Friday, May 9, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Book Purchased by Reviewer
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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 though 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.

If I could give this book a million stars I would! That was literally the best ending I could ever have hoped for. In a time of crappy series finale endings that leave the reader feeling unsatisfied and incomplete, I have to give a huge shout out to Tahereh Mafi for restoring my faith in the ever-elusive “Happily Ever After.” Though technically it wasn't a "happily-ever-after" since they left off knowing that they still had a long way to go, but for now just knowing that they were victorious and happy left me feeling so complete and happy as well.

Juliette has suffered so much her entire life but it’s her near death experience that changes her into this new, take charge person. Somewhere along the lines she becomes a leader, someone that inspires hope and courage to all that she encounters. She’s willing to fight for what she believes in and she’s such a badass while doing it!

Now I have to admit that I have always been a Team Adam fan, but seeing Juliette’s relationship with Warner bloom in such a beautiful way and seeing how much Warner truly loves Juliette was just heart melting. I also loved learning about his life and childhood and my heart truly broke into a million pieces when we learned what kind of monster Anderson really was. I can totally see why Juliette was so torn between Adam and Warner in the beginning, there was just something so deep, so intense about Warner that she couldn't leave him alone even when she was committed and in love with Adam. Plus, sorry to say that Adam was actually a huge d-bag! I mean we knew that coming from Fracture Me, but I hoped he would change back to “normal” and sadly he never did! Then there’s the whole bloodline issue with Adam, Warner and James. It’s pretty serious in the beginning but I love how Warner handles it when he finally learns the truth about everything. Seeing his reaction to Adam and James for the first time with a fresh mind-set was amazing. Even his guilt about the whole "almost killing Adam" thing was nice to see. Maybe there is hope for him after all? Just maybe? Definitely!! Warner has come a long way since Shatter Me and getting to see this softer, gentler side of him is just beautiful!

And let’s not forget about Kenji! No one can compare to what I feel for Kenji! He’s the best friend I wish I had, the brother that is always defending his little sister, the confidant and comedian that always makes you laugh. He loves Juliette so much and it actually kind of hurts me that they never even considered being together. I mean hello!?!! He’s so perfect in every way…Can I keep him? Please, pretty pretty please? There I said it! I’m totally, 100%, certifiably in love with Kenji!!!

And can we just take a moment to acknowledge the genius that is Tahereh Mafi!? I mean, this woman is amazing with words in every way possible. The way her mind works and the way she is able to form sentences using simple words and create so much emotion behind it is truly an amazing skill. There were so many amazing quotes in this book but for the sake of this review I will only post my two absolute favorites (because I can spend days writing down all the quotes that have literally changed my life!)

“And every moment in the world drops dead just then, because they woke up and realized they’d never be as important as this one.”


“I actually stand up this time. My eyes are filling fast with tears and I blink and blink but the world is a mess and I want to laugh because all I can think is how horrible and beautiful it is, that our eyes blur the truth when we can’t bear to see it.”

So you see how amazing she is right?! With just those two quotes I have so many emotions floating around right now that I can’t see straight. So yea, I will follow Tahereh to the end of the world and back as long as she keeps writing it all down! So thank you, Tahereh, for giving us the perfect ending, for giving Juliette the perfect ending, and for giving us a world that we can always revisit on our darkest days. It’s been a great journey to tag along with.


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