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Book Review: Ignite Me By Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Series: Shatter Me, #3
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Paperback, 408 pages.
My Copy
Published on December 30th 2014 by HarperCollins (first published February 4th 2014)
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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 thought 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.


“For so many years I lived in constant terror of myself. Doubt had married my fear and moved into my mind, where it built castles and ruled kingdoms and reigned over me, bowing my will to its whispers until I was little more than an acquiescing peon, too terrified to disobey, too terrified to disagree. I had been shackled, a prisoner in my own mind. But finally, finally, I have learned to break free.”

Ignite Me reminded me why I actually enjoyed the series so much. I rarely read young adult these days and I admit I’m perhaps way too picky when giving books five stars but I think Ignite Me deserves those five stars.

Downside of this book was that it reminded me why I disliked Adam so much in later books. I absolutely hated how he treated Juliette just because she didn’t want to be with him anymore and was defending Warner. He wasn’t just upset but also cruel and not just towards Juliette– he also tried to hurt Kenji. I can’t even feel bad for him since his 10- year old brother was behaving more like an adult than he did.

I always loved Warner, so finding out about his real intentions for Juliette back when she was his prisoner just made me love him even more. I love that he’s not that great guy in everyone else’s eyes but he’d do anything for her. He was willing even to try to let her go if she’d found something extraordinary with Adam, no matter how much it hurt him.

Juliette got more likeable in this book. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t willing for anyone to put her down. She refused to be the victim anymore and she was ready to fight whatever came at her.

Warner always believed in Juliette and thought she deserved better. He really knew her and just not what she wanted him to see. Warner always saw her as his equal and Juliette loves that when she does something incredible, he’s not even surprised. He expects it and he doesn’t treat her like she’ll break. I found it sweet how he’s a little afraid his feelings would scare her away and how she just wanted him to be happy and have a family and be surrounded by people who love him.

I’ve liked Kenji but I thought he was a little over rated in the first few books but in Ignite Me I got why people loved him so much. He’s funny of course but his friendship with Juliette really got to me in this book. I love how he’s willing not to just to cheer up her but willing to be vulnerable with her. Kenji isn’t a Warner fan and who can blame him after what he did to Kenji in the first book? But he was still nonjudgmental when he realized Juliette had real feelings for him.   

All in all Adam annoyed the hell out of me but otherwise I loved every second of it. We got more romance I actually enjoyed reading, more Warner (always a pride side!), Kenji’s friendship with Juliette, Warner interacting with James and the book was so fast paced it was hard to put down.


5 stars


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