Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about the third and final book in Tahereh Mafi’s fabulous Shatter Me trilogy. I freaking loved this book so much. It gave me all the feels, there was so much character development, and it was just fantastic. I highly recommend this entire series because I love it so much. This is a dystopian series, but it doesn’t really feel like dystopian. It feels like a mixture of dystopian and fantasy, and its just great. But since this is the third book, this review will spoil you for the first two books in the series, but will not spoil you for the third. So if you haven’t read the first two books, then I suggest you leave, read them and then come back and we can discuss them together! So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout Shatter Me and Unravel Me, don’t read any part of this review.***

Now let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.”

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book broke me and put me back together and just made me feel so many things…I absolutely loved this book. I think it was a fantastic finale to the series. Like I am super critical about finales because most finales are too rushed and aren’t very great. I’ll be honest. I would say I do not like the majority of the finales of series that I have read, especially for Dystopian series. Like the endings to those series are always so bad, and this finale to a Dystopian series was just absolutely fabulous.

I’m still kind of numb from reading this just because its’s kind of late, and I just marathoned the last 200+ pages of that book in one sitting with no breaks. My brain is a little bit foggy, but this book just hit me right in the feels on multiple occasions. I teared up several times, for happy times and then also very frustrating, angry and sad times. This definitely hit me in all of my feels, and I just really loved the emotional aspect to this book and this series.

But we really need to talk about Juliette. The amount of character development this girl has gone through over the course of this series is kind of crazy. In the first book, she was kind of still not okay. She wasn’t in the right mind. She was suicidal, terrified, paranoid, and very weak. She trusted no one but Adam, and that kind of hurt her. Adam made her weaker. He liked her being weak because he wanted to be the hero and the protector, but we will get into that in a minute.

And then in the second book, she is finally starting to use her powers a little bit more, and she is working on her trust issues. She learns to trust a lot of great people who want to make a difference in the world. And then in this book, she was very strong, and she was not backing down. She was learning that you definitely cannot assume things about people when you don’t know them because those assumptions tend to be very misguided and often quite hurtful. She learns who she really is, what she can do, and she learns to become emotionally vulnerable, and that it is okay to be vulnerable at times. This strong, passionate woman in this book is so different from the girl we came to know in the first book, and it was just a powerful and very beautiful transformation.

Now we have to talk about Warner. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but I have been a die-hard shipper of Warner and Juliette (I really don’t know what the ship name is, but I love these two regardless). Now you wouldn’t really know who Warner truly is if you didn’t read the Destroy Me novella that occurs between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. But you get to see who Warner truly is versus how everyone perceives him. He is the epitome of someone who could actually kill you, but is in fact a cinnamon roll. I freaking love him, and I will ship these two until the day I die.

But Warner is actually a really good guy when you actually know him. We come to know the lengths to which he will go to help Juliette and some other people I can’t name because spoilers. But just know that there is a reason to everything he does, and he truly does care very deeply for Juliette and, unlike Adam, he doesn’t want to protect Juliette and to hide who and what she truly is. He wants her to embrace every part of herself and be able to protect herself. He wants her to embrace her strengths and annihilate her weaknesses. He just wants to see her be the best and strongest version of herself that she can possibly be, and I just love that. Also, the man is freaking hot. Just saying…

Now let’s talk about Adam. I am going to be completely honest here. I spend the majority of this book wanting Adam dead. Like the turn that his character went through in this novel was crazy dark and pretty violent. I did not like his character at all. He would not listen to a thing Juliette said. He analyzed things before knowing the facts, and he just became crazy violent, had severe rage issues, and just couldn’t understand why Juliette would trust Warner. But that’s kind of his fault because he wouldn’t let her explain anything at all. I just hated him, and he didn’t even become tolerable until the last forty or fifty pages of the novel. And I suspected just because of his absolute hatred of Warner that he was in cahoots with someone in this novel, but turns out he wasn’t. But I will never trust his character ever again after this novel.

I just want to briefly touch on Kenji. Can we just appreciate his character for a minute? Can we? I freaking love his character. I love his friendship with Juliette, and I just love him as a person in general. He’s funny, he’s warm, and he is just a really great friend to Juliette. Now I’m not saying he doesn’t do a stupid thing here and there, but he is just a really great guy, and I kind of want a Kenji in my life because he is just such a great person and a great friend. I just love him.

Obviously I am going to touch on Warner and Juliette a bit. I will say I spend the majority of this book just saying, “Just make out already!” because I was kind of getting frustrated with Juliette and Warner not saying what they are feeling (that’s more on Juliette, though), and just being together. But when they did get together, it made me all kinds of happy, and I literally have not been able to stop smiling because I love them so much, and I am just so glad they ended up together because they both deserve each other. I just love them.

Overall, I think the plot was very interesting, there was a crazy amount of character development, and I just really, thoroughly enjoyed the last installment to this trilogy. And I absolutely loved Tahereh’s writing, as always. Just the way she says things in this novel just hit me right in the heart, and I just love her writing style. But I am so happy I finally decided to read this, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Tahereh Mafi.

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. What is your current favorite dystopian series? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Book Review: “Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi | Spoiler-Free

Hello! So I am back with another spoiler-free review, but let me clarify that this is spoiler-free for Unravel Me, the second book in the Shatter Me series. This will most definitely spoil you for Shatter Me. However, if you’ve read Shatter Me, feel free to continue to read, but if you haven’t read Shatter Me, you should probably leave now. So goodbye!

And one more thing. You have to read the novella Destroy Me, which comes in between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. It is completely mandatory reading. There is a ton of character development for one of the characters in this series and you would really enjoy this book so much more if you read that first. You won’t really get the full effect of this book. So please do not read this book without first reading Destroy Me.

Plot:

In the sequel to the fantastic first book in the series, Shatter Me, we follow Juliette who is now a part of Omega Point, a rebel faction that wants to overthrow the Reestablishment. But things will never be simple for her or easy. Juliette struggles with her lethal touch and the consequences it causes.

Her powers are evolving and with it, she becomes much more destructive than she ever thought possible. The thought of Adam should bring her comfort, but he is keeping something from her and she is desperate to find out what. As things begin heating up, she realizes she will never be truly free from her touch or from Warner who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

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.

My Thoughts:

This book was freaking amazing. As much as I enjoyed Shatter Me, I enjoyed this one much more. Even though Juliette really annoyed me just because she was mopey and antisocial and could not do anything without looking to Adam for guidance, she eventually grew out of that and I really enjoyed her character much more when she started to become more independent. There was so much character development for Warner (as you see in Destroy Me), Juliette, and Adam. There is a war going on and there was so much suspense and action and romance in this story and I really appreciated that. It was gorgeously written and I don’t think I mentioned that I am a full-on Warner and Juliette shipper. And that totally has to do not only with this book, but also with Destroy Me. I just really understand him now and I want him with Juliette. Adam can go screw himself for all I care. All in all, a fabulous installment in this trilogy.

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Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

 

Book Review: “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

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.”

Characters:

Juliette Ferrars: the main protagonist. Her touch literally kills you. She has greenish-blue eyes and long, brown hair. She is a very strong girl. She’s seventeen years old.

Adam Kent: a main character and Juliette’s love interest (it was unclear whether this was a love triangle or not). He’s known Juliette for years. He is a soldier. He has dark brown hair, dark blue eyes, and tattoos. He has naturally tan skin, and is eighteen years old. He is immune to Juliette’s touch (which I have a theory about; it will be the in the Theories section).

Aaron Warner: another main character; he is the antagonist. He is in love with Juliette (it’s more like an obsession). He is the leader of a sector of the Reestablishment and showed himself to be a cold and manipulative person.(Personally, I have mixed feelings about him) He has blonde hair, green eyes, and is nineteen years old.

Kenji Kishimoto: A soldier that is friends with Adam; he is a member of Omega Point with the gift of invisibility.

James Kent: He’s a precious cinnamon roll. He’s ten years old and is Adam’s younger brother.

Plot:

The story starts off with Juliette being in the asylum when a man is put in there with her (which turns out to be Adam). Now from the moment he steps into that cell, I shipped those two. I knew he had to be a love interest of some kind. And it turns out, he was, but I am getting ahead of myself.

Juliette was put in there on the count of murder, accidental, but murder just the same. All she did was touch someone and they died. The Reestablishment locked her up and she’s stayed locked up for three years. She isn’t really insane, but isolation and what she did has made her sanity wane a little bit. Now one day, she gets a roommate named Adam Kent.

He was the first person she talked to for three years. Her only companion before that was a small notebook that she wrote her thoughts in. Every night she dreams of a bird with a golden head. That’s significant, so keep that thought filed in your memory for later.

As soon as he gets there, he shoves both his and her beds together with the blankets. She has to sleep on the floor in the cold. She doesn’t say a word to him at first. He does seem familiar to her, but she convinces herself that he couldn’t possibly be that person. She shows Adam what to do so as not to make mistakes and get punished for them.

One day, the Reestablishment decides, “Hey, this girl could actually be useful.” so they let her out and the leader of Sector 45 of the Reestablishment, Aaron Warner, known as simply “Warner”, offers her a deal. He’ll let her out and not have her killed for the murder if she’ll torture people for him with her touch.

It is also revealed that Adam is actually a soldier for the Reestablishment and was being used by Warner for intel and letting him know whether she was insane or useful. She doesn’t feel she has a choice, so she accepts (none too kindly; once again, she had no choice) and she goes to live in the place with Warner and the other soldiers. (I had mixed feelings about Warner’s character.)

Adam becomes her guard. While she’s there, Warner forces her to torture a soldier named Jenkins. Juliette does eventually start dating, but not really dating (complicated) Adam (I was practically screaming when they first kissed; I kept screaming “It’s canon. IT’S FINALLY CANON.”) in secret (Warner would have Adam killed if he found out.)

But before all of that, Adam had retrieved her notebook for her in secret, which caused her to think she could trust him (a wise decision). She makes a deal with Warner to touch him (this masochistic douche wants to know what her touch really feels like) as long as he takes all of the cameras out of her room. She accepts, but never actually touches him (he did take the cameras out).

Juliette learns that Adam was actually a childhood friend of hers and has been in love with her since they were kids. Now, onto darker matters, Warner forces Juliette to have to torture a small child (I wanted to freaking kill that douche canoe for making her do that).

Basically, he locked them into a chamber with dangerous spikes and knives and crap and to save the child, she had to pick him up until the spikes were retracted. She felt ticked off and awful after having to do that. So she is so mad, she punches through a concrete wall (it was pretty badass) and yells at Warner.

So that was basically the last straw for her because when Adam suggests they escape, they hatch a plan. They were meant to wait like a month, but ended up waiting only two weeks. Basically, a false alarm goes off and Adam has to leave when Warner walks in, so Warner uses that to his advantage. He rips her dress all the way up her thigh and forcibly tries to kiss her.

Adam didn’t go with the other soldiers.

He walks in, puts a gun to Warner’s head and threatens to shoot him. They tie him up and break open her window, which causes an alarm to go off. A bunch of soldiers burst in just as Adam goes down the rope they tied to the window. Juliette hesitates and goes for the window, but Warner grabs her ankle (AND NOTHING HAPPENED) and she jerks free and goes to the rope, climbing down before a bunch of the soldiers start reeling her back in.

She jumps and falls into Adam’s arms.

They run and go to this place where Adam’s little brother (James) is and they stay there before a bloody, bruised and shot Kenji (friend of Adam’s and fellow soldier) bursts in. He flirts with Juliette and Adam cleans him up. Basically, the woman in charge of the building of orphaned kids sells them out to Warner and they have to run.

And they do. Adam has Kenji stay with James and Adam and Juliette run. They get caught by Warner who shoots Adam and takes her into some building. He kisses her and Juliette lets him (because she was trying to get the gun out of his jacket) and she shoots him.

She runs while he is down and traces the path of Adam’s blood to a building. She gets in (after blasting the steel wall) and finds him chained. She gets him out, finds Kenji and James and he takes them to a place where they patch up Adam and heal him and basically she can’t go with Adam, so she flips out and passes out.

She wakes up and ends up meeting with the guy who is in charge of the movement (Castle) she’s in (called Omega Point) and he tells her most of the people there have powers and they’ve been trying to overthrow the Reestablishment. She ends up getting to see Adam and the next day she is given a skintight suit that allows her to be able to be around people without hurting them.

The book ends with her pretty much deciding to stay with Omega Point.

Theories:

So regarding Adam being able to touch Juliette, I think it’s because he has powers of his own. He just doesn’t know it yet. I also think this is why Warner can as well. I think the next book will center on the movement, why they can touch Juliette, and Warner’s obsession with finding Juliette. What are your theories? Comment down below!

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. It was such a great read and it was super fast paced. I got through it in like two days. Once I started reading it, I could hardly put it down. I loved the language used in it. Tahereh did a fabulous job writing it and all of the characters and world were developed really well. I loved the premise and the abilities used in it as well as the love story. I fell in love with these characters and I absolutely love Tahereh’s writing style. The story as a whole was written and developed really well, and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fast-paced book. I think it will definitely pull you out of a reading slump as well.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this review, and I will be posting another one soon on The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, so stay tuned for that.

I love you all to Luna and back,

Allie