Review: Fire by Heather James

Posted April 12, 2013 by Sophia
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Review: Fire by Heather James

Review: Fire by Heather JamesFire by Heather James
Elements of Power #1
Published by Self-Published on January 5, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Author


Is control over the elements a gift, or a curse?

Roxy thinks that she is in control of everything: with flames flaring at her fingertips and an equally fiery attitude, what more could she need? But then she meets Brae, a prince from a rival Realm, who turns her assumptions of superiority upside down.

Jasmine has none of Roxy’s confidence or intensity. But she does have a secret - and Brae - and she’s not going to give either up willingly.

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Fire turned out to be better than I expected, in most cases. Can I still mention how dreadful cliffhangers are? They’re quite agonizing. Very painful, in fact. And here there’s a dreadful (in a good way) last sentence staring (hopefully not laughing silently) in my face.

There tends to be a lot of errors found throughout Fire here and there. While I may have originally wanted to give it a lower rating than currently because the errors interrupted the fluency and flow, a few things I thought about for a few days made me change mind and give it a bit higher rating instead:

I love Roxy’s character. She seems to have an interesting life as a Protector of the Helian Realm, and she turned out to be a much better character than I had thought she was. She also has this sort of smart-alecky personality.

Jasmine, on the other hand, was meh. Her side of the story seemed to lag a bit for awhile – more about partying and celebrating and Brae. It was more interesting  later. In fact, once I got into the interesting part, I forgot to watch the time and missed the first few minutes of Grimm. I probably should’ve continued reading though, since that black fly person episode, which I can’t figure out the name besides the fact it sounds like Jinnamu Xinto, was utterly disgusting.

In some books, I sometimes want to hug a character, glare at the character, throw something at the character, or just something else entirely with reason, but can’t since they’re fictional. All I can do is have a hair-tearing frustration or turn into a virtual cheerleader on the sidelines. (No offense, really.)

Fire is one of those books. There’s probably a whole list of characters, but I’ll probably name some. I would probably hug Roxy because of how she turned out later, even if it as the words “TROUBLE” written all around it from every side and angle. I would probably give Jasmine the not-amused face because of her chosen decision near the end, though there might be a reason. (I won’t forget to add that cliffhanger to the list…) I guess I can just ponder on that for now. I would probably facepalm Brae. Just for being a bit irrational and being a bit of an “air-head” near the end. It might just be to satisfy someone else though. But I’ll never know until possibly later, so I’ll just stick with facepalm for now. I’ll give him credit for being different from his people and not believing until he sees it.

And I would definitely throw something at Cin. Just for turning out to be opposite of what I really thought. I guess some characters don’t turn out the way they seem and are a bit full of surprises with their actions/decisions sometimes, until it’s actually revealed.

Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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