A review by Amanda.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would like to thank author Ingrid Seymour for the opportunity to review Ignite The Shadows.
Marci Guerrero has been battling a terrifying illness for most of her life. Her mother calls it epilepsy, although that’s never been diagnosed. Marci secretly suspects that she might be possessed, or worse, insane. When her emotions run high, something inside of Marci tries to take control of her thoughts, her movements, everything. To Marci, it feels like shadows are overtaking her very being. No one knows the depth of Marci’s condition, not even her best friend Xave.
When Marci and Xave run across a diverse group of people who call themselves IgNiTe while spying on Xave’s older brother, Marci has the chance to learn the awful truth about the shadows – they are parasites who have infected at least half of the world. These parasites creep into an unsuspecting human’s brain and take complete control over their “hosts” within days – usually. What makes Marci, and others like her, unique is their ability to resist the takeover. IgNiTe’s enigmatic leader, James, might have the answers that Marci has been hoping for.
To be honest, I was hesitant to start this book. The premise was intriguing, but the potential for disappointment was high. Science fiction, especially for young adults, is a tricky genre. The science has to be plausible and the plot interesting enough to balance it out. Too much scientific explanation can make a story dry, not enough makes it feel inauthentic. Ignite The Shadows managed to find the perfect balance between the two, while giving its characters depth and distinct traits. Romance has its place but does not dominate the plot. Rather, it sneaks up on the reader with small hints here and there. I devoured this book in one sitting and am eagerly awaiting the next one (I’m really hoping there is a next one)!
Rating: 5/5 stars.
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Book & Author details:
(Ignite The Shadows #1)
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 23rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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.