Review: “Eclipse The Flame (Ignite The Shadows)” by Ingrid Seymour

Eclipse The Flame (Ignite The Shadows) by Ingrid Seymour

A review by Amanda.

Warning: This review may contain spoilers from book one, Ignite The Shadows. This review was also proposed by the author.

Two weeks have passed since Marci was unceremoniously kicked out of IgNiTe. Two weeks since she found out that her seemingly perfect twin brother is an Eklyptor. It’s also been two weeks of bliss, now that she’s dating her best friend. Marci and Xave couldn’t be happier or more in love despite the fact that he still works for James and IgNiTe, helping with the dangerous missions and tracking down the evil parasites, who seem to be growing in number at an alarming rate. When she isn’t with Xave, Marci is trying to get back into James’s good graces by spying on Luke, trying to find out the truth and find answers to all of the burning questions she has – like why she can’t sense the Eklyptor agent inside Luke.

One of Xave’s missions takes him to the same club that Luke is frequenting, so Marci follows him hoping to keep them both safe and get some answers. Before she can do anything, a fight breaks out with devastating consequences. That fight sets off a chain of tragic events, all affecting Marci deeply. Reckless and desperate, she takes matters into her own hands and ends up buried up to her neck in trouble. With help from unlikely allies, Marci makes sacrifice after sacrifice doing whatever it takes to save the world. Can she keep her mind intact or will her heroic efforts cost her everything?

This book immediately absorbed all of my attention and held it until the very end. Marci was a dynamic character, full of depths that even she didn’t know existed. Romance, intrigue, heartbreak, betrayal… this story has it all. It will draw the reader in and wring them dry, emotionally. All of that is in addition to the main plot, which is plenty captivating on its own. This is one of those books that will have you up all night, turning page after page, and leading to a book hangover of epic proportions.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR: Review: “Ignite the Shadows” by Ingrid Seymour

Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid SeymourA 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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 Ignite The Shadows by Ingrid Seymour
(Ignite The Shadows #1)
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 23rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

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.

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Ingrid Seymour AUTHOR BIO:

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.

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