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REVIEW: Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

Title: Fire & Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #1
Publisher: Chicken House
Date of Release: March 6th 2014
Pages: 320
Source: * Received from publisher - Chicken House - in exchange for an honest review*

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's brother is dying. He's got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn't think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.
Full to the brim of action and adventure, Victoria will make you laugh one second to making you heart ache the next! Stunningly quick pace and engaging, you will be instantly drawn in. The cover is eye-catching and interesting, it captures Tella's feather making us wonder as to whether her feather is more important than it first appears.

When you are given the chance to win a cure for the ones you love, would you go after it? Tella's brother is dying from cancer, so when an invitation to participate in the Brimstone Bleed in mysteriously left in Tella's possession, she enters without a seconds thought. However, what Tella doesn't realise is that it will dramatically put her own life at risk; Would you risk your life to cure the ones you love?

In FIRE & FLOOD we are presented with a lovely, kind and caring protagonist, Tella. Throughout the novel we are presented with key aspects of her personality, she is fun with a huge sense of humour. Furthermore, she is girly making the Contenders instantly assume she is not fit for this race; this is a great aspect of this story enabling us to see her prove continuously throughout the novel her confidence and strength which grows ever stronger.

I try to maintain a face that says: Yes, that is what I said. Let it be known to all who travel this desert dune. Hear ye. I mentally stab a staff into the ground
FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (Page 237 in Paperback)

Guy is our mysterious and captivating male, also known as 'Green Beret' or 'Serial killer-looking dude'; Guy appears to know how to survive through the trials and holds a perplexing alongside alluring confidence in his actions. He holds true strength and power and I am certainly looking forward to learning more about him in the second instalment. Another character whom I liked was Harper, she didn't care what people thought of her and just battled through; like Guy she holds secrets and is strong-willed and determined.

Maybe Guy is filled with lies. Or maybe he has an ulterior motive in telling me what he has. But just for tonight, I decide to throw caution to the wind. And trust him completely.
FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (Page 262 in Paperback)

I loved the uniqueness and imagination that was incorporated into this novel, especially the inventions of the Pandoras, watching them evolve and what forms they could take brought danger, companionship and mystery to this story; How were they created? Where were they created? All I know is that I want one, preferably Madox!  This novel was filled with mystery, suspense, peril and twists, showing how companionship, courage, teamwork and determination can help you escape your worst nightmare. I am thoroughly looking forward to Fire & Flood #2, I need it NOW!

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