Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi [Joint Review] **MAJOR SPOILERS**

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Genre: YA Dystopian/Paranormal
Release: February 4, 2014
Hardcover: 416 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)


Julia and Shannon's Thoughts: 
Julia and I both loved this series, but definitely had different ideas over the romance and the direction of the book.  Julia was much more on board than I was.  You'll see I get a little ranty.  Read on to find out what we thought! - Shannon

1. In one sentence, give me your quick thoughts on Ignite Me? 
Shannon: Juliette finally goes balls to the wall. 

Julia: Ignite me is enthralling, irritating and has way too much talking - I couldn't put it down. 

2. Who is the most irritating character and why? 
Shannon: Adam. Most definitely. Get it together guy!! 

Julia: Adam. He is a meanie and can't control his anger. It is sad and annoying to watch him lose it. I get it though, he lost a lot of people and doesn't know how to handle his world falling apart... the one person he thought would be losing it with him has chosen to side with someone he thought was his enemy. It really drove me nuts when I was reading it, but after I was finished it didn't bother me so much.

3. Ok, major love triangle - but what about the plot?
Shannon: What plot? There was a plot outside of the love triangle? Ok ok, I loved Juliette's self discovery and how she finally realizes how strong (physically and psychologically) she really is. I love that she finally wakes up and sees outside of herself and finds something worth fighting for. I love that she can finally be the strong one for someone else. However, I was NOT happy the love triangle nonsense took up almost 70% of the book and everything was resolved right at the end. 

Julia: There really isn't any plot until the end. I kept waiting for some ball to drop or SOMETHING to happen and nothing really does until the last 20% of the book. Regardless, I couldn't put the book down because Juliette's self discovery and deciding to completely embrace her power is awesome. And getting to know all about Warner is fascinating.

4. Now to the love triangle.... Satisfied? Keep it short! 
Shannon: Keep it short?  You're killing me, Smalls.  Going into this book, I was definitely on Team Adam, but I was ok being persuaded to the other side.  Ultimately I was ok with Juliette ending up with Warner, because it made sense given how Mafi wrote it. But I was NOT ok with how it happened. I hated how much Adam changed from the first book.  He was so awful.  I can understand his anger, but that was all he did.  Plus some of the things he said to Juliette were really uncalled for.  It was like Mafi swapped Adam and Warner and I didn't like the 180 degree turn around.  I also felt wwaaayyyyyyyyyy too much of this book was focused on convincing us to believe in Juliette's choice. I'm talking pages and pages of characters having go arounds about it. If Juliette wasn't ruminating on her feelings, then she was having arguments with her love interests over the other love interest, or rationalizing her choices to her friends. It was just too much for me, especially when it was the same argument over and over and over and over. Plus I felt that so much attention was given to this Epic Love Battle, that almost no attention was given to the Actual Battle. Seriously, it ends that easy? Juliette is just the Supreme Leader now?  What?

Julia: Well, since Shannon AND Mafi don't know how to keep it short - I will! I am totally satisfied with the love triangle. Warner and Juliette just make more sense to me ever since we started to get to know Warner. I don't like that Adam can't embrace Juliette changing. Though I'm completely satisfied with the love triangle, Juliette discussed Warner vs Adam WAY too much. I mean, I wanted to punch her in the face so she would stop talking about it to Kenji.

5. What is your favorite scene in Ignite Me? 
Shannon: Anytime Kenji was talking. Kenji - voice of reason. Always. 

Julia: Juliette comforting Warner when he breaks down. Warner being vulnerable! Another side we hadn't seen before!

6. Did you think the ending was appropriate for the series? 
Shannon: Yeah, sure. I guess. I mean, I certainly didn't hate it. I find the ending to be a little...over the top. And as I mentioned, I had problems with the handling of the love triangle. I think some people will be very satisfied, some will be crushed and some will fall in the middle with me. I think it depends on what excites you about this series. If it is the romance, then there is definitely a lot of that. 

Julia: I really liked the ending. My heart was pounding because I thought someone was going to end up dead. The ending is great. I just wish that the rest of the book had that much heart pounding action... and that we would have encountered Anderson sooner. I like a good romance too, and Warner and Juliette had it all. But Adam's grief, the setting and all the talking to Kenji about it ruined the romance a little bit.

7. Who would you recommend this series to? 
Shannon: Dystopian fans, romance fans, X-men fans...people who love lots of metaphors. People who like steamy scenes. Mafi is very very good at writing steamy scenes.

Julia: Mafi is a great writer, but I feel like with this last book it is definitely more romance than the previous two. If you like your dystopia novels to be drowning in romance and love triangles, then this is the book for you!  Though really anyone would love the entire trilogy. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Shatter Me
1.5 Destroy Me
2. Unravel Me
2.5 Fracture Me
3. Ignite Me 

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