By: Erica Crouch
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Review: Pen (Penemuel) and her brother Azeal are demons, but Pen’s “heart” really isn’t into it. Michael is an Archangel reincarnate and doesn’t remember his past. When Pen and Michael meet, he sees the light that still exists in her and helps her to see that she can be different. She can even be good.
Ignite is very disappointing. I really like the story line, but the author misses the importance of building characters. She spends the majority of the book describing Pen’s surroundings instead of developing characters and relationships. There are also some big holes in the story, like how are Pen, Michael, and Azael teenagers, but Michael has only been back for a short time and Pen and Azael have been around since before Adam and Eve?
I found the characters unlikable at best. Azael’s humour is amusing at times, but becomes quite annoying. I don’t think I could have finished the book if he played more of a role. Michael is way too innocent. He come across as a wimp with values. Pen is supposed to be strong and brave, but is completely unable to stand on her own.
The only reason that I gave this two stars rather than one is because I like the possibility of what this book could have been. I’m hoping that book two in this series will save the story. The author is very young and maybe book two will show some maturing in her ability to write. Maybe it will receive better editing as well (several grammatical and spelling errors).
About the Author:
Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore — sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)
Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press — an indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over fifty projects to her name.
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