IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi

Posted on 02/10/2014 in Book Review / 6 Comments

IGNITE ME by Tahereh MafiIGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Harper Collins on 2/4/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science-fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"\r\n\r\nJuliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.\r\n\r\nIn Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

I am a total and complete fan of the Shatter Me series.  In fact, out of the three books and two novellas, only one has been less than and 5-star and trust me when I say it wasn’t the writing, I just didn’t like that character too much.  IGNITE ME is an epic conclusion that will satisfy all of Mafi’s fans…yes, even those “team” fans!\n\nAfter the endings of the last few series I’ve read (and felt disappointed in), I was actually really scared to read IGNITE ME.  I literally chanted to myself as I cracked open my ebook, “please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck.”  There is nothing worse than a horrible ending to a really great series #I’mlookingatyouAllegiant!\n\nPlease don't suck\n\nBut I was so blown away by this incredible ending, my fears were completely unfounded.  IGNITE ME is not only excellent, but worthy of standing up with SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME.  It is the ending to end all endings, it leaves you with hope and wanting more.\n\nMafi wraps the plot up neatly and still lets the reader choose some details for themselves. There are no definitive “afters” unless she someday chooses to write any (but I personally hope she doesn’t).  Omega Point has been destroyed in battle and there are few survivors. Those who are left form an uneasy alliance with Warner who has his own agenda to play out.  The love triangle between Juliette, Warner and Adam continues, but can I just say I’ve always thought there was only one right person for Juliette?\n\nOH.  CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE YALL.  DAYUM.\n\nThis is a young adult, so don’t worry, it’s clean (except for maybe some language here or there), but Mafi knows how to write sex scenes that JUST. GET. UNDER. YOUR. SKIN. I told my fiance to stop talking to me during dinner because it was almost too much to bear and he was breaking my concentration.  And even though there is nothing naughty, it is still hotter than any of the steamiest adult sexy times I’ve read, which just goes to show it’s not the words but how you put them down.  And homegirl knows how to put them down.  Like, whoa.\n\nI was really happy with the direction of this novel, and with Juliette’s character.  Juliette spent much of SHATTER ME getting to know her powers and learning some self-confidence, and then the majority of UNRAVEL ME digressing into someone who needed to be sheltered and was very weak.  Someone who should be pitied.  She experiences major growth in IGNITE ME, and it is some of the best character growth I’ve seen.  She went from someone who cried herself to sleep at night to a woman who could quite literally crack the earth or move mountains if she so chose.\n\nA lot of IGNITE ME focuses on the romance aspect and resolution between characters, so if you’re expecting a ton of action, well…don’t.  I will say there is a lot of buildup to a battle that didn’t take up much page time in the book, and normally this would irritate me in a “That’s it?!” fashion, but here it didn’t bother me in the slightest.  It just seemed to work.\n\nAnd I don’t think it needs to be said, but…\n\nOF COURSE I’M STILL TEAMWARNER.  DUH.\n\nStupendous finale. Seven!  Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven.  Only Friends fans will get that joke.\n\ntumblr_ln7e8dE83j1qhc7i4o1_500

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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6 responses to “IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi

  1. Jess

    Based on your first paragraph alone, I just went and reserved book #1…sounds like I definitely need to read this series!

  2. I can totally understand why you were chanting ‘Don’t suck’ because I was basically doing the same thing too! I’m so glad that Ignite Me does not disappoint. It was very everything I wanted it to be and more. CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE. ASDFGHJKL!!!! #TeamWarner Forever. 😛 Can’t wait to see what Taherah comes up with next because I’m already experiencing withdrawal!
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