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Thursday, January 1, 2015

IGNITE by Sara B. Larson, Book Review

By: Sara B. Larson
Published by: Scholastic
Released on: December 30, 2014
Series: Defy #2
Source: arc from author to review / purchased book
Rating: 5 Stars - I Loved It
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Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?

A thrilling sequel! Sara B. Larson's IGNITE is story that takes fans on an emotionally charged roller coaster. With suspense, murder, dangerous threats, romance, magic, rumors of war and a romance that's brimming with tension, and stolen kisses, this is a sequel DEFY fans will love. It's not often that I end up liking a sequel as much as I loved the first book in a series, but that was not the case with IGNITE.

Picking up where DEFY left off, IGNITE thrusts readers right back into the mix of this enticing world. King Damian has his hands full trying to restore order and peace with his kingdom, Antion. With the ever present dangers to him and the people of his kingdom, the King is trying to fix the damage that was done prior to his becoming king. Rebuilding his kingdom, and finding peace with the other kingdoms is no easy task, especially when attacks are happening, and neighboring villages are being destroyed. With the threat of war on the horizon, a beautiful women arrives to deliver a message to the King. Her arrival is about to unravel all the King Damian has worked hard to fix, and threaten those he cares about most. In a world such as this, love can be your greatest down fall.

IGNITE has a fantastic, action packed plot. With twists and turns, and surprising discoveries, this is a story I devoured in no time. I loved getting to be right back in Alexa's world. This time there is much more at stake for her. She not only has to protect her King, but her heart, and the Kingdom as well. Mysterious start happening when the beautiful new messenger arrives with a message for her King. It's up to Alexa to figure out what's happening, before it's too late. While it didn't take me long to figure out this part of the story's twist, I loved that is was only the beginning of a much more surprising, complex plot twist that I didn't see coming. Alexa finds herself in the heart of it.

Alexa broke my heart with her courageous and incredibly hard declaration she made to King Damian in Defy. Though I understood why she did it, I desperately wanted her to deny what she kept telling herself, and just accept what her heart was telling her to do. In IGNITE, it's obvious that her putting aside her feelings for the handsome King is much harder than she thought. She's pledged herself to protecting him, and she'll give her life doing so. I have to give it to her, she proves she's got some strong will power, because being apart of the King's trusted guards means she's with the King all the time. Fighting against her feelings for him is no easy task, especially when it's obvious he feels for her just as much as she still feels for him.

There's so much more at stake in this book. The danger is greater, the enemies are much more powerful, the threats are deadlier, and the betrayal is that much more shocking.  IGNITE was awesome. The suspense, the action, and the romance are well written and intertwined. This is a thrilling, addictive sequel. If you read DEFY, I highly recommend that you pick this one up.

Check out my IGNITE blog tour stop with author Sara B Larson and enter to win, here.

25 Most Anticipated Reads for 2015

Happy 2015!

Have you checked out the list of books being released this year? 
There are a ton of promising titles, and a lot of highly undissipated ones I can't wait to get my hands on. I keep waiting for a year where there won't be a lot of "must have" releases so I can catch up on the previous year's TBR pile that I still have left to read. Thankfully it doesn't look like there will be a shortage of fabulous books anytime soon.

I attempted to create a list of 10 books I'm looking forward to reading this year, but there was no way I could narrow my list down to ten. Even narrowing it down to 15 was hard. So I went with 25 books, and even then it was hard narrowing it down. But here does.

25 books I can not wait to read in 2015:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  4. Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. Falling Kingdoms #4 by Morgan Rhodes
  6. Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J Maas
  7. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
  8. Rogue by Julie Kagawa 
  9. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  10. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  11. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  12. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  13. Silver In The Blood by Jessica Day George
  14. Rook by Sharon Cameron
  15. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  16. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  17. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Bound
  18. Save Me by Jenny Elliott
  19. Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
  20. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  21. The Winner's Crime by Maria Rutkoski
  22. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
  23. A Wicked Thing by Rhianna Thomas
  24. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
  25. Persuasion by Martina Boone
What books are on your list? I'd love to know. Please leave me a comment if you created a similar list so I can come check your list out. I love seeing what other bloggers choose. I usually find new books to add to my TBR list when I check out other book lists. Happy Reading!


Here's to an awesome 2015! 
With a new year brings a fresh start & 12 months to make the most of life. 
Here's to loving more, laughing often, being appreciative of all we have, seeking to do more & be better, being more forgiving & tolerant, taking time to enjoy the little things in life, accomplishing your dreams, simplifying and to being HAPPY!
And to reading a lot of books. You know I had to throw that one in there.
Be safe during your New Year celebrations and Have A Happy New Year!