Sunday, 11 December 2011

REVIEW: Ignite (Midnight Fire) by Kaitlyn Davis

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Series: Midnight Fire
Pages: eBook
Publisher: Self
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Amazon: Ignite

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

“With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death."

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

REVIEW: 4 out of 5 stars

Ignite was kindly provided to me by the author, Kaitlyn Davis in exchange for my honest opinion and is the first book in the Midnight Fire series.

Ignite follows the story of Kira Dawson who has recently moved home to South Carolina to complete her senior year after attending boarding school in New York and since her father was laid off work. The first person she meets on her first day of school is Luke Bowrey who quickly befriended her; he was fun and quirky and took her under his wing.

When a group of students who have been labelled misfits start to pay Kira attention, she certainly notices and is intrigued by them; especially Tristan who she was drawn to and attracted to but finds out soon enough he isn’t what he appears to be and is in fact a Vampire.

As the story progresses, Kira finds out she is what is called a Conduit; the only living thing able to hunt vampires and able to channel her power through the sun, her ability was awakened when she was confronted by Tristan’s group of friends – also vampires. She also finds out everything she has known about her life and upbringing is not as it seems and due to her nature she shouldn’t really exist. Her new best friend, Luke also reveals he too is a Conduit and has been sent to watch over her.

There are two types of Conduits, Protectors and Punishers – Kira is the forbidden result of a Punisher Father and Protector Mother, I enjoyed the history of both and why they shouldn’t mix; I am eager to see how the council reacts to her abilities in the next installment.

I loved the friendship Kira shared with Luke and was secretly hoping they would end up together; he was not only her best friend but her protector and trainer as well. I adored Tristan, they were fire and ice but I have this thing about Vampires/Others forming a bond because of the whole aging thing but I am thankful he didn’t have the dialogue and formality of someone his age. The bond also shared with her parent’s was also really sweet, I liked that they played a part in her life despite what she finds out.

Ignite is well paced with an engaging plot and I really enjoyed Ms Davis’s writing, I was riveted throughout and was eager to see what would happen – there was drama, danger, action and romance that was wonderfully detailed and described. I enjoyed learning about the conduits and the vampires in this book were unique in their own way which kept me entertained and guessing, something I enjoy in a good YA novel.

There were a few minor editing problems (incorrect words) but nothing that was too confusing and couldn’t be overlooked.

All in all, I really enjoyed Ignite and am keen to read the next book in the series, Simmer.

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