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Erin The Fire Goddess: The Beginning Kindle Edition
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Erin the Fire Goddess was a great read. I actually hit the end like a brick wall because I wasn't watching my progress. I'm a mature reader so young adult romance is not really my thing, but... it is a guilty pleasure. My wife and I met when we were about Erin's age and our connection was instant and complete. It wasn't as apparent to us as it was to others. We've been together for 20 years now! I really felt this story.
I like the hook. We all have a dark side, a flaw. Some are external, some are internal. Some take years to master and control.
Onward to book 2!!!
Additionally, there were numerous editing oversights. None of them are "show stopping", but if this is your bugaboo, I would recommend waiting until the author has released the updated version.
Now, caveats in place, let's get to the review.
There is a lot to like about the first installment in this YA series. The characters are clearly defined in their roles and well described to make visualization easy in the mind's eye. The story moves along at a comfortable pace, despite huge amounts of introductory information being cast at the main character (and thus, you, the reader).
Since I prefer not to discuss actual events within a book (that pleasure should be reserved for the reader), in general terms, the book follows a high school teen through a move into a new home, new school and new terror, in the form of an inexplicably vicious and hateful girl.
Even having spent all her life facing disregard for a dramatically prominent facial birthmark, Erin has never faced such innate hatred before. As horrible as that feels, she has a counterbalancing miracle in the presence of an irresistibly attractive boy. The relationship between the hateful girl and the mesmerizing boy is muddled at first and surprising by story's end.
As this ordinary tale runs its course, the more extraordinary discovery of what makes Erin so different becomes apparent...and it's not just her face. The developing of this plot line alongside the potential romance keeps the reader entertained and off balance, two more reasons to enjoy the book.
The tale "wraps up" leaving more questions than answers, as any good first story of a series should. If the reader engages in Erin and Sean's relationship, there will be no question about picking up the following installments in the series.
The story is not without its drawbacks. The relationship seems a bit quick and pat, especially for as troubled a young woman as Erin "feels" from the narrative. Every adult in the book seems to be wonderful (with a particular exception). That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it might be viewed as little too "unreal" (considering it's a work of fiction, I don't see that as a major obstacle).
Taken in all, the combination of well-scripted characters and extremely imaginative fantastic elements makes this a solid offering for fans of YA fiction. Were I more able to "get into" the main character, I have no doubt I would rate this even higher.
I enjoyed the writing, it flowed well and sucked me into Erin's thoughts and days easily. She was extremely likeable and relatable. I loved how Erin and Kasey-Ray get along so well and look out for each other. I was curious why Jessica had it in for Erin so badly and what it had to do with Sean. When it all goes down, I was pretty shocked on what happened and how Erin's life and beliefs about who she is, change so rapidly. I was thrown for a curve ball for sure!
Great story, I can't wait for the next installment to see how Erin handles the extreme changes in her life and the people around her.
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