Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour

Ignite the Shadows
Ignite the Shadows #1

Ingrid Seymour

YA Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Harper Voyager
April 23, 2015

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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.

She’s infected.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

It has been a long time since I read something creepy enough to make my skin crawl. Ignite the Shadows has the whole eerie, creep-factor down pat. Ms. Seymour did an amazing job building the suspense with the shadows' effect on Marci, leading up to the big reveal of her true affliction and just what those shadows really were. And boy was it a rather shocking reveal at that. Of course, I didn't read the synopsis prior to reading the novel, so I suppose I deserved to be shocked!

Marci was a truly amazing character. It's really hard to fathom that she managed to live with the shadows plaguing her mind. I loved the descriptions of her turmoil-- they were so well-written that the reader could easily see just how awful the shadow presence was for Marci. I felt an immediate connection to her, even though she was angry, rough, and abrasive at times. With what she endured on a daily basis, it was impressive that she chose to fight and not give in to the shadows.

The secondary characters were odd-- I suppose you could say they all had unique character flaws or perhaps quirks. There were several times when I wanted to hit one of the annoying characters upside the head. It did make for some interesting scenes.

While I enjoyed the plot, found it intriguing, the overall pacing could be a tad uneven at times. I would go from desperately flipping pages to almost boredom at times. There was a lot of suspense and tension as the plot was slowly unveiled, but there were still so many secrets. I spent much of the book wishing the author would reveal just a bit more, for Marci's sake, if not the reader.

There were a lot of action scenes in the novel which were quite engaging. Expect some romance, though it takes a backseat to the creepy monster plot. Ignite the Shadows is book one of a series, so I'm looking forward to learning more about the characters and the creepy Eklyptors in book two.

About the Author

Ingrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager, April 23rd, 2015). 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.

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  1. Ooh I love creepy books and this one sounds so cool! I like how well written a character Marci sounds, too! Great review! :)

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