I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour! When I slowly became a part of the book community again, Ingrid Seymour was one of the first authors that I friended and started talking to. I’ve read four books of hers now (The Morphid Chronicles series, and now the Ignite the Shadows series) and I must say – Ingrid Seymour has very easily become one of my favorite authors! 🙂
This stop of the tour is for a review of Ingrid Seymour’s Ignite the Shadows, the first in the series. A series that draws you in and keeps you wanting so much more. Check it out and enter the giveaway for a paperback copy!
About the Book + Review
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.
First, must I just say that the cover for Ignite the Shadows is absolutely stunning! It was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. Oh, yes, I judge books by their covers hardcore. I am drawn to really grungy looking things. The more I look at the cover now having read the book, I am seeing the relation between the two.
I loved this book on so many levels. All of Ingrid Seymour’s books [that I have read so far] are fast paced, and Ignite the Shadows is no exception. Within the first chapter, I was sucked into Marci and Xave’s complex relationship, and the struggles that Marci deals with when it comes to the spectres.
The character development is perfect. Each character had a purpose, had a role, and had a well developed personality. This is something that isn’t really seen in many books these days. There weren’t any characters that were thrown in just to “fill the space.” Even the antagonist, who only had a few scenes throughout the entire book, had a developed personality that made my skin crawl.
My love for Xave . . . such a beautiful character. I was asked about swoon-worthy characters in a conversation not too long ago, and Xave immediately came to mind. I had just finished the book then, but Xave still came to mind. He’s so naive and innocent; it’s adorable.
I don’t really like male characters in books. They don’t feel real, believable, and they’re so unrealistic. Every once in awhile you do find a gem that has a guy character that isn’t perfect around the edges, that has flaws and insecurities. Xave is that character.
There’s a scene with Marci and Xave after she crawled through the window into his bedroom. This scene, in mind mind, is just so realistic and perfect. It starts the unraveling of their relationship, and it shows his naivity. I’ve been there with boy friends. Then there’s another scene when they’re in the arcade together and this completely unravels the thread of Marci and Xave.
Even Marci is a realistic character with flaws and imperfections. I think Marci is really tough around the edges but is completely breaking down and is looking for love, for someone to be there for her. With the threat of her losing Xave, she’s seeking this out elsewhere. James becomes that father figure that Marci really needed in her life since her mother never really cared.
I like the concept of the spectres taking over Marci and what the spectres actually are. This is an element in a book that is definitely unique. I love that James found Marci and was there to help guide her and inform her on things that she struggled so much with. It’s an added bonus that James is the leader of IgNiTe and the mission of IgNiTe is for a good cause.
There were a few characters that really bothered me. It’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that they had some questionable actions. I’m very eager to start reading Eclipse the Flame to learn more about IgNiTe and to get the answers about why certain characters are acting the way they act towards others, but especially towards Marci.
For a book that’s fast paced, intriguing, and leaves you on the edge of seat in suspense and curiosity – read Ignite the Shadows. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
About the Author
Ingrid Seymour is the author of the Ignite The Shadows and Morphid Chronicles series. 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.
One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour and a $10 Amazon giftcard (INT).
Giveaway is a Rafflecopter giveaway.