Hey everyone! I just finished The Secret Fire!
I received this book as an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley. This does not affect my review.
The Secret Fire is about two teenagers - Sacha, a Parisian boy who cannot die until the day he turns 18, and Taylor, a nerdy british girl who discovers that she is an Alchemist, someone who can control molecules and bend them into what she wants (electricity into fire, water into air, etc...) Their teachers make them meet online through the excuse of tutoring. It turns out that Taylor is the only person in the world who can save Sacha’s life. However, they have never met, and they only have 8 weeks to change Sacha’s fate for the sake of humanity.
I love this book! It was really great! I’ve always loved books that include Alchemy as its major fantasy core, I just think that it’s such a fascinating ‘science’!
I read the first chapter, and I was completely swept into this amazing world! It started off with Sacha ‘dying’, and coming back to life, but through a super tense situation that had me think that this person was going to die 10 pages into the book. When he came back to life, I thought that this unique character peculiarity was so great! Sacha is a real daredevil, but with a purpose of making money for his poor family. I loved his character. He’s very sarcastic and daring, and a bit immature at times, but will always stand up for those he loves.
Taylor is also a really nice character, (although I did like Sacha better :) ) She grows a lot throughout the book, giving her more and more personality as the story progressed. She is a bit of a typical YA book girl though, but her abilities pull her away from that typicallness, which worked very well in the end.
Their relationship is sweet! Although it is strange that they basically fall in love like that *snaps fingers*, they are really protective about each other, which I found to be really cute :)
The bad guys were great! The “Bringers” are basically 3 guys who are meant to bring Sacha to his fate. They were everything that baddies need to be - creepy, dark, mysterious, and just plain bad. Awesome!
The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. I went like this:
It had such an open end! I want to know what happened next!
Overall, can’t wait until the second book comes out, and to continue exploring this amazing story!
Have you read ’The Secret Fire’ yet?