I am so excited to get to be a part of the blog tour for Ignite today! Ignite is a YA superhero novel by Jenna Terese, and it just released on July 2nd! Congratulations Jenna!
I got to read an ARC of Ignite and do an interview with Jenna as well, but before I get to my review and the interview, here is all the info and links for Ignite!
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?
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.
Ignite on Goodreads
Ignite on Amazon
Like I said above, I got to do an interview with Jenna, and it was super fun. So here we go!
All right! So who is your favorite superhero?
Good ol’ Captain America. That is, Steve Rogers (now I have to specify, after the Falcon & the Winter Soldier series). I also really like Bucky (YES, he’s a hero!).
Captain America is one of my favorites too!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Maybe the ability to be invisible? Typical introvert answer, lol. I might say the ability to fly if I wasn’t afraid of heights. Super speed would be really cool too.
What inspired Ignite?
It stemmed somewhat from a movie trailer and another superhero book I tried to write that just didn’t go anywhere. Then the idea that someone who got superpowers would have to decide if they were going to accept that part of themselves, despite opposition, inspired a lot of what this story is about.
Who is your favorite character in Ignite?
Of course, I love the main character, Scarlett. She and I are a lot alike. But then my heart will always have a special place for Ares and Nadia.
So what was your favorite part of writing Ignite?
Probably the climax and resolution. I love writing that part and seeing how far the protagonist has come from where they were at the beginning of the story.
And what was the hardest part of writing Ignite?
Any of the fight scenes were particularly tricky for me. But also the editing was rough, but I learned so much.
In a short summary, what is your publishing story?
Well, ever since I started writing at about 7 years old, I dreamed of being a published author. Other hobbies, dreams and goals came and went, but this one always stuck. And now, thirteen years later, God has made this dream come true.
What surprised you most about publishing Ignite?
Let’s just say that I have a stronger appreciation for indie authors now. XD There is so much work and time that goes into this process; I admire all the indie authors out there who are willing to tackle it. When I first decided I wanted to independently publish, I didn’t realize how much work and researching would be involved. But I love every minute of it, and I’m enjoying learning about the publishing business.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
There will be hard seasons, good seasons, victories, and failures. But through it all remember that your art matters. Never give up. You were given a passion for storytelling for a reason and the world needs your stories.
And finally, where is the best place for readers to connect with you online?
And now we get to my review of Ignite!
I found the premise of a world where superhumans were illegal a super neat idea. And it also makes a lot of sense. After all, how would you feel if tons of random people suddenly had superpowers they didn’t quite know how to use? Powers that could be used for good, and for evil.
That last sentence also has a lot to do with one of the themes of Ignite. People are given gifts, and they can be used for good or for evil. I liked the theme, and Jenna did a nice job with it.
Well, to try and make this review feel less scattered and all over the place, I’ll now focus on some of the key parts of the novel.
The characters were all done well. I appreciated the parts we got to see of Scarlett’s family. I really liked how a family was featured in a YA novel, and the strong familial bonds. Scarlett was well developed. I could easily understand and resonate with her struggles and fears.
The side characters were also well developed, though I did struggle a little bit with Seth’s character. He seemed to be a little all over the place, which was an intentional thing since Scarlett comments on his mood changes. However, the changes in Seth’s character and moods made him feel a little weak.
The plot was well done. I won’t say too much about it so I don’t accidentally give away any spoilers though. I really liked how it didn’t feel like the first book in a duology. Sometimes, I find that the plot of the first book in a duology can get really overshadowed by the main plot of the duology, but that wasn’t the case in Ignite.
The ending of Ignite was very well done–it created the set-up for the second book in the duology but didn’t end on too large of a cliffhanger.
If you’re looking for your next superhero read, consider Ignite!
Content warning: non-graphic violence
The blog tour for Ignite lasts almost the entire month of July! If you want to follow the entire blog tour, you can find all of the stops on Jenna’s website. But for right now, I’ll just give you yesterday’s stop, and where to go tomorrow!
Congratulations on Ignite‘s release, Jenna!