Unravel Me and Ignite Me (Shatter Me #2 and #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her - people with gifts - and it is also the headquarters for the rebel resistance. She's finally free from the Reestablishment, free from their plans 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 though possible.  

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)

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 one person she never though 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.  

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For those of you who actually read my blog posts, you may have noticed I haven't posted any of the February book reviews I promised. That is because I haven't actually read any of them yet. And the reason for that is because I hit a book slump. You should count yourself lucky if you don't know the term, because it means you've probably never experienced one, but it's when you pick up a book and you just can't focus, you just can't read. It's a horrible feeling for any book lover, especially when you remember the joy and feelings books give you, and it's very hard to get yourself out of it. 

It was painful for me, and so I traced back to the last book I was excited to read, and it turned out to be the Shatter Me series. So I ordered the rest of the trilogy hoping it was what I wanted to read, and I'd finally finish a book I was reading. And it worked. Clearly these were the books I was waiting for, because I finished the pair of them in a day. I do apologise for this not being one of the book reviews I promised, but they are coming now I'm happily reading again. 

If you haven't read the Shatter Me series, I recommend that you do. I can safely say that now I'm finished. The problems I had with the characterization and the story in the first book melt away in book two. The Juliette we see in these books is the one I wanted to read about; strong, independent, conflicted. I didn't want to see her weak and indecisive as the men in her life made decisions for her, which is how I felt the first book went. Juliette is finding herself, finding her voice and growing to understand her abilities, forming friendships and creating something to protect. She doesn't need a guy to help save her, to teach her she's worth something anymore. Juliette begins to realise that in book two, and that realisation ends any use for Adam, her love interest. 

Adam was a character I hated in the first book, just because he seemed to want to be Prince Charming. He only gets more annoying as the series progresses, but that's okay because he becomes less important. Juliette takes a step back from their relationship in order to protect him in book two, but the further she steps away the more she begins to see he was holding her back, she was holding herself back trying to be the girl he wanted. Juliette grows into this bad-ass, unapologetic heroine, and Adam's petty jibs don't negate that journey.

And Warner is back. Yay! He was my favourite character in Shatter Me, so I'm very glad to see him return as such a prominent character in Unravel Me and Ignite Me. His personality and sass just make him fun to read, and he's so misunderstood and lonely. All I want to do is give him a hug. Slap him for being an idiot on occasions, but mainly the hug thing. I do enjoy what Warner represents within the books; that the guy you think is the right guy may turn out to be the wrong choice, and the unexpected choice may turn out to be the perfect one. I approve of the message that people grow and change, that love is something you do genuinely have to work for. And I did ship Warner and Juliette from the beginning, so am very glad to see their romance pan out. They both grew as people because of their love for each other, made each other stronger. 

So overall, very happy with the character development. The plot itself could have been stronger, especially in Ignite Me, the final book in the series. While I do love the emotional drama within the books, and happily read them, I will admit I was disappointed with how the trilogy was wrapped up. The ending was very sudden, too sudden, as though Mafi had no idea how to write a satisfactory ending so just decided not to even bother trying. It felt like there could have been another few chapters to back up the sudden revolution Juliette wanted to stage, an epilogue even of how, and if, Juliette ever managed to achieve it, but nope. Perhaps Mafi wanted to leave it up to the audience to decide for themselves what happened, but I'm not a big fan of open endings. Then again, the covers are beautiful. 

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  1. I LOVE the covers for this series!
    I ALSO LOVE the blog design :)
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