Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Ignite the Sun by Hanna C Howard hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this one, so let’s get started. There is a giveaway at the end, US only, so make sure you enter!
Meet Hanna C Howard
Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf space, and thinks the ultimate geek triumvirate is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and son, their Disreputable Dog, and a cat skilled in the martial arts.
About Ignite the Sun
Title: Ignite the Sun
Author: Hanna C Howard
Publishing Date: August 18, 2020
Page Length: 352
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light–or she will lose everything trying.
Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.
Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city–the very center of the darkness–for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.
But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.
When I first saw this book on Netgalley, the cover drew me in. The bright, but simplistic cover was an aesthetic that I have been gravitating towards. Read the synopsis and it sounded even more up my alley! Ragtag group of rebels – yes please! Evil witch – yes! The premise that was unique that made me decide I had to read this book was the ‘there is no sun’ aspect. I have never heard of a book taking place where the sun is considered to be legend – I had so many questions that I needed answers to.
Siria was an interesting character. She seemed to act to things rather realistically. Found out that there was a huge secret relating to her, freaked out. Found out the people she loved and trusted had kept that secret – freaked out. I was reading it and had expected the immediate forgiveness, but the author went a different route and had Siria require time to heal and trust. Mind you, this time seemed to go rather quickly, but still wasn’t instant and I liked that. Siria constantly felt like she was being weak and fearful, but there were many instances where she proved herself brave -braver than I would ever be. She was always worried about her friends/found family’s safety and would do anything to make sure the were safe.
Her found family was so perfect. Each character played a valuable role that helped Siria grow. But she also played her own part in their lives. The dynamics of this found family group felt natural, like every piece of the puzzle was accounted for.
The plot had its ups and downs. I found that I would be interested in parts, but then others would drag. There was a fair amount of time between goals in this story and moments where I had wished there was a faster way – or even skimmed passed. I had wished though that the ending had a little more time. It felt like the final part of the book was done in just a few pages, where the getting there was extended longer than necessary. I’m not saying I didn’t like the book, but that the pacing had its moments and I had wished other parts had more of a focus. This could have benefited from being a duology just so we had a little more time in the later half of the book so we felt the weight of it.
That being said, I enjoyed Hanna’s writing and plan on reading more of her work. She brings interesting ideas to the table, changing up the standard trope just enough that it feels new. I highly recommend this book for those who love the chosen one, found family, or outcasts tropes.
Giveaway (US Only)
A signed finished copy of Ignite the Sun and exclusive mug swag pack.
Start Date: August 11, 2020
End Date: August 18, 2020
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