20 August 2020

Ignite the Sun | Book Review + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Blink
Release Date: August 18, 2020


Living in a kingdom of darkness (ruled by an evil queen, of course), Siria Nightingale grew up in awe of tales of the Light. On her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she just might hold the power to restore her home to its true, light-filled state—and luckily, she has her childhood mentor and best friend to help her see it all accomplished.

As Siria then embarks on a dangerous, but necessary journey, Hanna C. Howard imbues her story with creative magic and plenty of action, keeping it moving at a relatively fast pace. While I do not think I completely wrapped my head around the magic of Siria’s world, I was fascinated to see it incorporated throughout the battle between light and dark (which surprised me with its allegorical commentary on mental health). I look forward to reading more from Howard in the future.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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, their two Disreputable Dogs, and one cat skilled in the Martial Arts.




  1. This book has an intriguing premise and beautiful cover. Thanks for the review--I think this will be fun to read as I enjoy YA fantasy.

  2. Love the cover, new author for me.

  3. I do kind of adore this cover.. this is one that even I would try and I'm not the biggest YA Fantasy fan, but I am always game for one. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  4. This one sounds a bit unique.I would like to read it.The cover is also nice. Best wishes to the author on the book.