Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) - Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 1st 2014 (Australia)
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 416
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Review: OMG you guys. I am so sorry in advance for this review, because I have a million thoughts swirling in my head, most of which will just make me seem like I am gushing about this book. It’s been a while since I’ve rated a book 5 stars, and Ignite Me is so worthy of it!

Sometimes books that are ending a trilogy or sequel can disappoint us because the hype is already at a climax before we read it and if the book doesn’t live up to our expectations it can be a bit of a downer. Let me just say that after the incredible sequel Unravel Me, I had super high hopes for Ignite Me. Not only did it match my expectations but it took them and smashed them, well and truly above and beyond what I had hoped for.

Normally love triangles REALLY annoy me. And I guess in a way there was that kinda love triangle thing happening in the Shatter Me series, except it was done right. It was done the way it always should have been done. At some points in this book, the things I was reading in this book hit me so hard that I was actually feeling heartache. That never happens to me from a book, but Tahereh Mafi is one of the most emotionally in touch authors I have ever read. Her words resonate within me and stir something inside of me, resulting in a fan girly review like this. But she’s incredible.

I am not going to talk too much to the story itself only because I am going to potentially ruin this book for others if I do go into detail. So I will just say this. Read this series. If you haven’t already - do it. There’s not many series that I feel this passionate about - The Hunger Games, The Iron Fey series, The Chemical Garden series… and the Shatter Me series. It’s become one of my all time favourites.

I was so satisfied with the ending also, I feel like everything I wanted to happen, happened. Chapter 55 is my all time favourite chapter ever just about. Blew my mind! I also felt like the ending was really satisfying and it wrapped up the series without leaving me too many questions. It ended at the right time, where it needed to finish.

So basically, you can see I loved it. Just read it. :)


“I like the way I feel about myself when I’m with him.” I say quietly. “Warner thinks I’m strong and smart and capable and he actually values my opinion. He makes me feel like his equal-like I can accomplish just as much as he can, and more. And if I do something incredible, he’s not even surprised. He expects it. He doesn’t treat me like I’m some fragile little girl who needs to be protected all the time.”

“Why do you call her ‘love’?” James asks. “I’ve heard you say that before, too. A lot. Are you in love with her? I think Adam’s in love with her. Kenji’s not in love with her, though. I already asked him.”
Warner blinks at him.
“Well?” James asks.
“Well what?”
“Are you in love with her?”
“Are you in love with her?”
“What?” James blushes. “No. She’s like a million years older than me.”
“Would anyone else like to take over this conversation?” Warner asks, looking around the group.”

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

“You think Warner is sexy?”

“I do like his face.”

“Water that never moves.” I say to him. “Its fine for a little while. You can drink from it and it’ll sustain you. But if it sits too long it goes bad. It grows stale. It becomes toxic.” I shake my head. “I need waves. I need waterfalls. I want rushing currents.”

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What do you think?

  • Annie says:

    I have to agree this was a really good finale to the series. I had a few qualms but Taherah Mafi’s writing is so unique and engrossing that even with the few things I wanted to be done differently (not to be different) I still really liked this book.

  • This book, man. It hit me hard in the feels. For me, it was very difficult rating this book. I never know how to rate a book that hits me in the feels and makes me want to spill out on the floor but has faults. Well, I thought the book had faults, but some people didn’t.

    Personal opinion. xD

    But seriously. This love triangle was just so good. And Mafi has a way with words, you know? She just…she makes me feel stuff. It’s annoying yet amazing all at the same time. <3

    Great review! I'm glad that I can finally start reading the Ignite Me reviews since I've read the book now. xD


    • Melissa says:

      I didn’t really feel it had faults, but I am a big believer in going with my emotions and I don’t tend to think a lot when my emotions are involved, so I could have blurred vision. :) Any book that makes me feel like this book did, gets huge brownie points from me!

      Oh the love triangle! At one point, my heart actually ached because she made me feel the heart break. Who can do this just with words?! She’s so good.

      Thank you! Hard to review this one without spoilers, so I talked more to the feels. haha
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  • Oh gosh… *quietly fangirls* I admit I wasn’t a fan of Shatter Me, and then Unravel Me got me warmed up and I really enjoyed myself in Ignite Me. The only down-side for me was it was so much taaalking and not enough kick-butt action. But that characters were INCREDIBLE. I’m so team Warner. ;) I hated love-triangles with a passion until I read this. Now I actually believe they can be written well. BUT OMG. KENJI. Dude, that guy made me crack up every. second. page. I fully laughed out loud! Excellent book and this author is AMAZING. XD

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