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Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  8,146 Ratings  ·  1,790 Reviews
Time is slipping away....

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 Contend
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Polina Petrova Not really. At the parts where there is kissing and stuff, it just makes the book even more interesting
Liv Yes and no. Several of the elements are similar, but it isn't exactly the same.
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Brief summary:

Tella receives a cryptic message telling her that she’s been entered into a race that could save her sick brother’s life. The message could very well be from a serial killer but she buys it hook, line, and sinker. She doesn’t tell her family what she’s doing and drives off in search of the first clue in the middle of the night, without so
Khanh (the Grinch)
The woman pauses dramatically. “I’d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed. May the bravest Contender win.”
Wait, what?
“Put 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/Pokémon 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
Emily May
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 winner.

Where 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
Victoria Scott
Oct 05, 2012 Victoria Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So excited to share this new series with you! It couldn't be more different than the Dante Walker books. I suppose I like to keep you guys guessing. ;)
Lola  Reviewer
Mar 28, 2014 Lola Reviewer rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who have NOTHING ELSE to read. :P

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 up. As 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 s
Lindsay Cummings
Oct 10, 2012 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-want
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?!
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
Oct 31, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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 ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Wendy Higgins
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.
Paula Stokes
Jul 30, 2013 Paula Stokes rated it it was amazing
The Hunger Games meets The Amazing Race meets How to Train Your Dragon, and the result is freaking outstanding.

Sixteen-year-old Tella is just an ordinary girl with extraordinary problems. Her older brother is dying of a mysterious illness and the only way she can save him is to enter an epic race across desert, jungle, mountain, and ocean. Tella's not much of an outdoorswoman--her idea of roughing it is going without internet access--but not trying means letting her brother die, and that ain't h
May 25, 2015 ChocolatPony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Meine Meinung

Bereits als das englische Original auf dem Buchmarkt erschienen ist bin ich durch die vielen begeisterten Stimmen und die interessante Handlung auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Mittlerweile ist die deutsche Übersetzung auf dem Markt und der Auftaktband um das geheimnisvolle Brimstone Bleed hat äußerst vielversprechend begonnen.

Die Geschichte ist eine Mischung aus Dystopie– und Fantasyinhalten was in diesem Fall richtig gut funktioniert hat. Verschiedene Elemente werden zusammen gef
Lindsey Rey
I really enjoyed this book! It was majorly lacking in the world-building department, but it was an enjoyable read and just what I needed. I will be continuing this series!
Jun 10, 2015 madametschenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Meine Meinung zu dem Buch!!! <3 #Buchtipp :D
Feb 18, 2017 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 Sterne mit einer Tendenz nach unten.

Tellas Bruder Cody ist krank und es scheint keine Heilung mehr für ihn zu geben.
Doch dann bekommt sie ein mysteriöses Gerät, dass ihr einen Weg zeigt, ein Heilmittel zu bekommen: Das Brimstone Bleed. Sie weiß erst nicht, was es ist, doch zögert nicht.
Es entpuppt sich als Wettstreit zwischen über hundert Kandidaten und sie alle wollen das Gleiche: Den Hauptgewinn, um ihre Geliebten zu retten. Und einige von ihnen sind bereit, alles dafür zu tun.
Mit ih
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
If 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 companions. If you do not appear within forty-eight hours, your invitations will be eliminated.
The 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 person.
There will only be one champion.”

Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars

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.

Welcome to the Prada sale of a lifetime, people! Instead of fighting past the Black Friday crowd for shoes, the teenage Becky Bloomwood will take part in the Brimstone Bleed without makeup for a cure for her brother, Cody! She will be helped along by a steadfast, raised on Man vs Wild Luke 2.0! Join our heroes as they trek across jungles and deserts a
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1.5 stars

After the endless praise and fangirling for the Dante Walker series, I was hoping Fire & Flood would deliver correspondingly. Instead, I got a cheap version of The Hunger Games with a dash of Pokemon.

No second thoughts aside, Fire & Flood was lacking originality. We got a pin, an Effie-replica, a rush to the Cornucopia (but this time for eggs). The main character's motive to enter the game was to save her sibling, the competitors were thrown
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4.5 Stars

Oh, where do I even begin? FIRE & FLOOD amazed me!! Seriously, I was not expecting FIRE & FLOOD to be as amazing as it was! It is definitely a "MUST READ OF 2014!"

I have to admit, the beginning drove me insane! The main character Tella, was SO annoying, whinny and the most childish Main Character that I have read, maybe even ever! BUT, as the book progressed and Tella actually found out that there was a way to save her brother, she changed. She became determined, stronger, motiv
Kat Kennedy
Someone much crueller than me would describe this book as a Survivor Reality show meets YA. Giant race, one winner, only instead of a cash prize and not-so-eternal glory, the winner of the Brimstone Bleed gets a cure to save their dying relative. That’s the situation every contestant, including Tella our protagonist, is in.

With only their Pandoras to rely on, each contender has to run the game with no rules and make it to the finish line first to claim a prize. Fire & Flood covers the first
Ash Wednesday
Mar 29, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers who have survived their fair share of Shoujo Anime/Manga
There's a part of me that doesn't like her considering us tools in this race. I just want… for these people to be my friends.

Take that as fair warning should you decide to pick this one up. Also:

Do NOT expect The Hunger Games' depth.

Do NOT look for Dante Walker's charming snark.

Do NOT expect to like the heroine. Only a few will get this analogy but she's Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi with a cuddly (view spoiler)Pokemon shoved to survive a Lord of the Flies/The Ama
Whitley Birks
Feb 21, 2014 Whitley Birks rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2014



This wasn't even the worst book I've gone through on my blog, but that just contributed to its utter boredom. There wasn't even (much) for me to rag on. It was just bland event after bland event, all of it poorly described, with no context, no detail, and no consequences. Tella gets a rash, then forgets about. Tella gets chased by monkeys, then after they're gone never mentions them again. Tella gets an illogical ever-bleeding w
Jul 23, 2013 AJ rated it really liked it
Whoa, what a wild ride!

I have seen other reviewers say that this book is like a mix between The Hunger Games and The Amazing Race, and yeah, I can absolutely see that! The thrills and excitement are non stop as we follow a very special girl through an extraordinary journey.

16 year old Tella has been dragged out to the middle of Montana by her parents. Her older brother, Cody, is sick with a mysteriously degenerating disease, and they felt that the fresh air would be good for him. Now Tella is wi
Joel (Throne of books)
*Read March 2014*
The Hunger Games meets Pokémon in this addictive new series about a race against jungle and desert!
Tella Holloway's brother is sick. When the doctors can't determine what's wrong, Tella's family moves to Montana for a change of scenery and fresh they hope will help her brother. One day Tella receives a mysterious box with an earpiece giving her instructions to become a contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race against Jungle and desert, that will help her win the cur
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

So I was loving the beginning of the book because Tella was so funny with her snark. Then... she gets the little ear piece thingy that says she can join the Brimstone Bleed if she gets to so and so by so and so time.

There are things about the book I liked and others were just:


I loved when Tella got there, got her egg and got on with where they had to start the game. And I fell in love with her Pandora, which comes from the egg they get in the beginning, he wa
Apr 04, 2014 Regan rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read

Solid story, super action packed and engaging from page one. I am really excited for the next one :D
Apr 06, 2013 Isabella marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
This. Sounds. Awesome.

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of TITANS, FIRE & FLOOD, SALT & STONE, the DANTE WALKER trilogy, HEAR THE WOLVES (March 2017), and VIOLET GRENADE (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe. Her latest novel, TITANS, received two starred reviews, and FIRE & FLOOD is a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program selection. Victoria’s n ...more
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