Hello bookworms! I’m pleased to be a part of the Chapter by Chapter blog tour for Ingrid Seymour’s Eclipse the Flame! If you’ve been following me for some time, you should probably know by now that Ingrid has become one of my favorite authors and I’ve read everything YA that she’s written. And let me tell you, the Ignite the Shadows series is a new favorite series of mine and have been two books that I’ve loved in 2016 so far.
Read about the Ignite the Shadows series – including the new book Eclipse the Flame, the second book in the series, and read my review. Be sure to check out the giveaway for a paperback copy of Ignite the Shadows, the first in the series! 🙂
Happy book birthday, Ingrid! I am so happy for you!
About the Ignite the Shadows series
Ignite the Shadows (book #1)
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.
Eclipse the Flame (book #2)
In the new world of The Takeover nothing and no one will be safe. Marci must choose: love or vengeance.
One night she secretly follows her lover to a club. To her horror she discovers those closest to her, mingling freely with parasitic creatures which have secretly possessed human minds. A bloody ambush follows, leaving Marci a shadow of her former self.
Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious attacks. Ignite, the only resistance group, is disintegrating. As the world catches fire, Marci struggles to control the buzzing spectres in her own head.
Her hardest battle is between the forces of good and evil within herself. For Marci must fight. She was meant to burn.
About the Book + Review
Having read Ignite the Shadows, I was ready to dive right back in to Marci’s world. I really love when a sequel picks up immediately after the previous book, so it was an easy transition back in Marci’s surroundings and the specters that are trying to control her.
Eclipse the Flame was amazing! At first, it was slightly frustrating to follow because there were a lot of different elements going on all at once but the second I sorted through everything and took the time to piece the things together, it became easy to follow and realise what was going on.
My love for Xave is still strong with this one. Just with a heavy, heavy, heavy heart. I was so excited to see what would come from Marci and Xave, and how their relationship would end. I had such high hopes for them, and did not expect the outcome to be what actually happened. Their relationship was so pure and innocent, a perfect example of what relationships for teenagers really are.
I disliked Aydan’s character in Ignite the Shadows and it carried over to Eclipse the Flame. Then there was a shift and it took me a few chapters and a little discussion with Ingrid herself to realise why he’s all of a sudden . . . nice. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought there was something up his sleeve. However, there was a scene in the park where Marci places a couple chocolate bars between the two of them – I felt like it was a truce of sorts. Marci and Aydan didn’t exactly see eye to eye from the beginning and I think Marci was surrendering.
In my opinion, I think there was a bigger overall theme to this book that applies to real life and it’s something that should be brought to our attention in lieu of recent events. Something that is plaguing our nation and will ultimately be the demise of our world if we don’t get our act together. That’s hate, greed, and control. We’re so hellbent on taking over, having everything, and hating everyone to realise what is happening around us. The Takeover might’ve been with supernatural/parasitic entities, but the end result was the same as what our world is going through: total destruction.
Ingrid Seymour knows how to weave together details and having the reader feel as if everything is happening right in front of them or, better yet, directly to them. The scenery, the pain and suffering, the attention to detail with each and every description of the Eklyptors. It’s all so real. Eclipse the Flame is another fast paced, action packed read that has you joining the fight and rooting for the IgNiTe team.
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).
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