This is the fantastic and beautiful debut novel of author Lily Paradis. 

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Quote before the story begins

“Sometimes in life, things need to happen that are just bad enough to shake you up a little bit. Not to ruin your life, but just to remind you that you are human, and that you are stronger than you thought.” Madelyn Stankiewicz in Ignite by Lily Paradis

“Dean was sitting casually at his kitchen table reading the newspaper, once again channeling Clark Kent with those glasses. I guessed he wore them when he wasn’t wearing contacts, because he didn’t wear them all the time. I sort of wished he would.” pg. 176 Ignite by Lily Paradis

“”So that was the night everything changed for me. The night I exiled myself to Siberia or whatever you want to call it. I want to be somewhere that no one can hurt me. Untouchable. I don’t want to be alone, but lonely is a small price to pay for safe. If that’s what Siberia is, then I wasn’t it. I’ll take the ice.”” pg. 179 Ignite by Lily Paradis

“”Have you ever heard of koi no yokan?” he asked.

I shook my head.

“Its Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”

“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.

“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it doesn’t exist in that moment.”” pg. 231 Ignite by Lily Paradis

“Don’t run from your past, but learn from it, and when the time comes, but learn from it, and when the time comes, I know you’ll always do what is right.” pg. 299 Ignite by Lily Paradis

Goodreads synopsis:

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?

My review:

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

I can’t thank Lily and Elia enough for sending me a copy of Lily’s debut novel Ignite!

Yes, I am going to say those magic words of mine that I can’t seem to stop saying about the books I have been reading lately. I am in complete awe of this beautifully written novel.

Right away you are introduced to Lauren, the newly turned 21 year old main character of this book. You aren’t given any background right away as to what her story, which I loved, because it leaves the character with some mystery and intrigue as to what her story is about (especially the cute guy she meets at the DMV). As the story progresses you find out more about Lauren and how her world is completely thrown upside down and finding out that she has new responsibilities in her life.

I know it’s corny, but I felt like I was a reading a fairy tale with characters that had a broken past. This author must’ve been a fan of Disney/the Disney princesses because there a few references. This story flowed very well in not presenting Lauren and Dean’s past right away, but rather building up to what made them who they were and who they would eventually become.

I liked Lauren from the get go. She was awkward but true to herself (at least at that point when we first meet her). I liked the progression in her character, even when she went through many ups and downs from her relationship with Dean to the decision of whether or not to take responsibility of the three children.

I also of course like Dean. You knew that of course eventually something would go on from the first time he met Lauren. I enjoyed the progression of their relationship. I won’t go into too much detail, but it flowed very naturally and was very realistic. It’s at least what I think relationships should start off as at first and then developing onto a whole different level.

The children:

By far, out of Chase, Callie, and Emma.. My absolute favorite HAS to be Emma. She was so sweet and innocent and matched perfectly in this story. And ESPECIALLY with her attachment to Dean and Lauren, it was absolutely adorable. The children added a different element to the story which I think was great. I thought this because most contemporary coming of age novels typically involve those in their teens and parents. This book however shows that of course a child’s life can even be impacted. Adding the children gave the story a nice balance to the story between Dean/Lauren’s relationship and Dean/Lauren/children’s relationship.

My only thought (this wasn’t enough to make me give less than five stars) was that there were parts that seemed way too unrealistic. This is an emotional story about letting go of your past, and learning the value of what it means to be a family. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary novels that have a meaningful message. I am looking forward to Arclight, the second book for this debut author. And, guess what? It’s written from Dean’s point of view. So definitely go check out this book! Her book IS now available to purchase!

Happy Reading!!!