Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: Fire in the Blood by Dale Ibitz

Global warming is playing havoc on Earth, and when 17 year-old Haley tumbles to a parallel world, she discovers that Earth’s issues stem from a war between the Eyids, the gods of nature. Because her necklace is a stone that holds the power of the Air Eyid, Haley is called upon to stop the war

But Haley has a problem. Actually, two problems. One named Tuggin, and one named Ian.

Both lie to her. Both have secrets. And neither are who they say they are. With her stone of power, Haley’s forced to make a choice that will decide the fate of all the worlds. But who should she trust, who should she fight, and who is the one with fire in his blood bent on betraying them all?

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  * 

My Review:
While reading Fire in the Blood, my rating of it fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars, finding it pretty much settled into a 3.75 by the end.  This is really an amazing and fun read, but it does have some rough spots that need addressing.

So what did I love?  The beautiful and creative world Ms. Ibitz creates in Fire in the Blood is simply outstanding.  Eyidora is so unique!!!  I love the premise of the book, the use of element-based gods and the twist on global climate change.  It's fast paced with crazy suspense and action.  Poor Haley seems not to have anyone she can trust!  There's a solid plot with enough resolution to feel satisfied but still hungry for the sequel.  And I do eagerly await the sequel.

My only complaint is with the characters needing to be fleshed out more.  Haley's "teen speak" is a bit over the top and she seems shallow and whinny at points.  She's still a fairly likable character and shows some growth throughout, but these issues did hurt the book.  Then there's Tuggin, that snarky guy who might have a heart of gold.  However he's a bit too snarky to be sexy and comes off just hateful at times.  This results in Haley seeming shallow or even a bit neurotic for being so into him.  I understand where the author was going with Tuggin, but she missed her mark a bit here.  With Ian, I'm missing his back story in order to understand his motivation.  That back story may be lurking in a future book, so on him, I withhold judgment.

I have complete faith that as this series continues and as our author hits her stride, these issues will resolve themselves and I so look forward to reading the rest of this story.  This is definitely one you'll want to pick up!

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  1. Great review! You've articulated the pros and cons excellently-thanks.

  2. Hello there! Do you regularly utilize online social websites?

  3. Hi! I do use facebook and twitter for promoting what's happening here on Known to Read and I'm also very active on Goodreads. :)