Title: The Fire Artist
Author: Daisy Whitney
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A tale of elemental magic, romance that melted my heart, a badass main character I loved, and a dangerous world--I loved The Fire Artist and couldn't put it down!
This book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have never read any of Daisy Whitney's work, but this book--this book!--just had everything for me. I really, really enjoyed the world-building, and the pacing. But most of all, I loved Aria, the fierce, fiery young woman who risks it al to try and rise above her own circumstances--highly recommended!
Aria is used to hiding, to faking it--she has to, after all. In a world where the world is no longer at war, but where elemental magic runs rampant in a society that longs for entertainment, she has to stoke her sputtering fire powers with lightning--literally. When she is offered a chase at performing--and at escape--she jumps at it. But when she has no other choice but to turn to a Granter--a modern word for genie--she makes a wish that has a price too steep to pay. Aria discovers that just plain old luck won't be able to help her now, and if she wants to be free, she has to fight harder than ever..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--it was absolutely breakneck and I was quite reluctant to put it down
-The premise of this novel--a young elemental trying to break free of her confines and harness her powers--I really enjoyed it!
-The world-building--I liked the concept of the world being saved by magic--even if it wasn't intended in the best way
-Aria, the main character, was the real selling point for me in this novel--I really liked the way that she related to me as a reader, and as a young woman, but my favorite part of her was her character development--she really turned into a hero that I respected and really cared for
-Taj, the young man who wants to help Aria out in a tight pinch--but who also just might be hiding his own reasons for their partnership
-I loved the ending--I really, really enjoyed this novel! Daisy Whitney has definitely made a fan of me!
What could've been better:
-I hated Aria's father
Overall, The Fire Artist was a book that I really enjoyed escaping into! Highly recommended for fans of fantasy fiction! Next on deck: Elemental Reality by Cesya Marae Cuono!