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Ignite the Shadows (Ignite the Shadows, Book 1) Paperback – October 22, 2015
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‘A sci-fi/fantasy novel that seems incredibly real and has a lead female character so gutsy, sarcastic, and strong, that you can’t get enough of her’
Fishing for Books
‘It's dark, it's daring, and it's full of thrills and chills’
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‘Impossible to put down!’
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‘Uber-cool and uber-creative’
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About the Author
When Ingrid Seymour is not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi. She can be found on Twitter @Ingrid_Seymour
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Our hero, Marci is an amazing character, truly strong and independent. Aside from her, typical teenage insecurities, she totally rocks. She’s super smart, can beat up anyone who messes with her, and doesn’t need a man to take care or even help her, though she does seem to spend a lot of time looking for a father figure. Oh, and romance… ‘cause even when the world is in jeopardy, people will seek romantic comfort where they can find it. Enter her longtime friend Xave.
I don’t think it was supposed to be a surprise that the friendship between Marci and Xave could be something more, but that’s kind of how it was written (not my favorite part of the story). Also, while the big reveal of what Ignite was really fighting against was totally shocking and awesome to see unfold, other mysteries within the story weren’t so difficult to figure out. And, as smart and kick-@ss as Marci was, she was clueless about many of her own personality traits and abilities. While some of that could easily be boiled down to the self-denial her character is struggling to overcome, some of it was typical teen angst (great for real YA fans, a struggle for me).
Overall, though, this story is compelling. It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I loved the realism and the technical aspects of the story. I like that everything is so well thought out, and instead of simply telling us about a great conspiracy infecting humanity, Seymour puts us right in the middle of it and shows us a team of characters building and developing a counter-conspiracy attack, with each character having a different part to play.
I must say, though, while I’m looking forward to the other books in the series, I’m not sure how I feel about any of the characters from this first installment moving forward. I feel like this first book spent so much time trying to build a sense of trust within this Ignite team, and then there was the epilogue. Just not sure how to process that (even though I saw it coming), but I thought it would happen in the next book.
Highly recommended to fans of YA sci-fi and anyone who appreciates a strong female character.
Marci drove me a little crazy sometimes with her attitude problem, but it actually helped make her a better character for me over the long run because she was such a realistic teen character. The evolution of her relationships with the people around her were also very well done. The epilogue leaves some intriguing questions open which I hope will be addressed in her upcoming second book in the series, Eclipse the Flame. Highly recommended (even if scifi is not normally your thing)!
I love how the author ended it without the cliffhanger. Yes there were unanswered questions, but nothing that left with me with an anxious or bad feeling. It's one of those endings where you know Marci (for the time being) is safe, but her character was just pushed into a situation that will require her to work through something difficult. Can't wait to see which side the twin brother falls to.
Ingrid Seymour is a true wordsmith and world weaver. I will most definitely read ANYTHING she writes!!!