Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for including me as a part of their tour for Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard! And thank you so much to Blink and Netgalley for giving me a copy of the book to read and review! I’m so excited about being a part of this tour!!! This is my first tour with TBR and Beyond tours and it was such a great tour to be a part of, so I’m super excited about more tours with them in the future! And happy release day to this great book!!!! Yayyy for Ignite the Sun being out in the world for everyone to enjoy!
Here’s a link to the tour schedule so you can check out some of the other amazing posts that people have done for this book: http://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2020/07/24/tour-schedule-ignite-the-sun-by-hanna-c-howard/
Also! There’s an incredible giveaway (US only, unfortunately, so I’m sorry to my wonderful international followers) for a signed finished copy of Ignite the Sun as well as an exclusive mug swag pack. Like just look at how great this looks! Enter here! This giveaway ends today, August 18, so make sure you go enter ASAP!
Ignite the Sun 4.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
I really enjoyed Ignite the Sun! The concept was super interesting and while I felt as though certain parts could have been explained more, overall, it was executed pretty well and this was a book that I can definitely see lots of people enjoying! It had one of my favorite tropes (only one bed in a room in an inn) and I loved Linden and Seria together. The idea of sunchildren and the way that witches get their magic was really cool and I feel like I haven’t seen that kind of a magic system in too, too many books. I liked all of the magical elements within this book a lot honestly! I think it’s really cool that human parents can have a magical child and normally that’s something to celebrate (before Iyzabel took over anyway). I loved the way that sunchildren recharge their magical abilities and I loved everything about naiads in general. Give me a water nymph anytime, anyday, and your girl will 100% be a happy camper!
There were definitely some parts towards the middle that I thought moved a little slowly, but in the grand scheme of things they didn’t take away from the story at all. I was a little hesitant about the book at the beginning, because it was a little slow for me for the first 2-3 chapters, but those aren’t very long and as soon as you’re through those, the story really gets going. I’m a very plot driven reader and I still felt like I always knew where the plot was going and how the scenes were driving the plot, so I don’t think the beginning or middle took away from anything. I definitely think that if y’all like YA fantasy, you should for sure check out Ignite the Sun! Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Book Depository|Indigo
About the Author:
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.