Ignite the Shadows
Published: 23rd April, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Xpresso Book Tours
Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.
Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.
Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.
What I liked: This book drew me in because of the whole sci-fi/fantasy combo. While not a huge fan of sci-fi, I’m a die-hard fan of fantasy and some of my recent books have show that, yes, there are great books out there that have melded the two genres together in a way that complements one another and make the story work. Ignite the Shadows was another book for me that melded the sci-fi/fantasy genres together in an urban setting. The kicker about this book is that the Eklyptors(the parasite things that the summary speaks of) can make humans into the stuff of legends and nightmares. The people out to stop the Eklyptors are calling their group IgNiTe, and the tale the story weaves to interlock these two groups in the story was gripping and I never wanted to put it down! The way they were portrayed, as the Eklyptors being around for so long, was something that was both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. Marci made a great character to follow in this story. She’s a hacker, which is a pretty impressive thing on its own, but she’s also a fighter, which is made clear with how she battles against the Eklyptor that’s trying to take over her mind.
What I didn’t like: I felt like IgNiTe was reluctant to tell Marci what the grand plan was, even though they wanted Marci to help them. This, undoubtedly, always leads to characters mucking up everything. And I kind of felt like some subplots were there but not really…explored in this book. Like Luke, I wanted to get to know him better since I felt like he would be important in the story. Yet, he kind of faded into the background rather quickly and I was a little disappointed by that, hopefully the sequel will answer some of the questions I have still and bring Luke in more as a character.
Overall Review: This was a really great read that kept me entertained for quite a while (400 pages!) but never made me want to put it down because I always wanted to know what was coming next. I thought the plot was great, and paced extremely well and I look forward to reading the sequel when it releases next year to see what happens next!
Recommend?: If you like sci-fi/fantasy melded together, I recommend this one! If you’re a fan of sci-fi or fantasy, I recommend it to you as well to check out!
My Rating: 4.4/5
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About the Author
Ingrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager, April 23rd, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.
Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.
She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.
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