Friday Funny and–Oh Look! A Butterfly

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a great week. Mine was…distracted. Very distracted. You know, “Oh, look! A butterfly!” distracted.

butterfly-distractionSeriously, anything and everything snagged my attention and took it away from an important task I was working on (job, manuscript, blog, reading, etc.). It got to the point I literally had to turn off my internet just to get stuff done.

Thankfully, the past two days have been less foggy and more focused. I’m hoping to carry that focus into the weekend and get a solid chunk of my manuscript written. I’m starting to feel a little panicked about it. In January, I’d made a goal to have a solid rough draft written by the spring. Well, spring is just weeks away and I’ve hardly made a dent…eeks! Yeah, it’s definitely time to pull it together and work! And I’m gonna start this weekend. I’ve got nothing planned–at all–so I’m off for a long visit in Hermitville!

Today’s funny is dedicated to one of the things (silly, stupid, seriously? things) that distracted me this week. On Monday, I posted a humorous e-card on Twitter. It ended up getting 52 retweets and 43 favorites…No, that didn’t shut down Twitter like Ellen’s famous Oscar selfie, but for me it’s A LOT! Enough, at least, to take up most of my night responding to messages from people about it. Doh! Yeah, like I said, silly, stupid, and seriously? But, I guess it is pretty funny.

So, here you go. Hope it makes you chuckle too.

1656345_218483598344196_1485598693_nHow was your week? Were you distracted like me? Or were you able to focus? What are your plans for the week–wait, no. Don’t tell me. As much as I wanna know, I can’t handle your “butterfly” responses. I must focus! How about you wait until Monday to tell me what you did this weekend? Yeah? Deal? Great! 😉

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Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis

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it’s almost
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.”

Jen’s Review

Overall, Unravel Me was fine okay good. Did I love it as much as Shatter Me? Unfortunately, no. Shatter Me was better. A lot better.

In the first book of the Shatter Me series, the protagonist, Juliette, was uncertain, fragile, and scared. And in this sequel, she was uncertain, fragile, and scared. And I’m betting she’ll be uncertain, fragile, and scared in the third book, Ignite Me.

Yeah, obviously I’d hoped wanted expected to see more character development with Juliette in Unravel Me. Her “I’m so scared and weak and useless” mindset quickly became frustrating. And what made it even more frustrating was in every chapter, she’d make some kind of vow to be “stronger” or “nicer” or “happier” after a pep talk/lecture from her friend, Kenji, or Omega Point’s leader, Castle…but then she’d encounter her boy toy, Adam, or she’d accidentally hurt someone, and she’d fall right back into her ol’ weepy, self-loathing ways. I hate to say it, but the only time I liked Juliette in this book was when she turned into that “monster” she feared. Then, she was cool insane badass.

On the plus side, I still worship praise adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. I can’t tell you how many times I’d re-read a sentence/paragraph for its sheer beauty or imagery. “My fists are full of unlucky pennies and my heart is a jukebox demanding a few nickels and my head is flipping quarters heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails.” Mafi truly has a magical touch (no pun intended) with words.

I also loved many of her secondary characters, especially Kenji and Warner. Kenji is just plain fun. In fact, he’s probably my favorite character in this entire book. Strong, daring, hilarious. Kenji rocks. However, his many “Ugh, Juliette! Will you stop whining/crying/beating yourself up/making out with Adam?” moments highlighted Juliette’s many faults.

As for Warner…

…sigh

Unlike most, I fell in love with Warner in Shatter Me. I sensed there was more to him than lunacy cruelty bloodlust. And there was! In Unravel Me, we discover many of Warner’s humanistic emotionally scarred delicate layers. However, as much as I love love love Warner, I don’t love love love his involvement in the love triangle with Juliette and Adam. It’s too reminiscent of Bella, Edward, and Jacob…Okay, quick side rant: Juliette is blindingly beautiful. Adam is blindingly beautiful. Warner is blindingly beautiful. Everyone is blindingly beautiful in this book! Why? And why does that beauty overshadow more important qualities like personality? I just don’t like it when a protagonist has serious emotional/personality problems, yet she’s desired by all because she’s “hot”.

Well, anyways. I know it may not seem like it, but I did enjoy this book. Yes, it’s flawed, but yes, it’s good. And yes, I’d recommend it. And yes, I’m planning to read the third book in the series, Ignite Me. But, if you LOVED Shatter Me, all I can say about Unravel Me is:

Jen’s Rating

3 Star

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