Saturday, September 27

The Fire Artist

The Fire Artist
Daisy Whitney

My rating: ★★

ISBN: 9781619631328
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of publication: October 14, 2014
Age: Grades 7 to 11
Genre: Fantasy

Themes: elemental powers, performances, family relationships, genies,

Aria has stolen her power to create fire. She has broken the law and stolen her power from lightening--but it is the only was she can get out and away from Florida. And so she does, by joining the most prestigious elemental performing group in the nation. But since it is stolen, the power cannot last. And now that she's away from the only friend who could help her steal her power, she becomes desperate. A Granter will be the only solution to save her powers, but at the chance of not only losing her career as a fire artist, but her family and her heart.

The characters are (for the most part) awesome and have some great emotional depth. The concept is imaginative and the story is engaging. Often, stories focused on elemental powers do not depict their characters as performers in modern-day America. But that might have been why I had trouble fully connecting to it. It was...weird. It combines a modern-day dysfunctional family/abusive father AND the fantastical elemental powers granted to a select few AND the mythological wish-granting genies. And some romance. It's a lot to fit in! Thus, the book isn't smooth. There's jumps and convenient loopholes and plot breaks that give it the right ending. So, in the end, I did not really enjoy it. But some may. Up to you.

If you want, you can pre-order it on Amazon 
...or wait for its release at your library

(Digital ARC provided through NetGalley)

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