Backlog Review: Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi

When I was looking at some reviews I wrote a while ago and never posted I realized I never posted my review of Ignite Me. I think I forgot about it because at the time I felt like I had a very unpopular opinion on the series ender. Since then I feel like more people felt this way than I originally thought. However, since I had it done I might as well post it. So here you go, my review of Ignite Me which I wrote years ago!

Backlog Review: Ignite Me – Tahereh MafiIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by HarperCollins
Published: February 4th 2014
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two-stars

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

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.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines 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.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

Welcome to the newest edition of unpopular opinion time. Because I seem to have a mostly unpopular opinion for Ignite Me. After reading it for three days and feeling anger, annoyance, and frustration, I finally finished and now I’m just sad and disappointed. I will freely admit that I am team Adam. I never hid my lack of love for Warner in this series. But my lack of like for this series ender has nothing to do with what went on with Warner in this book. It has to do with my feelings of other things that happened that I just couldn’t get past.

Ignite Me is the final book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, a series about Juliette, a girl that can kill someone with just her touch. When we first met Juliette in Shatter Me she was an emotional mess. But as Juliette started to learn more and more about her powers and made friends and got herself involved in a love triangle with Adam and Warner, Juliette started to become a threat that needed to be stopped. With Warner’s father Anderson after her and wanting her dead Juliette finally decides it is time to take on The Reestablishment. But she going to need help and finds it in a place she ever expected, from a person she thought she knew but apparently didn’t. She needs Warner. And is he ever full of surprises.

And I guess to be honest that was my first problem with this book. STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY SPOILERS!!!

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When the book started off I was immediately bombarded with all these ‘truths’ about Warner. But honestly, I didn’t feel like they were truths. I felt like I was duped. Like I was reading a new book completely separate from what I had read in the series. The ‘changes’ in Warner didn’t seem natural. They just didn’t flow right and seemed to be made out of convenience rather than story progression. They didn’t leave me loving Warner any more than I did. Actually, I lost respect for him because now he was a phony rather than a villain. And it didn’t stop with Warner for me. Everyone seemed to have a personality transplant. Adam, Kenji, Warner…it all seemed so forced.

What I did appreciate was the character of Juliette. From start to finish in the series, she was the main focus and her growth was the highlight and the reason I didn’t rate this lower. For me, she was the one character that stayed true to herself. The changes in her were the kind of changes I like to see in a character. She grew up a lot from book to book and was no longer afraid of who she was. At times she got on my nerves because she was strong yet couldn’t say what she was feeling, but who isn’t like that in the real world. By far she was the bright spot for me. Was it farfetched that she could stage a revolution? Definitely. But it’s the kind of farfetched I liked. It was her reactions to Adam that I hated and her reactions to Warner that bugged me.

I know with me being a self-proclaimed Warner hater and Adam lover that it seems like I’m whining based off what goes down in Ignite Me. But truthfully that isn’t what this is about. That part of the story was minor for me. It was the changes that happened that I felt took away from the other books, of the characters and their character. I understand what Mafi was trying to do, but it just didn’t work for me personally. I still love the first two books, but sadly Ignite Me just wasn’t the book for me.

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Review: Disruption – Jessica Shirvington

Review: Disruption – Jessica ShirvingtonDisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
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four-stars

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?

What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan.

But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had read a Jessica Shirvington book, Between the Lines/One Past Midnight, about 2 years ago on the suggestion of a friend that knows I love a good parallel life book. I really enjoyed it so I was excited when I saw her name as the author Disruption. I was even more excited when I saw what the book was about and then even more excited when a friend told me that I would love it because I loved Suzanne Young’s The Program series. Consider me hooked. And hooked on the book I was. Disruption was like The Program meets Free to Fall (Lauren Miller) meets Unleashed (Sophie Jordan) meets the love machine episode of Saved by the Bell and it was fantastic.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I loved about this book. It could be the characters (Maggie and Quentin and Gus!!!), it could be the romance, it could be the plot, or it could be all 3 things.   The truth is, this book is addictive and I think it is because of all those things. I was on the end of my seat wondering what would happen to Maggie and Quentin. And even when I had an inkling on what I thought would happen I still wanted to read more just to know if I was right. It all unfolded so perfectly that I didn’t even care that some was a little predictable.

I guess in the long run I loved that this book reminded me of some many of my other favorite stories. It had so many moving pieces and the characters were so interesting I was sucked in from the start. In the end I was left dying for book 2 because I need to know what is going to happen after everything that went down in the final 30 or so pages. Disruption was a total surprise for me and I loved every minute of it.

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Blog Tour: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington – Q & A

I was lucky enough to get to read Jessica Shirvington’s newest book Disruption (out now) a few months back and I fell in love. So when I was given the opportunity to interview Jessica I jumped on it.

  • With all of the technology in the world changing, what feels like daily, Disruption is a concept that is very relevant. How did you come up with this idea for a book that is so now?

The idea for Disruption started with a funny conversation I had with a friend. She was telling me all about her internet dating experiences and I was laughing as we walked through a busy city area. Everyone around us had their heads down, on their phones, and I said, ‘Wouldn’t it just be easier if we got some kind of alert or text message to tell us when we walked by someone who could be a good match!’ It was such a random thought, but it stayed with me that day and the next until I started to think about how something like that could actually be a possibility. That led to the idea of combining microchipping, smart phones and pheromones… (It sounds really weird but it all worked out!).

  • Maggie is after revenge from the get go and wants it at any cost. Was it hard to write her and her motivations, especially after Quentin was brought into her life?

Maggie’s personality and motivations were what drove the story, without those traits and purpose I can’t imagine how the story would have turned out. Therefore, staying true to her character was always my main priority. Sure, there were times I wanted to shake her or gently point her in a new direction but Maggie is really strong so there was never any genuine way, other than to let her story play out in the way it did. When Quentin comes into the picture, he challenges her in a new way. It starts to create cracks in her armor but she doesn’t just crumble – that’s not Maggie’s style.

  • Speaking of Maggie and Quentin…holy chemistry! How did such a great love-hate romance come to fruition?

The elements of the above question also answer this question in many ways. Maggie has a purpose, one that defines her and one that she will not put on the backburner, will not sacrifice for anything or anyone else. She has worked way too hard to let emotions get in the way now. So this created a great dynamic between Quentin and Maggie.

Likewise, Quentin is a strong person too. He is moral and loyal but he isn’t a fool and he won’t be pressured or swayed easily. The push/pull between the two characters was a lot of fun to write.

  • I know the sequel, Corruption, has been out in Australia for some time. With it still months away from the US release, what can you tell the US readers to expect for the second half of the dulogy?

Corruption sees a great progression for the characters. So much has happened and their lives and hearts are forever altered. They now need to deal with the reality they are faced with. They must admit failings and take responsibility but they must also find courage and press on. The challenges that are before them are huge and they quickly discover they don’t even know half of what has been going on behind the scenes.

  • I ask this question in every interview I do. What is the one piece of clothing or accessory you couldn’t live without?

Jeans. I have a heap of them. But my standard blue skinny jeans are my go-to wardrobe choice. I’d be lost without them!

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Blog Tour: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington – Q & ADisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
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The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series. What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

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Thanks Jessica for taking the time out to answer some of my questions.

Check back tomorrow for my review of Disruption. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it!

 

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Review: Replica – Lauren Oliver

Review: Replica – Lauren OliverReplica by Lauren Oliver
Series: Replica #1
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
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three-half-stars

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As a massive Lauren Oliver fan I was really excited to see she had a new book coming out. Delirium will forever be one of my favorite books and Vanishing Girls still blows me away. So when I heard about Replica and its unique concept I was immediately sold. Two books in one with different ways of reading an option? Yes please! And in the end…I really enjoyed the story. I didn’t love it as much as I did past Oliver books but I was enthralled and captivated by Lyra and Gemma’s stories.

When started Replica I had two options reading; I could read alternate chapters of each girl’s story or I could read one girl and then the other. I started reading alt chapters but made it 3 before changing my mind. Instead I read Lyra and then Gemma. I can’t really say how you decide to read it will change your reading experience but I can tell you that the way I read it I liked Gemma more than Lyra.

Lyra – 3.5 stars
Lyra was an interesting character to get into. Truthfully I had some trouble with her story. I felt like there were parts missing and I couldn’t really get to know her. I mean I liked her enough, but she was hard to get into and to really sympathize with. I don’t know if this was because of her not having much human interaction or what, but she was a big struggle for me, especially her bluntness. I also wanted more background. Instead the book just jumped into it. In the end though I did find her interesting and I want to know exactly where her story will lead and how everything that happened to her will affect her in the future.

Gemma – 4 stars
Gemma on the other hand I immediately liked. I liked her story and the sort of mystery that she found herself involved in. Basically I found Gemma to be more likable and her story more interesting. There was something just so basically real about her and I couldn’t help but root for her to be the brave, beautiful girl she was. Her story unfolding really was interesting and 100% kept me invested.

Together I loved how these two girls’ stories intersected and how they entwined. They made for an interesting story when combined and all the pieces were put together. I may not have loved it as much as Delirium and other Oliver books, but I am interested in knowing more and maybe rereading it with alternating chapters instead of reading one girl and then the other.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me series)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: February 4, 2014{purchase}

ignitemeDescription: 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.

*Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a weekly meme that allows you to share a book you can’t wait to read!
**description from Goodreads

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