Saturday, June 21, 2014

Firebug by Lish McBride Review

Title: Firebug
Author: Lish McBride
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Firebug, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A new novel in a brand-new series, Firebug had everything I want in an urban fantasy--a spunky, sympathetic heroine, a psychotic despot, magic, action, blood, and two hot boys! I want more, please!

This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ava is a firebug, which is to say, she can start fires with her mind. Trying to lay low in a human world and take as much normal as she possibly can, she does her best to keep under the radar. Unfortunately, that's pretty hard, considering she's the most powerful hitman for the magical mafia, and they pretty much own her. Yep, like cattle. When Ava denies a job, for the first time ever, and runs, she realizes that a war bigger than any she's ever seen is being to brew.. And with her crappy luck, she just might be right smack in the middle of it..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel, a unique urban fantasy that involves magic, murder, the Mafia, and romance
-The pacing of this novel was cutthroat--I couldn't put it down, and I'm discovering this as the author's signature
-Ava, the strong, hilarious young woman who realizes that her power may not come from just her fire-starting, but the strength of her will, and her love for her family--I was really cheering for her the entire novel
-Lock, the boy who clearly has it bad for our girl Ava, and stands by her come hell or high water, quite literally, I might add
-Ezra, the hilarious were-fox and resident playboy--he provided a lot of essential comic relief in an otherwise heavy novel
-The weres, especially Ikka, Sid, and of course, tough little Olive
-Venus, the resident villain and despot--I was genuinely freaked out by her, and she made an amazing foil to Ava
-The ending

What could've been better:
-I didn't much like Brittany or Ryan
-I felt bad for Ava when Lock's relatives came into play
-Sometimes it got a tad too violent for my tastes

Overall, Firebug was an amazing, hilarious thrill ride--I loved it! Next on deck: Hidden by Catherine McKenzie!

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