Tuesday 6 October 2015

The Secret Fire by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

I have been looking forward to this for a while. I adored CJ's Night School series so I was really excited to see what she came up with next, and this was just fantastic! A mix of old school magic and paranormal weirdness, two teens in different countries get caught up in an ancient curse with no idea how to stop it.

There was quite a slow build up but it worked, I liked the way we got to know Taylor and Sacha individually before putting them together. And the way the magical element was just slipped in there really worked, it wasn't much of a surprise because we'd already seen some weird stuff but still it seemed plausible. 

Dual perspective written by two different authors - it doesn't come up very often and I really liked it, both voices sounded very authentic and the French side was really cool, both the language and the setting. It all worked very well together, blending seamlessly and jumping between England and France, between Taylor and Sacha, as pieces fitted together and the overall plot took shape.

I really liked this book - it was fun, dramatic and incredibly exciting. While it solved some mysteries, there was a great ending to keep the level of drama for the next book and I for one am really looking forward to it! I think we're on to a winner here!

Published 10th September 2015 by Atom. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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