Ignite

Ignite

by Erica Crouch

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Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016679563
Publisher: Erica Crouch
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Series: Ignite , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 78,757
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

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.

You can find a complete list of Erica's books at ericacrouch.com, or connect with her on Twitter @Erica_Crouch. She loves having online friends, so feel free to email her at becausebooks@gmail.com if you want to talk to her about any of her books, pygmy goats, or the ghosts that haunt her. For free bonus content and semi-regular emails from Erica, subscribe to her newsletter and become a pen pal with benefits!

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Ignite 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
My favorite paranormal, fantasy stories tend to be ones that involve angels and demons. I love particularly love paranormal books since the author can let their imagination and the story go and be whatever they want it to be. I have usually read paranormal books where the demon is male, but in this story the demons is the girl and the angel is the guy. Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. I felt connected to the good and the evil characters in the story. “You’re not heartless,” he says quickly. “When you care too much, it’s easier to ignore your heart, pretend it’s not there. It’s easier to ignore it so you can protect yourself from being hurt.” Pace of the story: Very Good. Positives: I really liked Pen character. I like the whole story that the author created behind Lucifier, Archangel Michael, Pen and Azael. Plus, I love a good love story where a demon falls in love with an angel. “You woke me up.” Negatives: Some of the inner dialogue could have been cut. I know when the entire story is written in first person that can be hard. Do I recommend? Yes. “With you, I’m whole. With you, I’m alive.” Bottom Line: I am glad I read it. I love these types of stories. I loved the cliffy, can’t wait for the sequel. Erica Crouch is so talented with a wonderful imagination. Book Format Read: A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic new angel v demon series! Penemuel (Pen) is a fallen angel who tells through this story about her life as a second war between Heaven and Hell looms. In the beginning she kills mortals so her twin brother, Azael, can reap their souls for Hell but the reappearance of the archangel Michael makes her start questioning her beliefs and actions. Whilst her brother is determined they will continue to serve the demons, Pen realises she does have choices and they are hers to make. Will she choose to continue her life of killing mortals and living in Hell or choose love and Heaven? What about her twin and her relationship with him? So many choices with far reaching implications for her future! This is a riveting story, full of action and totally enthralling. If you like stories about good v evil, angels v demons, light v dark this is a definitely different but in a great way example of this genre. Don’t assume this is a religious tome, however, it may deal with similar issues and God is mentioned but that is not the crux of the story. The characters are brilliantly portrayed and developed as the story progresses, keeping the reader turning pages wanting to know what happens next. I highly recommend this and look forward to reading other books in the series in the near future. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
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! 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
Ignite had me at quoting William Butler Yeats on page 2! And then it goes on to quote Shakespeare, Robert Frost and John Milton!! *squee* Add in the fact that Ignite is a story revolving around the war between Heaven and Hell and has archangels, angels, fallen angels, demons...well, it's exactly my kind of heaven! ;) So if you didn't know I was a geek before, you certainly do now, right?!? "Words have a power of their own. They build worlds, create lives, shape futures. You can delve into these foreign worlds just by opening the cover of a book and escape from it as quickly as you could shut it again."  --Pen Penemuel, Pen, is a fallen angel. She loves words. She fell from Heaven for introducing the written word to man. She fell because things in Heaven were becoming unbearable causing angels to question the why's behind their actions. Her brother, Azael, decided he'd rather serve Hell and so Pen, not wanting to be alone, fell with him. They've been serving Lucifer for centuries in various capacities. When Pen is given the assignment to protect the newly reincarnated Archangel Michael, she experiences a metamorphosis of sorts. She begins to question her choices, realizes serving Hell was not her decision as she followed Azael. And she begins to hope that maybe there is a second chance for her. Pen is fragile yet amazingly strong. Azael relishes being a demon. He never second guesses his decision to fall. He felt it was unjust that angels had no freewill unlike humans. He fell in order to feel as though he had some choice over his life. He's always been iwth Pen since the fall. But Azael is very egocentric and Pen isn't as important to him as impressing Lucifer and rising to a powerful position in Hell. Michael is not the Archangel he once was. His soul has been imprisoned in Hell for centuries. Now that Heaven released him, they're keeping him in the dark about their plans and how he died. Michael's questioning Heaven and they don't like those questions. Michael believes things aren't all black and white...there's grey areas...he believes there's good in everything. When he meets Pen, he sees that she's different -- that she's good.  Pen and Michael end up on the run as the apocalypse begins... Ignite is fascinating in its story and exquisite in its rendering. I loved every moment! There are many details in this story and many, many lovely words. This may not be for everyone but it's certainly for me! I anxiously await the upcoming novella, about Pen and Azael's time after the fall, as well as the conclusion to Pen and Michael's story.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I will keep this review spoiler free. I absolutely loved this book! Wow, it was so different than the usual fallen angels’ books. I am not used to getting in the head of the “bad” one, the demon, but things change for this demon, and I ended up liking her a lot. Now Michael (yes, the arch angel Michael) was amazing, so sweet and loved his innocence in this. You will understand why that is when you read it. This book will hook you in right from the start. I didn’t like Pen’s twin brother, Azeal at all, he was truly evil and was glad when she got away from him for a time. ( some is a bit gruesome, so I think mature teens would be fine. I am very anxious to read book 2, I sure hope it comes out soon. I loved this cover too, it’s pretty cool looking and fitting for the most part for the story. This is a true forbidden romance, and it really pulls the heart strings. Here is a sweet swoon worthy scene for you: I kiss him back harder, showing him I’m not as breakable as he thinks. Heat courses between us, traveling out from his touch. The warmth dances across my skin and penetrates into my veins, the blood coursing like fire following a rivulet of gasoline until I’m entirely consumed. I walk him backwards and shove him against the shower wall, sliding my arms up his chest and around his neck only to tangle my hands in his wet hair. I want you. I don’t want anyone else. His golden voice is soft in my head, whispering like smoke from a snuffed candle. I gasp, breaking away. His eyes are bright blue and water clings to his coppery eyelashes. He stares at me unwaveringly. It’s you, Pen. It will always be you. I trace his lips with my finger, daring him to say it out loud. And here is another that I like: “You’re very trusting,” I laugh. “I could be walking you right over the side, leading you to your death.” His grip tightens on my hands, but he smiles. “From the way you are leading me, I think you would be the first to fall. Plus,” he adds, shrugging his shoulders, “I think my wings may be of some help should you lead me over the edge.” I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
Sirs_kitten More than 1 year ago
This story is going to stay with me for a very long time! I mean I am totally going to take all these characters to bed with me ( not in a naughty way lol) Wow! It is so hard to find good Angel and Demon stories. Often times the demons aren't bad enough and the Angels just come off stupid and vapid. Not in this book! Not only were the demons deliciously wicked and rotten to the core of their nonexistent souls--but they were written so well! I loathed Azael! My god he was selfish, self serving, self involved--well, you get it. Then you mix in the Angels, where anything less than righteous is grounds for damnation--kinds makes you question that whole 'dying for your sins' deal Jesus did. Then there is Pen. A girl in the edge. Not quite sold in hell, never sold in heaven but finds herself straddling a very dangerous line. Enter a reborn hunky teenage version of the archangel Michael as and you have given the reader a fantastic, dark, forbidden romance that makes you question Heaven AND hells true intensions. The whole book was expertly executed and I couldn't put it down. It was over too soon and I wanted MORE! I loves the epilogue too! I think--as an atheist I could enjoy the book more because I wasn't offended by the 'mythos' Erica created from biblical events. I highly recommend this book to fans of The Mortal Instruments Series because we are getting a birds eye view of the angel/demon dynamic. **I received a copy of this book from Netgalley via Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review**
MBfarmer More than 1 year ago
I should have written a review, well, a LONG time ago, because I love this book and this series. The characters are written so well, with none of them REALLY being just completely crazy, but more so driven by something, whether it be right or wrong. You have characters driven by love, power, revenge, LIFE.... You have characters trying to find themselves, you have characters who are wrong about themselves... Really these characters got it all. Now, onto all the other parts of the book. The plot is really rich, the mythology is completely accurate, and the very concept is exciting, unique, suspenseful, and, occasionally, gush worthy. There is so much to say about this book, though, that I have run out of words to express it, so I am going to leave you with the three most important ones: GO. READ. IT.
ANFerguson More than 1 year ago
I am still amazed that Erica Crouch wrote this book when she was only 20 years old. Because seriously, girl can tell a story. So major kudos to her. This book was fantastic and had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole time. Once I got into it, it was so hard for me to put it down and do things that needed to get done... like sleeping and eating. Things start out a little slow, but they eventually pick up and everything becomes so fast paced that I feel like if you blink, you'll miss something important. You would think that the whole Heaven vs. Hell, angels vs. demons thing is way overplayed, but Crouch puts her own spin on a classic idea. Pen is not your typical demon. She's unsure of herself and it seems like she only does things because she doesn't want to disappoint her brother. She doesn't really make many decisions for herself, and has convinced herself that everything she does has already been decided for her. But from the beginning of the novel to the end, Pen becomes a completely different person and it's really cool to see her transformation. Michael is also really interesting to watch develop. Although he should be an experienced fighter and leader, he has to be taught everything all over again. The romance moves a little fast, but I guess it makes sense. At least from Michael's side - he's very trusting and has no reason to think that Pen is trying to deceive him (except for her being a demon and all...). I do think he's a little too trusting though, even if he can "see" that she has goodness in her. It's a nice romance story, and it really does add to the plot and character development, so it works. I also really love the world that Crouch creates. It's not that different from ours, except we get to see glimpses of Heaven and Hell. Crouch's descriptions are not what Heaven and Hell are typically explained as - Heaven is warm, while Hell is icy. I feel like these closer resemble the Heaven and Hell that Dante described in his Divine Comedy, but I could be wrong. Other poems and prose works are mentioned, so it is possible. I'm not a fan of poetry really, but I did like the way it was integrated into the story. I'm very excited to see how Pen and Michael's story will end in the sequel to Ignite. Also what will happen in the war between Heaven and Hell, especially with the lines between the three planes beginning to blur. What happens when/if Lucifer takes the throne? What about the fight between Pen and Azael? Who will ultimately win? Will Az ever see the light? I don't want to wait to find out! I would totally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys supernatural romances, or the angels vs. demons thing. A 4/5 from me!
debussygirl More than 1 year ago
Actual rating: 2.5 This review’s a little tricky for me. This is by no means a bad book. The characters are well-developed, it has good, solid writing, and a decent plot. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t sit very well with me for a few reasons. First, the romance between Pen and Michael is just one I’ve read in several paranormal romance books already. You know, the whole “I’m an awful, terrible person with no soul!" “No you’re not, I LOVE YOU!" And their romance is what drives the plot forward. Those details, of a demon virus and an impending war between heaven and hell, are interesting. But as the personal development of Pen and Michael and their romance between each other is the front and center of the plot, I just got tired of their conversations. I’ve read it a dozen times already, it was just nothing different for me. Second, well, I’m a religious person. That’s not to say I don’t like angel books on principle. They don’t adhere to my personal beliefs to a T, but usually I’m able to easily slip into their own mythology and if well-written, enjoy them. But this one unsettled me. It started when innocent souls Pen and Azael murdered get thrown into hell instead of heaven. And later, rapists would go to heaven, as the only soul reaper there was an angel. I’m sorry, but what? That’s basic stuff that good people go to heaven and rapists go to hell. This is done so that we see things aren’t going right in the angel/demon world. There’s so much emphasis on GRAY that heaven isn’t all good and right and hell isn’t all bad and wrong. Most of the time, angels become bad people—except for the all-noble Michael. And thus God, as the twisted angels’ leader and supposed being who doesn’t care his creations are being slaughtered, becomes a bad person. It’s not stated that way, but through the angel’s actions, God’s characteristics are being commented on as well. As someone who believes in a loving, just, and merciful God, it really upset me to see things portrayed in that light. I’m all for gray in books, characters, situations, except for when you’re dealing with the one thing I believe actually is perfect and completely good. Third, this thing needed more world-building. For example: Pen and Azael were angels, who I assume were created by God, and are brother/sister. Lucifer and Michael, also angels (or a former angel) created by God, are brothers. But Pen and Michael aren’t siblings? How is that supposed to work? And all of these battles between heaven and hell—where did they happen? I think the world would have noticed them. And if Eve was actually a demon, who did Adam create the human race with? Things like that bothered me.