Ignite by Erica Crouch

igniteSynopsis:

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.

 

Review:

I received  a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is not your typical Angel/Demon story.  Pen & her brother Azael are demons (fallen angels) that are sent out to kill and reap souls of the living.  They bring the souls back to their “boss” Gus and he then turns them over to Hell.  Pen isn’t exactly happy with her job; she has to do the killing and her brother only reaps the souls.  She tends to hide her true feelings from her brother and the rest of the demons.  It’s when she meets Michael, the archangel, that she starts questioning her job, fate and future.  Michael makes her want to be better, to be good and to forge her path herself and stop doing what everyone else wants her to do.

This is mainly the story of Pen as it is told from her perspective.  She has many conversations and discussions with herself about what to do with her life.  At times there are too many conversations and discussions and they just go on and on and on.  I think that this book could’ve been trimmed some and it would’ve made it better.  Don’t get me wrong – the book is good, the writing is great and the story will hook you in.  It’s just that while I was reading, I started “skimming” the dialogue that Pen had with herself because it just was too much and reiterated a lot of what had already been discussed elsewhere in the book.  I don’t like to skim and I try not to, but I started to not like the book because of the rambling.  So, I made a decision to skim over it and I still feel like I got a good story.

This book is set to be a 2-parter I guess as there is a sequel planned. Another book is coming soon, but it is considered an in between because it goes back to Pen & Azael in their past reapings & demon work.  There are things left undone and the story is definitely not finished.  I do have an issue with one aspect of the story and I don’t know if it is going to be brought up in book 2, but I would’ve liked to see something about it in this one.  In the beginning, Pen and Azael reap a soul for Gus from a kid named Jeremy.  They allude to him being special and that Hell had been looking for him.  Nothing is discussed about this soul after.  Not one word is mentioned about it after that.  I was wondering where it fit into the story and it let me hanging.  Like I said, if it is going to be discussed in the 2nd book, I wish there had been some reference to that in this one.  Then I wouldn’t have to wonder if it was an oversight or what.  Bottom line: if you like Angels and Demons and you like romance and action, then this is a book that you will enjoy.

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