★★★★/5 | Goodreads
I think that I’ve come to terms with the fact that the Shatter Me series is my favourite YA series 😂. I’m so invested in these character and the storyline, I’m kind of sad that it’s ending in the final book. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how everything ends in Imagine Me and I hope that we get a happy ending 😩. I personally think that the novellas in between releases are a great way to keep the readers entertained while make them anticipate the release of the novel.
This is written in Kenji’s POV. It’s no secret that I’m not his biggest fan (am I allowed to say that?). I like his friendship with Ella, but I always feel like he’s trying to much to be the comedy relief in the novels, which becomes annoying after a couple of chapters. But in this novella, Kenji seemed a bit different and I actually enjoyed reading his thoughts.
His relationship with Nazeera is a rocky one, as they both don’t know how to just talk to each other without fighting. Since she’s his love interest, half of the novella is them bickering around and at some point, it becomes bothersome because they. Just. Can’t. Communicate. Seeing how they were towards each other reminded me that they were still teenagers and you can definitely see that through their childish way of running after each other but not wanting to admit that they have feelings for one another.
Like the scene where Kenji is in the infirmary and Nazeera uses her invisibility to go visit him and then kicks him when he noticed that someone was sneaking up, instead of just showing up normally, I mean really? I understand that she doesn’t know how to react because she’s conflicted about her feelings for him, but that’s taking it to another insane level 😂.
The novella gave us a quick insight at what happened after Warner’s birthday party and how conflicted Kenji feels about celebrating while he feels like so much horrible things are on the way to come. He’s also the only one questioning about Adam and James, which I thought was completely insane as they were such major characters in the first half of the series, just to be set aside in #4 and #5. I understand that Adam is no longer a love interest for Ella, but him and James are still Warner’s brothers, which make them extremely important to the plot, so where are they??? Fortunately, it is kind of explained at the end, which makes me really excited at how they are going to develop all of it in Imagine Me. And the ending 😱! It ends with such a cliffhanger. I need to know what comes next, now!
I read the whole novella in a sitting. It’s really a quick read and it actually adds to the storyline of Defy Me, while setting the pace for Imagine Me. This definitely made me enjoy Kenji a bit more, as we finally saw the raw part of him and not the guy whose always trying to make everyone laugh all the time. I can’t believe that Imagine Me only comes out next year, it’s too far away 😭.
Btw, my favourite line: “I want to talk to Juliette. Ella. Jella. Jello. Whatever.” This is pure gold.