PJV Quickie: Wow, I’m at a loss for words. Ignited blew me away with its interesting characters, exciting plot, and love triangle that I didn’t absolutely loathe. I’m beyond thrilled; Desni Dantone’s debut novel is sure to win over young adult and paranormal romance fans alike.

Review: Ok, let’s start out with the usual: the characters. I found Kris to be very cool, down to earth, and I loved the fact that she’s not one of those girls who likes to just play the victim or helpless female. She wasn’t about to take any crap from anybody either, letting her fiery attitude come out to play quite often and refusing to back down for long until she got answers. Unfortunately for her, Nathan wasn’t easily swayed. Speaking of, I adore Nathan. He was such a mystery for a long time, first coming into Kris’ life when she was only 3 years old to save her life, and popping in and out several times to keep her safe. The big questions here is why. Why did he keep showing up to save her? Why didn’t he seem to be aging after all of these years? Why was he so hesitant to give Kris the answers she was seeking? Have no fear, these questions are answered in time. The other guy in her life, Alec, was introduced early on in the novel. He ends up going to Kris’ school and they hit it off immediately, much to the dismay of all of other girls. Sadly, he doesn’t get much page time before Kris is swept up into Nathan’s world, and we don’t see Alec again until towards the end of the book. I feel, though, that the author did a great job developing his character. He may not have had as much interaction with Kris as Nathan did, yet I still felt drawn to him.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I am not a fan of love triangles. I’m not sure if it’s just because they have been done to death in YA and romance novels or if it’s due to the fact that usually there’s a clear cut favorite which eliminates any doubt about who the heroine will ultimately choose. My favorite in this book was Nathan for a long time, and I guess if you asked me I would still say the scale is tipped in his favor. However, the amazing fortitude and heart Alec showed definitely gained him some brownie points with me. The author tells me that he will have a bigger part in the future books in the series, so it’s hard to say what will happen.

Something I was pleasantly surprised with was the attention to detail. I know, you would assume that an author would pay attention to even the smallest details, but I’m sure all of you have read books where one or more mysteries are never addressed or explained. Simply forgotten. That always bothers me, those pesky loose ends that you will probably never have answers to. This is not the case in Ignited. As I was reading I kept adding things to a mental list that didn’t quite make sense to me yet. I fully expected to be left with a hollow feeling, so imagine my delight and surprise when the author made sure to address every single one of those issues on my list. It’s the little things, guys.

I liked the premise behind this story. The synopsis doesn’t give any major details away, so I’m not going to either. As I was reading, I had no idea what direction the story was going. Honestly, I was silently praying it wasn’t another vampire novel. As much as I love them, even I get burnt out from time to time. All I will say is that it involves a bit of mythology, which I really enjoyed.

Ignited certainly won me over. I loved the characters, the plot, and the romance aspect. All of these pieces together made for one intense, exciting, romantic, and, at times, humorous read.

Recommended for: Anyone who is looking for a new series to fall in love with, especially if enjoy a little mythology thrown in the mix.

 

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