Monday, August 24, 2009

Review: Fire

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: October 5, 2009, Penguin
ARC, 461 pages
Book Source: ARC received from the publisher


She is the last of her kind...

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don't need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven't, you'll be dying to read it next.

My Thoughts

I had just finished reading and reviewing Graceling when a representative from the publisher asked me if I'd be interested in an ARC of Fire. I couldn't believe my luck! I enjoyed Graceling a lot and was rather bummed knowing I would have to wait until October to read Fire. In the end, I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've been sitting on this book for a few weeks, needing to get through other commitments and of course working full time again. I finally had time this weekend to really delve into Fire...

I loved it even more than Graceling! Honestly, I did not think that was going to be the case. I think I was skeptical because it was a prequel and was not going to have many of the characters from Graceling. In fact, only one of those characters was present, but it made for an interesting look at what is to come in the story from Graceling. Fire is another fantastic YA heroine--she is strong and brave but also shows her vulnerable side. I truly became very attached to her while reading her story.

Because this book is not due out until October, I am not going to give away too much in my review, but I truly believe that if you enjoyed Graceling, you will enjoy Fire at least just as much! The story is compelling and the characters are marvelously drawn. Speaking of characters... I have the good fortune to be part of an upcoming blog tour for Fire, which will be revolving around the story's characters. I'm very excited and can't wait to share that with you. But guess what, I've got something to share with you even sooner... an e-book with the prologue and first two chapters of Fire!! Take a look...

Fire by Kristin Cashore

And there's even a nifty little widget you can get to promote the release of your book. Check it out in my right hand sidebar, just under my other book-related links and add it to your site!

My rating: 5 stars

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  1. As always, Melissa, I enjoyed your review. You make an interesting comment about how we get attached to characters. I think that's one important reason people choose a book (or a series). They like the characters, and want to "spend some more time with them." Thanks for your perspective :)

  2. Your review has just made me even more eager for this book. I adored Graceling, one of my favourite reads of the year.

  3. I can't wait for this one. I've already pre-ordered it!

  4. I can't believe you got to read Fire! I can't wait till october, and you have just gotten me more excited! LOL! I loved Graceling so much and I'm glad you loved Fire, because now I know it's going to be worth the wait! Great review!

  5. I too thought it was better than Graceling, by quite a bit. What a great book!

  6. wowww! I can't believe you already have the ARC :D :D So cool!
    I am so happy to hear it lives up to the huge hype :)

  7. LOL you lucky, lucky thing, I'm turning all shades of green :-)
    I have Graceling coming up & I absolutely cannot wait. Great review Melissa, thanks for sharing!

  8. I can't wait! I loved Graceling so much.

  9. I haven't read Graceling yet but I've been hearing great reviews about it, definitely need to check that out! :)

  10. I had a love/hate relationship with Graceling (I know, I will be flamed) but I think I need to reread it and see how I feel now. I am really excited to read Fire though. I love the way Cashore writes.

  11. I read somewhere else that someone enjoyed Fire better than Graceling. I just can't wait to read both of them.

  12. no no no! i will not fall for that! it's like getting the first 2 vol of a set and getting to the end and finding out the 3rd one is not due out for 6 months. it can make me crazier than i am. so i thank you for another good review but i am not reading those chapter until book is at hand!

  13. I loved this! Now the long wait for book three...


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