Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi feels like an intermission with a so adorable Warner!!! Review


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.



5 stars for the background story

5 stars for sweet Warner/Aaron

5 stars for the once again gorgeous cover

3 stars for the plot

Overall 4 « intermission » stars


« « Do I know you ? »

« She laughs and looks away.”No”, she says. “Definitely not.”

She looks up at me then, and I realize, with a thrill, how close we are. There is a palpable heat between our bodies, and her eyes are big and beautiful, blue green. Like the globe, I think. Like the whole world.”


You know when an army is forced to retreat an regroup, planning its next move against the enemy? Yes? Well that’s how this book feels.


Nothing is as it seems either and you’ll be in for huge surprises right from the start!


Told from Kenji, Juliette/Ella and Warner point of view we learn everything about Juliette’s past.

We begin right where Restore Me ended and let me tell you that what awaits Juliette is no picnic! Pain was her constant here and I wanted to kill the ones hurting her.

Honestly the families are completely crazy!


What’s been done to her but also to Warner and every commander’s kid is unbelievable and horrifying. What’s been done to Emmaline is absolute horror. Something my brain refused to compute!

We will follow Kenji and his developing love interest, the only chapters lightening a story centered on torture, mental and physical.


I also loved the bromance between Kenji and Warner even if they would die before admitting it!


I can’t go into more details or I would spoil your fun. Just know that Warner was just …incredible, sweet, touching, beautiful, perfect and what he did by the end ….sigh.


I read this story in nearly one sitting but it left me wanting for more. I think the next book will be about a big move and I hope packed to the brim with action.

Recommend it?

Certainly if you’ve read the other books  in the series!

Have you read this book or that series?

Thanks for reading!


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21 Replies to “Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi feels like an intermission with a so adorable Warner!!! Review”

  1. Ohhhh NO only 3 on the plot. Geez, I was hoping for better. Love the review!


  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I loved the first three books in this series! I haven’t read rest of series yet but I”ll after the final book comes out.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well the final is in one year Raven!

  3. Fab review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Caro!

  4. I still can’t read your posts from the reader. Argh!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Damn damn damn Astrid! I don’t know why as I can see my posts. But yes I have to go to my blog to read the whole post but that’s the same with your posts you know …

  5. This is one of those series I’ve been meaning to start for ages. It sounds like it’s still going strong 5 books in. Great review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Suzanne! I think you would love it!!!

  6. I want to get over my issue with the format of this series so I can read it! It seems so good!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know the first book is really special Daniela but I swear that’s so worth it!

  7. Just amazing! I’m going to have to try it!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes please Jen!

  8. Hey,
    I totally love the Shatter Me Series but I kind of felt like Defy Me was a bit worse than the books before. The plot was off for me and I felt that too much happened too fast but at the same time nothing really happened at all? Difficult to explain but I hope you get what I mean 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I totally get what you mean Lea! Thats’ what I just tried to explain to Alexandra 😉

  9. Lots of 5 stars and then? Only 3 for the plot? I guess parts didn’t quite live up to expectations, while the rest made up for that?

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Alexandra as I said it’s a weird mix between a standstill as we get many chapters about the past and an accelerated story as the “now” actions happen really fast in the span of a few days.

  10. Eeek! So excited for this one! Just the mention of some Warner goodness gives me the heart eyes. LOL

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahahah I see you have planned to read Restore me next Tanya so ..hurry up!

  11. great review

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Priyasha!

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