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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay… I started at 4.5 but after further reflection I’m going down to 4… now that the initial glow of finishing has worn off I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on this installment and the series as a whole.
You might notice I picked this book up and didn’t put it down again until it was complete. There was just no other way that I was going to be able to handle it. I needed to know where our beloved characters were going to be by the end and there was no way I was sleeping until I did. I have to say that as a series overall, I am completely happy with the story that Mafi has told. From the first page of book 1 I was enamored with Juliette. She wasn’t perfect and she wasn’t strong and tough… but I could understand why she was who she was. And Adam… *fans self* he was amazing and he was swoony and he was everything that Juliette needed in her life. Book 2 had me doing a complete spin, and by the end of Unravel Me I was solidly on Team Nobody. So, admittedly I went into Ignite Me with an open heart, nothing set in stone and my feelings weren’t going to be put through the ringer based on who Juliette ultimately ended up with. I know that isn’t the case for a lot of people though.
I’ll now be tagging everything below as spoiler to avoid giving anything away…
I think what makes me happiest when all is said and done is that this series has a bit of something for everyone … action, tension, thrills and some definite swoons. I truly don’t think that this series is meant to be as much about the world around Juliette, instead it’s her story of finding the love and acceptance that she has wanted her whole life, and if you go into it with that in mind, I think that you will be happy when you turn that final page. Overall, I’m incredibly pleased with where Mafi took this series. Was it perfect… no, not in my world, but I was entertained and riveted to the story and emotionally invested in the characters… and for the most part, that’s all I ask when I pick up a book.
If you’re looking for a complete Dystopian/Paranormal series to read, this is one to consider. Overall rating for the series would probably be 4 (minus the last novella – ignore that one lol)
I’m not really sure where I want to start this review and I will do what I can to not give anything away. Overall Mafi did a great job with this series and although there were some things I didn’t love in book three, there were some things I did and to be perfectly honest, not everyone will be happy with this book. I mean, there was a definite love triangle here and you know either the Adam or Warner supporters – whoever Juliette doesn’t end up with – will definitely be upset.
Overall this is still one of my favorite dystopian series and I would give the whole thing a 4-4.5 rating. I love the story and the character evolution (for some) and despite my feelings about certain things in this book, I thought the whole series was well done. I have said it before and will say it again; I don’t envy authors who have to wrap up a series. It is tough to make everyone happy and when you have a love triangle, you are immediately destined to make some of your fans angry. For me, it wasn’t so much who Juliette ended up with as the path some of the characters took.