Source: Early copy from Midas PR in exchange for an honest review!
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French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.
Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.
There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
They have eight weeks to find each other.
Will they survive long enough to save the world?
If you know me, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE C.J. Daugherty’s writing. I haven’t finished the Night School series (finally bought the last two books and am super excited to get to it!) but it’s hands down one of my favourite series. So when I heard she was coming out with a new, totally unrelated, fantasy, I was super excited. So imagine how ecstatic I was when an early copy came in the post! The Secret Fire is a fantasy novel co-written by French writer, Carina Rozenfeld. I first knew I would love The Secret Fire when I watched this video of C.J. Daugherty reading the first chapter of the book during an interview with Booktuber CaseyAnnBooks, which was fantastic!
The characters in The Secret Fire worked well, I immediately loved them and cared about them. The story is written in third person, but tends to alternate between two main POVs: Sacha, the angsty, stubborn teenage boy who treats his life like garbage due to the impeding doom that is his death on his 18th birthday, but who deep down wishes someone would care enough to try to help him. And Taylor, an intelligent and motivated over-thinker who has her entire life planned out – that is until everything falls apart. There are significant character developments, especially with Taylor, and I really enjoyed watching her develop a hard edge.
The story isn’t too fast paced, but it is action-packed and has you questioning almost everything e.g. Why is Sacha destined to die on his 18th birthday? I liked that CJ and Carina’s writing blended together very well – also that each author brought something unique to the story. For example, CJ was able to realistically portray Taylor’s reaction to arriving in France for the first time, while Carina’s first-hand knowledge helped the world building. I felt like I was in France (somewhere I’ve visited briefly, but always wanted to go back to!) Plus magic! Magic/fantasy played a big part in this story and it added fun twists to the action.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about The Secret Fire. It was action-packed, full of plot twists that kept the story flowing, I cared for the characters, and I loved the writing. I have to admit that for a while I was disappointed at the ending because a lot of questions were left unanswered, however, I came to understand that this wasn’t at all too surprising since this book is the first in a series. All in all, I’d definitely recommend.
The Secret Fire was released yesterday, so you should definitely – if you haven’t already – get yourself a copy! The second book in the series is called ‘The Secret City’ and is due to be released in about a year’s time… (01/09/16). I can’t wait!