Hello lovelies! I’m here on a Friday with an important question. Anyone here a Marvel fan? DC fan? Or simply a fan of superheroes? Well, you’re in luck!
Well, only if you are indeed a fan… XD I’m reviewing a book I had the pleasure of being an ARC reader for and let me go ahead and spoil my review. THIS. BOOK. IS. INCREDIBLE! Still not convinced? Read this awesome blurb! *points down*
(Real quick side-note: ISN’T THIS COVER SO COOL AND GORGEOUS?!?!)
What if superhumans weren’t considered heroes?
When Scarlett Marley is attacked by an illegal super with fire powers, she doesn’t get burned, but now she has a fire-like glow flickering in her eyes.
With superpowers criminalized, she has no choice but to turn herself over to the Superhuman Containment Facility, or risk hurting everyone she loves.
Her normal life seems lost forever, until she is selected to be one of the first to receive the experimental cure to destroy her powers. In exchange, she must first complete one mission:
Infiltrate and capture one of the largest gangs of supers in the remains of once-great Rapid City.
With the cure and all her future at stake, Scarlett is prepared to do whatever it takes to bring these criminals to justice so she can return to her family. But this gang and their leader, Rez, aren’t what everyone says, and Scarlett begins to question everything she was ever told about the SCF and the fire flowing in her veins.
The cure is her only hope for returning her life to what it was before, but is that life worth returning to after all?
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See? See? Amazing! You need to read this book, like yesterday! XD Speaking of which *points up* there’s the handy-dandy purchase link to go get your own copy of this amazing book. Don’t believe me that it’s amazing? Well, then, let’s get on to the review and I’ll try to convince you. ;p
Have you ever read a book that immediately sucked you in? I’ve read a few and Ignite makes that list. Ms. Terese wove a tale of supers, suburban life, government containment facilities, and finding worth in who God has made you to be so beautifully.
This book reminded me of The Incredibles, outlawed supers and all that, XD but it also reminded me more of a Marvel movie. In this book, we get Scarlett’s origin story, we see her suddenly thrust into the world of superhumans who are viewed as anything but human. We watch her trying to find her place in the world, trying to get back to her old normal, and hating the fire within her. She’s just a 17-year-old girl with dreams and plans for her life, and then all of that is ripped out from under her when she gains her powers.
While in the SCF she meets other supers, people she’s always viewed as less than human, but now she’s one of them. But she’s different, right? She’s still human because she wasn’t born with her powers, she never wanted them and she wishes her fire would just be extinguished.
She hates her powers so much, that when the chance to receive the cure comes, she barely thinks twice about what she has to do to earn it.
We get to know her team too, Ares, Nadia, and Seth. Ares, a cool, calm, collected young man with ice powers to go with his friendly personality. Yeah, we get an ice-super who isn’t cold and stand-off-ish. Nadia, sweet, kind, timid young woman with ground-breaking powers. The girl who wouldn’t hurt a fly has the ability to cause earthquakes. And then there’s Seth, a funny, carefree young man with wind powers that match his motormouth. But all three carry secrets from their past, hurt and scars they’ve kept hidden from everyone.
When they finally get to Rapid, nothing meets Scarlett’s expectations and everything, especially Rez, makes her question what is truly the right thing to do; turn the supers of Rapid in to the SCF… or the unthinkable?
I loved all the character interactions in this book. Ms. Terese did an excellent job crafting real and believable characters, characters with hopes, dreams, flaws, and fears. Scarlett is not perfect, yet you root for her because of that. You want her to find the truth.
Speaking of truth, I love how beautifully the message that God doesn’t make mistakes was woven in. That you are created for a purpose. You are not a mistake.
The plot of this book was very enthralling and and well paced and the character development was wonderful! I loved watching Scarlett go through her journey and loved getting to know the other characters better.
The banter between characters was epic, and I adored seeing Scarlett with her family. A family that loves each other and siblings that don’t fight like worst enemies? Sign me up! Not only was Scarlett’s family amazing, but her best friend’s mom has an opinion that Scarlett’s family doesn’t agree with yet despite that it’s shown that both families love and care for each other instead of arguing and arguing until either side agrees with the other. Love and respect in spite of differences of opinion? Yes, please! XD
My only issues were thinking Seth had a certain opinion about something but then finding out it was actually the opposite? The opinion kind of defined his world-view and character development so it was a bit confusing watching the him act different than I thought he would. I also had slight confusion over another character showing up towards the end of the book in a role I didn’t expect, but that’s more of a question I hope gets explained in the next book than an actual issue.
Other than that this book was wonderful and I can’t wait for the sequel! That ending!!! It was both the best and the worst in the absolute best possible way! XD I need that sequel!
None really, other than violence and brief mentions of blood during fight scenes.
About the Author:
Jenna Terese believes stories are powerful. That’s why she’s dedicated to creating fiction that will impact the world. You can find this INFP dreaming about the future, fangirling over her favorite books, geeking out about Marvel, playing piano, or sipping a chai tea latte as she writes sci-fi novels.
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