Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

February 12, 2014 Review 59 ★★★★½

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Pages: 416
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Series: Shatter Me #3
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.”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.The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines 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.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.


The funny thing here is that I had no intention of running out and buying IGNITE ME the first chance I got. I had my name on a library waiting list of fifty-three and was content to wait. But then, reviews started pouring in. Five star, glowing reviews that I was so obsessed with reading that I was scrolling through all of them in Goodreads while in the middle of class. I’m glad I didn’t wait because this final installment has definitely earned a spot on my bookshelf and belongs on yours too.

“Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

IGNITE ME had character development that flew into the stars. Juliette is no longer the weak, sad little girl we knew in SHATTER ME just as she is no longer the unsure, confused young woman we knew in UNRAVEL ME. Juliette has come into herself and her powers, taking charge of everything that she is and can become. (A total badass.)

Adam changed the most. It becomes clear exactly what he thinks of this new Juliette and which version he prefers. However, I  do wish this revelation about his character could have been introduced gradually instead of all of the sudden.

Even the lovable “villain” Warner changes. It’s no secret he loves Juliette and will do anything for her, which he shows time and time again. Just like with Adam, new things about his character are made known as well.

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

If you are a fan of these books you will know that Mafi has a very specific, creative way of writing this series. It will not appeal to some people, but I absolutely love the uniqueness of it. There are some quotes to die for in this book.

As for that infamous love triangle, well. All I can say is that Juliette ended up with the best boy for her, and take that as you may. Oh, and the romance scenes in this book are crazy-had me swooning!

I was a follower of the SHATTER ME books from the very beginning, but IGNITE ME has totally made the series for me. Fantastic.

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

Rating Report
Overall: 4.6

59 Responses to “Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Jasmine @ Flip That Page

    OHMYGOD I loved this book! I mean, I had every intention of buying a copy as soon as it hit the shelves and while I was somehow nervous that it could potentially make or break the series, I had next to no doubts that it would be good– I just didn’t think THIS good. I loved the change in the characters in this book, especially Juliette, who developed so much, and while I never thought that Kenji could get any better, he did. I was soooo in love with him <3 And gosh those sexytimes with Warner! I think I read up on those back and forth, hahaha. I did think the pacing was a little off though, but really. That was not near enough for me to completely forget about loving everything else. SO yeah! Great review <3
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    • Alise

      Oh gosh, me too! I was SO nervous because I thought for sure she would pick the other boy. I am one relieved reader xD Kenji is an awesome supporting character, I so agree. Yeah, the pacing seemed awkward at times. Same :D Thanks!

  2. Chantelle

    AAHHH! I couldn’t resist reading this one sooner too, it became way too hard avoiding spoilers on goodreads and twitter! IT WAS SO GOOD! And I agree, best of the series I think, honestly I feel that only die-hard Adam fans will dislike it. My only love/hate thing about the series is how fast Juliette and Warner get all hands on haha like in Unravel Me, chapter 62 came completely out of the blue for me.
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    • Alise

      THIS. I was like squinting while scrolling through Twitter because I was afraid of spoilers. YES. The reviews on Goodreads are all positive except for people on Team Adam. It’s humorous because they don’t even mention that in their reviews, like they disliked it for some other reason ha. Please. I so agree.

    • Alise

      Aw, I’m sorry! That was one of my issues as well, it all happened way too fast and I think that was why it wasn’t that believable.

    • Alise

      *sharpens pitchfork*

      Aha, just kidding. I totally understand, some people didn’t like the series from the beginning. I too had some issues with the character development so.

  3. Amir

    FINALLY! A final installment that didn’t disappoint! I’m buying this pronto so I kinda skimmed your review cause I didn’t want spoilers but your rating is enough for me to be super excited about this because I was so worried its going to be another dissapointment. Thanks Alise :)
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  4. aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    For it, I didn’t mind the love triangle or who she chose. Except Ignite Me didn’t sit well with me. For many spoilery reasons. I desperately wanted to like it, and I like your review because even though I didn’t feel the same way you kind of made me see what worked for you.
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    • Alise

      The writing will definitely not appeal to some people. As for me, I think it’s really pretty because it’s so simple yet so intricate.

    • Alise

      See, I probably should have read that one xD I only read Destroy Me. Maybe it wouldn’t have been as abrupt for me if I had read them haha.

  5. Emma @ Never Judge a Book

    Don’t hurt me but is it really bad of me to say that I haven’t even started this series yet…!? With most hype I have this thing to not read it until at least a few months after its died down. But I think I would really like to get to know Juliette and her character development, amongst Adam and the ‘lovable’ Warner. Brilliant, review Alise. :)
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    • Alise

      Haha, nah! I still haven’t read books for that same reason. Warner is great, although you aren’t supposed to know that yet ;D Thanks!

  6. Kaina

    Words cannot express how much I loved this novel (funny thing that you mentioned being able to wait unlike me who signed up for Amazon Prime just to get the two day shipping xD) Warner and Juliette are my OTP of OTP’S their scenes were so adorable. I smile just thinking about them, something I wish there would have been was more scenes with them. But I agree with what you said wholeheartedly, it is so obvious just how much Warner cares for her which I loved. Great review! :)
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    • Alise

      Bahaha! That sounds like something I would do for the release of Ruin & Rising when it comes out :) Yeah, I really like them together. Yes! Thanks :)

  7. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    I completely agree with everything you’ve said here! I feel that this series has just gotten better and better, and I’m really glad I chose to continue the series. I definitely agree with your interpretation of Warner…it’s obvious he truly cares for Juliette and everything he did was for her best interest. And yes, I agree – while I’m usually not the biggest fan of love triangles, this one was rather amazing! (I can’t believe I just said that!) And Tahereh’s writing is just AMAZING!

    Thanks for sharing Alise and – as always – fabulous review! :D
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    • Alise

      Thank you :3

      Same! I really don’t mind a good love triangle. I know-it’s very simple yet so descriptive at the same time, I wish more people would give it a chance.

  8. tonyalee

    YAY! I am so glad to hear you loved this one! I’ll be waiting for a little while to read it but I am curious on how everything plays out :)

    Great review!

  9. Allie @ Little Birdie

    I was so not happy with how this ended. I’m a Team Adam gal but, seriously, I could deal with her ending up with Warner because I think their relationship was handled well in this book. I hated Warner, but after all his bad deeds were practically retconned in Ignite Me, I couldn’t carry on hating him. So I finished the book feeling ‘whatever’ about their relationship, but not entirely against it.

    What I hated was how Adam’s character was completely butchered. It felt like such a lazy way to make Warner seem more appealing. Why did Adam’s character need to be turned into such a dick for the chosen guy to seem more viable? It seriously irked me.
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    • Alise

      I understand, I would completely agree if I didn’t have a thing for underdog/villains. I 100% also hated the character development with Adam because of that reason. He changed too abruptly and solely for the reason of putting the other two together.

  10. Andreea

    Thanks so much for this spoiler free review. I have ordered this book a few days ago on Amazon but I have to wait 6 weeks for the book to be shipped. I think too many people preordered it and now there are no copies left :(

    I loved Shatter Me but I didn’t love the second book in this series because Juliette annoyed me. But I have high hopes for it. I have avoided all reviews until now because I don’t want to be spoilers. Yours was the first I have read and I am glad that you loved it. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Alise

      Dang, that really sucks. I would be sooo mad at Amazon if I were you. Too bad you don’t have a bookstore you could get it from :(

      I’m pretty sure I gave the 2nd four stars exactly for that reason. She gets better in this one-she knows exactly what she wants. Hope you like it!

  11. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    This is my current favorite book, and is easily a contender for “best book of 2014” on my list so far. I could talk for HOURS about it – and the worst part is that my best friend refuses to read Unravel Me OR Ignite Me, because she hates Warner! It breaks my heart; we need to convince her.
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  12. Giselle

    I have only read book 1 so fare – GAH I know I suck! – but I really have to get in and binge read it starting from scratch, too! I think I’ve forgotten too much from book 1 now to just continue. I do remember liking how creative the writing was and I’m glad that’s kept up. I also can’t wait to see who’s the winner of this love triangle! I don’t despise these like some do – only when there’s no point o them other than added drama you know. Anyways, great review!
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    • Alise

      Yeah! I think once you get back into the world you will definitely want to see how it all ends, making it easy to binge read the series. The love triangle really surprised me! I hope you like them :)

  13. Kirsty-Marie

    I have yet to read Unravel Me, I did like Shatter Me when I first read it but I don’t know if I would if I read it again. It took me awhile to warm up to the writing style, I think it’s one of those ‘you’re either going to love it or hate it’, and I don’t know where I am. But, it does get better as it goes along, right? So I’ll have to finish them eventually. The love triangle, I just hope it’s not Adam. I did not like Adam. Nope.
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    • Alise

      Yep, exactly. The writing will definitely be a deal breaker for some. The writing or the storyline? Because the writing cross outs definitely lessen as Juliette develops and comes into herself. She is a little frustrating in Unravel Me but in Ignite Me she’s really great. And bonus, if you dislike Adam you’ll love the last book! *evil laughter*

  14. Rashika

    This series is probably not for me because of my great dislike of love triangles even though a lot of people I know have enjoyed this one (and didn’t particularly love love triangles either). I know a lot of people were disappointed by this book though so I am glad you enjoyed it Alise! :)
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    • Alise

      I’ve actually only seen maybe 30% negative reviews, the rest were just glowing. I think it depends on who you like with Juliette because that really affects the storyline. Yeah, love triangles always can be a bit frustrating.

  15. Aman

    I couldn’t agree more!!! This book made this series 100 times better, I finished this book last week and I still can’t get over how perfect it was in terms character development and ofcourse romance! I loved loved loved Warner!!! He was ruthless in the first book and I never imagined I’d fall for him, but gosh, he has best lines in his entire book. Also, I gained another level of respect for Juliette. “A total badass” True dat! I’m so glad you were a fan of this book, Alise! Now if only Mafi would write a book for Kenji (and I think it will happen *fingers crossed*) Great review :)
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    • Alise

      I know! Although I always kind of liked him because I always root for the villain xD It’s an issue haha. That would be awesome-I would so read that. Thanks!

    • Alise

      If I had to put them in order with the best first it would be: Ignite Me, Shatter Me, then Unravel Me. But yeah, the series gets better. Maybe give it a try? :)

  16. Emily

    Oh my goodness, YAY!! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this one, Alise :3 Whenever I see another raving review I’m all like LET’S START HYPERVENTILATING AGAIN *FLAPPY ARMS* While I think the series didn’t start off with a bang for me, I think the ending really closed up in a spectacular and epic manner :)
    Wonderful review, Alise!!! <33
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  17. Cait

    I did like the ending. OKAY I LOVED IT. WARNER *fangirls endlessly* I’m so glad she got together with him because after Adam kept ripping her up, I would have been seriously angry if she’d got together with him. He was NOT treating her right, and that wasn’t love. *sigh* I do feel sad for him, but Warner was just way more epic. And sad. N’awwww. I did love how Juliette changed so much too! I think my only negative was that they spent so much time talking talking talking. Not much action for ages.
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    • Alise

      Haha me too :D Right? He turned into such a jerk all of the sudden, which seemed a little unrealistic but hey, Warner ;) Yeah, he was always a better character. Yep, this one had a little pacing issues.

    • Alise

      Nah, I have a lot of books somewhere I don’t remember buying haha. Yay, that’s great! I really hope you like it, then!

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