Ignite by Erica Crouch is a beautifully written unique fallen angel story. The characters were just as fantastic as the writing. Ignite is an extremely addicting story as well, when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about reading it. The romance was incredible and had me swooning over Michael. I absolutely adore fallen angel stories in YA and I have read plenty of them; Ignite is definitely up there with my favorites.
Ignite takes place in a modern setting, but I loved that as an angel/demon story Erica Crouch retold some of biblical history. Fallen angel, angel, and demon stories in YA are very numerous, but Ignite is a unique spin told from the point of view of a demon, Pen. The P.O.V of Pen makes Ignite more of a darker edgier story.
Erica Crouch's writing is utterly gorgeous. The flow of the words is so smooth and beautiful. The writing style characterizes Pen even more. Pen has an affinity for literature making Erica Crouch's poetic style even more amazing.
For the first half of the novel, I loved the sibling bond between Azael and Pen. Their sibling bond was protective yet playful and their banter was hysterical. As the story moves on, I began to like Azael less.
I was dying over the Twilight reference, used in such a funny manner. Azael's witty lines were great to break up the doom and gloom of Ignite.
Oh, Michael. Michael was by far my favorite character. His inner conflict dealing with Heaven and Hell, felt more compelling than Pen's. Pen dealt with a similar conflict, but to me it didn't feel as impacting as his. Pen is a narrator whose intentions are sometimes hard to tell, which is why I wasn't her biggest fan at times. Michael though was so genuine and I really want to know more about his back story. I think it would be interesting to find out who he was as a person before he died in the next book. Also, why he turned his head when she screamed? I feel like there is a bigger reason not just that he heard the scream.
Michael and Pen have this great romance. It never felt like an insta-love, but this story takes place in the course of about 2-3 weeks. In actuality it is an insta-love, but I don't think it ever felt like it. Despite their age in years, Pen and Michael still act like teens so it makes sense that they have this all consuming love because they both have never experienced love.
I can't wait to read the sequel and novella, Entice. I loved Ignite and highly recommend it. If you are a fan of the Embrace series by Jessica Shirvington, Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, and The Collector by Victoria Scott. I need to read the rest of Entice now!