Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Narrator:  Kate Simses
Series: Shatter Me, book #3
Length:  9 hrs 50 mins
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Source: purchased
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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.

This would be a very difficult book to review without the use of spoilers, so I've separated my spoilery thoughts below for those who haven't read this book yet.  Also, I have a feeling that this book will be very polarizing, that there are going to be a lot of unhappy fans but a lot of ecstatic ones, as well.  I, for one, am very pleased with this final book in the Shatter Me series.  Finally...a series finale that I can say that about!

First off, I still can't disassociate Kate Simses as the voice of Cassia in the Matched audiobook series.  So, hearing her here as Juliette -- and in the previous books -- makes it hard to separate the two stories at times. Maybe that voice fit Juliette in the beginning, but she got to be quite fierce throughout the series, and with the innocent, child-like qualities of Simses voice, it was hard to vocalize the change in the character.  I do love how she brought Kenji to life, though.  I didn't get his appeal the first time I read Shatter Me, but after hearing his witty repartee, I found myself wishing for more of this character.

Second, I didn't read Adam's novella.  I'd heard that it hinted at what's to come in Ignite Me, and I wanted to be surprised, I wanted to love this book as much as Unravel Me, so I refrained from picking up Fracture Me. Also, I'm just not an Adam fan.  Haven't been from day one.  Even in the first book, I found myself shipping Warner and Juliette...and that's when we knew little to nothing about Warner.  Knowing what I know now, I would have pushed even harder for these two to end up together.

Despite that/in spite of that/because of that -- take your pick -- I found this ending really satisfying, which is kind of weird considering that it's pretty close to one of those endings that's all tied up in a pretty package with a bow and everything. I'm usually not a fan of those, but this ending wasn't entirely picture-perfect, so maybe that's why I find it so tolerable in this case.  There were places in the story where the plot crawled at a snail's pace.  The book was loaded with relationship melodrama.  And the ending did feel a bit rushed. But I don't even care.  This book was equal parts emotionally trying and rewarding, and I felt so relieved --triumphant? complacent? weightless? -- when it was over.  And that's all I'm really asking for...when a series has to end, can't you just make me feel better about that fact?

Okay, now for all of the things I can't say without risk of totally spoiling things...

That isn't even half of what I want to say about this book, but it's enough for now.  Feel free to get ranty or excited in the comments, just please remember that not everyone has read the book yet, so mark SPOILERS carefully.

GIF it to me straight:

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)Unite Me (Shatter Me, #1.5, #2.5)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

About the author:

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste.

When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel.

Foreign rights have sold in 25+ territories to-date and film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

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  1. Okay, first of all yay, audiobook!
    I love the audiobooks! I read Ignite Me last week but I'm listening to the audio right now.
    About the whole Adam thing, I don't think his character does a 180, I just think he was hurt and angry. Almost everyone says things they don't mean when they are hurt and angry. Although I'm Team Warner, I don't hate Adam (unlike the Adam fans) but I do have hope that he gets his own story.
    I love that she didn't kill him off. And Kenji needs his own book too!
    I loved this, no book is perfect but I really liked this :)

  2. And the thing about the closed eyes on the novella covers just blew my mind!

  3. I have about 20 pages left so felt it was safe to read your review :-) I have comments but they are spoilery so I shall refrain. But yes, yes, and yes to all you said in this. And that one chapter was very nice indeed

  4. Wow. Okay. I didn't really get the fascination with Warren but I know a lot are conflicted on which partnership they should ship. Lol. I'm thinking I'm missing a lot by not reading all these previously released novellas. I'm definitely looking forward to reading these back to back to back.

    Great review, Jen. Way to inspire a non-fan into reading these books. :)

  5. Chapter 55 was amazing! I still like Adam and I felt sad for him. He blew up but when I'm hurt I'm pretty evil as well. But he did say some very bad things. I think Warner does understand Juliette better and they are both crazy pants lol so it just works.

  6. I plan on buddy reading this one with Jess when she's all caught up with the series. We knocked out Allegiant together, so we figured we'd knock these ones out too.

    I have to say, I did not like unravel me as much as I would have hoped. Juliette was way to whiny for my taste. I have hopes that she's much more bad ass in Ignite me. She was just so pathetic in the last book..

    I will probably read Fracture me. I didn't realize that was an Adam novella. Personally, I'm not on any specific team, so I'll probably be happy with how it all goes down in the end.

  7. I went the audio route with both Shatter Me and Unravel Me, so I'm planning on doing the same with this one. I'm in the middle of two audios currently... Once I finish those, this one it will be! :)

  8. I'm just gonna say that I think this is the first wholly positive review of this book I've come across, hah. I never got around to reading beyond SHATTER ME, but all the crazy reactions have me very curious! Now that they're all out, I might binge read 'em one of these days.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  9. I have very strong feelings about this book, which I'm not going to relate here. I'm glad you loved it, and I really like that hidden spoilers feature. You'll have to show me now to work it one day!


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