Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ignite Blog Tour: Review

Author: Lily Paradis
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Empire Books
My Rating: 3 Stars
Buy Links: Amazon • Limited Time Signed Paperback
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. 
Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?
Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

My Thoughts

When I first began reading Ignite I wasn't sure what to expect. I soon realized that it is much more of a young adult book than a new adult, but don't let that turn you away. I'm a huge sucker for NA novels, but trust me when I say that the plot of Ignite is just as good. 

The Plot: Twenty-one year old Lauren Lindsay's life begins to spiral out of control after what was supposed to be a normal day. First she meets an extremely attractive mystery guy at the DMV which is always a bonus, but then things start to go down hill once she realizes that A)her step-mother passed away and she's faced with the choice of becoming the guardian of her three children and that B). mystery man is actually her step-sister's best friends brother/guardian.
Fate, destiny, coincidence, or whatever you want to call it plays a key role in the plot. The book is filled with these coincidences and sometimes a couple of them make you want to roll your eyes. But as a whole, they actually help tie everything together, especially at the end with the letters from Lauren's dad. That was one of my favorite parts of the entire book. 
As Lauren, Dean, and the kids get to know each other better, Dean and Lauren begin to reveal their past to each other. Both of them had their own baggage to deal with and I'm glad that they opened up and faced their demons together. 

The Characters: I absolutely loved all the characters in this book. I mean, Dean is pretty swoony. The person I had the most trouble connecting with was ironically Lauren. Sometimes she made some dumb decisions that made me want talk some sense into her, but at the same time I kind of understood her reasoning. She's obviously been through a lot and with her responsibility of taking care of these three children, whom she hasn't spent a lot of time with makes her emotional reactions understandable, especially at the age of 21. 
Lauren undergoes the largest amount of character development in Ignite. In both YA and NA novels, character development plays an enormous part in the plot. I was glad to see Lauren's character change throughout the novel, but also other characters such as Callie and Dean as well. 
On the subject of Callie, I definitely enjoyed the family dynamic between her, Chase, Emma, Lauren, and Dean. Even though it took a while for them to warm up to Lauren, I loved the supportive and easy going relationship shown between all of them. Lauren's best friend, Kenzie was another of my favorite characters. She always looked out for Lauren and provided some comic relief during the novel. Emma was probably my favorite out of all of them (even Dean) just because of her cuteness and innocence. She was so sweet and adorable that there's no way I couldn't like her.

The Romance: I admit that when Lauren first met Dean I was scared of the oncoming romance all because of my pet peeve of instalove. Obviously Lauren and Dean had strong chemistry together and they were going to be together at some point, but I was glad that their relationship was a slow build up instead rushed. Dean had some flirty lines at times that made me laugh. 

Overall Ignite was a pretty good story that was fast paced and filled with great characters. Fans of contemporary romance will enjoy this book!

About Lily Paradis

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I’m Lily, and I’m currently working on my first four novels. It was just one at first, then two, three, and now four. None of them are in the same series because I have an issue with distraction. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, and I hope to be a successful author and editor. My 2012/2013 NaNoWriMo project is entitled Equilibrium, and is now in the editing process. It will most likely be released late 2014 or early 2015!

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