Cover Me: The cover is one of those cases where two different pictures tell the story. I saw the original cover, which is a good thing. The new one goes along with the trends of having a pretty girl in a beautiful dress sell you the product. While I don’t understand the original one so much, it’s eery colors and distinct look attracted me more.
The Concept: Juliette’s touch can kill. And it has. Which left her to rot in an isolated jail cell for the last 294 days. Juliette finally gets a roommate only to find out he’s been put there by the dictator’s son as a science project. The new regime wants to use her power to be an effective weapon in their plans.
The Peeps: In the beginning, I loved Juliette’s crazy. The writing sucks you in with the “on the brink” feel to the girl who has been starved of affection her entire life. She’s a great example of going back and forth with wanting to get close, but too scared to do it. Her hunky roommate Adam is a charmer. He’s protective and kind. They knew each other from their younger days when he was the only person who made her feel human. He’s a good guy and you like him.
The person I loved the most was Warner, the villain. He’s terrific, fascinating, and constant contradictions. He’s obsessed with Juliette, but also dominating. He wants her to love him, but makes her do deplorable things with her ability. He loves what she can do, but exploits it to his own advantage. I can’t gush over him enough. My favorite part of the book is when Juliette attacks Warner and all of his soldiers surround to fire on her. He declares he will personally kill the soldier who hurts her. Love him! Seriously, Ms. Mafi, hats off to you on your villain.
The Ending (spoiler alert!): The spoiler in this ending is there really isn’t an ending. It’s more like an intermission. Oh, the frustration of a trilogy. I’ve mentioned before how this trend in YA is killing me slowly. I’ve had a few series where I stopped at number one or until the price goes down. Juliette and Adam get away and Warner’s hot on their tails. There is an interesting twist when Warner discovers he can touch Juliette and so her body is no longer safe from him. Don’t worry, she shoots him and gets away. But that really does amp up the drama.
I guess the real spoiler is the fact there is a hidden colony of gifted people like Juliette. This is a good teaser into trying to get me to book 2. I have to admit, I could’ve left it here to move on to the other books I want to read, but my BFF teased me with little deets from the next book. (She is a much faster reader than me.)
What I Cooked Up: When I thought about this book, I wasn’t sure really where to start. I explained to Hubs about Juliette and he suggested I make something inedible. Uh, it doesn’t really work that way Hubs. Then I wanted something to show the fragility of Juliette’s mind in the beginning. I loved that part so much. So after a lot of brainstorming with BFF, creme brule seemed the obvious choice. The thin caramelized shell seemed perfect to describe Juliette. It only takes a spoon’s soft touch to shatter through the layer to release the goodness inside.