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Recap: Tahereh Mafi Blogger Forum and 300 Follower Giveaway!

First of all, Tiffany and I would like to apologize on the delay of this post. It was initially supposed to be put up the day after, but due to final examinations and last minute to-dos, it was pushed back to today. Nevertheless, here it is!

Last week, we attended the very first blogger forum that National Bookstore ever hosted! Not only that, but it was with Tahereh Mafi! Just in case you don’t know who she is (Which is a horrible and unforgivable sin.), Tahereh Mafi is the author of the Shatter Me series, with Shatter Me debuting on November 2011. Last February, Unravel Me, the second book in the series was released. (And, it was absolutely, breathtakingly amazing. Read it. Or else.) 

There are novellas as well, like Destroy Me being Shatter Me #1.5. This is in Warner’s point of view, so your perspective on the story (And for Warner, in fact.) takes a huge turn. Shatter Me #2.5 is set to come out later this year, but Tahereh is still contemplating on the whose POV she should put it in (Warner, Warner, Warner!) 

Oh, did I mention that the release of the third and last installment of the series is STILL NEXT YEAR?! I swear, I am not going to hold out for that long. No title has been released yet, but you know… it doesn’t hurt to imagine. *cough* Undress Me *cough*. 

If you want to know more about the series, check it out on Goodreads, or take a look at Tiffany’s 5 star ARC Review for Unravel Me

Funny Story: 

We actually met Tahereh Mafi AND Ransom Riggs before the blogger forum. Well, Tiffany did, at first. Let me rewind. 

Tiffany, Chyna (a friend of ours from school who also happens to be a blogger) and I were eating at a Thai restaurant when suddenly, we looked out the window and saw Tahereh Mafi and Randsom Riggs strolling outside
Now, what do you think happened? 

This: Chyna and Tiffany both got up, ran outside freaking out, leaving a very embarrassed me to deal with the other diners’ weird stares and the waiter’s suspicious glare. 

So this is what I did: Duck my head, pretended to use my phone and tried to eat the rest of my Phad Thai calmly. 

While I was doing that 
They were doing this 

















Thanks guys. 

IMMA KILL YOU BOTH!!

Eh, at least I got to chew them out when they got back. 

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(But then again, they were sort of on Cloud Nine, so I think my sermon just went in one ear and out the other. *sigh*) 

Anyhoo, when we left the restaurant to head over to the blogger forum, guess who we saw?

Yeah, that’s right. Emma Watson.

Kidding! Yes, it was Tahereh and Ransom again! All I’m proud to say is that while Tiffany and Chyna forgot how to speak in coherent sentences, I was able to complete a full one. Sort of. 

Our conversation: 

Us: *sees Tahereh and Ransom*
Me: Hey…
Chyna: Omg
Tiffany: It’s them! 
Tahereh and Ransom: *passes us* Hi again! 
Me: I’m the friend they left behind.
Chyna and Tiffany: Ah…ahaha 
Ransom: Sorry. *smiles*
Me: Thanks? 

Then we walked away awkwardly. 

Moving on. When we got to the forum, Tiffany I were lucky enough to snag numbers 7 and 8, which meant that we would be the 7th and the 8th persons to ask Tahereh Mafi our questions! Not only that, but since Tahereh and Ransom always tour together, he was there at the forum too. Thus, we got our copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children signed as well! 



Tiffany and I with Tahereh 
Tahereh and Ransom eating the dried mangoes that Tiffany gave them


Eeep! That day just couldn’t have been better. 

While the blogger forum was in session, Tahereh Mafi answered all of our questions–tons of them–patiently one by one. It was then when I learned even more things about the upcoming books and the current books that are being sold in book stores. 

Take this one: Did you know why Tahereh changed the original title, Touching Juliette, to Shatter Me? 

I didn’t. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a title before Shatter Me! Well, basically, it’s because since this was a trilogy, the other titles have to be related to the first one. If they went with Touching Juliette, book 2 and 3 would probably come out as Sniffing Adam and Washing Warner. 

So that’s why they changed it to Shatter Me. 

After that, we got to have all of our books signed–by Tahereh and Ransom! 


Tahereh defaced Unravel Me for the both of us
Ransom signing our copies of his book


Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! 


To celebrate the fact that we crossed yet another milestone and reached over 300 followers, we want to give you the chance to win SIGNED copies of Shatter Me and Unravel Me, and bookmarks of Unravel Me that Tahereh signed for us all well! Not only that, but we’re throwing in some surprises as well! This is open INTERNATIONALLY, and we’ll be picking ONE winner a month from now. 

These rules and conditions apply: 

1) This is a FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY so being a follower is mandatory. You must be 13 years or older to enter. 

2) There will be ONE winner. They will be chosen through a raffle draw. 

3 ) This is INTERNATIONAL.

4) You have 48 hours to respond to our email if you do win, or else we will be forced to pick a new one. 

5) We hold the right to stop this giveaway at anytime, should circumstances arise.

Good luck! We wouldn’t have had this giveaway if it wasn’t for you guys, so thank you all so much! 

Win 1 signed paperback of Shatter Me and Unravel Me plus a huge signed bookmark and random surprise swag we will pick out of the third picture above.

Love, 

Tiffany and Alyana 
Thanks to National Bookstore for providing us with the fun and exciting blogger forum and for bring Tahereh Mafi here to Manila! Also, many thanks to Lyra from Defiantly Deviant and Ge from The Soul Sisters for taking us along with them! 

ARC Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • TitleUnravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
  • AuthorTahereh Mafi
  • SourceBorrowed
  • No. of Pages465
  • PublishedFebruary 05, 2013 by Harper Collins
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick 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.

I am currently at a loss for words.
Unravel Me was definitely the best book to start off 2013 with a blast.

First of all, I can’t seem to get enough of Tahereh’s writing. She chooses the perfect symbolisms and writes with so much soul that I can’t help but get sucked into her fantasy world. Her lyrical prose has just the write amount of poetry in it so that it doesn’t bore and confuse readers, but it has enough to lure readers in, no matter what page they’re on.

The characters are so endearing and pleasurable to read about as well. In Unravel Me, Juliette discovers the depth of her powers, learns to control them throughout the book, and manages to develop into a strong-willed but imperfect character at the end of the day. Adam, on the other hand, was barely mentioned in the story (though sometimes I prefer it that way) and his determination to make his relationship with Juliette work just irritated me (though I may be a little bit biased on this one) since he started coming off as the sort of guy who doesn’t know when to back off. Granted, Juliette still did love him, but the sort of relationship I want for the protagonist is the sort that develops freely and sort of just shocks both of them instead of the kind wherein they ‘make it work.’ Because then, it seems like a chore instead of love.

When it comes to Warner, though, I melt into a puddle of goo every single time. In fact, I am writing this whole paragraph about him because trust me when I say everyone is going to fall for Warner in this one, if not hover between Adam and Warner. Unravel Me brings out the softer, more gentlemanly side of him without destroying his tough, harsh exterior as well. You will definitely giggle at his sweet scenes, cheer him on, and lust after him  love the mishmash of emotions you get whenever you read about him. Can I just say: Chapter 62 is heaven.
Best. Scene. Ever.

I also loved how Tahereh Mafi was able to develop her dystopian world even more in Unravel Me, but still manage to keep that paranormal twist interesting. The plot and the unforeseen twists will definitely keep you hooked in this gripping sequel to Shatter Me, and if you haven’t picked that up yet, I suggest you go do it now before Unravel Me comes out.

Thank you to Louisse@The Soul Sisters for loaning me her ARC of Unravel Me. :)