I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Firebug #1
Published by Henry Holt on Sept. 23, 2014
Genres: urban fantasy, young adult
Source: the publisher
Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?
Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She's one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn't like it one bit. Not least because her mother's death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.
When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can't say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.
When I heard of Firebug I was incredibly excited to read it. Lish McBride creates some of the most fantastic characters and her worlds are just amazing! This book could take place in the same world as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (urban fantasy- so our world with fantasy and paranormal) but I’m not sure if that’s the case or not. It doesn’t really matter. If you read her other books and enjoyed them you will likely enjoy this one as well.
Full of humor but with plenty of heart stopping action, I found myself craving more of these characters even as I was reading about them. It’s like I couldn’t get enough of them! Our main character is Ava and she’s a firebug. I don’t have to explain what that is, do I? Short version- she can make fire. By Ava’s side is her guardian Cade and then her ‘team’ of Lock and Ezra. Lock and Ezra are my favorite. Their snark and wit and all around adorable-ness sold me on the spot. Ava had some good snark as well and you put those three together and you’re in for fits of giggles. Even when in serious and life threatening situations, these three still say the best things. ADORE THEM.
The world is really cool because it’s not just paranormal creatures like vampires, were’s, witches, and all that, but also more fantasy creatures as well. Things that we don’t see mixed together much. I love it!
This book wasn’t quite as tongue in cheek humor like the Hold Me Closer, Necromancer books, it felt more serious, but it still had that humor that I do crave no matter how serious things get.
My only issue with this book is the romance. We get almost hints of it and even that is kind of vague enough you aren’t really sure if it’s something or not. When it does become more clear we’re left with nothing and it was a bit frustrating for me. Since it’s the first in a series I’m hoping that this is resolved in the next books, but preferably right away. I don’t really have the patience to wait. I like some good ol’ sexual tension, but in this case it would probably just be frustrating.
I loved this book! I highly recommend it and all of her books actually. She really writes THE BEST characters.