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Fire & Flood ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Fire & Flood Author Victoria Scott – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother s life and her own Tella Holloway is losing it Her brother is sick, and A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother s life and her own Tella Holloway is losing it Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can t Fire & eBook à determine what s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air She s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying and she s helpless to change anythingUntil she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed It s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires the Cure for her brother s illness But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there s no guarantee that Tella or any of them will survive the raceThe jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can t trust the allies she makes And one big question emerges Why have so many fallen sick in the first place.

    Fire & Flood PDF/EPUB ☆ Fire & eBook à and there s no guarantee that Tella or any of them will survive the raceThe jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can t trust the allies she makes And one big question emerges Why have so many fallen sick in the first place."/>
  • ebook
  • 284 pages
  • Fire & Flood
  • Victoria Scott
  • English
  • 04 August 2018
  • 0545537479

About the Author: Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of nine novels including FIRE FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and the upcoming WE TOLD SIX LIES January Victoria s books have been YALSA nominated, have appeared on the prestigious Spirit of Texas Reading Program, and have been included Fire & eBook à on Bank Street College of Education s Best Books of the Year list She s been featured in USA Today, Girls Life Magazine, and Glitter Magazine, and her stories have been translated and sold in fourteen countries across the world Victoria is also the owner and founder of Scribbler, the only subscription box for writers, which has been featured as a best box for creatives by BuzzFeed Victoria holds a master s degree in business management, and plans to expand Scribbler into an all inclusive resource for novelists.



10 thoughts on “Fire & Flood

  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    The woman pauses dramatically I d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed May the bravest Contender winWait, whatPut this on your shirt It s a small gold serpent pin, and it s fairly heavy. Well, isn t that just fucking special This book is half Hunger Games, half Digimon Pok mon hybrid, and 100% terrible The writing and the main character is absolutely juvenile without all the sexual scenes, this book would feel like it was written for a middle grade audience bec The woman pauses dramatically I d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed May the bravest Contender winWait, whatPut this on your shirt It s a small gold serpent pin, and it s fairly heavy. Well, isn t that just fucking special This book is half Hunger Games, half Digimon Pok mon hybrid, and 100% terrible The writing and the main character is absolutely juvenile without all the sexual scenes, this book would feel like it was written for a middle grade audience because of the utter immaturity and imbecility of its main character.Let s get the obvious over with this is a Hunger Games wannabe, without the setting, without the complexity of the characters, without the depth I wouldn t call this a clone, because for one thingthis book doesn t work At all Comparing this book to The Hunger Games would be a gross insult to the original books.You see, this book takes place in a contemporary setting We start in Montana, the United States Quickly, we are plunged into rainforests, jungles, deserts Nothing makes any sense.The Summary I OOH MYSTERIOUS DEVICE MUST OBEY 16 year old Tella is a fucking moron Her older brother, Cody, is sick He is wasting away, and her family has decided to uproot themselves to Montana so he can get all the fresh air and stuff in an effort to cure him Like people with consumption in the 19th century move to the West so they can get away from all the bad humors in the city.There s just one problem it s 2014, and it s Montana.Tella is, like a typical 16 year old, really not into the move She wants Facebook She wants technology She will die without her phone One night, she goes into her roomonly to find a mysterious blue wrapped box on her bed A BOX Holding the box to my lips, I tell it, You re mine, precious All mineThe box holds a device the size of a hearing aid with a blinking red button Tella pushes it, this message playsIf you re hearing this message, you are invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed All Contenders must report within forty eight hours to select their Pandora companionsTella doesn t fucking know who left her the message She doesn t know how the box got there Her parents are trying to hide the box from her, to the extent of literally setting the box on fire.Tella digs it out of the flames anyway The message continues It promises her something greatThe Brimstone Bleed will last three months and will take place across four ecosystems desert, sea, mountains, jungle The winning prize will be the Cure a remedy for any illness, for any single personWell, howdy doody She doesn t know who fucking left the message, or how the person is going to cure her brother when modern science already says that there is no cure for her brother, but fuck, let s do it Let s just listen to the mysterious message from god knows who, let s just run off in the middle of the fucking night to god knows where, only to disappear from your parents for 3 fucking months nobody cares about missing children, anyway, right , in order to pursue a mysterious cure for your brother in a race involving god knows what Makes perfect sense to me.So good old Tella defies her parents, steals their car she takes the crappy car, of course, being the amazing daughter she is And after almost two hundred thousand miles, the car is an utter embarrassment to the auto community My parents will wake up to find their daughter gone I d hate to have them left with the crap car, too. SUCH FILIAL PIETY.II EGGS, SEXY SERIAL KILLERS, AND A MYSTERIOUS PILLSo Tella runs away, to an empty museum in the middle of nowhere, like the message told her In any other book, you could almost guarantee that the heroine who does this shit would end up the victim of a serial killer An empty museum, in the dead of night in the middle of nowhere.Tella s instincts are telling her RUN RUN RUN Fuck instincts, what are they good for, anyway I ve watched a lot of scary movies, and I ve learned nothing good is ever at the bottom of a winding staircase Pulling in a breath and preparing myself to be eaten alive, I head down. In the middle of a room are an assortment of eggs Large eggs, small eggs Shiny ones, iridescent ones.If I wandered into a room full of eggs, my first thought would be Where s the fucking bacon I want to make an omelet But not brilliant Tella she just knows the eggs are there for a purpose I don t need the device in my pocket to tell me what my gut already knows.This is the Pandora Selection Process. While Tella is standing there, wondering about the meaning of life, a million other contestants rush in and grab all the eggs fucking brilliant Tella manages, by the skin of her teeth, to snatch the very last one.She is then introduced to our love interest 1 the sexy serial killer He looks back at me, and I wonder if maybe, even though he looks a little like a serial killer, he s going to help me up. They go to a train station, where they are met by an Effie Trinket school reject in garish, loud clothes, and handed a pill Naturally, MUST TAKE THE PILL.III THE JUNGLE THE DESERT THEEGGS Regret is the morning after Tella wakes up Pounding my fists against the boards, I scream I swallowed the pill I m in a box How stupid could I have been I left without telling my family where I was going, got on a train to a city that doesn t exist, and swallowed a foreign object Oh yeah, and I also picked up a rotting egg along the way. This type of self realization is important in my native language, we have a phrase for it that roughly translates toyou are so fucking dumb that when you die and join us in the land of the dead, we will pretend that you don t exist because you are an embarrassment to our family line Just kidding.Tella wakes up in a motherfucking jungle It is a race, and the first legs are through the jungle and the desert It s not a race to the death, because there are 4 legs of the race along the way The competitors can join forces, and it s damned good thing they do, because Tella is so fucking helpless she wouldn t survive without their help.Along the way, the eggs hatch They hatch into a fox, an elephant, a raccoon, a bear, an eagle.Tella punches that eagle A BALD EAGLE She just sucker punched the national bird of the United States when the eagle gets close enough I swing a right hook and collide with the bird She slams into the ground and slides for several feet. It turns out this is a race This isThe Amazing Race the TV show , than anything resembling The Hunger Games.The Premise Fucking ludicrous I don t know why the fuck this book is shelved under dystopia, it is not It is modern day United States, and the premise of a Hunger Games race is simply idiotic I don t know why the fuck all these people are there I don t know why the fuck there are child contestants some barely 10 I don t know why the Big Bad Guys and there are always Big Bad Guys are doing this in the first place, when they supposedly have a cure for all kinds of illnesses.The people who run this race are called Pharmies, as in Pharmaceuticals I don t know if you guys know this, but pharmaceuticals and the drug industries are worth hundreds of billions of dollars If these guys have the cure to every fucking thing, why are they just limiting this to a stupid pointless race when they could be making major bucks for their discovery It makes no fucking sense.Why the fuck are we in the desert Where the fuck is this motherfucking jungle Did anyone question this shit No Is it in Africa Maybe It could only be Africa, considering the fact that the contestants get attacked by fucking gorillas.Does the people running this competition wonder, well, MAYBE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO QUESTION THE FACT THAT THEIR LOVED ONES ARE DISAPPEARING FOR MONTHS AT A TIME No Some of these kids are well, KIDS You think maybe someone s going to wonder OH THEY RE MISSING SCHOOL FOR 3 MONTHS, YOU THINK DIGIMON, DIGITAL MONSTERS, DIGIMONS ARE THE CHAMPIONS Oh, the eggs They re fucking Digimon eggs, guys Seriously, these people are given fucking eggs that hatch into creatures.Ok, not exactly like that, they re normal creatures, like eagles, raccoonsElephants.WHAT S THE FUCKING POINT OF HATCHING SHIT IN EGGS IS A NORMAL WOMB NOT SUFFICIENT These creatures are actually rather special, they have special abilities Like Digimons, theymorph His head falls back and his spine ripples Beneath him, his legs and arms stretch longer and wider, and his black coat begins to thicken My Pandora grows massive muscles and new body parts morphing. Not ondo they morph, they duel each other in a Pok mon style duel to the death They Digivolve Cute.TELLA HER TO SHUT UP Tella is the most annoyingly grating heroine I ve read in a long time The narration is first person, and it is simply intolerable I close my hand around the lid and pull it off Inside is a tiny pillow I imagine all sorts of miniature animals using it in their miniature beds But that s dumb, because how would they ever find a pillow case to fitTella is so juvenile, so immature She has the dumbest trains of thoughts Every time she goes into a long winded narration, I wanted to punch her in the face She talks to herself CONSTANTLY UNCEASINGLY WILL IT EVER STOP I decide to stay put but reason that if I see another Contender soon, I ll run my tag team idea across them Deal Deal.Oh Jesus I m already talking to myself Or thinking to myself as if there are two of me Is that the same thing I m not sure But I do know I ve been alone for two minutes and I m already losing my shit. NO, IT DOESN T.TELLA HER THAT LOOKS AREN T EVERYTHING Tella is a fucking moron, I ve said it before, and I really mean it She makes the dumbest fucking decisions While deciding what to pack for the competition, instead of, likesurvival shit, emergency food, warm clothes, matchesshe thinksOOH, I NEED NAIL POLISH Because I have no idea of what I ll need, I also throw in random things from my desk pens, paper, scissors, tape The last thing I pack is a photo of my family that s stuck in the edge of my mirror That and my glittery purple nail polish. Tella is hurt, bleeding, she needs to get her ass on in the competition so that she doesn t fall behind the other contestants What does she do first WHY, FIX HER FACE Running my fingers through my hair, I think about how I should be racing toward Lincoln Station But the compulsion to repair my face is too strong.I grab my makeup bag the one I never leave home without and fix what I can. Tella is hopelessly out of shape She s not ready for any sort of a competition BUT SURELY, IF SHE LOOKS THE PART, SHE LL DO JUST FUCKING FINE With curls trimmed close to my head and a roguish green and blue feather dangling over my right shoulder, I decide I just might seem like someone who would enter a daring race and win. That s not exactly how it works During the competition, conditions are terrible They re hungry, they lack waterTella lacks makeup For a fleeting moment, before the woman speaks, I pray that the orange pack I m wearing holds Chanel makeup And a brush And a mirror. The Plot All action, no sense, no excitement There is no competition, because this is a survival race as they go through each terrain I was never engrossed in the plot because there was largely no point to this book.The Other Characters None of the characters in this book stand out I can t remember any of them The only character that stands out is the 8 and 10 year old kids because they are so completely young and out of place The other characters have no personality, I cannot be fucked to remember who is Caroline, who is Harper, who is Ransom The love interests are douchebags, both of them One looks like a serial killer with a heart of gold, the other is a serial killer who looks like the boy next door One is slightly less loathsome than the other.They start off uneasily All of a sudden, before 50% of the book is through, they re making out and they re in luuuuuuuuurve I don t get it.I want to point you guys to Cory s review of this book, because she explains the perpetration of rape culture in this book much better than I can This review has wasted enough of my time already.Needless to say, fuck this book Quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof, subject to change in the final edition.

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    There s something familiar about this story A group of people must compete against one another in a game of survival, an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean and mountain They face the danger of their fellow competitors, as well as the various threats of nature There can be only one winnerWhere have I heard this before During this competition, some of the competitors choose to form teams in order to increase their chances of survival out in the wilderness There s flirtations betwThere s something familiar about this story A group of people must compete against one another in a game of survival, an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean and mountain They face the danger of their fellow competitors, as well as the various threats of nature There can be only one winnerWhere have I heard this before During this competition, some of the competitors choose to form teams in order to increase their chances of survival out in the wilderness There s flirtations between the MC and the hot, mysterious dude And why is she doing all this again To save her brotherHang on a minute, I ve definitely seen this beforeThe woman pauses dramatically I d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed May the bravest Contender win Yep This is another book about a competition game where there can be only one winner and the protagonist this time called Tella Holloway is doing it all for the sake of her sibling There s just very little need to read this if you ve already read The Hunger Games And if you haven t read The Hunger Games, then go read that instead Or Battle Royale But probably not this.Fire Flood isof a spectacularly average book than it is a bad one, and still might offer some entertainment to those who aren t familiar with THG or don t mind reading similar versions of the same story I found Tella to be an uninspiring, bland main character whose narration cannot compete with either the bold, interesting Katniss or the charismatic narrator of the author s other books Dante Walker Ms Scott has a quirky style to her writing that can work very well at times but never really felt suited to Tella and her acute blandness The cast of secondary characters also increases as the book moves along but none of them are particularly interesting not even mr sexy with his impressive muscles.Plus, I immediately started to dislike Tella after reading this The last girl I see, I want to strangle Like the woman, she has long hair But instead of dark, it s blond no, honey gold and shines like that of a Broadway starlet I can t see her eyes from here, but I m sure they re some kind of stunning shade of blue She has cream colored skin and a body that belongs in a magazine the kind for guys, not girls I hate her with everything I have as she laughs her perfect laugh and tosses her perfect hair and crosses her to die for legs We could be friends, I realize, if I weren t so overwhelmed with the urge to end her. sigh Will this never end in YA As for the positive, there was one thing I really liked In this story, each of the competitors starts off with an egg that hatches into an animal that may or may not have special powers these animals are called Pandoras and team up with their human companion to help them win And Tella s Pandora is a little black fox called Madox who isthan he first seems He likes to trot around her feet and lie on his back waving his legs in the air he is effin adorable I swear he is the only reason this book got two stars Let s finish with a picture of him

  3. Victoria Scott Victoria Scott says:

    So excited to share this new series with you It couldn t bedifferent than the Dante Walker books I suppose I like to keep you guys guessing.

  4. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Fire Flood is a VERY disappointing read Of course, I ve read some reviews and saw that many said it had a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games I may be one of the few who thought that, but I didn t mind that fact before picking it upAs long as it s good and not 100% similar to that book Fortunately, it s not The Hunger Games all the way Tella is a normal teenager who just moved out to Montana with her family She is loved by her parents but unfortunately, her brother is ill and she w Fire Flood is a VERY disappointing read Of course, I ve read some reviews and saw that many said it had a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games I may be one of the few who thought that, but I didn t mind that fact before picking it upAs long as it s good and not 100% similar to that book Fortunately, it s not The Hunger Games all the way Tella is a normal teenager who just moved out to Montana with her family She is loved by her parents but unfortunately, her brother is ill and she wants to save him desperately When the chance of a lifetime presents itself to save her brother, she immediately takes it and decides to participate to the Brimstone Breed competition Throughout that competition, she will meet some new friends and allies, make some enemies, fall in love and live a perilous adventure in the jungle and desert Sounds not so bad, right I would have thought the same thing at your place but, the thing is, this book was boring. And repetitive Before entering the competition, she has to choose an egg which contains a Pandora animal with superpowers That element is quite interesting but, in fact, their superpowers are not amazing or breathtaking at all Then, when she s in the jungle, she decides to follow this unfriendly looking guy who looks as if he knows where he is going And she sleeps not far from him. That is so careless Tella is the kind of character that acts as if she didn t care what people thought in the annoying way and does so many frustrating things that normal people would think about twice before doing them Needless to say, I didn t connect nor liked her She can die in the sequels, I won t give a care The story has potential but lacks of world building, seriousness, depth, endearing characters, interesting challenges and purpose Why Brimstone Breed is created is barely explained I don t get why there aren t cameras following the Contenders I mean, what s the point of having this challenge if no one can see it Maybe because that would mean a The The Hunger Games remakeStill, its purpose is basically vengeance and I think that s a weak and mischievous one Victoria Scott could have found a better one Right I love animals, I do I care about the animals presented in this book But, there were so many I simply got tired of them They were really the center of attention and, I don t know, I wanteddanger, perilous challenges and also, since we re at it, less killing each other when it isn t even mandatory The writing wasn t bad It was actually pretty fine and the pacing mostly fast so that made the reading easier There really aren t many negative things I could say about it I would have appreciated if there were fewer sentences with purpose to make something look important and poignant It was annoying and it s like the author wanted to make the book deep and serious but it didn t work because the main character doesn t have the personality for She laughs when it isn t the time to and it just feels like they aren t veritably in danger I didn t feel any stress or heart pounding during my reading, sadly, as I did in The Hunger Games.Overall, I think some people would like this book, but I definitely don t recommend it to everyone Maybe give it a try if you haven t read The Hunger Games, like competitions and like when there are a lot of animals in books

  5. Lindsay Cummings Lindsay Cummings says:

    one of my best friends wrote this she s awesome she s hilarious she s got killer descriptions therefore, this book is awesome got it

  6. B B says:

    This is a mini review that actually turned out not too mini in length, but it s got the same feel as one , because this book was painfully forgettable, and other reviews have already discussed its problems in great length.Guys, I hate to be that person, but this book is The Hunger Games But then also add Digimon And yeah, that might sound awesome, but it s really, really not There have been a few reviews to point out the glaring similarities between Fire Flood and The Hunger Games the Eff This is a mini review that actually turned out not too mini in length, but it s got the same feel as one , because this book was painfully forgettable, and other reviews have already discussed its problems in great length.Guys, I hate to be that person, but this book is The Hunger Games But then also add Digimon And yeah, that might sound awesome, but it s really, really not There have been a few reviews to point out the glaring similarities between Fire Flood and The Hunger Games the Effie character says, May the bravest Contender win, for starters And hands them a pin, you guys , so I won t, but I promise you, they re there It s actually really baffling how this went through the processes of publishing without anyone saying, Hey, wait but then again, 50 Shades is a thing, so For starters, the main character is honestly one of the stupidest characters I ve read about in my life As the book starts, she gets a mysterious message saying that she has to compete in a race in order to find a cure for her brother s disease Her parents then try to burn the chip with this message on it, but Tella discovers that the chip doesn t burn and she takes it Then she sets off into the night to follow the chips instructions, which basically tell her to go to a city miles and miles away and pick an egg from a library.I swear, that s exactly what happens The chip woman basically says, So you re going to travel a few states to obtain an egg and race in a game of death, and Tella is basically, lol okay She follows the instructions of a woman on a chip, which her parents went to great lengths to destroy This is Tella This is our main character The last girl I see, I want to strangle Like someone she saw before , she has long hair But instead of dark, it s blond no, honey gold and shines like that of a Broadway starlet I can t see her eyes from here, but I m sure they re some kind of stunning shade of blue She has cream colored skin and a body that belongs in a magazine the kind for guys, not girls I hate her with everything I have as she laughs her perfect laugh and tosses her perfect hair and crosses her to die for legs We could be friends, I realize, if I weren t so overwhelmed with the urge to end her.That is also her We re supposed to like her, mind you Root for her to, you know, not die Even though with everything we re given about her character, she should have tripped over a flat surface in the very beginning of the race and died I hate him.The corner of his mouth quirks upward.Or love him And that is the romance The few things I liked about this were the Digimon aspect which, while obviously unoriginal, was a nice addition because Tella s Pandora was seriously adorable , and the writing, which was at times decent and funny But that s it This book makes no sense There is no world building, at all The race isn t even over by the end of the novel It s like, if your three year old were a big Hunger Games fan, and she drew a picture of Katniss, but it really looked like a raccoon with a crossbow that actually really looked somewhat phallic That s Fire Flood I m really good at analogies

  7. Giselle Giselle says:

    Does it bother you to think about being covered in bugs, bugs that eat your flesh and blood Then prepare yourself because this book is nightmare inducing I m not sure what it says about me to know that this is part of why I enjoyed it so much I guess a book that can prompt such horrific images in my head to the point of making me shudder is up there with the awesome Or maybe I should be on medication That s up for debate Fire Flood surprised me in many ways At first it had a lot of simi Does it bother you to think about being covered in bugs, bugs that eat your flesh and blood Then prepare yourself because this book is nightmare inducing I m not sure what it says about me to know that this is part of why I enjoyed it so much I guess a book that can prompt such horrific images in my head to the point of making me shudder is up there with the awesome Or maybe I should be on medication That s up for debate Fire Flood surprised me in many ways At first it had a lot of similarities with The Hunger Games, which for me is a complete turn off, so it s with pleasure that I can say these parallels fade early on, leaving us with an original, creative, and exciting novel Ultimately we ve got a survivalist story with dashes of fantastical and Sci Fi elements There are a lot of extreme conditions that we see Tella fight through, while making us wonder how we would do in her place With cinematic details, each setting is brought to life from an endless yet claustrophobic jungle, to a dry, barren, and unbearably hot desert It s all incredibly vivid Which is both an applaud and a warning I honestly felt those ants on me For hours Yes, it all comes back to the bugs shudders We meet a lot of characters throughout this story With a large cast like this it s hard to connect to each character on an emotional level This is not a huge problem seeing as this book is very plot driven However it did leave a lot of room for me to analyze every single aspect of this story, to put what seemed like trivial details together, and eventually figuring out most of the many twists this book had up its sleeve Still, some of them are clever, others creative, all leading to a very enjoyable read regardless of if you see them coming or not The plot itself is full of secrets and conspiracies, giving us an interesting history behind this mysterious Brimstone Bleed a race with a prize many would and do kill for It involves some science fiction explanations that, I m thinking, might be a hit or miss for some, but it brings about some really cool accessories for lack of a better word and avoid spoiling to help the contenders in the race Actually one of my favorite parts was finding out what the Pandoras could do With uncomfortable conditions, hunger, anxiety, and fear throughout oh, and ALL OF THE BUGS Fire Flood will keep you in suspense from beginning to end I will leave you with this ON YOUR FACE WHILE YOU SLEEP An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  8. Carol [ordering-systems.info Addict] Carol [ordering-systems.info Addict] says:

    When I am given the opportunity to read a book that hasn t been released yet, it means I am going into it without having been influenced by reading other reviews on Goodreads It means going into it with no expectations, either positive or negative and leaving myself open to the possibility of finding a wonderful book And that is exactly what happened when I read Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott This is the first book I have read by Ms Scott so I had no idea what to expect and what a surprise When I am given the opportunity to read a book that hasn t been released yet, it means I am going into it without having been influenced by reading other reviews on Goodreads It means going into it with no expectations, either positive or negative and leaving myself open to the possibility of finding a wonderful book And that is exactly what happened when I read Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott This is the first book I have read by Ms Scott so I had no idea what to expect and what a surprise I was in for I found this book to be fabulously exciting with a main character that surprised me at every turn Tella Holloway loved her life in Boston Her idea of exercise was how far she would walk at the mall while shopping with her friends But, her brother Cody has become ill with a mysterious disease Countless Doctors have not been able to help him Tella and Cody s parents move them to a small town in Montana hoping the quiet life would be good for Cody Tella misses her friends, internet, television, and all the comforts she has become so used to Cody is slipping, getting weaker and weaker Mysteriously, one night, Tella discovers a small gift box on her bed In it is an invitation to participate in a race called the Brimstone Bleed The winner of the race will receive a cure for their sick family member What is this mysterious race Who put the box on her bed But Tella knows that whatever the answers to all her questions are, she has to go She has to do whatever she can to try to save her brother Thus starts an adventure that Tella never could have imagined.The race is to take place in four sections, the jungle, desert, ocean and mountains So Tella sets off with no idea what she is getting herself into The first order of business is selecting a Pandora The Pandora is an egg that will eventually hatch into an animal that will help them throughout their journey Each animal is different, and each animal will have unique powers Tella s Pandora eventually ends up being a little black fox But all the other animals obey their contenders Tella s doesn t seem to listen to her at all And what will it s powers be Does it even have any No matter what, though, she loves her little fox and will do anything to protect it The first part of the race is the jungle A place where it rains all the time and you can hear strange things scurrying about in the darkness Here Tella eventually meets up with some fellow contenders and they form a small group, deciding they are stronger together than alone One person in particular is Guy What is it about him that draws her to him They form a tentative bond but this is a race Only one person can win Can she trust Guy, maybe even with her heart The second part of the race is the desert Their little group has been through so much already But the desert presents a whole new set of challenges I just can t say enough great things about this book Tella starts out as a typical teenager but during the course of the first two parts of this race she discovers so much about herself She is so strong But she is also so compassionate She is not going to let this race harden her She always does what she thinks is the right thing Watching her change throughout the course of this book was so wonderful And I loved watching her relationship with Guy change and grow As I said, this book takes us through the first two parts of the race so there are two left As I was reading it, even if I had just a few minutes to grab a few pages throughout the day, I was immediately immersed back into this world I could picture the deep greens of the jungle or the endless sand dunes of the desert And the little black fox stole my heart right from the start I can t wait for the next book in this series Thank you so much to NetGalley, Victoria Scott and Scholastic Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book

  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    Very good indeed Not my normal read but I enjoyed it thoroughly I thought the pace was fantastic and something needs to be said about the increasing amount of new literature, that uses the short, sporadic chapter lengths Some of the chapters in this book were 4 pages I am used to epics which sometimes have chapters of 50 pages, so having short chapters makes the book seem to fly by Ultimately I fell in love with the story, and I will admit, the characters I have a gripe against romance i Very good indeed Not my normal read but I enjoyed it thoroughly I thought the pace was fantastic and something needs to be said about the increasing amount of new literature, that uses the short, sporadic chapter lengths Some of the chapters in this book were 4 pages I am used to epics which sometimes have chapters of 50 pages, so having short chapters makes the book seem to fly by Ultimately I fell in love with the story, and I will admit, the characters I have a gripe against romance in novels and this one is no exception, but I caught myself tolerating it a bitin this one It reminded me a bit of Philip Pullman s his dark materials trilogy with the usage of animal companions So let s say an amalgamation of hunger games with his dark materials Well done overall, very quick, very fast paced and very well written

  10. Wendy Higgins Wendy Higgins says:

    Oh, wow Get ready for an intense first installment to this new series, y all I m a little stunned by it all And a lot impressed.I have an author crush on Tori Scott For reals.

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