Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Title: Fire & Flood
Series: Fire & Flood #1
Author: Victoria Scott
Category: Romance/ Fantasy/ SciFi 
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

*received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

My Thoughts: 

Oh, Victoria Scott. How you have surprised me! Surprised me indeed. Fire & Flood wasn’t anything I was really expecting. Of course, that is a good thing. The world that Victoria created is very unique, dark, and gritty in its own way. The race itself and the elements of that race, just wow! The plot took a turn I didn't really see coming and it brought forth some very interesting characters. The whole prose of the story just left me wanting more! 
My eyes slip closed, and I drown in despair.
I really got attached to the characters in this book. Tella was such an amazing character, and I know, I say this a lot about other heroines lately. But she truly was. She comes off so real, so human in her emotion, reactions, and thoughts.  She’s scared, she questions, she’s unconfident yet possessed a fierce determination.  She’s like an underdog kind of character, one who has her faults, but really shines through in the end. I think that is what really drew me into her character.  She’s also quite a hoot! Her inner monologues had me laughing at times. But it’s her realness that made her such a great character.

Not only was Tella a fierce character but so were the other characters. Each held such a personality and had their own faults and intense determination.  I instantly fell for Guy, our love interest in the story. From the moment his steely graze locked onto Tella, I knew he was going to forever be attached to my heart. He was definitely a mystery, but I did love slowly watching him unravel. And I cannot wait to see more of his character. I also loved the intensity that encircled both him and Tella, like a bubble, when they are together.

I also can’t forget the other characters and there is such a large cast of them. Each, like mentioned, has their own personalities. From the bad to the good and I really enjoyed getting to know the good ones. They added a great dimension to the story and allowed Tella to grow and show her true potential. 

Guy's eyes dart over my face, and the look on his own is filled with confusion, like he's not sure how this is happening. Her presses his lips together. He closes his eyes. And he pulls me against me. 
Now, I have read that the story holds similarities to The Hunger Games. While that is true, in some ways, I can say that Fire & Flood definitely stands own its own.  Fire  & Flood brought in its own uniqueness, its own plot, development, twists, and set of characters. Along with its own mysteries and unique concepts.   

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt the world was beautiful told and descriptive. The plot was intricate and held just enough mystery and intrigue to leave me wanting more. 

I enjoyed watching each character grow and develop. I also felt the book moved at a great pace. All in all, I do recommend this book. Though Fire & Flood has similar elements to that of The Hunger Games, this book is a world of its own and it utterly captured my attention and left me wanting more. 


  1. A lot of reviews I read compare it to the Hunger Games and I am glad you think it has it's one stand outs! I love the sound of Tessa and I'd love to read the moment when Guy is first seen! Awesome review girl, I need to get onto this one! I love Victoria's writing!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. This really was a very good read and the whole concept was awesome. I loved Tella too because she was strong but also realistic. And Guy is great too! I loved him and all his mysteriousness! Great review Magen!

  3. Woot , woot, I loved it too and was so attached to Tella and loved the premise and execution of the pandoras.

  4. Great review, Magen. I really need to get a copy of this one because I've read so many great things about it.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. Beautiful Review Magen! I loved the realness of Tella too! I always have a thing for the underdog, and agree that her fierceness, and inner monologues also made her a favorite of mine! Guy was just amazing, and I can't wait to read more about him as the series continues. I agree that all of the characters had there own distinct personalities. I can see some similarities to The Hunger Games, but like you said, this story stands all on its own.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  6. Awesome review! I have seen so many positive reviews of this book. It sounds really good to me.


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