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Review: Ignite Me

Ignite Me

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IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. today, February 4, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

IGNITE ME is the third and final full-length book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me trilogy.

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Description…

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.

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IGNITE ME is the riveting, unputdownable, electrifying conclusion to this epic, beautiful and breathtaking series by author Tahereh Mafi. Shocking and suspenseful and action-packed from beginning to end, this last installment proves to be the best yet.

Filled with page after page of the author’s gorgeous writing, interwoven with humor, heartbreak and surprise after surprise, this story will keep the pages turning. And its fast pace, its gripping, emotion- and tension-filled storyline and its captivating characters will keep readers enrapt.

With the rebellion on the verge of collapse, unlikely alliances must be formed. Decisions must be made that could put everyone at risk. Trust must be given to those who haven’t earned it. But it may be the only way if there is to be any hope of taking down the Reestablishment.

As tempers ignite, success might be too much to hope for. Doubt, insecurity, distrust and a broken heart could so easily destroy any chance at a victory. Because without a united front, a leader and a solid plan, the supreme will be unbeatable. Even with a burning desire for revenge.

Author Tahereh Mafi has crafted a powerful and empowering story in IGNITE ME. Through the course of her series, culminating in this final installment, she has allowed her main character, Juliette, to grow. To not only find her voice but to embrace it. To discover who she is and all that she is capable of. To figure out what she wants and how to go about getting it.

She has created a finale that is thrilling and nail-biting, stunning and intoxicating, fragile and moving and utterly bewitching. She has developed enchanting and memorable characters whose outcomes will either delight or destroy. And she’s done a masterful job in bringing her story to a close, giving her characters an ending that feels true to who they are, in a way that doesn’t feel rushed or incomplete.

IGNITE ME is an absolute must read for fans of dystopia and those who love intense, action-filled, sexy and incredibly exciting, beautifully-written stories. And it is a must read now for any and all fans of this remarkable series.

Reviewer gives this book…

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Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

There is so much I want to say. SO MUCH. But I’m not about to spoil one single second of this final book in the series if I can help it. Though I will say I am so very, very glad I read FRACTURE ME before I read this last book. Because it provided certain insights that helped explain certain things.

I was so nervous when I embarked upon this final book in the series. I had certain expectations. Things I was sure were going to happen. Directions the story would take. These expectations – no, I’m not going to say if they were met in any way, shape or form – kept me on edge for the entire read.

Arrrgh….

There are SO MANY THINGS I want to talk about. So many things that happened that absolutely killed me. So many things that made me grin like a complete and total idiot. But I can’t. Which is killing me. Abso-freaking-lutely killing me.

There were times that I laughed out loud. Times that my heart dropped into the pit of my stomach – yes it’s possible, if you’ve ever read a book by Tahereh Mafi you know it is. There were times I got so angry I nearly screamed. And would have if it hadn’t been the middle of the night.

There were moments that were so freaking H.O.T. oh my gosh… just oh my gosh. And there were moments that completely and totally shattered me.

This was an unforgettable, unputdownable, utterly amazing finish to the series. I could not have been happier that I chose to read it immediately. It was perfection. It was flawless. It was everything a final book in a series should be.

It was epic. Completely and totally epic. It had everything in it. Action. Suspense. Heartbreak. Romance. Humor. Tension. Drama. Sexy times.

And it went beyond. So, so, so far beyond. What I hoped it could be. What I imagined it would be.

I could ramble on for days about what happened in IGNITE ME. I want to talk about that thing that Adam did. Or that thing that Warner said. Or the realization that Juliette came to.

I want to go on and on about how I was surprised when I never thought I could be. I want to talk about weakness and strength and voice and having no voice. I want to talk about which characters I loved more than I thought possible and which characters broke my heart.

I said before I read this book that reading IGNITE ME would first Fracture Me, then Unravel Me, Shatter Me and ultimately Destroy Me. And it did. It absolutely did. I’d pondered whether after the read a happily ever after ending would gather up all my broken pieces and Unite Me. That I won’t say.

But for those who read this amazing, brilliant, breathtaking story, you know. You know.

I never imagined any book in this series could top SHATTER ME. But then I read UNRAVEL ME and fell so much harder. It was an unexpected love affair. It was such a surprise. A beautiful, astonishing, shocking, stunning surprise. And now that I’ve read IGNITE ME… well… all I can say is BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES.

Okay, I probably could say a LOT more. But I really, really shouldn’t. And I won’t. But I will say – oh my gosh, you have to read this book straight away. Go ahead. I’ll wait…

Are you done? Have you got to that part where…?

Or that moment between Juliette and…?

Not yet? Well, then stop reading this post and keep reading IGNITE ME.

Favorite passage…

There are too many to choose from. I want to include them all. Even the spoiler-y ones… especially the spoiler-y ones. And I want to include the swoon-worthy ones. Oh how much I want to. Because those are some of my most favorite. Though the heartbreaking ones are too.

But instead I’ve chosen a favorite moment between Juliette and Kenji. It made me laugh out loud in the middle of the night, earning me a not so friendly glare.

“I don’t know what’s happening to me.”

“They’re called hormones.”

I shoot him a dirty look. “I’m serious.”

“Me too.” He cocks his head at me. “That’s like, biological and shit. Scientific. Maybe your lady bits are scientifically confused.”

“My lady bits?”

“Oh, I’m sorry”—Kenji pretends to look offended—“would you rather I use the proper anatomical terminology? Because your lady bits do not scare me—”

“Yeah, no thanks.” I manage to laugh a little, my sad attempt dissolving into a sigh.

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