Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Publisher: Scholastic Press | Release Date: 25th February 2014 | Genre: Ummm... | Series: Fire & Flood #1 | Read it in: 3 hours | Word Rating: Entertaining | Source: The Library | Pages: 305

16069167Time is slipping away.... 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? Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.

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After reading a lot of scathing reviews on Goodreads about Fire & Flood, I was reluctant to pick it up.  But when I saw it at my local library, I decided it couldn't hurt to give it a try.  Man oh, MAN!  I'm so glad I did!  While Fire & Flood had may flaws and things that annoyed me, Fire & Flood also had things that I really liked and enjoyed.

What I Liked:

1.  The writing.  Even though it was about a kind of serious topic, there was heaps of humour and every page was filled with wit which made it easier to overlook the similarities to The Hunger Games.

  2.  The Characters.  All of the characters were obviously well though over.  The only person I thought could've been made better, was Guy.  Guy was weird.  He changed his mind about things so many time during the book that my poor little brain couldn't keep up with him.  I LOVED Tella, though.  Not many other people did, because they though she was to girly and thought of herself to much.  Which I have to admit was kinda true, but I liked that Tella was girly, as I've read SO many books recently, where the protagonist is practically super human, so it made a nice change to read about a normal person shoved in a strange situation.  And, yes, she did think of herself a lot, but that changed as we got further into the book, as she grew up more and took more responsibility for herself and others.


What I Didn't Like:

1.  The similarities to The Hunger Games.  They were there.  And there were many.  Similar situations, similar characters, contenders wore gold pins...  I'll stop there.

2. The Plot.  THERE WAS LIKE NO PLOT!  This made me angry.  To me, plot is important and you should NEVER overlook it, which I felt Victoria Scott did.  It's like she focused all her energy on other stuff and forgot ENTIRELY about it.

3.  What Genre is it?  It starts in modern day, so it can't be dystpoia, not science-ficition ...and it doesn't fit the bill for fantasy either...so what is it?

A few other things annoyed me like:  How come they spent two weeks in the desert and jungle WITHOUT HARDLY ANYTHING TO EAT (unless you count snake, which I don't) and manage to walk everywhere just fine?????  AND how did during the whole quest, no one drank water that had bad stuff in it????  I mean, you'd think in a JUNGLE at least ONE pool of water would have something bad in it wouldn't you???

But in the end, even though I had a lot of problems with Fire & Flood,  the wit and snarky humour won me over.  It's a great book if you need a little pick me up, but not the read if you're looking for a 'deep' book.

Ella's Rating:

 4 Stars
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Has anyone else really enjoyed Fire & Flood?

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Welcome!

Hello!  My name is Ella and I'm the owner of Once Upon a Bookish Time.  I'm a slightly crazy teen who lives in Middle Earth (New Zealand), and I'm obsessed with books and fairy tales (hence the name).   

I started this blog to share my reviews, thoughts, rants and discussions about my favourite things: books.

 I should be back in the next few days with a book review of such, and/or maybe a better introduction about myself. At the moment, I'm trying to work my way around Blogger, without accidentally blowing something up or pulling out all my hair.  I'm HATING Google+ - does anyone with blogging experience, know how to get rid of Google+ from their profile and Blogger???  If you could tell me, that'd be great.

In the next week or so, once Blogger and I become better friends things should start running more smoothly.  Until then!

~Ella
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