Friday, February 7, 2014

My love of YA has been redeeemed!

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre:Young Adult Dystopia
Age Recommendation: 16 and up
Rating: 5 Stars

   So, it wasn't that long ago that I read a certain series finale that put me off reading YA and finale's in general out of fear for my emotional health, then along came Ignite Me and all became right in my world again.  Thank you  Tahereh Mafi, thank you so much.

   How do I even begin to describe to you the fabulousness that is Ignite Me!  For years now I've wanted to give our dear Juliette a shake, but Anderson beat me to it and while I must hate the man for an eternity I can thank him for creating the Juliette we see in this book.

"My head is spinning, thoughts knocking into one another, but I swallow back the tears.  I clench my fists and try not to scream and I tuck away my friends in my heart and revenge I think has never looked so sweet."   -Juliette

So with out giving away too much what exactly happens you may wonder, well...
Someone becomes as badass
Someone has me laughing out loud and breaking my heart all at the same time
Someone is a jerk, yet somehow you can't stop loving him.
And someone, oh, good night, someone just went to the top of my book boyfriend list!

   This book turns into everything you hope it will be and strangely not entirely what you were expecting.  Tahereh continues to enthrall me with her style of writing, her words are more often then not like poetry and leave me in constant awe, constantly looking back and taking them deep into myself to process.

"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 sty, 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." -Juliette 

There are so many things I want to say about this book, but every piece is so integral to the story that I fear giving it all away and it is so hard not to talk about , so very VERY hard.  I want to talk about how all of Tahereh's characters grow into these beautiful and amazing people.  About the love and friendships shared between them all, about the jealousy and anger, the tears and the laughter.  About how much I want Kenji to have his own story and how I really really didn't want to see this end.  It took three books and 2 novellas but I love each of these characters with such a ferocity that they will stay with me for an eternity.  This will easily go down as one of my all time favorite series 

In the end though I can sum this book up with one word:, I mean one word would never be powerful enough to explain all the feelings I have for this book.  Amazing, Wonderful, Magnificent, (as a friend from upstate NY said) Wicked,  Marvelous, Beautiful, Emotional, get the idea, I could go on and on and I guess that is the point.  This book is just so good, I want to talk about it to everyone!  So hurry up and read it so we can talk!  

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