- Series: Firebug (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125006824X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250068248
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 200.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firebug Paperback – March 21, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—'Having the ability to start fires with your mind is all fun and games until those powers are used against you. Ava's firestarter capabilities are at the mercy of a mystical mafia called the Coterie—a group that killed her mother and is now set on assassinating one of the only people she cares for. Few have gone against the will of the Coterie and survived. McBride's follow-up to the popular "Hold Me Closer Necromancer" series maintains her trademark dark humor and engaging, quippy characters. The book exists in the same universe, and possesses the same feeling of incredibly high stakes from the beginning. In some ways, this is a deficit. That the stress and danger of the story are present from the first chapter occasionally leads to anxiety fatigue, and McBride leans heavily on early exposition to establish the suspenseful mood. However, readers looking for a fast-paced narrative will undoubtedly be satisfied with the rollicking plot and its riffs on the classic formula of rebels on the lam. Hand this to fans of her previous series and readers who enjoyed Catherine Jinks's The Reformed Vampire Support Group (Houghton Harcourt, 2009).—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Ava is intriguing, and though her fiery methodology is dramatic, most teens will be familiar with many of the inner demons she battles.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The angst-filled romantic tension between Ava and Lock, supportive friendships, and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers engrossed. This excellent book is a must-have for all libraries, especially where horror, romance, and urban fantasy fiction are hot.” ―VOYA
“The first in what promises to be another popular series, McBride draws upon her talent of spinning entertaining and suspenseful tales that are fresh, fun, and very droll.” ―Booklist
“McBride's follow-up to the popular Hold Me Closer Necromancer series maintains her trademark dark humor and engaging, quippy characters. The book exists in the same universe, and possesses the same feeling of incredibly high stakes from the beginning.” ―School Library Journal
“Deeply enmeshed with a magical world and its impossible choices before readers ever meet her, Ava and her wholly believable despair are a refreshing change from the endless parade of naive heroines found elsewhere.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Top customer reviews
I was very excited for this book. And I will say it was not as amazing as her previous one, but it was still definitely enjoyable.
McBride has a certain flair, a creativity that she puts into her world, that adds its own element of fun. Her writing style is nice, a little simple, but easy to read. Her story is a little slow, but definitely interesting and leading to the climax.
I liked Ava. She’s a firebug, still getting control of her powers but mostly there. Having lived on the run before her mother died, now she lives with Cade, a father-figure, and working for the Coterie, the supernatural group her mother was running from. She works with Ezra and Lock for the Coterie, two other supernaturals. Ezra is fun, and a bit adorable; Lock is more serious, more protective, but also just as fun. The dynamic between the three was probably my favorite—they get along so well, and the budding romance was very underplayed, although the mess-up at the end was frustrating.
The father-daughter relationship between Ava and Cade was also really nice, and the development there at the end of the book has me really happy and excited to see more in the next book.
The Coterie was in a new place at the end of the book, and I’m interested to see where it goes next. It could be good, but something is surely going to go wrong.
This was a very nice book, a little slow, but enjoyable. McBride is already on my auto-buy list, so I look forward to her next book. I also do hope that this series intertwines with her Necromancer series, although I doubt it will, sadly. Maybe I just miss that group, though.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
-The narrator, Ava, and her friends are snarky without overdoing it. (A lot of YA novels are overdoing the snark lately, I've noticed. Not every other line needs to be a clever quip.) Firebug strikes the balance perfectly.
- There was suspense. There were surprises. I really dislike when I see something coming, which happens a lot when I read YA lit, and Lish McBride was able to keep me guessing. I also thought she handled the whole father mystery brilliantly.
- The characters were well-rounded and deep, with distinct voices and personalities. Ezra was probably my favorite, and the supernatural playboy type is usually my least favorite. So McBride is great at creating compelling characters.
My one complaint, which is more of a minor critique, is I thought there should have been a bit more foreshadowing of one of the character's actions. I won't spoil it by saying who. But the explanation of his actions was satisfying enough, although it felt somewhat out of the blue.
So why only four stars?
Because I was mildly disappointed with the author for this work. After reading HMCN and NTS I have high expectations for Lish McBride to tell memorable stories, and this didn't meet those expectations. Recently I realized what made her other two books (to date) truly unique was because they strike that unique cord of horrifyingly funny. When your reading them and take a step back you think 'should I really be laughing about this? I mean we're talking about a severed head, and yet I can't stop laughing'.
Firebug did not hit this chord. The plot is dark, but so is the plot of every other YA and NA book coming out these days. The story is well written and compelling, but that doesn't make it stand out from other good, dark books. There are funny moments, but they feel more like a break from the heavy plot then a true part of the story.
In all it really is a good book, I was just underwhelmed by it after reading the author's other work.
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Read it more than once, you should read it. It was very exciting but just too short to be so good. I love the characters and the story line.Read more