Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

Title: The Secret Fire
Author: C.J. DaughertyCarina Rozenfeld
Series: The Secret Fire #1
Genre: Paranormal/YA/Mystery
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: September 3rd 2015
Pages: Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US

     Sacha Winters can’t die. Until his eighteenth birthday he is invincible. On that day it all ends for Sacha – the result of a curse that has plagued his family for centuries. 
     His death will fulfil the curse – and unleash a wave of destruction. He has no idea how to stop it, only the cryptic notes left behind by his father, and a strange connection with a girl he has only just met to guide him. 
     Taylor Montclair is a quiet, studious girl focused on her dream of getting into Oxford University. She’s also the only one who can save Sacha. Only neither of them knows that yet. And Sacha lives hundreds of miles away, in Paris. 
     Taylor and Sacha have eight weeks to find each other. To unravel the secrets buried in their families’ past. And to discover the power that lies within them. 
     Sacha’s life, and the fate of the world depends on it. The clock starts NOW.

    I loved the synopsis, then I started reading some reviews, and got a little nervous. I saw that people felt that this book was too romance driven. And to be honest, I don't get where they got that idea. 
Sure, Sacha and Taylor start to develop feelings and an attraction to each other, and while it does seem to happen kind of fast, I didn't mind it. They live in different countries and most of their conversations take place over the phone or a chat-room.

I do agree with one thing, it took me most of the book to even remotely like Taylor. She was a little annoying and kind of snobbish at times. But once she started being less snobby and more useful to the story, I really started to like her character a lot. I am looking forward to where her character is headed in future books.

Sacha, I liked his character instantly. There was just something about his character that I found extremely interesting. Maybe it had to do with how he viewed his, for lack of a better word, predicament, that he took risks and wasn't completely afraid of what he knew was going to happen to him. That is until he starts to unravel some of the mystery surrounding the shared past between his ancestors and Taylor's. 

One thing that I liked most about this book was that not all the questions were answered, there is still a good deal of mystery surrounding both Sacha and Taylor that will keep future books entertaining and, hopefully, engaging. 

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