Why I chose this book:
I have been dying to read Ignite ever since I read Defy as an eARC in early January. Luckily, Scholastic was awesome enough to grant me an eARC of Ignite, and I gorged on its amazingness. I read this book during a week of absolute craziness, but I was not allowing it to get away from me.
Ignite by Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publish Date: December 30th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late? (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
I liked that it picked up soon after Defy ended. I was worried that there would be a huge info dumping in the beginning, but there wasn’t. She had just the right amount of passages that reminds the reader what happened without overkilling the reader with information they already know.
I also liked how they touched on the women in the breeding houses. It showed that the women and the country were healing, but I wanted more.
My Bookish Mehs:
As much as I totally loved Defy, this one felt a little over the top for me with a couple of new villains. The plot made sense, but so much rode on the fact that Alexa and Damian loved each other (even if Alexa doesn’t want to admit it). Where the first one wasn’t completely caught up in the love story, this one was, and it was starting to grate uncomfortably. There was so much more riding on these characters actions than the star crossed love of a guard and a king. I get that it should be a central point in the grand scheme of things, but love is not what keeps a kingdom afloat, and I think this book kind of erased all the work Defy put into the foundation of this series. I feel like it is my job to say that this is not because I like Rylan more than Damian. I’ve read a lot of fantasy books in my day, and this comes from having seen both types of plots executed well, and Ignite just not falling into either of those categories.
Lastly, I wish this book had been longer. I feel like she could have fleshed out a lot more of the characters, even the villains and the minor plot holes, but she kept this book pretty short at only 304 pages, For a fantasy book with a lot of world building, she could have easily made this book 350-400 pages, and it would have been much better in understanding the world and what exactly was going on.
My Bookish Loves:
Despite all that, I loved the character development of Rylan. He is probably my favorite character in the entire series, including Damian and Alexa. I really think she needs to choose him, but ya know, whatevs. Rylan is one of the most interesting characters though. He loves Alexa and would do anything for her, but it’s not a puppy dog love. He does recognize that he has to protect himself too, and he tries to move on and respect not only his king but the woman he loves. And after a few things that happen at the end of this book, it just made my heart twist and hurt for him.
I really can’t wait to see what Larson will do with Rylan’s character. I think he is overall the strongest character in the entire series, and I really would like to know how he fits into the plot of the entire series as a whole.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely, enough to want to read the next book ASAP just so my heart wouldn’t hurt so much. I think this one, like its predecessor has some flaws. However, I felt like all the problems Defy had was fixed in this book, but this new plot that plays out in this book brings a whole slew of other problems that I have no idea how Larson will fix. I hope for the sake of my heart and these great characters that everything will be all right in the end.