Review: Ignite Me

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By: Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 408

Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Personal Age Rating: 15+

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

My Review:

“Come back to life, love. I’ll be here when you wake up.” -Warner

Ignite Me embodies every aspect you could ever wish for in the final book of a series. It’s emotional, empowering, satisfying, and most importantly, the best book in the entire series. Young Adult Dystopian trilogies too often struggle with tying up the lose ends in the last book, leaving the reader with a dissatisfied feeling toward the series as a whole. The Shatter me series did NOT have this problem at all. Each book gets better and better, and the character development in each book is perfectly executed. If you haven’t read Shatter Me yet and need a bit of convincing, please check out my Shatter Me review. I did not review Unravel Me because I was too busy, but I gave it 4.75 stars in Goodreads. This review for Ignite Me will contain spoilers for the rest of the series, seeing as it is the last book, and I want you to be able to enjoy this masterpiece of a trilogy as much as I did!

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Review: Shatter Me

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By: Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 338

Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Personal Age Rating: 14+

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Review:

“Laughter comes from living. I’ve never really been alive before.”

I know, I’m about the last person in the universe to hop on this bandwagon. I have constantly been told to read this book, and guess what, I finally did! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a refreshing change from what I have previously been reading and is exquisitely unique. Mafi is very much a visual writer, which is evident though the repetition, punctuation, strikethroughs, and use of numbers scattered throughout her prose. Not only is Mafi’s writing visual to the eye, but also visual to the mind, as it is drenched in flowery metaphors and vivid imagery. The beautiful writing is accompanied by a stellar story, filled with several interesting characters that provide potential for great character development as the series progresses. Here are some things that I loved about this book, and some things I didn’t particularly enjoy.

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May Wrap-Up

Well, May is coming to a close and I am proud to say that amidst finals and finishing school I was able to complete a total of five books! My favorite read of the month was Fill-In Boyfriend (not pictured above) and my least favorite read was Meant to Be, although I still enjoyed it. Here are my ratings and overall thoughts on the books I read this month:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: 3.75/5 stars

Cruel Beauty is a fairy-tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a spin on Greek mythology that is unlike anything I have ever read before. The writing is exquisite and the world is extremely imaginative and interesting. This book truly exudes individuality. However, I found the plot rather predictable due to extensive foreshadowing and I also found myself bored in particular parts of this novel, which is the primary reason I deducted stars. Overall, a very solid, creative read!

The Heir by Kiera Cass: 4/5 stars

The Heir is the fourth book in Kiera Cass’ series, The Selection, following a new lead character, Eadlyn, as she participates in her own Selection. I immensely enjoy The Selection series and have found each book highly addictive and consistently entertaining. This book is no exception, certainly delivering its fair share of romance and drama. I took off a star because the lead character, Eadlyn, is extremely egotistical and selfish, and I also felt as if a few of the plot points were rushed at the end of the novel. I reviewed this book, so be sure to check it out!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: 5/5 stars

There is no question in my mind that Kasie West writes perfect contemporaries. She is able to get to the point of the story during the first few pages of each of her books in order to give the readers what they want… the relationships! There are never filler scenes and the dialogue in each of her books is funny, cute, and realistic. The Fill-In Boyfriend opens as high school senior and student body president Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom. Desperate not to go alone, she begins to look around the parking lot and finds, well, a Fill-In Boyfriend. Mystery, cuteness, and adventure ensues post-prom in a character driven plot. Pick up a Kasie West book, you won’t regret it!

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: 3/5 stars

Although this was a fun read, the plot definitely felt unrealistic and cliche to me which made it difficult to connect with the characters. I was skeptical going into this book, I mean, a female quarterback on her high school’s male football team? Unlikely. But a female quarterback on her school’s all-boys football team who is respected and treated like one of the team who is also the best in the state and wanted by the best college football team in America? Yeah, right. This book was certainly predictable, but most cutesy contemporaries are. I loved the football element to the book, being a football fan myself, and I really appreciated that the author addressed the relevant topic of stereotypes throughout the book. Not my favorite of the month, but a fun read nonetheless.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill: 3/5 stars

This book was an enjoyable read for me. A light contemporary about a school trip to London with a teeny bit of mystery and romance. Quite honestly, this book seemed to drag in several places and the true thing that kept me reading was my curiosity about Julia’s love triangle (square?). I thought that Julia’s character was rather contradictory and she frustrated me at times, and Jason was highly annoying and immature, but I ended up growing to at least like them by the end of the book. A predictable plot, but still a fun read if you are looking for something quick and easy to get through.

Review: The Heir

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The Heir

By: Kiera Cass

Pages: 342

Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Personal Age Rating: 13+

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

My Review:

“I’m smart and beautiful and strong. I don’t need to be rescued.”

The Heir is just as I expected it to be: a quick read that is light, fun, and exciting. We are introduced to Maxon & America’s eighteen year-old daughter Eadlyn, a headstrong and determined heir to the throne of Illéa who wants nothing to do with marriage or relationships. However, circumstances require Eadlyn to hold her own Selection, and suddenly the palace is filled with 35 various suitors all competing for Eadlyn’s hand. Eadlyn just cannot seem to desire the happiness her parents found in the Selection twenty years ago.

The Selection series always leaves me feeling conflicted, because although I have issues with each book, I can never seem to put them down and I always enjoy them immensely. My major problem with The Heir was very simple: Eadlyn.

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