- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
- Series: Defy (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545644747
- ISBN-13: 978-0545644747
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ignite (Defy, Book 2) Hardcover – December 30, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Resolute heroine Alexa Hollen returns in this sequel to Defy (Scholastic, 2014). Damian's betrayal still stings and Alexa continues to deny her love for him, but an uneasy peace with Blevon launches the female King's guard into emotional turmoil: Someone is attacking distant villages of Antion, a young prince is kidnapped, and Blevon appears to be the culprit. Meanwhile the Dansiians, responsible for the black sorcerer Iker's devastating involvement with Damian's father, have sent a delegation to Antion under the pretense of forming an alliance, but the enchanting Lady Vera reveals a more sinister agenda. This fast-paced fantasy novel laced with political intrigue spends a lot of time in Alexa's head as she is torn between her duty as the finest personal guard to her king and a desperate desire to be with her soul mate. Jealousy is a common theme with these realistic characters, whether it's Alexa, Damian, Rylan, or Lady Vera, examining the complicated ramifications of one person's decisions. Antion's politics add a level of depth to the world-building without being too distracting or overbearing. Readers who enjoy love stories that include multifaceted relationships and a suspenseful plot will be enthralled.—Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City
"Readers of the previous books in the trilogy will be lining up to read the conclusion to this epic story. Readers who are looking for fantasy with strong female characters, such as Cinder in The Lunar Chronicles or Celaena Sardothien of the Throne of Glass series, will find a great new trilogy here." -- School Library Connection
"Fans will be very satisfied with this final journey." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Ignite:
"[A] fast-paced fantasy novel laced with political intrigue." -- School Library Journal
"Alexa [is]... an interesting, multilayered character, a valiant fighter with heart." -- Booklist
"Alex is so strong... The intrigue is really thick in this book, and there are secrets within plots and people." -- Jessie Plots, blogging for USA Today
Praise for Defy:
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"A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!" -- Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend series
"Grand adventure, romance, and thrilling political intrigue." -- Booklist
"Powerful and narratively satisfying." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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~| THE GOOD |~
Oh my god, I thought the first one was entertaining, but this one took it a step further and I ended up liking this sequel more than the first. When Vera the beautiful, evil, she-demon comes along, Alexa isn’t fooled for a minute, but all the men start drooling on the spot. In the end, it takes a woman to save all the men who couldn’t keep it in their pants and I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this storyline. Watching all the guys looks like morons and get saved by an awesome woman was awesome.
I also really enjoyed Rafe’s character because he was just so wonderfully evil. His power is legit terrifying and I genuinely have no idea how he’ll be defeated. He was such a creeper, I loved it!
And of course, the romantic tension between Damian and Alexa is top-notch in this book. Drama drama drama. Watching their relationship evolve was great fun. I love that Rylan still pretends like he has a chance because like, did he ever?? HA! Poor Rylan.
~| THE UGLY |~
Just like it’s predecessor, this book is incredibly predictable. It didn’t bother me this time because I had so much fun following the plot, but I don’t think I care enough about the third book to read it. In general, I already know what’s going to happen and how this saga will end, so what’s the point? I bought a package of the ebooks a while ago and I might just skim the third one Endure (Defy, Book 3) to see what happens, but I just don’t have it in me to go all in.
~| FINAL WORD |~
If you read Defy and enjoyed it, then definitely read this one too! I liked Ignite more than the first novel and highly recommend it to anyone looking for some good entertainment.
Aside from that, the romance and stresses were great, adventure and short journeys were exciting. The monkey was a quick little pop of fun, too.