Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ignite Me: Review


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.


It's very hard for me to write this review. I just have so many mixed emotions about Ignite Me. I love some parts of the book as much as I hate the others. There are times where I don't know whether to love or hate some of the characters. It's so intense! I'm pretty messed-up after reading this book, and it's in a good way and a bad way at the same time.

In Ignite Me, Juliette is no longer the cowering little girl. She's ready to accept her abilities and fight against the Reestablishment. She's one of those characters that I don't know whether to like her or dislike her. I have a feeling this is both. Why I like her? Well, for starters, she finally FINALLY doesn't whine for her misfortune. She finally is ready to accept her super weird/awesome/lethal/however you call it ability. And she finally faces what her heart tells her to. Oh yeah, and then she is pretty badass with her strength. But the dislike part is pretty strong. There are times where she's just too naive for her own good, and for some reason that annoys me. She's really reckless too. And not the very good kind. Sure, I get that she wants to take down the Reestablishment badly, but that doesn't mean rushing to the end, right? Think before you act! There's no good throwing yourself into the battle without preparing for it.

Warner? Mostly admiration and frustration (and just a little affection). That guy... well, he's totally sweet in this book. There are so many scenes where he shows Juliette with endless affection and admiration and stuff. These are one of the best parts in the book. It just brings a smile to a face. And to be honest, I never thought Warner will have such good intentions, even though I know very well that he's not bad at his core. Frustration is here too, because he's unsure about Juliette's return of her affection even though it's crystal clear that she does. I don't know if I will like that guy fully with my heart, but I'm sure as hell that I don't hate him anymore.

I have a lot to say about Adam. And mostly not in a good way. Just thinking about him makes me want to punch him in the face. I'm not talking about him here because 1) I think I might just trash my computer out of anger and 2) You have to read for yourself to realize just how annoying he is. He's being a dick in Ignite Me. And even though a small part of me kind of understands, the rest of me is just pissed. Because he's being totally unreasonable about... well, almost everything. Some part of me can't even believe I used to like him (back in Shatter Me). But I can't hate him like I thought I would. Because deep down I know he's a good guy. And a really good one that cares for his friends and his brother's safety. That doesn't change that I'm not angry with him. But yeah, he just wears his emotions up his sleeve, and he's stressed. These are not things that  you can blame him. 

The plot is probably the best thing in the book. Because for once this doesn't anger me in any way anymore. It's safe to say that it's anything but predictable. And the battle scenes are just plain awesome. I don't know how to describe the awesomeness exactly, but I'm sure most of you will love it. And then there's Kenji. I really love that guy. He's funny, caring, and logical. Juliette is lucky to have a friend like Kenji. Man, I really wish that guy is real. He's fantastic.

Despite my mixed feelings, I still give it a 5 out of 5 in Goodreads. There are hardly any book that can sway my feelings (as well as my mind) like no tomorrow. Ignite Me is sure one of the specials. And hey, this is a badass conclusion for the trilogy. Nice job.

Rating: 9/10

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