Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Received: For Review
Published: February 17, 2015 from Patchwork-Press
Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.
Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn't come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis's revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.
I absolutely love this series. Erica Crouch's writing improves with every book and she has become one of my favorite authors. Incite was an epic sequel to Ignite and picks up almost where it left off with the characters I know and love. There was some new characters introduced and I loved them. This series is dark and breathtakingly beautiful; I just can not get enough of it.
Incite is told in dual point of view and I think Erica Crouch pulled this off wonderfully. In Ignite you fell in love with Pen as your narrator and in Incite you fall in love with Azael. You know an author has talent when you love the villain just as much as the protagonist in the story. When you think, "oh, he is just misunderstood and he has his reasons." Azael was a character that I wasn't too keen on in the first book, but now I feel sympathy for him and that is great writing.
Ignite focused on the beginning of Michael and Pen's romance, where as Incite focuses on the struggles they have in their new found romance. What makes this take on insta-love great is that the characters themselves are fully aware that it was instant and fast, now they are trying to make it work. I love Pen because she does embody that angel and demon on your shoulder mentality. At times she wants to do just be selfish and doesn't care that the world is falling apart but then she has to think about what Michael wants.
There were also some new characters that I am dying over their perfection. First of all we have Kala, a short spit fire one winged angel who just happens to be a lesbian. She saved the day and was a super badass but also has a filthy mouth. I LOVED HER! Then we have Ana her girlfriend, who is a bit of a tight ass but when Kala is in the scene it makes her worth it. Also we were introduced to Eli who reminded me so much of Finnick from The Hunger Games. I need more Eli in my life stat. We did get some more of Lilith, who will be a narrator in the next book as well. I am not really a fan of her and I want a villain I can openly hate.
Incite was darker but also had a lot more action. It also has an overwhelmingly tense atmosphere that you know is leading up to an epic battle. I loved that Erica Crouch isn't afraid to address the absence of a God figure in the book. Pen is really struggling with the idea of God and if he could let all of this happen.
I highly recommend this series. If you are a paranormal romance addict like I am you will love this series. Even if you aren't a huge fan of angel and demon books you should really give this one a try because it is unlike any of that genre that I have read.
(*I am a Patchwork Press intern but that had zero effect on my review. I started this series before I interned there*)
Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)
Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.
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