Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott + Excerpt

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)
Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Thriller/Sci Fi Romance
Series: Fire & Flood #1

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 Rating: 5 Roses

Oh my goodness, this book was one hell of a thrill ride! Fire & Flood was absolutely amazing. It was a thrilling, unpredictable, romantic, keeps-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat bunch of awesomeness. If you couldn't already tell, I LOVED this book! Perfection, pure perfection.

Tella was one kick-ass heroine. She was thrown into a difficult, dangerous, life-threatening situation, but she didn't let herself get beaten down. She was incredibly strong and determined and definitely proved herself as a worthy heroine. She was amazing and I really liked her.

Madox was Tella's fox, the animal that helps her as she competes, was so cute. I really liked that all the animals were their own individual characters, rather than just props. It made them much more engaging. But, back to Madox specifically. That little fox was adorable and a wonderful addition to the story and I really liked how that was done.

Though the romance is light in this book, since the plot is focused on the race, it did play an important role. The love interest, Guy, was great. He was strong and clever and woe to the person that gets on his bad side. His character was slowly revealed over the course of the book and, by the end, I totally adored him.

Even though the romance was light and there were very many obstacles (like a race only one of them can win) in their way, Tella and Guy were sweet together. They were both very strong, so they were perfectly matched. And they made an unbeatable team.

All of the other characters were well drawn out. From Harper (who was totally badass) to Dink (who surprised me with the truth about him), all of them were great.

The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. There were so many twists and turns, so many thrills along the way, that I was constantly on the edge of my seat. There were a lot of surprises in store that I never saw coming and they made this book delightfully unpredictable. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious for more. I can't wait to get my hands on book 2!

Fire & Flood was a brilliant, magnificent, totally awesome YA read. I can't overstate how much I loved this book. It was thrilling, unpredictable, and just amazing. YA lovers, you have to read this book. Seriously, you don't want to miss out on this fantastic thrill ride.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

If you are hearing this message, then you have successfully completed the Pandora Selection Process. It also means you are now at the official starting line.”

Around me, Contenders whoop with excitement. Seriously? They’re about to plunge into a wild jungle, and that brings them happiness? Once again, I realize how out of my league I am. I don’t even have a change of clothes, for crying out loud.

As you may have realized, you are on the outskirts of a rain forest. This will be the jungle part of the course. You will have two weeks to arrive at the jungle’s base camp. You will find this base camp by following the path of blue flags.”

Contestants glance around, immediately looking for the first blue flag. As for me, I’m watching the taillights of the semi and having a massive coronary.

If you are the first to encounter a blue flag, you may remove it, but you may not remove the stake it is attached to. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification.”

I wonder why anyone would want to remove the flag to begin with. No one else seems concerned by this.


While the Cure will be awarded to a single winner at the end of the last ecosystem, we will bestow a smaller prize for each leg of the race. The prize for the jungle portion will be monetary.” The woman pauses dramatically. “I’d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed. May the bravest Contender win.”

That’s it? That’s all she’s going to say? Because it seriously sounds like she’s wrapping up. So why aren’t I running after the trucks? Why am I not chasing after my only way out of this jungle like my life depends on it? I know the answer — though I wish I didn’t. Cody would do this for me. I am his only hope. I have to believe his cure exists. My only other option is to return home and watch my brother die. If I could even get back home.

I glance around frantically, looking for someone to tell me what to do. The Contenders have formed a long line, the kind you see at the start of a marathon. A few yards down from where I stand — I see him. My throat tightens when I realize his cold blue eyes are locked on me. It’s the guy from the Pandora Selection Process. The serial killer–looking dude who I thought was going to kidney punch me. He glares in my direction like he might take this opportunity to finish what he never started. I raise my hand in a small wave, hoping it says something like: See? Look how friendly I am!

He lifts his own enormous hand. For a moment, I brighten. I think maybe that — even though it looks like he hates every fiber of my being — he’s going to wave back. But he doesn’t. He holds up two fingers — his pointer and his middle — places them under his eyes, and then points in front of us.

Oh no, he didn’t. I think he basically just told me to pay attention. I’m still processing this when the woman’s voice rings in my ear.

Go!”

2 comments:

  1. Great review! I'm glad to see yet another favorable review for this title. I can't wait to check it out myself. I'm going to try to go in with zero expectations. :)

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  2. I hope you like it as much as I did when you get the chance to read it :)

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