Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Friday, January 23, 2015

Song I Read While Reading- It Was Always You by Maroon 5

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.
(no its not *wink*)

What does one say for the non-spoilery section of the third and final book in a trilogy? Character development. If that isn't obvious enough from the covers, then let me tell you now; read this book. If your a little iffy on it because Juliette has bothered you so far, PLEASE JUST GIVE IT A CHANCE. I promise you won't be disappointed. 


Ladies and gentlemen. I'm proud to say that this novel is 1. on my favorites list. 2. my favorite list of ALL TIME. and 3. probably one of the best endings to a series I've ever read. It was magnificent. The character growth was evident right away, and I was loving it. Actually, scratch that, I was drowning in it. The feels were all over the place and my throat was seizing up every few seconds because Juliette was strong. She was powerful. She believed in herself. She conquered her abilities and spoke her mind and wasn't afraid anymore, and I CANT GET OVER IT. She was so bottled up and constantly suppressing her feelings and never understand how to let go and to believe there was a brighter future for herself. And I loved how she realized that during this book, and really thought long and hard about. So much of the first half of this book was her realizing, over and over again, how stubborn she was being. How close-minded, immature, and frightened she was. 
"I was a scared, broken girl, fighting back the only way I knew how. It's no wonder I failed. I wasn't in my right mind. I was weak and terrified and blind to the idea of possibility. I had no experience with stealth or manipulation. I hardly knew how to interact with people- could barely understand the words in my own head. 
It shocks me to think how much I've changed in these past months. I feel like a completely different person. Sharper, somehow. Hardened, absolutely. And for the first time in my life, willing admit I'm angry. 
It's liberating." (pg. 37)
Warners mom was so sad. It sounded completely awful. I wonder why Mafi didn't add that part in Destroy Me, because that would have totally pulled more people onto Warners side. I also wondered if she had some kind of power, like she could project pain but didn't know how to yet so it was simmering in her body, waiting to be let out. It reminded me of (spoiler for Vicious by V.E. Schwabb) Victor, how he could dial it down or up. I wondered if she would play a part at the end and kill Anderson herself, instead of Juliette. 
Now, lets talk about Adam. Honestly I wasn't expecting this side of him to come out. He was awful. When he first started getting a little angry at her I was cheering in my head for him to keep doing it cause I knew it would make Juliette realize this isn't the guy for her. But man, I wished too hard. He said some sick shit. I wanted Kenji to punch him every time he started yelling, or Juliette to push him through a wall. But I guess it was better for her to take it and realize her true feelings, rather then keep moping about him. Cut that sucker off. 
And now, my favorite part of the book.
Well, second to Warner and Juliette moments. 
He stole the show. Juliette was awesome and all, but he stole my heart. Just grabbed it and whispered sweet and sassy things to it, making it swell and swell until I literally thought I was going to die. I know exactly what Juliette went through in Unravel Me when she said her heart exploded. THE BANTER BETWEEN THOSE TWO BESTIES WERE MY UNDOING. The last time I lol'd this hard was with Rowan and Celaena from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. So thats why Juliette and Kenji are officially my second platonic OTP. Like Warner could have died and I would have been okay with it. As long as she was with Kenji. THATS HOW BAD IT IS. But I'm super okay with her having both those guys in her life. I have 16 post-it notes in the book, and 11 are those are LMFAO moments with Kenji. The guy is pure gold and one of my favorites now. I wholly support Mafi writing a spin-off series with him as the main character. 
I'm not even going to write about Warner because we all know how I feel. I probably would have thrown Ignite Me at her head at Yallwest when I see her. And I LOVE how she wrote their relationship. Juliette was constantly on the go, her and Adam almost doing it a million times and never slowly getting into it. With Warner in this book, they both tore each other's walls down until nothing was a secret between them anymore. He knows everything about her from her journal, and she slowly finds things out about him. It was tender and beautiful and absolutely perfect. 
And FINALLY, the ending. Juliette. Her powers. The ship. The HUNDREDS of soldiers she literally mows down. It was a simple and clean ending. A wee bit easy, which could be my only complaint, but it's right to the point. Anderson dies realizing his biggest mistake; underestimating Juliette. The girl crushed his ankle. Like he LITERALLY HAD A STUMP IN 2 SECONDS. Poof. There's goes your foot, my bad.
God it was awesome. She kicks down doors and jumps through floors and annihilates everyone. SHE WAS EVERYTHING I HAD HOPED SHE WOULD BE. 
Kudos to you, Tahereh Mafi. This book was fucking magical. 

"I'm not an idiot, Kenji. I have reasons for the things I say."
"Yeah, and maybe I'm just saying you have no idea what your saying."
"Don't whatever me-"
"Whatever," I say again.
"Oh my god," Kenji says to no one in particular. "I think this girl wants to get her asked kicked."
"You couldn't kick my ass if I had ten of them."
Kenji laughs out loud. "Is that a challenge?"
"It's a warning," I say to him.
"Ohhhhhhh, so your threatening me now? Little crybaby knows how to make threats now?"
"Shut up, Kenji."
"Shut up, Kenji," he repeats in a whiny voice, mocking me." (pg. 95-96)

""I'm here to pick up Juliette. I have no wish to disturb your... slumber party," Warner says, looking around at the pillows and blankets piled on the living room floor. 
Adam goes rigid with alarm. "What're you talking about? She's not going anywhere with you."
Warner scratches the back of his head. "Do you never get exhausted being so wholly unbearable? You have as much charisma as the rotting innards of unidentified roadkill."
I hear an abrupt wheezing noise and turn toward the sound.
Kenji has a hand pressed to his mouth, desperately trying to suppress a smile. He's shaking his head, holding up a hand in apology. And then he breaks, laughing out loud, snorting as he tries to muffle the sound. "I'm sorry," he says, pressing his lips together, shaking his head again. "This is not a fun moment. It's not. I'm not laughing"
Adam looks like he might punch Kenji in the face." (pg. 127-128)

""I'm not falling for Warner," I say quietly.
"Sure you aren't."
"I'm not," I insist. 'I'm just- I dont know." I sigh. "I don't know whats happening to me."
"They're called hormones."
I shoot him a dirty look. "I'm serious."
"Me too." He cocks his head at me. "Thats like, biological and shit. Scientific. Maybe your lady bits are scientifically confused."
"My lady bits?"
"Oh, I'm sorry" -Kenji pretends to look offended- "would you rather I use the proper anatomical terminology? Because your lady bits do not scare me-"
"Yeah, no thanks." I managed to laugh a little, my sad attempt dissolving into a sigh." (pg. 156-157)

"Winston hits a switch. The lights go out. There's a rustle of blankets. "If I hear any of you talk," Winston says, "I will personally send Brendan over to kick you in the face."
"I am not going to kick anyone in the face."
"Kick yourself in the face, Brendan."
"I don't even know why we're friends."
"Please shut up." Lily shouts from her corner.
"You heard the lady," Winston says. "Everyone shut up."
"Your the one talking, dumbass," Ian says.
"Brendan, kick him in the face, please."
"Shut up, mate, I am not kicking any-"
"Good night," Castle says.
Everyone stops breathing." (pg. 165)

"It just gets really heavy sometimes." He looks away. "Too heavy. Even for me. And some days I don't want to laugh," he says. "I don't want to be funny. I don't want to give a shit about anything. Some days I just want to sit on my ass and cry. All day long." His hands stop moving against the mats. "Is that crazy?' he asks quietly, still not meeting my gaze.
I blink hard against the stinging in my eyes. "No," I tell him. "No, thats not crazy at all."
He stares hard at the floor. "Hanging out with you has made me weird, J. All I do is sit around thinking about my feelings these days. Thanks for that." (pg. 215)

"I hear a sharp whistle. Spin around.
"Hey- jazz hands!" Kenji barks. "Get your ass back over here." He makes it a point to look as irritated as possible. "Back to work. And this time focus. You're not an ape. Don't just throw your shit everywhere." (pg. 237"

"I kick down the first door I see.
Then another.
I'm going to rip apart every inch of this ship until I find Anderson. I will tear it down with my own two hands if I need to. Because he has Sonya and Sara. And he might have Kenji.
And first, I need to make them safe.
And second, I need him dead." (pg. 383)

Oh also, I'm gonna link my favorite booktuber, Christine, here, for her book talk on Ignite Me. It was gold. (I say that a lot don't I?)

(Image and synopsis from Goodreads)

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