Ignite Me

Posted April 7th, 2014 by in *Review / 2 comments

ignite meTitle: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: Feb 2014
Classification: Young Adult Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

It is always hard to read series enders because it is hard to say goodbye to a cast of characters that you loved. It is also really hard to read the last book in a series because it seems as readers we never love the last book. We liked the first, loved the second, and disagree with the third. I’m happy to say that this book was even more amazing than the second book! I might even go so far as to say that it might be my favorite series ending book I have ever read.

Mafi has a way with words that is not even in the same league as other teen authors. She takes teen books to a whole new level with all of the important things she brings about in this book. We get to see the characters and fall in love with them even more but Mafi also includes so many game changing situations. There were so many moments when I was floored with how well Mafi was able to include important life situations and values in her books. I loved the scene with Warner in chapter nine. He is so passionate and there is a point where Juliette is talking about how people feel comfort in the dark and say things they wouldn’t say otherwise which is completely true. There were also real life situations on deciding between the two guys this time. There was a valid reason why Juliette picked the boy she picked.

I loved that Juliette finally stood up for herself and really thought about what she wanted and her decision making skills were better than I have ever seen in a teen book. She made decisions not based on how hot the boy was but what love really meant to her and who she really fit with. It was life changing! I have read so many teen books just to see them go down the drain because some authors act like just because someone is a teenager that they can’t have rational thoughts and feelings. Not everything is a huge hormonal race and I love Mafi for giving her characters depth, love, feeling, hormones and reality! I also love that she pushed the envelope by having Juliette and said boy that she picks make out and have sexual feelings to the degree that they did. I love that she was willing to push what is allowed in a teen book. I honestly think this is what the New Adult genre should have been.

Ultimately, Mafi has nailed this series she couldn’t have done better if she tried. She is an author I’m going to stalk so that I can know the exact moment she comes out with her next book release date. I am a huge fan and I loved the characters, the setting, the poetic writing, and the dose of reality that brought the book to life. Do yourself a favor and stop what you are reading and read this series because as a whole it will blow you away and change the way you look at future teen reads. Here is to Mafi and her utterly ruining this genre for everyone else publishing teen books. Nothing is ever going to be the same after this, nothing can compare.

5alexa

Alexa

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2 Responses to “Ignite Me”

  1. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I loved the first book, and I liked the second, but I have a really strong feeling that this one won’t work for me. Series endings and I typically don’t get along very well, and I’m also not a huge fan of who ends up being the chosen love interest. So I think I’ll probably skip to avoid disappointment, but I’m really glad to see that it impressed you. It’s always a relief when a series wraps up the way you want it to. Lovely review, Alexa! 🙂

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