Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1) by

4-4.5 Stars

Quick Summary
Tella has been given a chance to compete in a race called the Brimstone Bleed. If she wins, she'll win a "cure" for her sick brother. Only everybody in the race -- across the jungle, desert, ocean, & mountains -- are contending for someone ill in their family.

Willing to do anything to help her older brother, Tella instantly knows she has to try and win the race. Not knowing anything about the background, reason behind it, or if the promised cure is even real, she sets off towards the starting point.

To help in the race, each of the members receive a pandora. Most of the members see the pandora as a tool, Tella can't help but name/connect with hers.

As she journey throughs the race, Tella quickly forms a group of friends and allies. But soon the race becomes more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

My thoughts
Even though the survival aspect of this book is similar to some other books, two things set this book a part. First, the pandoras give the story a whole fresh outlook. And I really enjoyed meeting each pandora and seeing what their different "talent" included. More than that, it was nice to see that it wasn't the two main love interest against the world. It was a group of people traveling though the race. Each of them competing for a different family member. Additionally, the setting is one that I've yet to read. In my opinion, this book was fast paced, interesting, and very original.

Speaking of the main love interest, Guy brought some clarity about the race to Tella and yet added another layer. He was a survivor with an awesome skill set, and like any good hero had his secrets. The other characters were just as likable, especially Harper, Jaxon, and Olivia.

Tella grows a lot through the book. At times she can be annoying, but I appreciate how she doesn't come with some crazy skill, power, or bravery. She is just an average teenager trying to save her brother. And adapts and learns.

If you like your books with lots of action and adventure, you gotta give Fire & Flood a try. Warning though, even though I felt satisfied with the ending, it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Book II is looking to be fantastic though! Can't wait.

Thanks to Scholastic Press and NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I bought this when it was on one of the Kindle daily deals and I have yet to read it. I've heard such good things though! I need to get on it. I love dystopians/sci-fi so this sounds right up my alley.

    1. You should give a chance soon. i'm curious about your thoughts, Rebecca!

  2. I've been interested in this one, I'm glad you liked it! Tella and the rest of the characters sound great! And I like action and adventure!

    1. The group of characters were great. It was a fun read!