Monday, February 17, 2014

ARC REVIEW: FIRE & FLOOD

Let the fangirling begin!!

Today you get the review for the book, Tuesday and Wednesday you get excluve content
and Thursday and Friday, just to keep in the Victoria Scott mood, you'll get reviews for The Collector and The Liberator :) 



FIRE AND FLOOD (FIRE & FLOOD #1) by VICTORIA SCOTT
*ARC Provided by the publisher in exchange of 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?



Sooo OMG!
You know when you read a sumary for a book and you know you need to read it asap? That's what I felt with Fire & Flood. And so far, all V's books. 
The cover is beautifull. Bold and fragile at the same time and I feel like it represents the book perfectly. 

Tella is your normal teenager. She just wants to have fun, go back to her old life where technology was an everyday thing and she could go shopping with her friends. More importanly, she wants to go back to a time when her brother wasn't sick.
Living in Montana feels like a prision and a torture while she slowly watches her brother die, so when a mysterious device appears at her room telling her she's invited to The Brimstone Bleed to compete for a cure, Tella jumps at it without thinking.

Tella is a great character. She's so relatable, a normal and breathing teenage girl with superficial interests and a big heart. Someone who puts her family over her own life and while she doesn't know much about races or how to live in the jungle, she goes anyway. 
She's independet too, she doesn't let the situation get over her head, she puts her big girl panties and tackles the race. She knows they are all racing for the same thing so she can't trust them, but at the same time she's the kind of person who wants to believe in the best of people.

Victoria did an amazing job with all the characters in this book. The supporting characters are as well developed as Tella and the relationship with her brother. Each of them has a backstory that slowly reveals to the reader. You care about the characters as if they were your own friends.

Guy Chambers.... 
I think I like him even more than I do Dante Walker. Don't tell him though, he gets jelous!
Guy is the mysterious uhm guy who knows how to live in the wilderness, who likes his alone time and who can come to the rescue when needed. WhatI like about him is that he's not the I'm the big bad badass in the race who can beat anyone. He's simple a man in a mission and knows he can't afford to get distracted. 

Pandoras. Pandoras probably make the whole book the great piece of art it is. This genetically modified animals totally steal the spotlight with their human behaviour mixed with their wild natures. I wish I could tell more about them without giving too much away, but I don't think it's a good idea. 
All I can say is: I. NEED. A. PANDORA!!

The plot is excelent. The idea of the pandoras, the whole concept of the Brimstone Bleed, the mystery virus. I couldn't put it down. When you thing you have a solid idea of where things are going Victoria gives you a new plot twist and puts you back to square one. 

Fire & Flood is a great opening for the series. There aren't slow moments but she manages not to rush the story in any kind. 
Victoria Scott masterfully balances the tense and dramatic moments with light ones where you can meet the characters and their backgrounds. She show us glimpses of their lives and their ability to love the strangers they are with, even in the middle of a competition that could easily kill them as well as the virus will kill their love ones. 

I'm really looking forward to the next book!!


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ABOUT VICTORIA SCOTT


Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She's the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.






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