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Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh MafiIgnite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on February 4, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural, Dystopian
Pages: 421
Source: Self Purchase
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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.

 

 


 This review doesn’t take into account book #4 in the Shatter Me series, which surprisingly came out four years after Ignite Me was released.

Ignite Me is my favorite book in the Shatter Me series. Juliette’s character ARC came full circle. She finally learned how to love herself and her abilities. She’s not scared anymore. She’s not alone and she’s not weak. What an incredible journey Juliette has had!

Warner… swoon! He’s always made this series for me, with his many sad, sweet, and sexy scenes. I love a lot of things about him, but especially the fact that he’s been Juliette’s number one fan since day one. He believes that she’s powerful, and can overcome any obstacle. He’s so incredibly supportive. Swoon!!

Adam… ugh! In his novella, we started seeing a very unappealing side of him, one that continues to grow in Ignite Me. Juliette originally thought that Adam was perfect, and that he could do no wrong. Adam finally becomes a realistic person, when his big flaws start to show and grow in Ignite Me. He’s pissed off, and immature, throughout this book, which irritated me and the characters, because there’s so much stuff going on in Ignite Me, like, I don’t know – a WAR. He was such a drama-lama.

Ignite Me was great! I felt like Juliette blossomed. She finally started listening and acting on her heart. Looking back, I think as a whole, this series was solid. It never rushed through creating the setting, the romances, and the characters. Everything felt well-developed.

four-half-stars
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Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh MafiFracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on December 17, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural, Dystopian
Pages: 62
Source: Self Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.


I wasn’t thrilled to find out that Fracture Me was from Adam’s POV. Even before Warner came along, I was getting bored with the Adam/Juliette relationship.

Even though I didn’t like what Adam thought or had to say in Fracture Me, I’m glad I read it. I never doubted that Adam loved Juliette, but I was surprised and a bit upset when it was revealed that his love has been based mostly on a commitment. He feels responsible for her, that he needs to protect her, that she’s a type of mission he needs to complete.

Adam doesn’t believe that Juliette can be strong. He wants to lock her up and not let her get involved with the battles against the reestablishment, because he’s afraid she’s too fragile and would just be hindrance to the rest of the crew. I lost a lot of respect for Adam in this novella. He reminded me of Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses which wasn’t a good thing. They both want to be that super macho guy who has a delicate, wispy girl waiting at home for them. Gah! I hate those guys.

The one good thing I can say about Adam in this novella is that he started to get his priorities straight. He’s forced to make an incredibly important decision, and I was pleased with his choice. It made me believe that he can grow and change in the future and that maybe one day I won’t dislike him so much.

four-stars