Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: Ignite

Ignite (Midnight Fire #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

Title: Ignite
Series: Midnight Fire, #1
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Published: Amazon Digital Services; 2011
195 pages, kindle edition
Source: Amazon freebie
 Description (from 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.

My Thoughts:

2.5 stars

Downloading freebies off of Amazon is a bit of a gamble. You have to learn to ignore the covers and most of the descriptions because you never know what you are going to get. Sometimes you are lucky enough to score a good one such as
Play With Me or The Faerie Guardian. There are times though where you get a real dud such as Entangled... or Ignite. Honestly? If I hadn't needed this for a GR challenge I don't know if I would have bothered finishing it.

My problems with this was with Kira. She was so perfect - in the bad way. The overly prim and proper and exaggerated way. She didn't raise her voice at the people who used her and lied to her, her entire life, she spoke with overly formal language - all do nots instead of don't, even during dialogue - and how great is her boyfriend because he never crosses that line and lets her set the pace. He's just that respectful. Look, I don't mind a polite protangist in the slightest. I am not saying she has to swear all the time and have sex with her boyfriend or anything like that, but seriously? Kira was overly polite. No-one speaks that formally to their friends and family. No-one.

Beside that - which actually bothered me a lot - this book was just rather dull. It dragged on. I felt like it could have easily been culled down. The were some passages that simply went on forever, describing things that didn't have any vital relevance to the plot. Such as the part when the author explained how to surf in great detail, using up close to a full chapter on it when it had no real importance whatsoever.

The writing wasn't too great either. The dialogue was so cheesy that it was laughable. The humour wasn't in the slightest bit amusing and the way Kira's group of friends talked to each other came across as stiff and awkward.

What made this book the slightest bit enjoyable was learning about the conduits and vampires. I liked how there were different "tribes". I have never read anything quite like it before so I was intrigued. It annoyed me how Kira had to be "special" though and have powers that no-one else does or is even supposed to. Ignoring that, I liked learning about the conduits' history and their separate communities and beliefs.

Overall this was too dull and tiresome for my liking. The writing could do with some improvement. The romance wasn't anything terrific. The last 15% was the highlight with more action and suspense than the rest of the book but didn't make up for much. This just wasn't my cup of tea. I wouldn't recommend it.

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