Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMOI Review ~ Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour

I'm reviewing this book for A Month of Indies, hosted by Sanovia @ CreatyveBooksGo here to learn more about her event!

Series: Ignite the Shadows #1
Genre: YA science fiction
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Goodreads Description: 
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.

She’s infected. 
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ignite the Shadows was good enough to make me curious about a sequel, but I didn't get into it quite enough to call it a memorable read. I still like it, though. The romance, concept, and heroine especially were things that made the book worth reading.

There was some romance, but it was mostly in the build up/sorting out feelings state. The couple started out as best friends and had to navigate newer feelings for each other. They had decent chemistry, which I appreciated.

The parasites were like aliens invading and taking over human bodies. The concept of the shadows was creepy, and I liked that. On the other hand, I wasn't always on the same page as the conflict. Sometimes things didn't feel as important or exciting as they supposed to be. I did really like the action-packed scenes, though.

Marci was a cool heroine! She was really into computers, code, and hacking. This girl had a great tough attitude, too. She got in people's faces often (for both good and bad reasons), though she did have a softer side that she kept hiding. So, sometimes she was direct and sometimes she skirted topics (depending on the character). I liked this because it made her feel more real. 

Luke wasn't that great of a character, though he has a lot of potential. I would've liked to see more dimension in him. His role in the book felt too obvious and he was just . . . meh. The other characters were better, but everyone could've used a little more dimension (even Marci). If they had more of it, then I may have become more invested in the story. Characters are what make me get really into a book, and if they fall short for me, the entire book tends to fall short.

Overall, Ignite the Shadows was average. It was good, but not great. I liked many pieces, but I wasn't as into the cast of characters or the conflict as I wanted to be. I might read the sequel! It's not high priority, though.

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