Mini Reviews: Destroy Me & Roar and Liv

This is part two of the mini reviews I have.  I decided I needed to get a few novella’s read as I went awhile not having much time to read.  It feels good to have some reviews stored up again!

Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
ebook, 104 pages
Source: Purchased

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Of all the novella’s I read that one day this was the longest.  And thank goodness it was!  While most novella’s aren’t really necessary for the story, I kind of feel this one is.  Once you get in Warner’s head you will never see him the same again.  I always love a villain that you can’t help but have a love/hate relationship with.  In this book you get a better idea of why he is the way he is and what we might expect from him in the future (though, he is a bit unpredictable).  

I wouldn’t say a ton happens in this book except Warner looking for Juliette and trying to deal with his wound, his emotions and his incredibly horrible father.  It was all fascinating and definitely left me DYING to get my hands on Unravel Me

Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky .5) by Veronica Rossi
ebook, 68 pages
Source: Purchased

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

If you’ve read Under the Never Sky you know who Liv and Roar are.  In that book I was really interested in Roar.  He had such a great personality.  But for some reason the Roar I met in that book seemed different from this Roar.  Really that shouldn’t be surprising since he has to go through much and has definitely ‘aged’ a lot in the time since (this is a prequel, in case you didn’t already gather that).

It was great to see how much Roar and Liv loved each other and how much they went through.  This wasn’t some happy go lucky book, but it gave us a better idea of how Roar feels and why he feels this way.

I’m glad I read this before I read the next book cause I think I’ll see them all a little differently, even Perry.  Because we see Perry through Roar’s eyes we kind of see a different side to him.
I recommend reading this after you read Under the Never Sky even though it is a prequel.  Under the Never Sky shows us the world and this short story doesn’t so much, so for that reason I would suggest doing that.  Plus I think things will just ‘click’ better in your head.


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  1. I need to get caught up on the Shatter Me books asap. I didn’t care much for Warner so I think it would be interesting getting to know him more.

  2. Great mini reviews! I LOVED Destroy Me, it shed such a different light on Warner and I love him right now! As for Roar and Liv, I agree about reading it before Through the Ever Night, it helped me in understanding the relationship between roar and live in TTEN as well as the sibling relationship between Liv and Perry!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. Gah! I have both of these to read still too!

    I am so glad you enjoyed them both.
    I know some people don’t but, I really enjoy novellas in series. Especially prequels.

  4. Oh I definitely want to read Destroy me! I heard that it was long for a short story which is great since I usually don’t read em bc they’re too short–even if part of an existing series. I also like how there seems to be a lot of substance to it.

    I wasn’t a HUGE fan of Under the Never Sky so I don’t think I’d read the short stories but I will likely read the sequel.

  5. Ahhhh! I need to read both of these Candace! I really want to know more about Warner, he was such a great character in book one, and I love being able to feel sympathy for a villain:) And Roar! LOVE HIM! Definitely need to pick this novella up before I read Through the Ever Night:)

  6. I still need to read Destroy Me. I think I opened it to start it, then got sidetracked and never got back to it.I really should read it since it helps you know Warner better even though I despise him. I know it’s important to know him too. I haven’t read UTNS so I don’t have Roar and Liv. Great reviews!

  7. I agree with you about Destroy Me, it is oh-so-necessary for the overall story, and it made me see Warner in Unravel Me completely differently. I had to re-evaluate everything I thought I knew of him.

    Roar is a character I’d love being best friends with. He is just so unflinchingly loyal and wonderful, there isn’t a single person who wouldn’t love having him in their life.
    Wonderful reviews, Candace!

  8. I need to read both of these series. They have been on my “really want to read list,” but I haven’t gotten to them yet. At least I want have to wait long for the next book in the series when I start them.

  9. I agree with Destroy Me. I still don’t like Warner but atleast now I can see where he is coming for.
    And that ending, GOD! I can’t wait to read Unravel Me.

  10. I’ve always been torn about Shatter Me, I liked it but it was a rip off of X-men to be quite honest. I do want to read Warner’s side though because I thought his part and character were among the most interesting of the first book. Maybe this will help me decide if I’m going to read Unravel Me.

    thanks for the great mini reviews.

  11. I’m so glad you enjoyed Roar and Liv, Candace! Like you said, we def. got to see Perry in a different light, one where he was cast in an even more positive outlook. I feel like Perry is so modest and doesn’t see a lot of his actions as heroic, but Roar does. It’s also interesting because Perry constantly feels like Roar is the brave one, the handsome one, the one everyone likes since Perry is more quiet, but Roar feels the exact opposite since Perry is the fighter of justice and what-not. It’s such a deep dynamic. Also, it definitely helps to see this side of the story for TtEN. I can’t wait to see what you make of that one, Candace! 😀

  12. I read both of these novellas and felt the same way. Even though I’m not Team Warner, I liked the insight Destroy Me gave us. I think he’s a great antagonist because his story isn’t black and white.

    And Roar.. I love him! haha. I really enjoying getting more of his backstory and seeing his relationship with Liv. Even with Perry.. like you said, we got to see him through Roar’s eyes and understand him better as a result.

    Great mini reviews!

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