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Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Ignite Me

Tahereh Mafi

HarperCollins Publishers

Published February 4th, 2014

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Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

I can’t even begin to tell you how ecstatic I was when I finally bought this book! It’s the third and final book of the Shatter Me Trilogy and I’d been waiting in absolute agony for it to come out for about an entire year!

Basically, Tahereh Mafi left her readers at the end of the second book, Unravel Me, wondering who Juliette really belongs with: Warner or Adam? It was excruciating! I was a staunch ‘Team Warner’ fan, so my stomach was in knots before even reading Ignite Me, wondering if Juliette is going to give him chance or not.

To my utmost delight, the first part of the book was solely about Warner and Juliette getting to know eachother better without anyone else being around and it got so cute and sweet I wanted to faint from happiness!!

Then we move on to how Kenji is the best freaking friend ever to Juliette and I love him so flipping much, and then we discover whyexactly, Adam isn’t a right fit for Juliette. Like, it makes sense. Which made me so bloody elated.

But, like, things are complicated between Warner (or Aaron) and Juliette, until almost the very end, and that is exactly how I like it. Plus, the scene when they finally  get together and she finally admits to him that she loves him is singly the best scene I have ever read. My fangirl level imploded.

The best part of the book, however, is how completely bad-ass Juliette becomes. She finally learns how to use her power for the better, and she becomes SO powerful. Like, unbeatable, invincable, indomitable. She has SO MUCH power. It was brilliant seeing her coming into her own, and morphing from that weak girl she once was and realizing her own strength. I almost cried. I was SO proud of her.

Seriously guys, read this series. I promise you won’t regret it.

My Favorite Quotes

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

“Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

“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 stay, 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.”

“I’m not sure. But there’s something about the darkness, the stillness of this hour, I think, that creates a language of its own. There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. We forget that the blackness is not a blanket; we forget that the sun will soon rise. But in the moment, at least, we feel brave enough to say things we’d never say in the light.”

“The tattoo is just setting below his hp bone.
H e l l i s e m p t y
a n d a l l t h e d e v i l s a r e h e r e

I kiss my way across the words.
Kissing away the devils.
Kissing away the pain.”

“I can do anything I want.
Be with anyone I want.
And it’ll be my choice.”

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Book Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

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Author: Steven Chbosky
Genre: Drama
Synopsis:
Charlie is a freshman.And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
My Thoughts:
At first glance, the Perks of Being A Wallflower may seem like your typical high-school teen coming-of-age novel. Enter freshman kid. Antisocial, introverted, messed-up family life, painfully shy, awkward, yadda yadda yadda. Insert overbearing big sister, idol big brother, a beautiful older girl to have a crush on, and a ‘sagely’ gay guy. Throw in a traumatic childhood, and you’ve hit the jackpot.
For anyone who even begins to think that about this book, stop. Stop right now.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written through the crude letters by a new freshman boy who simply identifies himself as Charlie. Addressed by ‘Dear Friend’, readers feel like they are connecting with Charlie on a personal, intimate level. We follow him through his psychological struggles as a new freshman with no friends, recovering from the depression he was crushed by after his best friend died the previous year. Since it is told through his eyes, we feel young and vulnerable again, and inevitably sympathize with him deeply. We see him feeling helpless about dealing with his sister’s own emotional problems.
At the beginning of high school, he is lonely and quiet and socially anxious. His first friend was his English teacher, who discovered his gift for literature. Luckily for Charlie, two seniors ‘adopt’ him: step-siblings Sam and Patrick. They slowly help Charlie come out of his shell, by being spontaneous, whimsical, carefree, impulsive, and capricious themselves.
Charlie is sensitively introspective, seeming to watch the world from the other side, with the incredible capacity to empathize with the struggles of the people in his life. “You see things, you keep quiet about them, and you understand,” Patrick told him, which neatly summarizes the entire book!
Even though Charlie is the principle character, all the characters have their own sad stories, which we experience because Charlie sees them: Patrick, Sam (who’s a girl by the way), their friends (his new friends), his sister, his brother in college,  everyone. He’s the wallflower who is trying to ‘participate’, as he was told to do by his English teacher.
The best thing about this book? Everybody can identify themselves with at least some aspect of Charlie’s story at any level. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, you’ll see yourself in it over and over again, and you’ll be sad and hopeful and happy, all at the same time!
My Favorite Quotes:
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” – Charlie
“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” – Charlie
“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.” – Charlie
“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Charlie

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Spring Break in France

I spent my spring break in France on a school-sponsored service trip. I went with thirteen other juniors and seniors from my school, George School. We lived with host families in Alsace and worked as teachers assistants for toddlers and little kids. I worked with three to five year olds in a creche called Jardin d’Enfants. I really got to practice my French a lot and it was a life-changing experience.

We were also in Paris for four days. We visited the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame, the Sacre-Coeur, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, as well as going on a breathtaking boat ride of the RIver Seine on the Bateau Rouge and watching a comedic french play titled The Lesson or Le Lecon.

The weather was perfect heavenly considering it’s still snowing back in Newtown, Pennsylvania. It was so much warmer, and we got to shed our coats and big jackets most of the time. The weather got up to 70 degrees fahrenheit at a point. It was particularly beautiful in Paris! And in Alsace, flowers were blooming and spring was arriving.

I can safely say that I had the trip of a lifetime!

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Outside the Louvre. I’m on the far left!

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On the Eiffel Tower. I’m on the far left again minus one!

Movie Review: Divergent

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Release Date: March 21, 2014 (USA)

Watched: March 23, 2014

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So, I just watched Divergent yesterday with my friend Christine. I didn’t exactly have super high expectations for the film, because even though I really loved the book (it’s one of my top ten favorites), book-to-movie adaptations tend to disappoint.

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I was pleasantly surprised! The movie far surpassed my expectations. I was on a thrill-ride from start to finish, just like when I was reading the book over a year ago.

The movie began by explaining the faction system, and I was really happy about how they were presented. They were just how I imagined them! It was really interesting seeing them in just distinctly different modes and colors of dress, as well as environments.

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Shailene Woodley as Tris didn’t disappoint. She portrayed her character so accurately, with her transformation from the beginning as a ‘weak’ Abnegation girl at the beginning to a ‘strong’ Dauntless girl at the end.

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Her family was on point, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb was pretty good at being a conflicted Abnegation-turned-Erudite.Maggie Q as Tori was perfect. She was flawlessly tough and unwilling to get involved at the beginning, to Tris’s adviser on concealing her divergence later. Zoe Kravitz was brilliant at being the quick-tongued Christina, her first friend in Dauntless.

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Theo James was the perfect Four. He played him better than I could have ever imagined. He oozed strength, leadership, mysteriousness, and enigma from every pore. He was also ridiculously hot and incurably swoon-able.

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I was incredibly delighted by the initiation. It was just so accurate to the books, and I really enjoyed following Tris on the roller coaster that was the dauntless initiation experience, as well as watch her start off as the ‘weakest link’ to grow into a ‘fearless’, brave person of her own right. There were so many intense moments that I got such a thrill from watching, as I remembered from reading the book.

I think that Tris and Four’s romance developed as well as it was in the book, and I fangirled watching him slowly fall for her. I think that that was really well done.

I am so ecstatic that every single character  was portrayed to the core. Christina was both wonderfully and infuriatingly honest and candid, Will was humorously intelligent, Jeanine was creepily cold and logical, Eric was downright hateable, Peter was simply a douchebag, and so on.

I thoroughly relished Tris’ badassness in the fear sequences, as well as her bravery and intelligence that was revealed by her running after the train even when Eric said that she was done, and climbing up the top of the ferris wheel, and capturing the flag during capture the flag.

The last part was hard to watch, and I was amazed by how emotionally profound it was. It was extremely cool watching Tris and her mom fight side by side as a strong mother-daughter duo. I was hit deeply with emotion when Tris killed Will, when her mom died, when her dad died, and when Four almost killed Tris under the serum. I was blown away by Shailene’s incredible acting in all those scenes that were so tough for her character.

I relished in Tris and Four’s defeat of Jeanine’s serum even more than in the books. Just a million thumbs up for Shailene and Theo!!!

The ending was perectly just like in the book, so I was intensely glad about that. It started well and it ended better.

Now my only complaints about the movie:

They didn’t show Will and Christina being a couple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What the flying !@#$%? How is Tris going to be racked with guilt in the next movie for not only killing her friend, but her good friend’s love? How is Christina supposed to fall out with Tris in the next movie? Will and Christina being a couple was IMPORTANT!!!

Ansel Elgort as Caleb. It was really hard to properly watch him be Tris’s brother because all I was thinking was, “Ewwwww. You two are going to be making out in your next movie, The Fault in Our Stars. Just, no.” *shudder*

No Edward and Myra. What were they thinking??????? Peter was supposed to stab Edward in the eye and make him become factionless for two reasons: We could see how horrible Peter really was, instead of just a harmless douchebag, and because it would be pivotal in the second book with Edward’s character and his involvement with the revolution.

The absence of Four’s advice to Tris after Al and the others almost threw down the ravine along the lines of this: “Keep safe, but when you get the chance, destroy them.” I was waiting for that. That was one of my best lines by Four in the book.

But all in all, I was so enthralled by the Divergent Movie that I’ll still give it a 9/10. I adored the ordinary and extraordinary acts of bravery that Tris exhibited, from being the first to jump, to speaking out against Eric’s cruelty with the knife throwing. I also fell completely in love with the landscape. The Chicago wasteland was the perfect scenery. My favorite scene was the ‘flying scene’. It was waaaaay better than I imagined it, and it was such an amazing joyride for Tris. I felt Tris’s charge of adrenaline. It was exhilarating and entrancing, and kept me (figuratively) at the edge of my seat!!!

Favorite Quotes

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