Ignite Review

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Ignite (Defy #2) by Sara B. Larson
Publication Date: December 30th, 2014
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars

Books Summary (Amazon):

In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector’s reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret love for Damian, a love she refuses to acknowledge for the sake of Antion, and for the sake of the king himself.

When new threats to the kingdom surface–including an assassination attempt on Damian–blame is cast on the once-friendly nation of Blevon. Alexa knows things are not what they seem, however, and once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and find the true enemy before it’s too late?

Filled with romance and treachery, magic and violence, this stunning sequel to Defy whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

My Review:

I’m not sure how to put in words how much I loved this book! It’s a great sequel to Defy. Would I say it’s better than Defy? Most may say so, however I have a special spot in my heart for Defy… I’m a big fan of beginnings and endings of stories and more picky over in between books. With that being said though I still loved this book and thought it was a great continuation to a wonderfully, amazing story! Ignite is told form Alexa’s point of view. The story is about Alexa protecting the people she loves, even if it means pushing them away . Damian who still loves Alexa but seems to have given up on them being together, and Rylan… a constant friend of Alexa’s whom wishes he was more. There’s danger, dark sorcerers, kidnappings, and mysteries surrounding Alexa and her friends.

What I didn’t like about the book: 

The only thing I didn’t like about the story was something that was a bit clique. I don’t want to say what it was because I’d rather not spoil the book for anyone. It was simply one moment that before it happened I thought “huh, I bet it will happen this way” and sure enough it did. It was a bit clique and I remember thinking part of me wished it had happened different since everything else about these books is so unique. But as I think about the book and how it all played out, I think that despite that one clique moment it seemed to be the best way to resolve that particular situation, especially concerning Alexa and her inner turmoil regarding her feelings for Damian and the responsibilities she has. It makes complete and total sense why the author wrote it that way, and I completely understand. Still, in the moment that I read that scene I couldn’t help but wish it had happened just as unique as the rest of the story. Everything else I loved. It was action packed right from the start through to the end! It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s definitely a hard book to put down.

What I loved about the book:

Alexa is by far one of my favorite heroines! She’s a total bad ass. She’s a bad ass in Defy and she’s even more of a bad ass in Ignite. It’s so wonderful to see such a strong female character in a series. Alexa completely holds her own. She’s strong, fierce, brave, smart, independent, cunning, and loves deeply for everyone, including all of the kingdom. She puts others first. She continuously tries to be the best person she can be. She has her faults and when things don’t go her way, she may cry for a moment but then she picks herself back up and tries to think of another solution. I can think of no better role model for our teenage readers.

Damian is a wonderful king! I love how much we perceive him through Alexa’s point of view. She knows him so well, and in return I feel like I know him too. It’s amazing to read a story that has characters that seem to lift themselves off the pages and become part of you.

It was so nice to get to know Rylan a little more in this series. He is a constant, steady rock for Alexa. And despite his feelings for her, she tries so hard to not take advantage of him and to not mislead him. Which is so refreshing because I’ve read tons of stories where the leading lady does take advantage of the other guy and uses him to fill that gap in her heart.

I also loved the villains. I can’t speak their names because IT WOULD RUIN IT! But holy cow! These are some of the coolest, most evil villains I’ve ever read. So unique and original! They get under your nails and make your skin crawl, but in a good way!

I loved the action in this book! Complete non stop from beginning to end! So many twists and turns, you aren’t sure where it’s going to lead or how it’s going to end. And the ending is so epic and amazing, let me tell you!

Ignite is so amazingly written!  It’s very well developed, intense, and has a great plot.

If you haven’t read Defy yet you need to! These books are so amazing! It’s such a unique and captivating story. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

I cannot wait for book three!!!

Book Quote 1:

Enough, Alex! Stop using my titles like you are nothing more than my guard.” His eyes flashed with anger, and his hands clenched at his sides.

“But… I am nothing more than your guard.”

“You and I both know that is a lie.”

Book Quote 2:

“Do you have any idea what it does to me?” he asked, his voice low. “To have you stand by me all day, outside my room all night, and to have to treat you like everyone else on the guard? To pretend to be your king and nothing more?”

About the author (Goodreads):

Author of YA Fantasy DEFY (January 2014) and IGNITE (Jan. 6, 2015) from Scholastic. Mommy of three. Lover of chocolate, desserts of all kinds, and Swedish Fish. Also good books. Represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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