Ignite Me Set Me Alight

ignite-meThat’s the way to do it! This book had the perfect, and I mean *perfect* love triangle. As you may or may not know, I almost always hate love triangles- but have noted that there are exceptions to this rule. And I am pleased to say THIS BOOK WAS MY EXCEPTION!!

This book didn’t just go in for the lazy love triangle to create drama- it actually showed how people might think they’re in love when they’re not really, falling out of love with an illusion and how painful all of that really is. It went beyond just being a teenage eye-rolling drama because of that.

Not only did Taherah Mafi deal with the complexities of human relationships in a compelling manner, but I also liked how the characters grew as people. In fact, I loved how the author showed self-awareness in her writing, having Juliette grow from a whiny, teary individual to one serious bad ass. And not in a lazy copout kind of way- it actually felt like she’d developed and recognised her own flaws- so kudos to the author there!

Sadly, this was far from perfect. Most notably this came across in how crap the plan for fighting the Restablishment was- it pretty much amounted to: “we go in, we take out the bad guys, we take over…” Umm yeah. Clearly no one in the book is much of a military strategist. And that turned out okay, because, *spoiler alert*, the whole war took about 20-30 pages- which was a ridiculously small amount of space to give it- and luckily for all the good guys there was no real conflict. So… yay?

But for all my complaints about that- and I did actually laugh at this while reading it- this really wasn’t a book about that kind of drama. This was really a story about people and their relationships with each other. All that other drama was definitely just a part of the backdrop. And you know what? That’s okay. Believe me, I’m very surprised at myself for saying this, but I was pretty darn satisfied with it regardless. I’d give it a solid:

Rating 4/5 bananas

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One satisfied Orangutan…

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So have you read this book? Did you like it? Dislike it? And what book did you love in spite of its flaws? Let me know in the comments!

Straightening Out My Feelings on Unravel Me (and the Shatter Me series in general)

unravel-meOkay- I’m going to say right off the bat that I am glad I continued this series. As I said in my Shatter Me review, I wasn’t sure if I’d like to read more of these, but in the end I felt like the story had enough in it to keep me interested- well, that and the fact it had pretty covers… Still, I have to say that was a good decision in the end.

What’s great about this book was that it really built on the first one. There’s no middle book syndrome here that’s for sure! While there may be a bit of internal teenage angst in this book, it surprisingly doesn’t detract from the drama. In fact it was so exciting that it made me late for work! (#noregrets) There were so many times when I wrote “ooh the plot thickens” in my notes- and what was nice and unusual for me was that I didn’t see the plot twist coming!

*Spoiler alert*– the moment it became a story about brothers, it really came into its own. *End spoiler* I will admit that in the first book I didn’t get Warner and couldn’t connect to Adam. But now I really feel invested in them both and see them as inverses of each other. One is good on the inside but unpleasant on the outside, the other is nice on the outside but a bit of a jerk underneath… (If you’ve read this series you’ll know what I mean!)

Overall, I found myself connecting so much more to the characters and their relationships than I did in the first book. All I can say is: I totally get why this was hyped now!

3½ /5 bananas

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So have you read Unravel Me? Do you like it? And what book series did you feel improved with the second book? Let me know in the comments!

Should I continue the Shatter Me series?

So a couple of days ago I did a post about continuing series I hate. Now while Shatter Me doesnt really fall into that category- because I did quite enjoy it- I did have my doubts about the series. So I figured I would lay it all out in a slightly different take on a book review and enlist your help to determine whether I should continue reading!

Shatter Me Review

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Rating: 3/5 bananas

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What I liked:

  • It was well written and had a strong voice
  • The fast paced drama made for a fun quick read

What I disliked:

  • The world building was underdeveloped and left too much to the imagination- I have so many questions about it and given the author’s style, I don’t feel like they’re going to be answered!
  • I’m not invested in the characters at this stage in the narrative… And I should be

Other things to consider:

  • I’ve heard good things about the direction the series takes and I have to say I’m intrigued…
  • They’re readily available online- and as I’ve said many times before I HAVE A BOOK BUYING PROBLEM (not sure whether that’s a pro or a con to be honest!)
  • And lastly… the covers are so pretty!!! I mean- just look at these:

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Okay, now that I’ve laid it all out I am more undecided than ever!!

What do you think? Is it worth investing in this series? Love or hate this series- let me know on the comments!