Seeing Night Review is the next stop in the Fire & Flood series for the fabulous Victoria Scott with Rockstar Book Tours.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Dystopian and Romance
I’m such a fan of Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series and well of course Dante. Her writing and character development is solid through out and I knew coming into her latest young adult, Scott would pull me into another world with her fantastic writing. This is very different from her other series, this is a heart pumping thrill adventure story that will leave you gripping your seat awaiting the next surprise.
Fire & Flood follows Tella a young girl who has something to lose, something important, her brother. With her brother, Cody dying from a mysterious illness she decides to become a contender in the Brimstone Bleed. A competitive race through out different environments such as: jungle, mountain, desert, and the sea that will be life risking but worth it if she can save Cody. This isn’t any normal race, it’s about survival and will last three months without knowing what to expect. But with her brothers life on the line and the price being a cure for any illness Tella doesn’t think twice and will do what it takes to save him.
Tella is an interesting character, not really the type you would normally consider a hero. She is a bit hard to connect with because her personality was a little full of her self. But she changes as the story moves forward becoming a strong and independent survivor. What I loved most about Tella is her companionship with her Pandora, Pandora’s are animals given to the competitors that are hatched from an egg and help their humans through the race. She has to deal with a lot at the beginning, from the move from Boston to the middle of nowhere, to her leaving friends, her brother becoming ill and now surviving an almost impossible race.
Guy is an intense super competitor, one who doesn’t get along with Tella at the beginning but slowly becomes her ally. Scott as always knows how to make her males characters smart, strong and sexy and who can resist a guy like…well Guy? Their relationship grows as the book moves forward; even though their chemistry is a bit predictable, I liked watching their development.
Overall this was a great start to a new series that has a creative plot. This book is just the beginning since the readers only get to see two of the four enjoinments, jungle and desert, I can’t even imagine how mountain and sea are going to be like. There are great secondary characters, that I’m hoping to get more details on in the next book and of course a villain that everyone will love to hate.
The journey the readers are taken through is an emotional roller coaster, with a character that has a heartfelt purpose to save her brother. Even though this story is extremely similar to the Hunger Games, I see so much potential with the Pandora’s and discovering the purpose behind The Brimstone Bleed, which is still a bit of a mystery. I can’t wait to see what happens next after the ending that had me wish I had the next book already.
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Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
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