ARC Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Release Date: Febuary 25, 2014
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Series: Fire & Flood Series

             Synopsis from Goodreads:

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

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?

My Review:

This book is about a girl named Tella, who receives a device containing a message, but her dad takes it away and he tries to destroy it, with no such luck. She retrieves it back and the message invites her to participate in a contest and if she wins she get a cure that can heal anything. And she wants it for her sick brother. She feels unsure as to if it's real. It's not until she receives a message to go to a museum, where she can get a Pandora that will be her only assistance in the race that's in four ecosystems, that she actually realizes that the race is real. Because when she gets to the museum, she sees a lot of eggs in different sizes and she can't decide which to grab. But then people started running for the eggs and Tella isn't quick enough. And someone helped her discover a hidden egg. Soon enough she is transported to the race and it starts in the jungle.

If I were to describe this book, I would say that The Hunger Games meets Pokemon. The Pandoras are basically animals with different powers and it made me want to have my very own. Though I don't know if I would have had the same guts as Tella to enter this dangerous competition.

Tella was very brave, risking her life to try and save her brother. Along the way, she meets people and makes friends. She meets a guy named Guy. (I don't like that name, I really don't. It was awkward reading it.) And I didn't really fall in love but I must say when they enter the desert and he strips down to his boxer briefs and then he tells Tella to undress... *Fans myself* That was hot.

When I read that the contenders had to kill a Pandora to go on with the race, it broke my heart. It was sad and I hate the game maker people for that.

This book was not as good as I was expecting it to be. It was hard to get into the book for the first half of the book. The particular scene I did enjoy in the beginning was when Tella went to retrieve a Pandora and it turned into a fight to have one. When she wouldn't hurry up, I was shouting at her in my head to hurry the hell up. It's obvious that she should have just picked a big egg.

Then when the second half of the story starts and I found myself more interested in the book. I don't think there was anything wrong with it because I know I love the plot, the characters, the Pandoras, and the writing. I think what I would have liked was more action and we get that toward the middle to the end.

Overall, it was a decent first book but could have been improved. Even though it was off to a rough start, it didn't deter me away because the ending makes me want to read the second book. Especially when we learn Guy's secret.

3 out of 5 stars

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