Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book ReviewIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by HarperCollins on February 4th 2014
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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"

Juliette 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.

In 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.

What I thought NEWI cannot believe that I am writing my review for Ignite Me. I really, really can’t believe that one of my most anticipated books has released! More importantly, one of my favourite series has come to an end and I’m just so sad to let it go.

Ignite Me was a pretty epic ending to one of my favourite series. I went in a bit afraid that the conclusion to this trilogy wasn’t going to be what I wanted it to be, but the ending was VERY surprising and VERY Shatter Me worthy! Tahereh Mafi made me feel ALL the feels I was supposed to feel. I laughed, I cried, and I blushed. Actually I blushed a lot! For those that loved Chapter 62 in Unravel Me, there’s quite some treats in store for you!

Juliette was awesome! I have no other words for it. She finally became the girl I knew she could be. I loved how she grew throughout the book. She became more confident and a lot stronger, physically and mentally. She stood up for herself, finally figured out who she wanted to be, and stopped letting other people decide for her. No more feeling sorry for herself! She fights to learn about her powers, to learn and OWN them. If I had to describe her in one word it would be: BADASS.

She does still struggle with her feelings for Adam AND Warner. Obviously, we find out who she chooses. I’m not going to spoil anything though, you all have to read it for yourselves and let all the feels overtake you. What I am going to tell you is that if  Chapter 62 had you blushing, wait till you’ve read Ignite Me! So STEAMY! *fans face*

Once again, the characters where great, that hasn’t changed a bit. Though I have to admit that I loved Kenji even MORE. That is, if that was even possible, I mean, that guy deserves a story of his own… He’s THAT awesome.

Now, while we’re past the gushing/fangirling/blushing/and all other things that come with reading Ignite Me. I have to say there are a few minorthings that I liked less. For instance, I think that the final fight was over a bit fast. While the action was pretty awesome, and absolutely page turning, I felt like the ending was just a bit rushedI felt that there was just so much time spent planning this final fight, so much preparation, and so much learning to control all the abilities, that the fight somehow paled in comparison to the HUGE amount of preparation.

Or MAYBE this is just the gigantic book-hangover talking, and maybe I’m just not wanting to face the fact that this was the last book in this series and the ending of the Shatter Me trilogy…

Minus the rushed ending -which in my opinion is pretty easily overlooked- this really was a pretty awesome conclusion to an EPIC trilogy. I was really pleased with how the story ended, how the romance ended, and how Tahereh Mafi’s writing continued to blow me away throughout the entire series! In the end, this was just such a great series and I am very sad that it has ended.

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This really is the best I can do without spoilers… though feel free to shout whatever from the rooftops below in the comments!

Tell me guys! Favorite moments? Things you didn’t like?

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi | Short Story Review

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi | Short Story ReviewFracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Published by HarperCollins on December 17th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 68
Format: Ebook
Goodreads
four-half-stars

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi's epic dystopian series. It's a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

What I thought NEWWhen I heard about this novella I got all excited, because I thought it would be another novella from Warner’s point of view. Now I have never made it a secret that after reading Unravel Me I came to like Warner. While I liked Adam just fine, loved him for the part he played in the first book, in Unravel Me there was this nagging in the back of my mind that he and Juliette weren’t what they were supposed to be. After reading Fracture Me, which is told from Adam’s perspective and not Warner’s perspective, supported what I suspected. For me, it emphasised that I was right to think that Adam wasn’t the right guy for Juliette.

While I suspected it, I had never thought that Adam’s feelings for Juliette where this fragile. I know that the guy loves James, his little brother. As he should! But his feelings for Juliette don’t even compare. I hated how he abandoned her in Fracture Me. Yes, he chose to save his brother. That’s not the part that I have a problem with. My problem lies with the fact that when the welfare of his brother was secured, he didn’t even bother to go after the girl he claims he loves. She doesn’t even cross his mind. That’s not right.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand that he wants his little brother safe first, after all, its the only family he has left. But that doesn’t change the way he feels for Juliette, so the question here should be what he felt for her in the first place?

Hell, even Kenji wanted to go back and save her, but Adam talked him out of it. Shouldn’t he want to see both his brother and the girl he loves safe? Kenji even reminded him that they should go back and look for Juliette while the others were safe. And he reminded him that he should’ve been more worried about the girl he claimed to love.

I honestly think that Adam feels something for Juliette, but it isn’t nearly what it should be. And it’s nowhere near the feelings that Warner has for Juliette! While Adam tries to baby her, thinks she is weak and tells her she shouldn’t fight, Warner does the complete opposite and pushes her to be more. He pushes her to reach her full potential and to embrace who she is. I’m not claiming that Warner is a saint, because we all know that would be a big lie, what I am saying is that he has does have Juliette’s best interest at heart (even if he doesn’t always act like it).

Yeah, I don’t think Juliette and Adam are going to survive as a couple… Honestly, I think she deserves better than him, someone that at least cares more about her well-being and doesn’t forget her altogether when things turn to shit (Excuse my language).

Fracture Me wasn’t as personal as Destroy Me. In Destroy Me we literally took a dive inside Warner’s brain. We learned to understand him a little better, and -while not so important- it was the start of my crush for Warner. Fracture Me was less deep than the first novella, but it did tell me a lot more about Adam and his love and dedication to his brother.

If I haven’t said it enough the last few months, I’ll say it again just for good measure. I can’t wait to read Ignite Me! The wait is killing and I’m even more impatient after reading Fracture Me (the preview of the first chapter added to that as well).

 

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book ReviewUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Pages: 461
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
five-stars

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life

What-I-Thought

I’ve read this book a while ago!  Like a while while ago, and I felt like rereading it last week. So here I am, typing this review at last. I just LOVE Tahereh Mafi’s writing! Her writing is so captivating and it sets her apart from all other dystopian books out there.  The crossed out sentences, the word building, her beautiful prose and the repetition is just beautiful. (Am I gushing? I guess I am… but who cares! This is my blog!!)

Tahereh manages to make every scene so gripping and intense. The scenes between Juliette and Adam are so believable, and I can only imagine how good of a writer you have to be in order to bring Juliette’s feelings across so utterly believable! She’s never been able to enjoy human touch and for her to experience it for a first time is really emotional. The way it is written is just so powerful! Every now and then I just take a pause to try and absorb how beautifully she phrased she something.

The character development is enormous. Juliette slowly grows out of her insecurities and doubts (not entirely but she does little by little). Warner though was the biggest surprise of all. He grew immensely! After book one I was rooting for Adam all the way… but Damn! Warner crept up on me big time and made his way into my heart. You get so see his soft side and really I feel so conflicted about my feelings about him! What happened in between Shatter Me and Unravel Me? I hated him, actually I think he appalled me in Shatter Me, but it has completely turned around! (Although reading Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) might have helped along with that as well).

Then we have Kenji, another great character! Whenever Juliette needed a kick in the ass, he was the one to deliver it. I felt kind off bad for her, but she did need it and in the end I really felt like she took it to heart and started to work on changing herself. He has this totally lovable witty side and a serious diplomatic side as well.

And then there is Chapter sixty-two… Phew! Explosive! Like really explosive and oh so steamy. Warner managed to turn me into a freaking puddle every single time.

The plot and story progression is so addictive. And I feel that there are just so many layers to this story. Reading this book takes you on an emotional ride, it is beautifully written, I simply have no other words for it.

 

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book review

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book reviewShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperTeen on November 15th 2011
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

What-I-Thought

This is one of the books that I heard literally everybody talk about. Everybody write about and rave about, and to tell you the truth I wasn’t really interested. Is that really weird? It wasn’t until during #TeaTime when everybody was discussing Unravel Me, the sequel to Shatter Me, that I became intrigued. It was around the time that you could read the book for free online and after the first few chapters I purchased the book myself. I liked it, I loved Tareheh Mafi’s writing style and most of all I wanted to hold the book in my hands while reading it, free to mark the pages with colored post its that had my notes on it. When the book finally arrived at my home, I practically  ripped the package out of the delivery guys’ hands and started reading where I left off.

The style in which this book is written is way different from anything I’ve ever read before and believe me when I say that it took me some time getting used to it. Especially the crossed out sentences, I actually found it annoying at first, but when you do get used to it, it’s so worth it! Tahereh Mafi’s prose is unique and absolutely beautiful to read.  I found myself thinking while reading ‘wow! I love how these words are put together’.

You live inside of Juliette’s head and the narration is one of a seventeen year old girl that’s been through so much, she’s been beat down so many times but she keeps going. The question that Juliette asks herself throughout the book is one we ask ourselves regularly, but has so much more meaning coming from her. Who am I? One of her greatest strengths, in my opinion, is her hearth.

I’ve been neglected abandoned ostracized and dragged from home. I’ve been poked and prodded tested and thrown in a cell. I’ve been studied. I’ve been starved. I’ve been tempted with friendship only to be left betrayed and trapped into this nightmare I’m expected to be grateful for. -Juliette

As you probably noticed from my words above is that another thing I found really intriguing were the characters. Juliette’s character of course, but also Adam, sigh, swoon -okay, seriously too much Jane Austen novels for me-.  Then there is Warner. I didn’t really know how to feel about him after the first book. Now I have to admit that I just finished reading the novella Destroy Me and the sequel Unravel Me, and his character became much clearer after reading those books. But enough about the sequel, this is after all a review about Shatter Me!

I absolutely love the world Tahereh Mafi created. It’s beautiful and unique prose, the vivid metaphors and the way you get to know Juliette and her feelings. Sure, there were some times I rolled my eyes at something being said, sometimes a bit overdramatic, but overall Shatter Me opened up a whole new world to me.

Quotes

Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I’m so delirious I actually dare to believe it.