ARC Review: Fireborne

fireborneTitle: Fireborne
 Rosaria Munda
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 448
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Dragons! …Kinda
Recommended Readers: Fans of slowburn romances, fantasy politics, and complex interpersonal relationships
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Thank you, Net Galley and the publisher, for offering this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rosaria Munda’s Fireborne is probably one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to review. I’m actually troubled about how to go about it because my feelings for it are so complicated. The book has qualities that make it absolutely soar while others leave me behind on the ground, bereft and wondering what I missed.

Inspired by Plato’s Republic, Virgil’s The Aeneid, the French Revolution, and the Blitz, Fireborne is an ambitious novel, tackling bloody revolutions and their aftermath, dangerous politics, social inequality, and the complex relationships between people. Oh, and there’s dragons, but strangely, they’re not the highlight.

We follow orphans Annie and Lee, who are now rival dragonriders competing for the honor to become Firstrider. Born a serf, Annie can now do the impossible by being a dragonrider, something the old regime never would have permitted. However, the person she most has to convince of her worth isn’t government officials, former patrician kids, or her instructor; it’s herself. Lee, meanwhile, is an aristocrat by birth, but he’s managed to keep his identity hidden, his natural confidence and air of power allowing him to rise through the ranks of the very regime that slaughtered his Dragonlord family. No one is prepared when survivors of Dragonlord families, including Lee’s, resurface with dragons of their own, declaring war to reclaim their lost country. Both Lee and Annie have to decide what and who they are loyal to, even as their relationship grows ever-more complicated.

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Book Review: Firebolt


Title: Firebolt
 Adrienne Woods
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Version: ARC – eBook (Uncorrected Proof)
Page Count: N/A
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Well, the cover’s nice
Recommended Readers: I cannot in good conscience recommend this to anyone
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Thank you, NetGalley, for offering this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, that was… Bad. Like My Immortal but with dragons bad.

I originally chose this ARC of Firebolt by Adrienne Woods to read for a few reasons. 1) I was a new reviewer, trying to bolster my review rate, and it was available to read. 2) The synopsis sounded pretty cool! A girl learns dragons exist after a group of them kill her father, who has secretly also been a dragon all this time, and now she has to cope with this new reality—and this new world—she’s been thrown into. Yeah, sounds neat. 3) The rating for it on Goodreads was solid, and that site’s usually harsher than others, so I figured it was a safe bet that this would be an enjoyable read.

But I was wrong. So very wrong.

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