Ignite Me – book review

Ignite Me book

Thrilling, magnificent and mind-blowing… Ignite Me is the perfect end to the wonderful Shatter Me series, written by Tahereh Mafi.

Omega Point has been destroyed. Juliette doesn’t know is her friends, or even Adam, are still alive. But nothing will stop her from taking down The Reestablishment once and for all. The Reestablishment has to be stopped. The one person Juliette has to rely on is Warner, the commander of Sector 45. This is the one person Juliette never thought she’d be able to trust. But Warner isn’t everything she thinks he is. Warner promises to help Juliette gain control over her powers and take down The Reestablishment to save the world around them. But Warner is hiding secrets. Can Juliette really trust him? Does she have a choice? Warner says he wants to help her, but is that the only thing he wants with her?

Ignite Me. I can’t even form sentences right now. Amazing. Thrilling. Absorbing. Spectacular. Wonderful. Dazzling. Magnificent. All those words don’t even begin to describe how fantastic this book was and how much I loved it. I’d been waiting and waiting for this book to come out. And finally. I’ve read it. I know how this unbelievably mind-blowing series comes to a perfect end. I felt like everything about this book was perfect and I couldn’t have wanted a better ending. It was absolutely beautiful. Well done, Tahereh. Well done.
From the very first page, I was thrown back into the world of powers and The Reestablishment. It was magical. I’d forgotten how much I loved how these books were written. I absolutely love it. I love the short and sharp sentences. I love how Juliette thinks. I love how Tahereh uses paragraphs to her advantage to make things more dramatic. It’s genius. The way this book is written just conveys so much emotion. I knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a book that I wouldn’t be able to put down until I had finished it. I started reading it in the evening and didn’t stop until 2am, when I reluctantly had to close the book and go to sleep. But then I woke up at 6.30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. All I was thinking about was Ignite Me. So I sat up in bed and read the rest of the book. When I turned the last page of this book, I just sat and grinned like a mad person. This was exactly the way a phenomenal series should end. I was so happy that finally a dystopian series would end perfectly. Thank you, Tahereh. You have renewed my confidence in finding a good ending to a dystopian series. I laughed and I cried and everything was perfect. This book took me on an emotional journey and this book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is definitely the best book I’ve read so far this year.
The thing I loved most about this book, apart from the brilliant ending, were the characters. I feel like Juliette has grown up so much more from when Shatter Me began. In Shatter Me, Juliette was timid and afraid, scared to use her powers in case she hurt anyone. But now, she’s grown into such a strong character who is determined and brave and willing to do whatever it takes to make things right again. I loved her courage and how she never gave up, even in the toughest of situations. And then there’s Warner. When we were first introduced to him in Shatter Me, I hated him. I thought he was cruel and cold-hearted. Never once did I except my opinion of him to change so dramatically throughout this series. I started feeling a little kinder towards Warner in Unravel Me, but I really started loving him when I read the novella Destroy Me, which is written from Warner’s point of view. I understood his struggles and what made him the way he is. It goes into greater depth about his past in Ignite Me and Juliette discovers why he treated her the way he did. Everything about Warner was explained and the more I learnt about him, the more I realised that Warner was right for Juliette, not Adam. But even after all the horrible things Adam said to Juliette about her and Warner, I still cannot hate him. He was speaking his mind and even though at times I really wanted him to stop talking, I couldn’t hate him. After everything he’s been through, I can’t blame him for saying those things. He was broken-hearted and emotional and I can’t fault him. All of his reactions were realistic and I still really liked him as a character. In Ignite Me, we really get to see the real Adam. And then there’s Kenji. This guy made me laugh so much and I just love his hilarious personality. He’s a really great guy and Juliette’s lucky to have him as a friend. I loved all of their conversations and I especially loved it when Kenji teased Juliette. It was so funny. All of the characters in this series are so well written and they are all so vividly different.  These people I have come to love and even though I’m extremely happy with how this series ended, I’m also sad that one of my favourite series has come to an end.
I absolutely loved reading Ignite Me and I’d give it a score of 10 out of 10. Wow. I’ve never given a book 10 out of 10 before. I believe a book always has room for improvement… but not this one. I can’t find anything about this book that I didn’t like. Ignite Me was spectacular and I will be rereading this book again and again. I can’t wait to see what Tahereh Mafi will write next, but whatever it is, I’ll be reading it as soon as it comes out. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series yet, I highly highly highly recommend it. If you have read Unravel Me and haven’t yet picked up Ignite Me… I’m disappointed in you. What are you waiting for? Go and read it right now! You won’t be disappointed.

A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers Australia for providing me with this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Unravel Me – book review

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. It’s the book that changes everything…

After Juliette and Adam narrowly escape from Warner and his army, they are now staying with Kenji and his friends at a secret, underground base called Omega Point. Omega Point is a place for gifted people, like Juliette, to seek refuge and learn more about their powers. These people, with the help of their abilities, are planning a rebellion against The Reestablishment. But just when Juliette is starting to fit in and regain control of her life, Warner reappears. And this time he’s more determined than ever to get Juliette back…

But Juliette is stronger now. She’s learning more about how to harness her Energy and building up her physical strength. But most importantly, she’s beginning to realise that her life has meaning beyond being a desired weapon. Maybe she’s not an outcast after all.

Juliette is beginning to understand Warner and what he wants a little more. But when Juliette finds out why Warner can touch her, her world will change forever. But will this be a good thing, or a bad thing? Could trusting Warner lead to the death of all her friends and the ones she trusts?

I absolutely loved how Unravel Me completely changed my opinion of almost every character. I never thought I would say this… but I like Warner now! And I like him so much more now, that I don’t know if I like him or Adam more! If Juliette can’t be with Adam, she should be with Warner. Warner has been through so much in his life and I just think he really needs someone he loves to love him back and forgive him for all the evil things he has done in his life. Admittedly, he did try to kill Adam, and he’s killed hundreds of innocent people, but I think he just need someone to help him change. And I believe Warner can change. All he needs is someone to believe in him. But then again, I felt so sorry for Adam and what he and Juliette discovered in this book. It broke my heart. How cruel can nature be? Life’s just not fair for Juliette. But I really liked how Juliette faced some of her fears in this book and as a result, I admired her much more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I really enjoyed reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.

Shatter Me – book review

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first amazing surprisingly different book in the Juliette Chronicles.

Juliette has been locked up for 264 days. She hasn’t spoken in her 264 days of isolation and it has been 6,336 hours since she’s touched another human being. She didn’t know about her power curse until she tried to help killed a little boy in the supermarket. She didn’t know what would become of her that she’d be locked up for almost a year, forgotten waiting to be used as a weapon…

Nobody knows why 17 year-old Juliette’s touch is lethal and nobody wants anything to do with her, which is until The Reestablishment thinks she would be useful. But is there a person people out there who aren’t affected by Juliette’s touch? Is this just a coincidence that they’re immune to her power curse?

What if the only person Juliette can trust is someone on the side of The Reestablishment? Will she put all her faith in them, or live the rest of her life used controlled by the people who want to use her powers for evil?

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I really enjoyed loved Shatter Me. I like how Tahereh Mafi uses strikethroughs crosses out some of the words because it really gives the reader an idea of what Juliette is really thinking and what she thinks she shouldn’t be thinking. Really, we all think this way, so it seems ingenious logical to write this way.

I could either love or hate all the characters in the book, which is what a good story needs – characters that we feel sympathetic towards and characters who we want to be defeated. I find Juliette a really interesting character to be following and I always wonder how she will cope with certain situations.

But at the same time, sometimes how Juliette dealt with certain situations annoyed me, because in books I really want a strong character that I can admire for what they do. In some parts of the book I felt that way, but for most of it I thought Juliette was a bit weak.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I was intrigued from the very first sentence. I can’t wait to read Unravel Me! I’d give Shatter Me a score of 8.5 out of 10.