defy meHahahahahaha. Fuck this book. Honestly.

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi ended up on my never gonna read shelf faster than you could blink. As if I would ever allow masochistic curiosity to prompt me to pick up a book in a series that does everything it can to PROMOTE abusive relationships. Yeah, no. Sorry. Not interested. At all.

I just can’t get behind the idea that an abusive piece of shit like Warner is viable as a love interest. As a cautionary tale, sure. As a way to point out that this relationship is not one to strive for or like in any way, yeah. But to promote it in a way to suggest to readers that this is a good relationship? I have no respect for authors who do that. And so this book? Trash. I want no part in it.

The gripping fifth installment in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shatter Me series. Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?

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.

Honestly…leave a comment below if you want to talk about this book. In the case of Defy Me and the Shatter Me series in general, there’s really nothing you could do to convince me that it’s not romanticizing abuse. Cause the facts are all there in the novel. The people who like Warner are just ignoring them or somehow unaware. But this book series infuriates me because, unlike other trash like Fifty Shades of Grey, it doesn’t get called out for what it is. And that is beyond depressing and gross.

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6 thoughts on “Defy Me [Tahereh Mafi]; 2019 YA Releases

  1. I am so glad you have the same thought process on this one as me. It always surprises me how much people ‘ship’ the main character with an abusive love interest. In the first book he is so abusive, and if memory serves there’s an almost rape/non-consensual scene? Yeah, nope nope nope. Warner is a douche and nothing will ever change my mind about that. Running as far away from that book as possible. One of the few rant reviews I’ve ever written.

    1. I think he tries to tear her clothing off…or he orders a guard to do so? It was pretty awful. And somehow everyone seems to just want to forgive all his awful behavior just because his dad was mean to him? I don’t understand it. I’d love to read your review if you’re up for linking it to me. 🙂

    1. Me too. And that’s what infuriates me. And I mean, people can like what they like…but it’s not going to make me less upset and angry when I see a book that promotes abuse praised.

  2. Are you serious??? I haven’t picked up the books again after Ignite Me and was never really curious to pick it up again but after reading this I’m even less likely too! Good post!

    1. Unfortunately, yeah. I don’t understand how anyone could like Warner after what he repeatedly does to Juliet that could basically be a poster for an abusive relationship. And to make it all worse, Mafi tried to make every excuse in the book for his bad behavior as if that would make what he does okay on any level. Abusers make excuses for hurting the people who love them, too. Doesn’t make them less abusive.

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