Friday, 22 July 2016

Ignite by Erica Crouch

Title: Ignite
Series: Ignite (#1)
Author: Erica Crouch
From: Netgalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Release Date: 11th June 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

Well I never once imagined that I'd be referring to the archangel Michael as cute in my head, but at moments he really really was! To say that Pen and Michael were an angel and a demon the two of them had a lot of cute relationship moments. I loved watching them grow together, and Pen becoming who she truly was as opposed to who she'd been forced to be, for me their relationship really worked. 

The mythology in Ignite was really well thought out and seems to stick fairly closely to most Christian teaches (but just to be clear this definitely isn't in a preachy way! More of a these-are-some-really-interesting-characters-way). I really enjoyed the less black and white view of Heaven and Hell as well as the angels (fallen or not). 

There were actually very few characters in Ignite, something that I've only just noticed when I started thinking about what I wanted to say in my review. I think that shows just how engaging the characters that were present and just how involved I felt with them as a reader. 

Pen's relationship to her brother, Azael, was definitely interesting, and continued the theme of me disliking protagonist's siblings that I seem to have fallen into. Azael is basically the perfect demon, but he's also Pen's twin and it's a strange mix of wanting him to be redeemable and disliking him for me. 

I loved the way the author used quotes from poems in the book. They were at the right time and not only embodied Pen's character and why she fell from heaven, but helped the reader to see the relationships to others around her. I don't think quotes always work in books, but in Ignite they certainly did!

This was a fantastic read, and I can't wait to read more in the series.