Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?
Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia.
She's one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn't like it one bit.
Not least because her mother's death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.
When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels.
She knows very well that you can't say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Three Stars: A book that starts out slow, but drags you in by the end.
Ava pauses to catch her breath, if she loses control she could start a deadly fire. Ava was born a Firebug. She has the ability to start fires with her mind, which makes her a deadly weapon. Ava is enslaved by Venus, the leader of the local Coterie (a magical mafia). As Venus' tithe, Ava is called upon to murder anyone that irritates Venus. Ava hates having to be a murdered for hire, but she has no choice. If she tries to run, Venus will hunt her down and kill everyone she cares about. When Ava receives a contract to kill a life long friend, she refuses, knowing there could be deadly consequences. Can Ava avoid Venus and survive?
What I Liked:
- Even though it took awhile for me to settle into this one, once I reached the second half of the book, things began to click into place, and I ended up liking it. This one might require some patience, but it pays off in the end.
- I appreciated the strong cast of characters. There is a wide of array of characters with all sorts of interesting paranormal talents. From shapeshifters, firebugs, vampires and my favorite the golem maker. I enjoyed exploring all the interesting paranormal characters in this one.
- I liked that this one doesn't have a romance. There are some hints, but nothing concrete. Instead the focus is upon Ava, Locke and Ezra and their strong friendship. It isn't often you get a YA book without a romance. I liked that this one refrained from the romance and gave us a solid friendship.
- Once the story hits its stride it is action packed until the finale. I enjoyed the fast paced climax and thrilling conclusion, and I was left wanting more.
And The Not So Much:
- Perhaps it was just me, but I really struggled to get into this story. I set it aside a couple of times because it wasn't drawing me in. I didn't engage until the midway point, and after that I liked the story.
- I struggled with Ava. On way hand, I admired her courage and appreciated how she was willing to sacrifice for those she loves, but I got tired of her reckless behavior and stupid decisions, especially when she ends up at Venus' club dragged there by her supposed boyfriend. She does show promise, and I am hopeful that she will mature.
- I think the reason the pace drags was that there are a lot of details and several flashbacks. It got to be too much at times.
- In the beginning, Ava is with a human boy, Ryan. I hated everything about Ryan, and I couldn't understand why Ava wasted her time with him. He needed to go away.
- I was told that this book was full of humor and snark, again perhaps it was just me, but I didn't find the humor funny at all. It just didn't work.
Firebug is a hard book for me to review. I almost gave up on it because I found the pacing slow and I wasn't engaging with the story. By the midway point, the story picks up and I liked getting to know the various characters and learning about their paranormal abilities. The book ends strong, and it left me wanting to read more. So even though it was a rough ride, I am curious to see how things will go from here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.