Thu, February 20, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

Ignite Me book cover

Ignite Me book cover

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
By Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: Feb. 4, 2014
HarperCollins, 416 pages
Source: Bought on my Kindle

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I think Tahereh Mafi is a brilliant writer — her writing style is incredibly fresh and gorgeous.

And, beyond that, I think she’s a lovely person. I was lucky enough to go to lunch with her once when Shatter Me first came out, and she was a delight.

So it’s from a place of love that I say this: HOLY COW, TAHEREH, YOUR CHARACTERS INFURIATE ME.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

As Juliette falls deeper and deeper for Warner, she becomes less of the Juliette we first met. And I think that’s good in theory — she was a hot mess when we first met her. But what we got here was such a total character 180 it gave me whiplash.

As a reader, I couldn’t keep up as everything that enraged me in the first few books (about Warner, about society, about so many things) was just — poof — written off. I mean, kudos to Juliette for moving on faster than I could, but it was hard for me to process. Her quick forgiveness and acceptance of Warner appalled me.

And while I think we were supposed to be pissed off by Adam…I was really rooting for him. Every single word out of his mouth was exactly what was running through my mind as I read. It was harsh, yeah, but it felt like Juliette was breaking up both him and me! Or, maybe, I was just starting to realize that who I thought she was as a main character in the first two books was phony baloney. So I was cheering him on, like, “Yeah, bro, you tell her what’s up!”

Then the ending felt rushed and I just…blah. I’m not even sure I’m Team Kenji anymore. Team No One.

Okay, clearly I’m feeling a little bitter. Truly, I feel like I’ve been dumped by this book!!!

What’s hilarious is that anyone who was even SLIGHTLY into Warner in book two is going to have a totally different reaction. And that this can’t even be a negative review because Tahereh clearly knew at least a quarter of her readers would feel this way, so it’s like: That thing you wrote knowing it would drive me nuts? You did it. And I hated it, but you succeeded at making me feel that way, so good job.

Either way, I’m very much looking forward to whatever Tahereh has in store for us next. Have you guys read it yet? Thoughts? Do I even want to know, or are you going to be all Team Satan and upset me? HAHAH. Kidding. Sort of.

Previous reviews: Shatter Me | Unravel Me

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Is this the longest review I’ve ever written? Was this rant even readable?

Posted by: Anna   •   In: paranormal, tahereh mafi
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Mon, January 7, 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

Unravel Me book cover

Unravel Me book cover

Unravel Me
By Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2013
HarperCollins, 465 pages
Source: Borrowed from Sash

ick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it’s almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

— Goodreads.com description

You know that feeling when you can’t keep reading because it’s just to painful and raw and emotional and you’re worried that you’re being slowly and fully depleted and the words are like shards of glass, attacking your heart, shredding it, but you have force yourself to turn the page because you also can’t imagine living another moment not knowing what happens next and when it’s over you can barely breathe and you just want to throw yourself to the floor in a fit and just lie there and process and try to move on with your life but how can you move on without knowing what will become of these people you’ve so grown to love and to hate hate hate with every fiber of your being?

Yeah.

That feeling = Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, the sequel to her stunning debut, Shatter Me.

Look, I think a lot of things about this book. No, I FEEL a lot of things about this book. Love, anger… I can’t even begin to think about it logically. If you couldn’t tell, it’s like this book summoned up a tornado within me. And I’m sort of angry about it all.* But, damn, that’s a powerful reaction. And when a book can make you feel that way? That’s a beautiful thing.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*Warner can kiss my #$%!!!

Posted by: Anna   •   In: dystopian, paranormal, romance, tahereh mafi
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Thu, September 8, 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi

Nov. 15, 2011
HarperCollins, 352 pages
Source: Review copy

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.

— GoodReads.com description

SO. FREAKING. INTENSE.

From the action to the romance, “intense” is the best word to describe “Shatter Me.”

Let’s start with the action. Think “X-Men,” but almost grittier. The novel – Mafi’s debut – starts out in a jail cell, where Juliette has spent most of the year in complete silence and isolation. It’s bleak and frightening and locks you in from the get-go. From there, things are fast-paced, more intriguing and more intense as the twists and turns keep coming. I could not put it down.

Oh, as I write this I can’t help but feel that if I had my copy of this book next to me right now, I’d hug it. That’s how in love with it I am.

Speaking of love. Look, sorry Mom, Dad, Sister and In-Laws who are reading this, but I just have to say: This book is just plain steamy. It’s not smarmy or skanky either – it’s just got the best sexual tension I’ve read since, well, a long time. I think at one point I was actually fanning myself off. INTENSE.

And, the cherry on top? It actually ends. Oh, sure, there’s setup for a sequel. But no cliffhanger! I felt perfectly content at the end to sit and wait for round two. LOVED!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: I can’t go without commenting on the cover. Wow…so gorgeous, but so not even remotely reflective of this book’s DARK tone. An odd choice.

Posted by: Anna   •   In: dystopian, romance, science fiction, tahereh mafi
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