Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blog Tour & Eliza's Review: IGNITE by Lily Paradis

IGNITE (Ignite, #1)

Title: Ignite
Series: Ignite
Author: Lily Paradis
Release Date: 26th August, 2014
Rating: 3 Stars
Cliffhanger: No
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life? Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

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What should have been a boring day waiting in-line at the DMV, with a highlight of a conversation with a handsome stranger ends up being a life changing experience. Newly twenty-one year old Lauren Lindsay collects more than her new ID after she receives a call from her uncle Jed to inform her, her step mother has passed away leaving everything to her; including legal guardianship of her three step siblings.

In obvious shock Lindsay struggles to understand her step mothers decision. Her father has previously also passed away and Lindsay is estranged from her own biological mother, with her relationship with her step mother not being much better as readers we can see try and come to terms with her family dynamic, as well as navigate through her new ready made family.

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Although it's a serious task Lindsay has undertaken, I would consider the book heavily Young Adult and know without a doubt my younger self would have ate this up. Her handsome stranger at the DMV also turns out to be a friend to one of her step sisters and his offer to help forms another relationship in Lindsay's life. The relationship with Lauren and Dean has a slow, suspension-filled build up, they go from strangers, to becoming friends and falling in love - throughout the book there are references to 'Fate' and 'Princes' etc and this is also shown in the innocence of their relationship.

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“I love you, Dean Powell,” I whispered as I fell asleep, warm in his arms. 

“I love you, Lauren Lindsay,” he answered and kissed my lips, then my forehead. “I love you.”

The book had a 'Party of Five' feel and as hard as it was for her, I really enjoyed this aspect of it. It also had the slow build up of plot, engaging the reader in asking questions Lauren has yet to ask surrounding her parents and their relationships. I also thought Dean could have been explored a bit more as we largely had Lindsay's point of view to go on, this being said there will be a second book from Dean's perspective. My rating reflects to me, as a reader acknowledging I am not the Authors intended audience and although I can't fault her for that; I do suspect het targeted audience would throughly enjoy this.

~Copy provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank You~


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Lily is 22 and recently graduated from the University of Colorado where she earned a degree in English Literature. She lives with her family and loves reading, running, and hiking. Although she’s a Colorado native, New York City is her favorite place in the world and fosters her borderline unhealthy obsession with the Empire State Building and F. Scott Fitzgerald. IGNITE is her debut novel.

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