Monday, 13 October 2014

ARC Review: The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney


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Author: Daisy Whitney
Pages: 275 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Teen
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Received from: Publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A forbidden romance literally heats up in this new fantasy from acclaimed author Daisy Whitney.

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.

In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.

Review

The Fire Artist is a hot new book from Daisy Whitney, the author of Starry Nights and When You Were Here. It's filled with fiery action, romance, and cut-throat suspense from the elemental and dangerous world of our narrator, Aria.

Now, this book for me was neither good nor bad- it was just okay. It wasn't like this was a terrible book- I just felt like there could've been more to add onto the plot.

The books is fast paced and great, and you really felt sympathetic for Aria's character. She's a fighter, and a devouted and loyal person towards her mother and younger sister, Jana. Her world isn't the happiest, and she tries her best to make sure that they can have a better life away from their controlling father.

The world that Whitney creates is wonderful as well- it's a unique world that puts a new twist to "freak shows" and elemental magic/illusions. Although I enjoyed the world and Aria's character thoroughly, I just found that the book needed more action and less romance. I personally would've loved to see the entire story set in a world where their magic was illegal, and those who dared used their abilities in travelling shows while secretly being superheroes. That would've gave it an extra kick.

But overall, the story was good, and I did enjoy the ending (even though I wasn't so entirely pleased with Taj's part at the end, but then that gets resolved too).

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars!




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