Hello and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal 🙂 Look what I have on the blog today! A sci-fi!!! *gasp* I knowww. But I loved Ignite The Shadows (you’ll see) and you will too (just as soon as you read it). AND you can win an ecopy on the blog today! Follow the rest of the tour here. Have fun, peeps!
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.
I could start off by saying Ignite The Shadows was a “gripping read” or it was “addictive” or may be the blogger-favorite “unputdownable.” But that would be a crock of shit because, to me, Ignite The Shadows was fucking amazing.
I’m not into the whole Sci-Fi thing, and I only read Sci-Fi from authors that are big names in the industry or I’ve read before—which should tell you exactly how picky I am about this genre. But I picked up Ignite The Shadows based only on the synopsis, and might I tell you that it was so much more than I expected.
Ignite The Shadows starts off right in the middle of the action. With not one slow moment in the book, something always happening to keep you engrossed, you get a fair idea of what the book is going to be like just by reading the first five pages. We are introduced to Marcela “Marci” Guerrero and her best friend Xave. Both are running from…something, that is later introduced to the reader as “IgNiTe.” This group of extraordinary people, led by James McCray know more about Marci than she’ll care to admit. The problem is, she doesn’t know whether they’re lying.
I think most readers will love Marci. Sure she made some shitty choices but really. Don’t we all? And in today’s YA scene where everyone is just sick and tired of the weak, scared, prawn heroine, Marci shows more balls than most men in the book. She’s strong but sensitive, brave but selfless, so there’s quite a bit to be said about the stuff she does in the book.
At the cost of giving away a small part of the book, the “shadowy spectres” that you’ve read about in the synopsis are actually these parasitic nightmares that essentially take over the host’s body, called Eklyptors. No one knows their origin, however it is known that Marci is infected. A few instances of what happens to the host after the agent takes complete control are shown, but I’d like to have seen more. I’d like to have seen how these infected people blended seamlessly with the rest of humanity. So, to put it shortly, I thought that maybe I needed to see some more world-building. They were so many things that I thought were touched upon, but not really dived into. Bummer.
But of course, Ignite The Shadows is a series and keeping that in mind, I’d say a lot of groundwork has been laid, spectacularly, might I add, for the rest of the series. Many things lie unsaid, many secrets that Marci still does not know about, which brings me to the next big thing about the book.
James McCray. The mysterious leader of IgNiTe, this guy is bound to get on every one of your nerves. And yet, HOLY SHIT PEOPLE. After Marci, he was my favourite character in the book. He was annoying and brave and a true, true leader to his band of misfits. Marci might have to be careful because damn, James might just become my favourite in the books to come 😀
The romance was…meagre. I’d have loved to see more, and yet I understood exactly why it was hardly there. Something I hope gets corrected in the books to come!
I’d refrain from recommending Ignite The Shadows to a particular group of readers, simply because I’m not the greatest fan of Sci-Fi and yet I LOVED this book. So if, like me, you’re looking to push out int a new genre, this book is definitely for you 🙂
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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.