Review: Ignite by Sara B. Larson


Ignite by Sara B. Larson (Defy #2)

ebook, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Average Rating: 4.01

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?

two star

Two “Barely There” Stars

I like this book for the action and the story. The bigger picture is what I really liked about Ignite but I had to deduct stars because a) the romance just sucks, b) the main character pissed me off a bit, c) I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES, and d) everything was too obvious!! I knew what was going to happen next; this book was too predictable!!!

The novel starts a month after where book 1 left off. People know Alexa as a women and maintains her position as a royal guard for Damian who is now the king of Antion. Alexa rejects Damian as she believes that they can’t be together because he is the king and she is merely his guard. Larson portrayed Alexa as a strong, independent women but her belief that she can’t be with Damian JUST BECAUSE he’s king and she’s a guard is utterly stupid!! In my opinion, this goes against everything Alexa is as a character. Why can’t she just not care what others think? Yes, I get how its supposed to be internal conflict, blah blah blah but it just made it painful to read.

Now, Damian is heartbroken and for most of the novel ignores Alexa, is cold towards her and pretends he’s moved on but really, he loves her! (Surprise, surprise. A monkey could guess that) Also, Rylan is jealous and can tell that Damian and Alexa love each other. He’s the love sick puppy, pining for the unattainable. MOVE ON, BUDDY!!

I love Alexa, I really do. She is an amazing fighter and there were amazing scenes where she kickedass. She is smart and a quick thinker which helped her figure out who wanted to go to war with Antion. The main conflict was figuring out who was Antion’s new enemy and what they wanted. At the end of “Defy” there was peace among nations, but in “Ignite” a new enemy has risen and it’s up to Alexa to figure out who it is, BUT she worried about how her scars looked and how people saw her. This goes back to her actions and thoughts contradicting what I loved most about her. Frustrating as hell to read.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but honestly there isn’t anything to spoil. Reading “Ignite” I knew what was going to happen. I hoped for a plot twist near the end, but again predictable. Maybe, I’ve read so many books that I know the different outcomes but this was a disappointment.

This may seem like a review on how disappointing this book was, BUT NOT EVERYTHING WAS BAD. The fighting scenes and the action was top notch. THERE WERE NO DEATHS THAT WERE HEARTBREAKING. Damian gets to be king, and show how great of a ruler he can and will be. Changes are made to improve the life in Antion, especially the destruction of the breeding house. There is a Alexian moment!

Yes, this book has its downs but I will be reading the final book. No matter how frustrated I was about this book, I need to know what the fate of Antion will be, how Alexa and Damian are as a couple and if Rylan finds someone else!


To read my review on the first book Defy click here.


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