Ignite by Raven Steele
Reading Ignite is like riding a roller-coaster, full of highs and lows, unexpected turns, sudden twists and a mighty impressive ending.
Ignite is a little more young adult than I normally read, heated kisses were as steamy as this book got, but great writing and an amazing story meant I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Rose is a misfit at the start of the book, the kid that is either ignored or picked on. Until she joins Solar Academy, a school for supernaturals, and finds her tribe of fellow misfits. She also catches the attention of the super cool (pun intended) Hudson, one of the ‘in guys’, part of the ‘Red Letter’ crew. His ice magic is drawn to Rose’s fire and together they will either become something amazing or a disaster of epic proportions.
Added into all this is Rose, and her friends, determination to prove Aurora’s innocence and save her mother from certain death. The story to this part builds up quite slowly, though at no point did the story feel like it dragged. Instead we had some amazing world building, getting to know characters, seeing relationships (both romantic and platonic) develop, as well as watching Rose learn to control and use her abilities. I loved how the author took time to introduce us to side characters, as well as developing them in their own right. Not only was really good to see the friendship between Rose, Ireland, Bonnie and Bennie but the author cleverly wove their unique skills and abilities into the plot.
The ending builds and develops fairly quickly, with lots of unexpected twists and surprises along the way. There was something that I felt I should have seen coming but totally didn’t. With hindsight I could see all the foreshadowing and clues dropped along the way but…. nope missed it and loved it too. It also wasn’t anything like the ending I was expecting.
I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one!
“Fire burns inside me, and it wants out.”
Solar Academy was the last place Rose wanted to go, but after mentally igniting a boy on fire at her current high school, her father insists she attends so she can learn to control her powers. All her life, the fire inside her has raged. It doesn’t help that years earlier Aurora, her mother and the one they call Sleeping Beauty, had unleashed her own fire killing dozens of innocent people.
Now Aurora sleeps in an eternal slumber protected by dark magic no one can break. Which is just as well. Rose is desperate to break free from her mother’s murdering shadow and prove to people that she is more than the flames burning inside her.
With the help of new friends at Solar Academy, Rose finally feels like she belongs. But when she discovers a web of lies surrounding her mother’s imprisonment, she’s forced to confront the past and come face to face with the darkness that also pulled her mother into its evil grasp. The only way to fight it is to release her own raging inferno, even if that means harming her friends and the boy she’s falling in love with.