Seventeen-year-old Eva hopes she can find a normal life at her new school. But when a mysterious book reveals she and her brother are powerful witches with an ill-fated destiny, she's angry at her parents and terrified for her future. And the one boy who seems able to comfort her may be the last person she can trust. With the tyrant mayor going to extreme lengths to crack down on witchcraft, Eva is forbidden to practice magic. But when his evil spreads into her family, Eva may have no choice but to unleash her powers laced with darkness. Can Eva protect her loved ones without sacrificing herself?
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The plot this book was high-intensity and fast paced. The conflict quickly picked up after the first chapter and does not let up until the very last page. I was impressed with how fast the book was to read. I was able to finish it within three hours in a coffee shop. At times it felt that the story was moving a bit too quick however, I was exhausted once I set down the book, since there were very few minutes to relax within the story. I would have loved to see more quiet moments between the action and have some aspects of the plot expanded and developed.
The main character of this book had the potential to be very enjoyable. She seemed like a typical teenage girl and it was refreshing to read a book where the main character reacts realistically to finding out she has special powers. Eva rebels and acts out in opposition to her parents secrets, as I could imagine I would have at that age. However, since the plot was so quick, it was difficult to get to know her well. Likewise, the secondary characters read flat since I wasn’t able to spend much time with them. The male love interests especially, seemed mostly one-sided.
I had a difficult time getting a handle on the setting of this book. I love reading books set in small, Stepford-esque towns, but I didn’t understand where or when this world was supposed to be. There are many references to the real world, including “Cape Cod” houses and similar terms. But, the idea of a tyrannical mayor existing who has so much power existing in our world is near impossible to wrap my head around. Perhaps slowing down the pace of the book would have left more time to explore the world than currently is available in the book.
The Witch Born To Ignite is the first book in the Inferno series by Tanya Milne. This book makes for a fun and quick weekend read, as I was able to finish it in just a few hours and found it difficult to put down once I got into the plot. However, with the quick pace, the character and world development were left lacking, in my opinion.