Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Thoughts: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

HOLY CRAP, I WROTE A REVIEW. So much for that "back to blogging" thing, right? Life gets in the way, y'hear? Mama said there'd be days like this. I'm happy to be back, even if I only post every month.


I've been looking forward to this book for seventy years, it seems. I definitely appreciate the fact that this book did not have an Obvious Choice re: suitor. I honestly had no idea who Juliette would end up with. I DIG THAT. Keep me guessing, Mafi. So let's break it down:

 Warner. I love Warner. He's so complex and has the best character development out of anyone in the series.

Kenji. This is a no-brainer. The dude continues to be awesome. His one-liners, his swag, his humor are unmatched. His only flaw? Choosing to BFF it up with Juliette. (More on that later.) Though I do appreciate him calling her out on all her crap.

 The love scenes. AHEM. Mafi, I bow to your love scenes. Unravel Me Chapter 62, WHO?

Juliette. I really can't stand the girl. I don't identify with her at all and the attempt at the transformation to a Katniss type didn't work for me. There is no way I believe that the girl whined and cried and then became this all-powerful, self-assured beacon of hope for all. Don't get me wrong, I know people can change. Juliette's change just felt rushed and unbelievable. Most characters fawned over her and gushed over her strength and beauty and, don't hate me, but I got a Bella Swan vibe from her. 

Adam. I can't say too much without being spoilery, but I grew to despise the guy. Perhaps that's unfair, but he had some seriously psycho moments.

The ending. This is more of a gray area for me. I felt the ending was rushed, but I was relatively satisfied. This is one of those "pretty little bow" endings, however.

Got it Covered
PRETTY. I like these covers so, so much more than the girl in the dress. 

The Last Word
I know it seems like I didn't enjoy the book. I did. But when a protagonist becomes so unlikable to me, I cannot help but categorize it as a flop. I've never really liked Juliette, but this book was the nail in the coffin for me. I am sad to see this series end, because Warner, and I cannot wait to see what Mafi drums up next. She has talent, people. So much talent. 

Disclaimer: Ignite Me was published February 4, 2014 by Harper Collins. I purchased this e-book with my own cold hard cash. You couldn't pay me to give a dishonest review. 


  1. Ignite Me didn't work for me either. I just found it so be so unbelievable. I just don't believe it. I feel like all the characters undergo a personality shift and maybe if that was happening throughout the series I could've believed it, but it felt fake. I also didn't like the ending as well, like you said, it felt rushed.

  2. I'm in the middle of reading this now, and your review intrigued me even more! Now I MUST see how it ends, although I do kind of agree about extreme personality changes (especially Adam, which is breaking my heart)

  3. Kenji is easily the best character of this trilogy - I adore him :D

    I keep waiting to start this book. From the reviews I've read, I think I'll probably be frustrated with the story / Juliette....we shall see!

    Nice honest review :)

  4. If you haven’t picked up the series yet, it’s honestly a must read. I love Mafi’s gorgeous writing style and her ability to create dynamic and unforgettable characters.
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