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Incite (Ignite #2), by Erica Crouch
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.
Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn't come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis's revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.
GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21971646-incite
I feel like Crouch's writing has improved after I read Incite! Thinking back I think that Ignite was more of a set up for Incite which explains a little bit of the plot. The main conflict is different than the previous books, it is no longer the demon virus but something bigger.
My excitement for this book might have to do with the more intricate plot or series of events because I felt myself flying through these pages much quicker than the previous books. Not that the others didn't interest me but I felt the conflicts had higher stakes in this book which had me hooked. I wasn't able to predict what happened in this book which I enjoyed.
I am happy to see that Pen and Michael take more initiative in their actions in this book. As with the first book I liked how conflicted they were but this time they are torn about their past and future. I like how they are learning, communicating, and trying to find themselves and where they belong. Even now, it's something people struggle with everyday. I found both of them more relatable in this book than the first book based on the choices they had to make including how they felt about their siblings.
The characters are still intriguing and growing after each experience. I especially liked some of the newer characters but I won't mention them lest they spoil you. They made me chuckle and most of all I enjoyed how they were not too black or white in their choices or appearances. In my opinion, the pacing of the writing in this book is better than the first book. The writing is still lyrical but also has taken a slightly darker path which may have to do with Azael's point of view.
I'm excited for the next installment of books! If you've been following Erica Crouch you'd know that Ignite was supposed to be the end of the story but there are two more to come!
3.7 out of 5 rating for me!
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Ignite (Ignite #1):
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.
This book had me intrigued from the moment I read the synopsis and it only kept going as I read. I enjoy reading stories about fallen angels and demons so I can most assuredly say that you've not read a story quite like this. The conflicts are tense with internal and external forces. The conflicts are something I think almost everyone can relate to and is something we have questioned everyday. Crouch brings these issues to light and explores these problems.
The characters are believable and relatable. I liked Pen and Michael, I could even somewhat understand Azael. Pen is the heroine and one I had no problems rooting for, while she was interesting I felt she was too dependent on someone. Personally would have liked to see her stand on her own without someone having to stand by her side or cover her back. Michael was adorable and I liked seeing a flawed angel. We don't see too much of Azael except from Pen's point of view but we see darkness consume him.
One thing I did notice that somewhat bothered me is that for beings of such old age (before man kind existed) they seem limited in knowledge and experience. They weren't as wise or mature as I expected them to act but I suppose there are reasons for that but it did bug me a little as I read.
I believe the characters are well thought out but the plot was fairly linear. It was as how I expected the story to turn out so there are little to no surprises for me as a reader. Still I enjoyed the journey and Crouch has a nice, poetic and lyrical tint to her writing although sometimes I found myself skimming over some unnecessary flowery descriptions. I have never been one for poetry, I'm more of a straight-to-the-point "story-telling" person, but the way Crouch writes her poetry it makes me appreciate it more. A reader can also tell how her love of poetry influences Crouch's writing and adds a florid appeal to the writing.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but while there were moments where I skimmed the story there were also moments where I cringed or laughed with the characters. I became easily immersed with the story and world. While the plot was linear and straight, I didn't find myself bored but I did realize that the story was over before I knew it. Still, Crouch has an intriguing concept which could lead to a wonderful sequel which I fortunately don't have to wait because I have it thanks to the blog tour.
3.4 out of 5 rating for me!
Entice (Ignite #1.5):
With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.
Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.
Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azael’s story in Ignite.
The reader gets a peek into Crouch's form of Hell which I found interesting. I liked seeing Lucifer and the various demons that lurked in Hell but I was a little surprised to see Lucifer wasn't as scary as I expected him to be, maybe it was because Pen wasn't afraid of him, but he was clever and manipulative.
If you've read Ignite, you don't really learn anything new that you haven't seen in Ignite. But you do get a peek as to the roles Pen and Azael played when attempting to corrupting man.
All in all, this is a nice prequel to Ignite and if you're on the fence about reading Ignite then I recommend reading this story to get an idea of what to expect in Ignite. I believe it is available to read on the author's wattpad account.
3.4 out of 5 rating for me!
Erica Crouch Biography
Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)
Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name. Find a complete list of Erica’s books at ericacrouch.com.