Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn’t know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her…sort of.
Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs.
As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris’s piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe.
From debut author, Desni Dantone, Ignited is the first novel in a tale of first love, mystery and adventure that will introduce you to an exciting new world as Kris discovers how she fits in it.
We first meet Kris right after one of the worst moments of her life. She’s still reeling from the car accident that took two of her friend’s lives, that she managed to escape from. Everyone thinks she’s just lucky, but she knows the truth. He saved her again. He’s always been saving her in some form or fashion, and she doesn’t even know his name, and she can’t talk to anyone about him, even Gran.
Kris is the typical whiny teenager. She didn’t make much sense to me, but being 40, I didn’t expect her to. And since we’re getting 100% of our knowledge from her, we can’t even begin to understand Nathan’s actions. Not until he spells them out to her. Which is ok. You fully expect that from a 1st person perspective story. It make getting to feel for him harder though. He’s so reserved that his sudden interest wasn’t something that felt organic for me because it seemed pretty sudden even if ol’ girl wanted it to happen. I really liked Alec, but I think that was because as a character he was more forthcoming and as a reader, I got to know him better. And Callie baffled me. She was gravy with everything. That makes no sense. She SHOULDN’T be gravy with anything. She SHOULD be having a nervous breakdown or threatening to have her friend committed for HAVING a nervous breakdown. Instead, she’s all “rock on, so what’s next”.
Ms. Dantone does a really wonderful job at keeping the reader involved without revealing too much too soon. She’s also really good at speeding up her pace during some intense scenes and slowing it down the more low key ones. I thought some of the stuff at the cabin was moving pretty slowly, then in the bunker fight scene, I was at the end before I knew it. I really appreciate that about her work. We know how I feel about the love triangle. And that is hinted at toward the end. We were kind of clued in the beginning, but I assumed that once she established her emotional connection to one, the other would leave. However, the ending let us know that wasn’t entirely the case. This makes me cringe inside. I’ll read the next book because it might not be so bad and reach a good understanding and I’d hate to stop reading a good series simply because of a trope that never really comes to pass. So, would I recommend this book. I would so far.
Desni Dantone is the author of The Ignited Series: Ignited (2013), Sacrificed (2014), Salvaged Soul (2015), and Avenging Heart (2016)
She resides in Everett, PA with her husband and three sons, where she can usually be found writing on her laptop or engrossed in a book, usually of the paranormal romance variety. She loves to hear from her growing fan base on facebook or on her website at: http://www.facebook.com/ignitedbooks or http://www.desnidantone.com