Series: Fate on Fire Book One
Author: Wendy Knight
Publication Date: March 18, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.
Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.
Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.
When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not fall-ing in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.
This was such a fun book. It has a great mix of action and romance.
The high points were really all the action scenes. They were so awesome, mostly cause they were always so intense what with the flames and spells shooting everywhere and people dying screaming, burning alive and turning to ash. Pretty awesome. xD
I'm a character girl and the characters in this book were phenomenal for me. Sure we have the quintessential mean girl, but you know what, it was such a joy to watch Ari always giving her the verbal smack down. Totally worth it. Actually Ari gave the verbal smack down to almost anyone who so much as looked at her wrong. She could stand up to her self and kick some serious butt while she was at it.
I loved the interactions between all the friends and specially between Ari and her brother Will. They were all loyal to the core, even when some of them were left out of the loop of the paranormal stuff.
The romance was nice and I liked Shane, he was a player at first but like the rest of them, very loyal. At first I thought there might have been a love triangle, but thank god it didn't happen! That earned a whole star from me. So hard to find YA books without love triangles now a days. I reallly hope there isn't one introduced later on cause that would just be worse.
The set up of their world and the war between the two races was still left a bit muddled but that's probably cause no one actually knows what exactly started the war anyway. But I really loved the whole idea of the flames powers and everything they could do. The names and shapes of all the different spells it kinda reminded me of video games, with the single attacks, AoEs and healing and defensive spells, loved it! xD
I had a bit of an issue with Ari being a little too closed off at times and judging her mom so harshly, but I'm glad she finally got set right towards the end, cause the whining whenever she had to go out on assignment would get a bit annoying. I just wanted her to kill her grandfather already and get over it. The self-pity wasn't too bad and she did take actions as the story progressed but it just got old at times.
If you like elemental magic, awesome characters, nail-biting action scenes and nice romance, you should pick this one up without question.