Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite Me

8th Jan 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite Me

Waiting on Wednesday: Ignite MeIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by HarperCollins on February 4th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
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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"

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.
  OH MY GAAAAAAH!! GUYS!! HOW WILL WE SURVIVE THIS BOOK?!?!?!? Either way, I cannot wait. :D signature1

About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel.

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

4th Feb 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 461
Format: ARC
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5 Stars
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

(This totally contains spoilers to Shatter Me. You’ve been warned.)

Where to even begin?! Unravel Me was the type of sequel that we hope for in every series. It’s exciting, it’s captivating, it’s all-encompassing. It takes you in from the first few words and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. I’m not sure what I was expecting from Juliette in Unravel Me, but she stayed true to herself, if maybe a little down on herself, all the while still learning more and more about herself and her abilities. I was glad she didn’t all of a sudden turn into a kick-ass machine though. She makes such believable progress in a really well-paced manner. Her development didn’t feel rushed and it still left room for even more discoveries in the future. I must admit that the ability I want her to develop most right now is the one where she learns to turn off her Energy at will…obviously for selfish reasons having to do with a certain boy in this book. It just MUST happen! Speaking of boys…in Shatter Me, I unquestionably fell in love with Adam, and Warner intrigued me, oh, so much. After reading Unravel Me, I’m finding it hard to keep my heart out of Warner’s grip. He is such a surprise in this book. He floored me. He was open and raw and intense and tender…he certainly is too much, and he won’t let you not see him as a contender for Juliette’s heart. But, with all that said…I’m still in love with my first love, Adam. I find it incredible that Tahereh has created these two guys so opposite, yet with so much in common, that she made it impossible to find a definite side for me to be on. I think I will take whatever happens in book 3 in stride though. I can’t write this review without mentioning the awesomeness that is Kenji. He really shines in this book. We get to know him so much better and in the process he stole my heart. He becomes one of Juliette’s closest friend, which was really interesting. Kenji somehow was able to be the voice of the reader in this book. The things we sometimes want to scream at the characters because they can’t get over themselves, or their being idiots…Kenji voiced all those things for us. Whether it was at a moment where too much mushiness was happening or when we just wanted to shake Juliette. So, thank you, Kenji…and Tahereh. :) Maybe the biggest shock and twist in this book comes with the appearance of Supreme Commander Anderson, also known as Warner’s father. He really is a horrendous character. While in Warner as a villain I was able to glimpse at moments of humanity, enough to feel some empathy for him, in Anderson, there’s just evil. There’s nothing redeemable in him. He’s detestable. Yuck. And, hey, look! We have a clear villain now! I was happy to see the other gifted characters come into play. I loved learning about everyone and what they could do. I am worried that they won’t be able to fight off The Reestablishment though. While I want it to be like a huge X-Men battle, I think it’s really going to come down to Juliette. The anticipation for the final book in this series might kill me…but I hope not, because I really would rather be alive to read it. :D

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books – “This second book was no disappointment to me. I have no idea where Tahereh Mafi is going to go from here.” – Same and me either! lisa @ lisa is busy nerding – “Basically if you thought Shatter Me was rad, you’ll be all about Unravel Me and jonesing for the next book which totally isn’t coming soon enough for my liking.” – Agree!! Lauren @ Love is not a triangle – “After reading Unravel Me, I am still Team Adam. However, I am unsurprised that people have fallen for Warner, and I don’t blame them for it. (Much.)” – LOVE IT! signature1

About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel.

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Teaser & a Tune on Tuesday {03}

15th Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Features/Memes, Teaser Tuesday, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Today is the SHATTER ME release day, and having just read and loved it this past weekend, I wanted to share two small quotes from the book, as well as a song I chose for it.  I chose this song for Shatter Me because I felt the lyrics were perfect for Juliette and The Boy. If you’ve read the book, tell me your thoughts on this, but be careful of spoilers! And if you haven’t read it, I hope this (and my REVIEW) makes you want to read it even more. :) shatterme 
“He’s a hot bath, a short breath, five days of summer pressed into five fingers writing stories on my body.” – pg. 211 “My face is in his hands and my lips are at his lips and he’s kissing me and I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.” – pg. 231
 
 
 
 
 
 
All I Want by Denver Harbor
 
httpv://youtu.be/KLms2fBdl2Q
 
Don’t close your eyes Just let me be The air you breathe Everything you need Don’t say goodnight I’ll take you there Anywhere, anywhere you want

Lay it all it down Heavens been found in your arms All that I know is I won’t let go until you do With nothing left to prove, but everything to lose And all I know is all I want it is you All I want it is you

Just let me lead You will follow on Until the sun comes asking questions now Then fall to sleep inside my arms And hear my heart crying out for you Lay it all down Heavens been found in your arms All that I know is that I won’t let go until you do With nothing left to prove, but everything to lose And all I know is: All I want it is you All I want it is you All I want it is you All I want it is you

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

14th Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperCollins on November 15th 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
  In all honesty, I had not read the synopsis for Shatter Me. The cover really drew me in and it has been receiving tons of praise from blogger friends, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. “Not disappointed” turned out to be an understatement. In Shatter Me, you are inside Juliette’s head, which is filled with the kinds of thoughts one might have after being locked up in isolation for 264 days. Juliette’s thoughts are desolate and repetitive and unsure. My heart broke for her. As a young girl, before she was locked away, she was an outcast…mistreated and discarded. No one should ever have to live like that, especially not a child. In spite of being treated so dreadfully, Juliette’s heart remains pure and kind, which makes it all the more heartbreaking. Those are all things we learn throughout the book, because right from the start of the book, things change in Juliette’s one-room world. She gets a cellmate–a boy–one who treats her like no one’s ever treated her before…he’s kind to her. Of course, some things aren’t always as they seem, and this is put to the test once The Reestablishment gets their hands on her. The world Tahereh Mafi has created is dismal and bleak, so the fact that Juliette, or any group of people, can still hope for a better tomorrow is admirable. I liked that there was nothing to outrageous in the state of the world though…it was all very plausible. I’d also like love to point out that this is one steamy book!! Juliette and The Boy seriously burn up the pages!! Although, I will say, I’ve never read of anyone blushing so. much. Maybe too much for my taste. But that is a completely minor aside, trust me, because everything else is so incredibly sexy. See the following quotes:
“He’s a hot bath, a short breath, five days of summer pressed into five fingers writing stories on my body.” - pg. 211 “My face is in his hands and my lips are at his lips and he’s kissing me and I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.” - pg. 231
It’s no secret that Juliette’s power is much (if not just) like Rouge’s from X-Men. I think it’s a great power to explore, and we’ve only scratched the surface in discovering what all Juliette can do. And!! She might or might not be alone in having this unique ability…you’ll have to read and discover it all on your own. [Insert evil laughter here] From page one, I was enthralled by this character, and the feeling only intensified as the story progressed. I was glued to this book, which truly is the definition of unputdownable. While the way it’s written is different, it is also beautiful, and it all felt like real, streaming thoughts. Strange, I know! Trust me, you’ll love it. You’re going to so abundantly love this book, TRUST ME!! I am speaking from experience, after all. signature1

About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel.

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