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Rabu, 05 Maret 2014

(book) Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Minor spoilers alert!

I've had reservations about the first book, which I did not enjoy. As the second book was released, I realized that it was the main character that turned me off. She was so mopey, even though too much was at stake and she needed to toughen it up because two books full of mopey scenes were just unbearable.

Luckily, it all changed course within the third book. There was still repetitive phrasing as what seemed to be the author's style, a little too much angst in narration, cringe-worthy dialogue and a simple, simple plot. But it was saved by the swoon-worthy romance and a quick pace. A bit too quick, in my opinion, because we went from chapter one: being saved, to rebellion plans and getting the boy and so much loose ends being tied up. It could be good, but also had its downsides. I felt like we were speeding in a freeway lane, not being able to really discover the gem in every scene, just breezing by skimming at things. And the plot was its biggest hole - how did one make the rebellion so damn easy, and so quickly done at that? We only got a few chapters for that, and I was hoping for more.

The author hoped it was a worthy finale. Well, it was. I loved the romance though at first I was confused - Adam seemed to have a lobotomy, so did Warner and Juliet. I went like, "About time!!!" and welcomed it anyway.

This ended up being my favorite out of the three books in the series. It was strangely addicting and amazing, despite all that I'd complained about, so in the end I gave that heady addiction a 3.5 out of 5.

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