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Pandoras and Conteders: A Review of FIRE AND FLOOD by Victoria Scott Plus Giveaway

Posted by on February 28, 2014

IceyBooks is excited to be on the tour for Victoria Scott’s FIRE & FLOOD. It was a quick read and I really liked it, as you can tell from my review below. Thanks to Rock Star Book Tours and Scholastic, we’ve got TEN copies of Scott’s latest to giveaway!

Fire & Flood 
Victoria Scott
320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher

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 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 anything.

Until 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 race.

The 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?

Tella Hollaway’s elder brother is dying, struck with a mysterious disease no doctor seems to know the cure for. So when she receives an invite to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed she accepts, because the prize could save her brother’s life.

But there’s only one prize for the hundreds of Contenders competing in the odd game, and not all of them will make it. Armed with a Pandora – animals that are meant to help you win the race, and not much else, Tella travels through the jungle and desert, making allies and enemies alike.

The first few pages of FIRE & FLOOD had me doubting it could interest me. First off the main character—Tella Holloway was a little ridiculous and I was afraid the story would be a slightly different version of THE HUNGER GAMES.

But Victoria Scott managed to pull off an epic story with lovable characters, an understandable story-line, and an awesome race. This is my first book by Victoria Scott. While I’ve heard amazing things about her Dante Walker series, I’ve yet to read the series. So of course, I jumped at the chance to read this one.

While Tella Holloway probably isn’t my favorite YA heroine, she isn’t too shabby. She’s talkative, humorous, and kind-hearted – not exactly the type of skills you need in a deadly race, but still, she was a character many of us could relate to. Our hero, Guy, was a mysterious character that I couldn’t help but like from the start.

My major problem with this book? There was absolutely no world-building. It irked me that I had no idea when this book took place. For all I knew, it could have taken place in the present.

That aside, the plot kept me hooked. More than once, Victoria Scott managed to surprise me, leading me down one path before oh-so-rudely blowing it up. Don’t get me wrong, the twists were interesting and well done, and had me expecting the unexpected.

Although it was kind of hard to be serious with Tella, thankfully Guy and a few other characters made up for the action and seriousness.

All in all, FIRE & FLOOD was an interesting read. Not a favorite, but one I did enjoy in the end. I’ve come to the conclusion that Victoria Scott’s latest was pretty awesome, and I definitely can’t wait for the second book.

About the Author

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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  1. Victoria’s other books seem like they might be good as I’ve also heard. This book looks pretty good and this review opened me up to what I may too agree with.

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