This morning I (Sarena) did a quick review on Goodreads for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, a superb YA read. You can check it out here.
Today we’re super excited to present our review for a new YA thriller, FIRE & FLOOD.
Synopsis on Goodreads:
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?
Intriguing? Definitely. We really enjoyed this book! The main character had a lot of personality–sometimes we weren’t sure if it precisely fit the tone, but Tella proved she was an intriguing, dimensional character. We both agree that the second part of the novel–The Sun, incorporating the dark, dry, and enthralling parts of the desert–was the most interesting. The characters were also interesting; there were several foils to provide distinctual elements to each character. Towards the end of the first installment, we see more development of characters.
The violence and nature of the Brimstone Bleed were the most intriguing. We’re glad the author didn’t try to replicate THE HUNGER GAMES, but it still had the suspense and mystery necessary to drive this book.
And the best part of the book? Tella’s Pandora, Madox! We were so intrigued by Madox and how he helped Tella through the first two parts of the race.
To end off the review, we thought we’d do a fun book playlist that goes with the tone of the book! Here it is:
Raging Fire by Phillip Phillips
Burning Bridges by OneRepublic
Team by Lorde
Fantasy by MS MR
Luck by American Authors
Monster by Imagine Dragons
Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
Aaand that’s everything! Hope you enjoyed today’s reviews. See y’all soon 🙂