Review of Ignite by Sara B. Larson

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By: Sara B. Larson
Release Date: December 30th 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

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?

My Thoughts:
I’m the black sheep with this based on the early reviews I’ve seen–I preferred Defy over this one by a large amount. I enjoyed the first book though I could see some flaws (small things that you can see here in my review). I was pretty excited about this follow-up because I did enjoy the pacing and characters but in this installment something fell flat for me. Now, I’ve been dealing with some pretty heavy things in my personal life so that might have made my reading experience less than stellar. Who knows, had my emotional stability been a bit less shaky this might have hit me better.

I had no problems recalling the story-line from Defy and the characters. Things picked up pretty soon after the events of the last book and once again the story was told from Alexa’s point of view. She was still struggling with her feelings for King Damian though she’d tried her best to convince him she had no romantic interest in him. The last book was pretty heavy on the love triangle bit but this one seemed to drop that from the story which was a welcome change.

The writing felt a bit tell rather than show but it was fluid throughout the novel. Larson had an easy-to-read style that did succeed in being descriptive though I thought it lacked some emotional impact.

For some reason, though the plot was thicker and the action was still written descriptively, I had the inability to really connect again with these characters. I didn’t feel drawn towards Alexa and Damian though I had in the first novel. Their relationship felt flat to me and their scenes together did nothing on an emotional level. None of the characters seemed to experience any self-growth so that could be something that detracted from my enjoyment.

As for the story-line it had some interesting points and some new characters that were delightfully easy to hate. I thought the stakes were high enough that I should have been tense while reading but sadly I was not. I felt an arm’s length away from the entire story. As the book drew to a close, things were wrapped up and the story was left without a cliff-hanger but with enough information to entice readers to read the next in the series.

Final Thoughts:
Though I enjoyed Defy a good amount Ignite fell flat emotionally for me. The story was descriptive and had some creative aspects but I felt that it lacked any emotional appeal or character growth.