Review: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)

Title: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto narrates this gripping companion novella to Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, set during the explosive events in Restore Me!

Juliette is still reeling from Warner’s betrayal, and Kenji is trying to balance his friendship with her with his responsibilities as a leader of the resistance against the Reestablishment. Things get even more interesting when an unexpected person from Omega Point’s past surfaces.

The ending of Restore Me left readers gasping, and this novella full of Kenji’s signature sass and big heart is the perfect story to tide fans over until Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series, hits shelves in April 2019.


This novella was different from the other two in the Shatter Me series because it is told from Kenji’s perspective. The other two were narrated by Warner and Adam. Kenji is one of my favourite characters, so I was so excited to read some of his story.

Kenji is a fun character. He usually brings some comic relief to the serious story. He’s Juliette’s best friend, so he is in a very different position from Warner and Adam, who have both been her love interests. However, this story shows a different side to Kenji. He has had a tough life, being orphaned and living on the streets before being taken in by Castle. Though he has been through a lot, he is still there for Juliette when she needs him.

These novellas are a great addition to the series. They usually show the same scenes that were in the main novel, but from a different point of view. This gives us a full image of what is happening in the story.

The next novella is also from Kenji’s perspective, so I can’t wait to read it!

What to read next:

Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

Have you read Shadow Me? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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