Monday, October 6, 2014

REVIEW: The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney

The Fire Artist
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.

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've seen this book around blogs for the past few weeks, but it just didn't catch my attention. I'm not a fan of the cover and then when I started to read the synopsis, I saw "forbidden romance" and instantly ran away in the other direction. I eventually read the full synopsis and thought, "Oh, this book has a really interesting idea!" I really wanted to know more about this girl who steals fire from the sky and I ended up really enjoying this book!

What I really liked about this book is the unique ideas and interesting storyline. This book takes place in an alternate world where certain people can be born with elemental abilities (fire, water, wind, earth, ice, etc.). Aria did not receive any elemental abilities, but her father constantly abused her by burning her hands in order to bring out her elemental abilities (which, again, she did not have). So, she devises a way to steal fire from the sky: getting hit by lightning, directly in the heart. But this fire only lasts a limited amount of time, so she must repeatedly get hit by lightning, slowing killing her.

See? How can this not be interesting! And that's one of the things that I firmly believe about this book: It is not just a "forbidden romance". Yes, she does eventually fall in love with a guy and, while it's not really forbidden, it is hard for them to be together. But I felt that the romance took more of a back seat. The main plot of this book was Aria trying to become a pure fire artist, and to stop her dad from his abuse <highlight to view spoiler>As he was also abusing her sister and her mother was ill, trapped at home because of his granter wish<end of spoiler>.

Now, I did have a few issues with this book.
The romance was a bit unbelievable to me. It was kind of insta-love and then there's the whole true love thing. The guy can only be free if he finds true love. That is just so cliche and while I did think they were cute together, I did not get the true love vibe from them

My other issue is how the whole dad thing was resolved <highlight to view spoiler> He gets eaten by some kind of magical gater! It's ridiculous! This could have been resolved in a much more believable way!<end of spoiler>

This is a unique and interesting standalone! It's a perfect quick read! I enjoyed reading it, even though some things seem out of the realm of possibility.
I will definitely be looking into other books by this author.

I hereby give this book
4 Wheels!
Meaning: It was amazing!

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