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Fire & Flood

(Fire & Flood #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  10,743 ratings  ·  2,000 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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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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 bec
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 betw
Victoria Scott
Oct 05, 2012 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. ;) ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Oct 10, 2012 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?! ...more
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
Oct 31, 2013 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 simi
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 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.
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
Paula Stokes
Jul 30, 2013 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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
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!
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.”

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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 into an
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, motivated, an
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 two
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
4.5 or 5 i can't decide

I think the only thing I didn't enjoy about this book was when the animals were in pain. I can't handle that shit.
Other than that, I loved it. I loved the quirkiness and just the whole overall concept.
Whitley Birks
Feb 21, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2014 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
Ash Wednesday
Mar 29, 2013 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
Joelle (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
Jul 23, 2013 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
Apr 06, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
This. Sounds. Awesome.

Stuti Rai
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Did you see the stylish kids in the riot
Shovelled up like muck
Set the night on fire
Wombles bleed truncheons and shields?

Just refreshing thy memories.

Everyone wants to be them, for some reason. Everyone wants a Hunger Games, only without Panem, without Katniss, without Gale or Peeta or President Snow and the heartbreak and fire and tears and dead sisters and ornamented corpses. Everyone wants a Hunger Games in the hopes to manipulate emotions, not to make you feel; everyone wants a Hunger Games b
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Victoria Scott's Dante Walker books are some of my favorites. Goodness knows Dante's my boy. So after reading the first two Dante books, I kind of figured that Victoria Scott's next book would be fantastic. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, since Fire & Flood seemed so different--and it totally IS. But still, I was excited. So excited.

And goodness gracious, y'all. Now that I've read it, I can say that this book is not only fantastic, it is fan-FREAKING-tastic and I love it so much.

It was my
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Book One of the Fire & Flood series
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 p
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was REALLY good. And yes, it is definitely like The Hunger Games and Pokemon which was so fun. And I don't mean it's the next Hunger Games series, because this series is unique and defines itself as something new. While reading it, I had so much fun comparing and contrasting the similarities to THG & P. ...more
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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of nine novels including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and the upcoming WE TOLD SIX LIES (January 2019). Victoria’s books have been YALSA-nominated, have appeared on the prestigious Spirit of Texas Reading Program, and have been included on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year list. She’s been featured in USA Today, Girls’ Life Magazine, a ...more

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