Google+ Reading Teen: FIREBUG by Lish McBride {Review}

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FIREBUG by Lish McBride {Review}

"Review My Books" Review by Erin

FIREBUG
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 23, 2014)
Language: English
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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 hitmen . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her boss, Venus, killed Ava’s mother. 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, in Lish McBride's Firebug.  
Today I'm excited and sad to introduce Erin from The Book Nut. Excited because she wrote an awesome review and loved this book, sad because WHY DID I GIVE THIS BOOK AWAY? haha Seriously, though, check out her review & leave her some feedback in the comments! Have you read this book? Do you agree? ~Andye



Holy Hot Cakes this book is freaking awesome! One could say that it is on fire! Haha, alright, no more puns. But seriously, I was not expecting Firebug to be anything more than an overhyped elemental book. Oh boy do I look silly. If any of you are familiar with the sheer number and variety of creatures in the Sookie Stackhouse books then you're probably prepared for the strangeness of so of these.

This book is, very simply, a mob made up of all kinds of paranormal creatures. From vampires to elementals, were-foxes to trolls, you've got pretty much everything in his book. When I first started the book was was vaguely amused by the writing but it didn't go much deeper than that. Then you really start to know the characters and you fall in love, at least I did.

Ava, our MC, is sarcastic and witty. Her voice kind of reminds me of the way Rick Riordan writes. She's got the random yet applicable pop culture references and some of the best snark since the last Heroes of Olympus book. Her friends Lock and Ezra are very different personalities and compliment her very well. Lock is the level headed one while Ezra is a wonderful ball of fun, literally. Of all the characters in this book, Ezra is my favorite. He is a much needed light-hearted character in a surprisingly dark story.

I was not prepared for how dark this story got, and I loved it. I'm glad this book took the darker turn because if it didn't it wouldn't have been nearly as engaging. A book like this could easily have fallen into the same old paranormal tropes over and over, a lot of them do. Thankfully the author was not afraid to go the extra mile with this book. 

I would love to see this become a series with a very different  feel than what's already out there. Ava really started to come into her own as both a person and a firebug and I'm interested in how it will continue. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for interesting, loveable character and awesome powers.

Thanks for letting me read the book! I loved it.

3 comments:

  1. THIS TERRIFIES ME. I just saw this, and I don't even want to contemplate the fact that they are so icky. LOL. Yeah, a lot of people tend to love them, but just wasn't for me unfortunately.

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  2. EXACTLY. DENIAL ALLLLLLL THE WAY

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  3. Great review, Erin! You've definitely got me wanting to read this! So glad you loved it! :D

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