Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ignite by Erica Crouch

*This book was received via NetGalley and Patchwork Press for an honest review.*

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. 

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. 

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Ignite is Erica Crouch's debut novel, and for a 20 year old college student I have to say that it wasn't half bad. The book centers around Penemuel, or Pen for short, who is a fallen angel and part of Lucifer's army of demons in Hell. Her and her twin brother Azael rely on one another, since neither is a fully functioning demon by themselves, Pen can kill, Azael can reap the souls of the dead. Together they make a great and formidable duo, yet it's hard work being a demon and the story starts with them fighting for a promotion. 

Then Michael is reborn and the future begins un-writing itself as the Apocalypse nears. Pen is given the assignment to befriend Michael and either convince him to join the forces of Hell or to eventually kill him. A strange friendship is born between Michael and Pen, and she starts to question her past as well as the choices she has yet to make, knowing that with each decision comes consequences. 

As soon as I started reading this book it instantly reminded me of the show Supernatural because of the darkness and gore. Instead of humans being the main characters, this is entirely from the angels and demons point of view. It's an interesting concept and it was strange at first how the characters are so flippant about human death. I guess if you've lived thousands of years though, then the human race would be little more than insects that you swat away when they're in your way. 

Overall, this book was okay and was an enjoyable enough read. I really liked the idea of Angels and Demons and the idea that humans actually might have it better than them both, because of the choice to choose whether they are on the side of the light or dark, or a little of both. I would have to give Ignite an overall rating of 2.5-3 stars, since it wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it far from the worst and it was an interesting read that held my attention for the most part. 

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