Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Review: The Secret Fire [The Alchemist Chronicles #1] by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Title: The Secret Fire
Authors: C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: The Alchemist Chronicles #1
Source: Midas PR
Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: 10th September 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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?
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Secret Fire I knew it was something I wanted to read, but going into this book I had no expectations of what to expect. Although I do own some of C.J. Daugherty's books, I have yet to read them, so I had no idea what her writing style was like. When I began reading The Secret Fire I initially flitted between reading this one, and another one. It wasn't until I actually sat down to read that I really got into The Secret Fire.

The Secret Fire is a book that starts out with a bang, and we quickly get to meet our two protagonists, Sacha and Taylor. Sacha is a unique character, cursed to die on his upcoming birthday, he can not die any other time. He pushes himself to the limit, jumping off high buildings to make money, taking stupid risks to push himself to the limit, but each death comes with it's own problems. It hurts to heal, and each death leaves it's own scar for his ordeal. Taylor is slow to learn of her abilities, they begin to manifest with her meeting of Sacha, and as this duo untangle the threads of secrets and history, they attempt to learn how they can save Sacha's life.

The Secret Fire was a book that had so many twists and turns I never knew what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story, it gave us enough time to get to know the characters and see what was special about them. We see these alchemical events as they happen, and try to piece it all together as they do. The Secret Fire drew me in with its magic, its mystery, and the mostly unanswered question of what was going on. I loved the idea of bringing alchemy into the story, and having the dangerous Bringers hovering in the background, their dangerous presence felt by all.

The Secret Fire was my first foray into C.J's writing, and after finishing this I can't wait to jump into the books I have on my shelves as soon as time allows.

Final Verdict
The Secret Fire was a really enjoyable read and after the ending that we are left with I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this - glad to see you liked it too. I also had never read anything by CJ Daughtry before but now I can't wait to check out her night school series. I really like her writing style :) Great review


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