me series was going to get another book. I really enjoyed the trilogy and I was anxious that it might not live up to expectations. I know not everyone likes this series, but there’s something about it that really captures my attention. I find it utterly readable. Now, this review might seem a bit short and vague, but I really don’t want to ruin it for those that haven’t read it yet, so I’m going to try and keep it as brief as I can.

Restore Me picks up not long after Ignite Me. Juliette has taken over the Sector 45 and has been named the new Supreme Commander. She has Warner and needs to get her sh*t sorted out. Understandably, Juliette is struggling with the enormity of the task. There’s so much she doesn’t know and secrets are starting to be revealed. Secrets that could turn her whole life around. The world in which this story is set is pretty terrifying and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better…

I loved that we were introduced to some new characters and met up with some others from the previous books. I absolutely loved that Warner and Juliette narrated this instalment. I used to be on neither ‘team’ but over the series I’ve really come to love Warner. I’m really excited to see where this story goes.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Bring on Book 5! Not something I usually say… but I’m excited!

This Week In Books #152

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads.

Book images go to Goodreads!


Daisy Jones and The Six

I’m buddy reading this book with Beth and we are both thoroughly enjoying it so far!


I’m reading this book alongside Daisy Jones because it’s easier for me to balance short stories with reading another book. I don’t usually read more than one book at once. I’ve liked the stories I’ve read so far. Go female empowerment!


Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I was nervous going into this book, but I really enjoyed reading it. It barely took me long to read at all!


Learning to Breathe

I’m looking forward to reading this debut novel. It sounds like it could an intense read.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #4

This is the fourth post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 0 at 5 stars out of my predictions! I did come very close though. Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

Daisy Jones & The Six- Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and The Six

After enjoying Evelyn Hugo so much I have high hopes for this one. The reviews seem to be so positive too.

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

I’m so excited about this one! 🙂

Dead Girls- Abigail Tarttelin

Dead Girls

I really enjoyed Abigail’s book Golden Boy, so I’m very intrigued to see where this one goes.

Dear Evan Hansen- Val Emmich

Dear Evan Hansen

The hype scares me with this book, but I think it could definitely have 5 star potential.

Sleep- C.L. Taylor


I pre-ordered this book but I’m yet to get around to it! Hopefully soon. 🙂 I am hoping it’ll be a 5 star read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about books we want to read in Spring 2019. I decided to go for my next 10 on my bookshelves.

I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Looking forward to this book! I may have read it by the time this list comes out!

It Only Happens In The Movies- Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this.

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m still excited to read it!

Learning To Breathe- Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

I’ve heard good things about this!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Can’t wait to read this!

A Spark Of Light- Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard good things… I like her writing!

Roar- Cecelia Ahern


I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia.

Fat Girl On A Plane- Kelly deVos

Fat Girl on a Plane

Again, good things heard!

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

I’m very intrigued by this book.

Two Can Keep A Secret- Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret

I hope I like this one!

What are you hoping to read this Spring? Let me know!


Top Ten Places In Books That I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about places mentioned in books that we’d love to visit! Some are fictional, some are real places I’d love to go to.

  1. Hogwarts– Are you a Harry Potter fan if you wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?
  2. Furthermore– Tahereh Mafi- Another magical world? I’m down for that.
  3. Narnia– Can you tell I’m into magic at the moment? I think it would be fascinating to visit Narnia.
  4. The bookshop Belle visits– Yep, I’m making that a thing. I want to swing on the ladder! I’ve always wanted to be Belle.
  5. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory– Mmm. A place of pure imagination!

  1. San Francisco– Lola and The Boy Next Door made me want to go to San Francisco even more.
  2. Tuscany– Love & Gelato- I desperately want to see more of Italy.
  3. New York– There’s so many wonderful books set in New York. I’d love to visit one day.
  4. Paris– I’ve still only been to Disneyland…
  5. Miami– Mara Dyer- I realise most of these places are America… but I do really want to visit one day!

Where do you want to visit? Have you focused on real or fictional? Let me know!