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Incite (Ignite, #2)

Incite (Ignite, #2)

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by Erica Crouch

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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


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.

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Incite (Ignite, #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Delicate-Eternity-Books More than 1 year ago
I mentioned in my review of Ignite and Entice that I liked Azael. A lot. Well. This is a ‘like’ no longer. This is an all consuming love. For a fictional character. I haven’t actually had the pleasure of loving a fictional character as much as I love Azael in a pretty long time. And I’m almost certain he is now my number one. I am seriously in love with everything about him. I loved reading his chapters the most , and I love how utterly complex he is. I wanted to run to him, and stroke his hair and cuddle him and make him realise that life isn’t all that bad. That it can be good, and that’s all that Pen realised. She still loves you, I promise. I don’t know if he’d even give me the time of day, but still. That’s exactly what I wanted to do. I loved that we got to see so much more of him in Incite. Reading from his perspective gave his character so much more depth than we had been given from Pen’s second-hand perspective of him. He’s so completely broken, and my heart just freaking aches for him in such a real way. And it’s moments like these that I realise how much of a book fangirl/nerd I really am. Because my love for Azael is pretty real. I mean, there are humans I love less than Azael. Probably because they don’t even come close to the effect he has on me. He craves acceptance, but wants nothing more than to be independent. He loves Pen with the force of a million suns, but won’t accept the fact that it is love he feels. He thinks he is evil incarnate, but I can see his goodness. I can see that he isn’t all blood and gore. I can see it. And I wish he could, as well. I wish he could realise that it isn’t just black and white, and that there are shades of grey. But it’s like he’s gotten it into his head that he is evil, and bad, and there’s nothing he wants to do about it. AZAEL, MY BABY, THAT’S NOT THE CASE. Okay, I realise I’m nearly at five hundred words and I have spoken of nothing but Azael, but Erica has created one of the most beautifully complex characters that I have ever had the extreme pleasure of reading. I will never not love Az, which is why I cannot stop writing about him. As for the non-Az aspects of Incite, they were fabulous, as always. Erica is my favourite author, which I have said a few times. She’s my favourite because she can make me care so much (see all my Az-centric paragraphs above), weave an incredible storyline, and the way she writes. Deary me. It’s perfect. The distinctions between Pen and Az were clear as day, and the evolutions of both their storylines in this book were fabulous. We got to see Az for who he really is, and we got to know Pen even more. How much she cares for Michael; how scared she is of losing him; and how she can be a leader when she needs to be. She’s just an all ‘round badass, and I totally love Pen. I loved the new characters we were introduced to – both from Pen and Az’s perspective, because theyalso didn’t detract from the characters we care about the most (Az, Pen, and Michael). I’m really looking forward to reading Engage, which is a novella about two of these new characters. I cannot wait to read it because it is sexually diverse, too. Yay for Erica being diverse! Okay. I loved Incite. I loved Azael most of all, but I loved everything else about it, as well. This will no doubt be as firm a favourite as Ignite has been these past (nearly) two years of my reading life.
ANFerguson More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed Ignite and Entice, and I had such high expectations for Incite (I mean, how could you not after that ending from Ignite?!). I didn't think that this series would get any better, but Erica totally blew me away with Incite. There was so much I loved about it, and I am so relieved that there's another short story and another novel to follow it. This is one series that I know will give me the worst hangover when it's over! Incite is not a quick read by any means - this is one hefty book! But I'm so glad that it wasn't over quickly. I wanted to savor each moment, and hold on to the characters and this world as long as I could. I love Pen and Michael, and I even love Azael even though I'm not really sure that I'm supposed to. They're all such complex characters, and I was really excited when I found out that we'd be inside Azael's head in this book. He's intrigued me since I first read Ignite, and I loved being able to see what he's thinking as he hunts Pen and Michael. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing things from Pen's perspective too, but I just thought it was a nice change of pace and really interesting to see things from the other side as well. Especially since the reader knows things that the characters don't, and it made me want to scream at them that they were making wrong assumptions or walking into a trap and that they should stop immediately. Unfortunately, yelling things like that at a book makes me look like a crazy person, so I'm glad that I read this book in the comfort of my home with only the dog and the cat to judge me. I am so invested in these characters, and I'm already dreading the ending of this series. Even the new characters, like Kala, have stolen my heart. Kala is by no means your stereotypical angel, and I thought it was great that Erica included such a diverse character in this series. I think Kala might actually be my new favorite character. I might have given that distinction to Zepar, but he terrifies me so I'm pretty sure I'll just stick with Kala. Even as secondary characters though, they're all well developed and multi-faceted, and I can't wait to find out more about them. As always, Erica's writing is gorgeous and her world-building is flawless. The words jump off of the page and I always feel like I'm being transported to a different time and place whenever I read her books. If you haven't started the Ignite series yet, I highly recommend them! Especially if you enjoy books about the supernatural and romance. The romance is important, but it's not overwhelming - this series is so much more than just the relationship between Pen and Michael, and there's a nice balance of action and swoon-worthy scenes. A 5/5, for sure!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Superbly written dark tale Told from the points of view of Azael and Pen this is a great addition to the series and leaves readers just wanting more! Telling the story in this way deepens the readers understanding of both characters, making it easy to empathise with them both as we journey with them as they discover more about themselves and what they are becoming. The imagery created by the author is, at times, all encompassing, making the reader feel like a participant in the scenes, her use of language superb and enthralling. As for the cliffhanger and epilogues - you’ll just have to read it to understand! I love this author’s use of language and imagery. As the plot continues to unfold the story remains irresistibly engaging and the ending leaves you desperate for the next events to be revealed in this darkening  yet breathtaking saga. Highly recommended. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too,  for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.   
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
When I read Ignite I said "the climatic ending . . had me looking for the sequel but, unfortunately, there is a wait :-(". 18 months later, Incite is released and the story of Pen, Azael and Michael continues. As I read Entice immediately before Incite, I admit that I had to skim through the first novel to refresh my memory a little, but once I had done this I was ready to dive right into the story. Azael and Pen are changed characters. In part, because they have lost each other and also because of the consequences of the War between Heaven and Hell have impacted upon their lives. Azael is now referred to as the "King of Hell", having earned his place at Lucifer's side during the battle. Yet, there are moments Erica Crouch allows us to see a vulnerability in Azael, particularly when it comes to the fate of his sister. This is often manifested in raw anger and the need for vengeance, which is usually directed at Michael. For the most of Incite, Pen appears a fragmented version of herself; she is cynical, jaded and in an almost depressed state. Despite the fact that Pen confesses her love for Michael on several occasions, it seems a though it is this relationship which has weakened her. I missed the tenacity and attitude she showed in Ignite and Entice, although there are glimpses of this in the latter part of the novel. Erica Crouch is able to fully communicate this change in Pen through the character's relationship with language. Pen was a Scribe in Heaven, before her Fall and we have always felt her infinity for words. Yet on the freezing Earth, running from Lucifer, Azael and bounty hunters Pen needs to be reminded of who she was, "It's been so long since you've shared poetry. Michael's voice is sad. Don't lose yourself trying to save others. I don't want you to forget the things you loved." It is not long after this that Pen discovers her resolve and accepts her new role, making her longest and most eloquent public speech. The previous battles in the series have been fought between Heaven and Hell; Angels and Demons; Good and Evil and siblings, but with the emergence of New Genesis, Erica Crouch shows us a community working together for a common goal. In New Genesis, there is a policy of acceptance, not witnessed when Heaven was in charge and the interesting thing, for me, is that Erica Crouch uses this to create her first same-sex relationship between Ana and Kala. Kala is my favourite character in the book. She is everything an angel shouldn't be; she only has one wing, her lover is female, she is aggressive, reckless and she continuously uses the 'F' word! Kala is not only responsible for saving Ren and Michael's lives, but she injects some much-needed humour and relief into Incite's plot. Incite is an intense story in which we are offered a valuable insight into the psyche of its main character. Erica Crouch's style of writing is mature, but absorbing, and I know the series finale will be worth the wait! I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
MINOR SPOILERS 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. This book is told from dual point of views, Pen and Azael, which I didn't expect since Ignite was told solely from Pen's point of view. I enjoyed it though, I liked seeing how dark and conflicted Azael was although it would have been nice to see it in the first book as well. 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! For full disclosure, copies of this series were provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Hell now rules in Heaven. Earth is turning into a frigid wasteland where humans are dying at the hands of demons, if not the cold. Pen and Michael are on the run with angels and demons both on their heels. And a little band of rebels, inspired by Pen and Michael's choosing something different, are asking them to join forces against Heaven and Hell. Azael, the King of Hell, is determined to find Pen and Michael before anyone else -- in hopes of being the one to end Michael and save Pen. I marveled at the dichotomy between Azael and Pen. One reveling in his evil but missing the one who saw goodness in him, the other so bent on being good and yet believing she might be beyond redemption. Az wanted to see the bad in Pen - I think it made him feel better about his choices. Pen wanted to see the good in Az. Crouch creates such beautiful prose. Her descriptions are so vivid and paint gorgeous images -- even in a post-apocalyptic world. The version of Hell she's created -- blue, cold, and icy -- is so unique, as is the rest of her mythology. Crouch also quotes classic literature such as Milton's Paradise Lost, and poetry such as James Joyce and Robert Frost. Not only did this complement the story but it warmed this English Lit major's heart. Incite is full of thought-provoking suppositions. Watching as angels and demons realize they have free will - seeing them question their ideas and beliefs, question even the existence of God, was fascinating. That angels and demons would band together, fight for a common goal seems ironic. Along with the grim landscape of an Earth encased in ice and the gore and violence perpetrated against everyone made for a visceral and exciting read. The only reason I'm not rating this higher is that the story dragged a bit in the middle. It was necessary setup but I felt it could have been shortened so as to move the story along to the action sooner. I'm very eager to see what comes next, who will rise and who will fall, in the epic battle I feel certain is coming. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A series that keeps getting better! INCITE was fast, exciting, and left me wanting more. Can't wait for the sequel!