Apr 1, 2019

Mini Review--Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi

Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates t his gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me!
Juliette is still reeling from Warner's betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces. 

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.

Shadow Me is the short little read that takes place towards the end of Restore Me. This time, Tahereh Mafi lets us get inside the head of Kenji! Kenji has always been a favorite, because, how can you not love him? Lol. He’s so enthusiastic and cares for Juliette, he’s the best non-romantic person you could ask for in a series.

This story takes place in the last few chapters of Restore Me and basically gets inside Kenji’s mind that leads up to that chaotic ending! It was a treat being inside his head. I really feel like these novellas do more character building than story building and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It was Destroy Me that warmed me to Warner, if just a little. The love would come later on! Lol.

Through this story we get a little more on the inside to who Kenji is. We’ve known the story he tells Juliette and it’s all true, we just get that added sense of more by being in his head. We also see Nazeera in a different light almost.

It’s really hard to say what this novella was about really, as it all took place in a novel we already read. It really just gives more insight to Kenji and perhaps let us in on a new detail or two that didn’t make it to Warner or Juliette before the explosive ending of Restore Me. I’m happy to be able to dive into Defy Me next because the wait for that one would’ve been torturous otherwise!

This is mostly a read for Kenji fans as I feel like it didn’t really move the story any further than it already was, but perhaps some minor details that I overlooked in this one will play a larger role in the story to come. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

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