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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: Fire & Blood

Fire and Blood (Fire and Blood #1) By Victoria Scott
Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Hardcover, 320 pages

Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press 

I've received an ARC copy from Scholastic, this marks my very first ARC book that I got from an publisher. I was jumping up and down when I open the package, because I had no Idea what to expect. 
It started with a little blue box . . . then a small device and a challenge
What would you do if you had the chance to save someone you love? That you could give that loved one a cure.

Tella's life been pretty sheltered, unaware about Brimstone Bleed but the last thing Tella is going to do is turn down this opportunity to save her brother.

Her first task . . . choose a Pandora that will help assist you during the race, which includes four different ecosystems, Jungle, Desert, Sea and Mountains. This race will last three months and in the end the grand prize will be a CURE.

Tella will up against a hundred other contenders and all of them will do anything to get to the winning prize, it's a life or death game. So who can Tella trust?

Can Tella survive the Brimstone Bleed race?

This is by far the best book I've read! I give this bundles of kittens, they're so PURRFECT! it doesn't fit to my 5 Cat Tails Up rating it's better than that. 

Meow . . . Meow . . . Meow
Considering that Fire and Blood is one of my 2014 TBR Pile, I was in awed that I actually got an paperback ARC copy from the Publisher! That mark a huge milestone for me as a blogger, perhaps I'm going in the right direction. 

Fire and Blood is some what similar to hunger games (please note I'm not comparing the books, just the theme) and I can't compare HG to Fire and Blood because I've never read the books of the HG but I've seen the movies. 

Tella received a little blue box that contains a mysterious device stating about the Brimstone Bleed Race . . . the prize? A Cure for any type of illness. At first Tella thought someone was playing a joke but her father was complete enraged, maybe it's the real deal?

The first task is to choose an egg that will be the contender "Pandora" throughout the race they will assist the contender at anytime, each contender will have their own and unique Pandora. 

For a couple pages of this book, I was wondering well what is the Pandora? or What is it beside this little egg? Well Tella begins naming it considering you're alone in a jungle, with no one but the egg you can't help but talk to the egg. 


Meet MADOX!!!! 
Tella's Pandora! You won't believe what he can do but I'm not going to tell, so you'll have to read the book.
Now it's a Tella and Madox journey from here on out and they come across some friendly people and some not so friendly, You wonder how can you trust anyone? They're all after the same thing and you know not all will survive or win.

While Tella joined a small group, in the small group she meets Harper, Caroline, Dink, Levi and Ransom (brothers), and Guy. A friendship is form within the group as well the Pandora to the contenders. However some see their Pandora as slaves. Not everyone has good intentions when entering this race.

The first event has ended, numbers are diminish, prepare for the next event where Tella and the small group will face the desert. 

Remember the contenders must faced four ecosystems, the contenders survived the Jungle and a few days rest before venturing off to the desert. Before starting the next race there are small prizes that the Brimstone Bleed presents, a temporary cure and a chance to leave the race. 

Seventy-eight remains . . .the race get even more dangerous.  

MEOW . . . MEOW . . . MEOW (Cont.)
Now let's MEOW about the group Tella decided to join, sometimes you need allies rather than enemies and for good reasons. One of the not so friendly contender Titus have eyed Tella since the beginning, he believes that she'll lead him to win the race. 

Harper is your average popular girl in school gal, Tella sort of bumps head against her but Tella better off doing what she says rather than against it. 

Caroline and Dink have been together since the beginning of the race, they act like brother/sister but more like mother/son relationship. No one really questioned them because they are the most scared Contenders than every one else.

The brothers Levi and Ransom, just lighten the mood . . . they are the type of guys to be around in situations like they are in now. But sadly one of them does not survive when so close to the end of the first part of the race. Also their Pandora are pretty cool, makes me want one of each.

Guy, I secretly think he has a thing for Tella, but being in a race you can't really think about that. But Tella does even though she in the race for her brother's life, she can't help but think just how hunky Guy is. 

But Guy has a secret . . . although he knows the back story about the Brimstone Bleed which some might but I thought he knew a little too much. That's why he remains so mysterious and so secretive, and I like mysterious guys. 

I can't wait for you guys to read Victoria's new book Fire and Blood, her concept is fresh, new and very thrilling. You will have a restless night reading this book because you won't be able to put it down! 

Fire and Blood will be released by Scholastic Press, February 25th 2014

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  1. That looks like a great read, can't wait to see what the pandora thing is about.