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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

by Kristin Cashore

Thanks to Penguin Teen for this review copy! I'm enjoying this #GracelingReadAlong imensely!

Publisher: Dial Books
First Published October 5, 2009
461 Pages
Series: Graceling Realm #2
Genre: Fantasy

She is the last of her kind... It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

My Review:

There's nothing like a little fantasy for a quick dip into another world and entertain you.  I am having so much fun with this series so far.  I'm gonna keep this nice and short - Fire is YA but certainly doesn't feel like it.  I LOVE the concept of all the monsters.  Gimme a monster kitty STAT! Also, my favorite character is Small. ๐ŸŽ

Fire is beyond mesmerizing, the last human monster.  And as such, is so alluring that the men can barely keep themselves from raping her. ๐Ÿ˜ But she does have a couple gentlemen suitors that are quite different from each other... with such attitude, I'm surprised at how much Fire put up with Archer... lifelong friend or not.  Also, I can't remember the last time there was so much talk about menstruation in a book.... but also most of these parts reminded me of that one scene in Pitch Black and well, not hating on it at all. 

So far with Gracaeling and now Fire, Cashore seems to like her main female leads to be very independent with no desire to be married, etc.  I wonder if this will be the same for the next two books and I'm excited to find out.  While I did find some inconsistencies within this read and found it a bit slower as there's less action than Graceling, Fire did hold a better visual read for me than Graceling did.  I"m not sure if this makes sense to anyone unless books play out like movies in your head too.  Overall I'm very intrigued with the Graceling Realm and looking forward to reading more.  


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