Okay, gather round my friends, because I need to share one little gem of a book.
IGNITE THE SHADOWS wasn’t a book I had planned to read. I signed up for it to participate in A Month of Indies, a great blogfest honoring indie authors over at creatyvebooks. Life has a way of handing out great surprises, though, and this definitely count as one.
IGNITE is a fantastic YA book, halfway between science fiction and urban fantasy, with just a dash of creepy horror–enough to make your skin crawl without this book really being horror. It follows Marci, a sixteen-year-old hacker, martial artist, bike lover and all around incredibly great and complex character, who’s had to deal most of her life with shadows at the edge of her vision, threatening to take over. Turns out that she, like most of the earth, is infected with parasites who overtake the bodies of their host, and she joins with a small team dedicated to fighting against them.
I really don’t want to say too much about the plot. It’s a fantastic thriller, that drags you in very early on and refuses to let go. Ingrid Seymor’s writing is brilliant — I honestly have serious jealousy over her skill for carrying emotion and punching you in the gut with it. Add this to a cast of complex characters (can’t get enough of James, damnit), all of which seem to have several layers of goals, desires, and secrets, and you’ve got an incredible story. I loved it from the first to the last page.
So there you go. I don’t often review books on here (I don’t often post on here either, haha), but this book absolutely deserves the time and space. I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a fast-paced story with multiple shades of gray that’ll make your skin crawl at times, this is it! Go buy it!