Sunday, April 13, 2014
Also see my review of SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With each book, Tahereh Mafi has raised the stakes and taken her characters and readers through so many twists and turns I don't know which way is up anymore. Point being, I don't care to know which way is up anymore, because I'm more interested in knowing her characters, and how they will survive together, despite the ever-growing odds stacked against them.
I loved the feel of the world, the fact that it had the X-Men vibe, but did its own thing, which was equally as cool to me. I loved how their powers evolved and deepened, just like the characters arcs throughout the books.
Tahereh Mafi is the master of sexy times. Period. Kisses, not kisses, and almost sex are also close runner-ups. Wow. that's some scorching hot pagination, right there. I had to fan myself with the pages to cool down after reading. Simply stunning. Climactic, even.
I began this series as an Adam fan, but have evolved the way Juliette has evolved. I'm happy where the series ended up, even though I would have told you you're crazy if you'd asked me this back when I'd only read SHATTER ME. It's taken some time to change my mind. It wasn't a quick or easy decision, but I'm happy the way characters changed and alliances shifted. The arc felt particularly genuine and real. Character motivations are legit and can be easily understood. I especially adored the friendship between Kenji and Juliette and how this humor of Kenji's disguised a deeper personal pain beneath his group role as staunch, self-appointed comedian.
I was also intrigued when Juliette asked Warner to be her friend. I thought that was a necessary and significant progression for their relationship. I liked that it messed Warner up to be forced to get a bit uncomfortable, yet he was willing to try.
What a great series, and a great read. Now I've got to read this whole series over again with new eyes. I don't want to miss anything. Cannot wait to see what Tahereh Mafi brings us next.
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