Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1) – YA Urban Fantasy Romance
For the last two years Ari’s life has been anything but normal and on her 18th birthday, when her friends surprise her with a gimmick genie claiming to grant wishes, Ari discovers the truth. The tragic and strange occurrences surrounding her 16th birthday were not coincidental and her life is never going to be the same again.
Ari’s real parents are not normal. They are not loving. They are not human.
They are myth.
They are Smokeless Fire.
They are Jinn.
Samantha Young, featured as a guest on muah’s blog this week, is a very talented writer. Her portrayal of Ari, Charlie and Jai were so engaging I couldn’t put the book down once I started it. I read a few reviews (Smokeless Fire has 60 on Amazon which ain’t too shabby) of this book to see if I agreed with any of the negative stuff being said. Honestly, the only thing I even semi related to was this: the set-up takes a little longer than necessary. What I loved about this story is the obvious research Samantha put in to it and the fact that her main character is flawed in a very understandable way. I found Ari’s choices believable as she is a teenage, lovesick girl who refuses to be swayed by people she cares about because those same people aren’t paying very much attention to her. The world building is great. The paranormal aspect is well explained. A few instances of info dump couldn’t be avoided as this is #1 in a series, but thankfully Samantha takes us away from the info dump feel with tension rich scenes between Ari and some very handsome boys.
Another thing I absolutely adored about this book: the witty chapter headings. Here are some of my favorites.
1) Push and Pull Too Much, My Heart Will Fall Right Out
2) Solace is Looking For You, Stop Hiding
3) Can You Party in the Past?
4) Let Me in to Your World, I Don’t Belong in Mine
5) Could I Be Read if I Were See-Through?
This is the first Samantha Young book I’ve read to date, but I can assure you it will not be my last. I am looking forward to sitting down with #2 in this series soon. Very, very soon.
Now, I’ll share a little tidbit from Samantha’s book so you can judge for yourself if its worth your time or not.
Jai had to stop himself from rubbing a hand across his short hair in frustration. He eyed Charlie, who bristled outside of Ari’s bedroom door, practically bouncing on the balls of his feet in his impatience to see her. Jai didn’t need the human kid to see Ari had any effect on him. Like they didn’t have enough problems already. But hell, last night, when she’d come out of her father’s hospital room, pale and frightened, those gorgeous eyes of hers red-rimmed from crying, it had taken everything he had not to push the other two out of his way and pull her into a hug. Jai cursed inwardly, hitting a fist quietly into the wall behind him. At that moment he’d hated himself and Luca more than he ever had before. The hurt in her eyes when he’d snapped at her before it, then when he’d looked through her during it when she was so clearly upset, when she so clearly needed to be comforted…
He’d done crappy things before but up until that moment he’d never actually felt bad about them.
That’s why he was he guardian. Not her friend. Not her-
“That’s it, Ari, open up!” Charlie yelled into the door. Jai glared over at him.
“Back off,” he growled, pushing off from the wall to face the kid. Charlie was built for a human, only an inch or two shorter than Jai, but Jai was Jinn and Jai was trained in four different martial arts. He could take the idiot on if it came to a fight.
Charlie’s eyes narrowed on him and Jai felt a frission of excitement at the challenge in them. He’d been looking for any excuse to punch this guy for days now. “I’m worried about her, and standing out here trying to hear if she’s breathing isn’t doing jack!”
Rolling his neck, feeling the satisfying crack, Jai had to draw on all the patience and professionalism he could. Punching Charlie would just upset Arie even more than she already was and that was the last thing he wanted.
Now, I feel it is important to let you guys know that there are different POVs in this book. Normally, I am not a real big fan of switching up POVs, but Samantha makes it work, and the story really can’t be told from Ari’s view-point alone. Smokeless Fire was a thrill to read and I’m honored that Samantha agreed to visit my little blogsphere. If you havent’ read her post, you should. Here is the link: https://jenniferstarks.wordpress.com/category/friends/
Here is the link to Smokeless Fire on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Smokeless-Fire-Spirits-ebook/dp/B005XP1VBY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335364596&sr=8-1#_