Mini Review: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)

“I want their joy. But it still hurts a little when it feels like, everywhere I look, everyone seems to have someone. Everyone but me.”

Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Format: eBook


40863452Fan 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.

The Verdict

Today we’re keeping things short and sweet, novella style.

If you know me, you know that I LOVE Kenji, so writing this kind of hurts my soul a little bit. In short, this was just unnecessary. I was hoping this would add a little depth to Kenji’s character but it just really didn’t, nor did it further solidify why I love Kenji so much, if that makes sense. It was just kind of like, here’s the last few chapters of Restore Me through Kenji’s eyes, and that’s it. Nothing new, just Kenji pining over Nazeera. Therefore, I am praying that we will get more from Kenji’s POV in Defy Me next month.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice really see that Kenji isn’t all snarky comebacks and sass, but deep down I think we all knew he was a MAJOR soft boi. Which means there’s no new revelations in this one. Luckily, this is on the shorter side coming in at around 65 pages, so I was able to fly through it in less than a hour. I just wish it would have left me more excited for Defy Me, but we can’t win them all.

But don’t fret, I’m still dying for book 5 to come out in April. I have a feeling it’s going to hurt!

Until next time,



3 thoughts on “Mini Review: Shadow Me (Shatter Me #4.5)

  1. Kenji is my favorite character of this entire series. Period. I can’t wait to get to this novella because I’m still curious! However, this sounds like this novella follows the path of the other 2 novellas about Adam and Warner, the latest chapters through the male character’s eyes.


    1. Yep, it definitely does. Unfortunately, I felt this was a little more lacking than the other two. But it didn’t make me love Kenji any less, he’s still one of my favorites 😍


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