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The Fire Artist

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A forbidden romance literally heats up in this new fantasy from acclaimed author Daisy Whitney.

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury
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Oh boy. When I heard that The Fire Artist would be at BEA, I wasn't entirely sure I should pick it up. I hadn't heard the best things about Daisy Whitney, but I have this thing with elemental magic that I find very hard to turn down. So when I coincidentally ended up at the Bloomsbury booth during the galley drop, I was like "YES." *sigh* Ultimately, I should have listened to my instincts because this... this just wasn't very good.

The Fire Artist tells the story of Aria, a - you guessed it
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Thank you Bloomsbury and Netgalley for sending me this copy for review.

DNF at 45%.

When I read a fantasy book, I expect more than vague references to magic and an attempt at making the protagonist seem well-developed by hinting at some horrible event in the past. Sorry, that won't make me empathize with her. But what made me really decide to set the book aside was the douche-y guy who, based on Aria's description, would be a love interest later on.

No thanks.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got alllllllll the way back in 2014 when I went to BEA.

I’m fairly certain this is my last ARC that I got from BookExpo America in 2014? It’s taken me four years, but I’ve finally done it and read all 21 books I picked up there! I’m absolutely pathetic and yet still working somehow despite my inadequacies, which is probably a good summation of the world’s current state. It wasn’t exactly my intent to leave The Fire Artist unread for so
Roxanne Arcement
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finished this book in less then 2 days and really liked the book! After finishing reading the book, I read some reviews of the book and I was disappointed in the people writing some of the bad reviews! First of all most of the people reviewing the book seem to have forgotten this was a book written for younger audiences and not really for grownups, second this book is only the third by Daisy Whitney and considering this I feel like her book is really really good and can't wait for my daughter ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

The Fire Artist started off strongly for me and I was very curious about the world that Whitney had created. As the book progressed however, I found my attention waning. Mid-way through, I decided this just wasn't going to be the book for me and I abandoned it. My lack of interest in The Fire Artist stemmed from the fact that I could not for the life of me emotionally connect with Aria, the protagonist. She felt so insipid and lacked any spark. I felt similarly about the secondary characters and
Julia Nashif
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

Thank you, NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's books, for this free book to review!

What I liked:

1. The plot. Lean and mean, baby.

2. Aria. Also lean, mean, and quite a fighting machine. Her life sucked and she was pretty bitter, and yet she was still a likable heroine. She felt a lot of feels, which made me feel them too.

3. The idea. I really like fire, okay? Fire Artist is like Frozen gone berserk.

What was meh:

1. Aria was set on fire repeatedly as a child. How is she not dead?

2. It sure
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-my-habitat
The cover and the synopsis for The Fire Artist looked so pretty, I had cover fever for a few seconds while trying to decide between 5 plus other books (I planned on walking away with 3 books for 4 weeks, not 100 books).

And the fact it was one of the newest residents at the library and when you own nearly zilch books (two), getting your hands on a shiny copy of a book is a wondrous feeling and a rarity.

The Fire Artist gets straight to the point from the very beginning – there's really no stalling
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've seen this book around blogs for the past few weeks, but it just didn't catch my attention. I'm not a fan of the cover and then when I started to read the synopsis, I saw "forbidden romance" and instantly ran away in the other direction. I eventually read the full synopsis and thought, "Oh, this book has a really interesting idea!" I really w
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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I started out LOVING The Fire Artist . The idea of elemental magic as a performance art—almost like a sport actually—was very interesting. Then you bring Genies into the mix and it's almost like baseball and steroids.

Then an abuse element was introduced. Aria's father tried to force her to become a fire artist by burning her and trying to convince her that it didn't really hurt. Obviously that's horrible, but I thought it was a really unique and intere
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-or-galley
This and other reviews are on my site My Friends Are Fiction

My Thoughts:
The Fire Artist was an entertaining book with some unique elements but overall felt a bit forgettable. It started off strong with Aria’s introduction and learning about her ability to use fire. I was very interested in learning about how magic was used in this novel and the idea that Aria was able to ‘steal’ her fire was a really great twist.

I felt that Aria’s backstory and reasons behind stealing her power were incredibly
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorite
I enjoyed this story a lot. I found the world pretty awesome. I'd love to get to see an element show in real life. The characters where likeable and I loved Aria as a lead. I loved how she would do anything to protect her sister from her father and give up her life and freedom to keep her sister from going through the same thing she did. It was a simple easy to read fast paced story that anyone could enjoy. The granters are really fascinating and I would love to read more about them.:) ...more
Jessica G
Mar 27, 2014 marked it as to-read
This sounds really cool!
I can't wait for this fantasy novel, because I loved The Mockingbirds!
A COVER!!!!! Hehehehe!!!
I saw this through my emails and went, huh? I though The Break-up Artist was a stand-alone and I didn't think I wrote a review for it...
Straight as I realised what it was, I got overly excited again!!!!!
Oh Daisy Whitney...
Lauren Blakely
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intense, smart, emotional and imaginative!!!
Ariel C.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was quite interesting in terms of plot development and concept. The whole thing about elemental magic was pretty basic, but I enjoyed the part with the Granters quite a lot. In my opinion the main character was fleshed out pretty well, but I would have liked to have seen more character development for people like Jana, Elise, Gem and Taj.

The ending was lowkey cliché, as these books sometimes are. I felt that the book could have ended better if the ending wasn't such a predicta
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I read this short book in 2 days and enjoyed every minute of it. The world that the author has created and the magic rulings and entire world is just amazing. The characters were well developed and the main character cares a lot about the people around her which could be annoying at times but not too over-the-top. It resembles the Element Benders from Avatar but it is still a very good short read for anyone who wants to get out of a reading slump or a good fast read.
Zachary Flye
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

Protagonist: Aria steals fire from the sky. She does this because it's the only way to keep her family together. However the process to take the fire isn't always reliable and after she's transferred to big leagues for her elemental artistry she needs to find a more sustainable and long lasting solution to her problem. The only other way to achieve a fire artist's abilities other than being born with it or taking it from the sky is to find a Granter and wish for the ability. However all G
The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
My Review:

In the brave new world occupied by Aria Kilandros, the control of the elements is not only a very real thing but something that is revered, admired and, coveted. Science cannot explain why a certain number of people are born with the ability to control the elements but for those who can and are very adept with their abilities, there is fame and a fortune to be made. What science can explain is that the abilities ten
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: royal-lit
I liked it. The Fire Artist is predictable, simple, familiar. There are no strange languages or original other-worldly beings, no scenarios that are so far outside the canon of fantasy that they would make a reader startle.
This book is accessible to all, and may be a good choice for introductory fantasy reading.

The characters are decently captured; you love some and you hate some. They are distinct from one another with everyman/everygirl qualities that will make them relatable to many readers

Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Fire Magic" on Intellectual Recreation.

The Fire Artist takes place in an alternate United States where some people have developed elemental magic. Many elemental artists aspire to working in a new entertainment industry that is kind of melding of professional sports and the circus.

Aria is a fire artist. She's been training with one of the smaller leagues and hoping to make it into the big time. Aria is different from other elemental artists; her magic is not born
Adrian Fridge
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
What starts off as a very promising story devolves into hand-waving, plot holes, and deus ex machinas due to poor world-building. Characters fall flat, and there is no magic in the romance. I wish there were no genies.

Aria's backstory is poignant: an abusive father, criminal brother, and illness-stricken mother. I like the darkness and Aria's tenaciousness. She is a character I can get behind. But then her conflict gets distorted by the presence of genies, or "granters," and her needing fire is
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Fire Artist

Author: Daisy Whitney

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: N/A

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The bottom line: A tale of elemental magic, romance that melted my heart, a badass main character I loved, and a dangerous world--I loved The Fire Artist and couldn't put it down!

This book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read any of Daisy Whitney's work, but this book--this book!--just had everything for me. I
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)
2.5/5 stars.

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The Fire Artist is quite the weird book; I wouldn’t say it all good or all bad, it’s just really weird. In this world, there are elemental artists who create beautiful displays and our main character, Aria, is one of them…. Kind of. You see, elements start to show around the age of thirteen but Aria was a late bloomer and she ended up stealing her fire from the skies (more on why in the next paragraph). Naturally, it’s killing her because that
Michelle Rebar
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this dark, fun fairytale. That's excatly what it is, a fairytale. It's set in an alternate not too distant future, but in this time and palce the main form of entertainment is no longer sports, but elemental magic. Instead of Major League Baseball, there are Leagues of magic users. In the past, they were considered sideshow freaks, but now they are on the main stage. Young men and women dazzle crowds by controling earth, air, fire and water, and even more rarely, ice. It is the ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Princess Bookie
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2014
My Thoughts: I really wanted to love The Fire Artist but I just liked it.

We are introduced to Aria who comes from a family of many talented people. Her brother and her father both have their own gifts so Aria longs to have one too. She does get one, but in another way.

I liked Aria but I just never felt connected to her. I liked the idea of shooting fire out of her body but I just couldn’t see it in my head very easily. I did like learning about what she and her brother could do though.

I liked
roxi Net
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roxiown
Couldn't put it down!

Such a unique book mixing genies, romance, element control, and deep family issues all together.

Set in an alternate reality where certain people are born with the ability to create/manipulate the elements, 17 year old Aria is struggling with controlling her fire to make it into the M.E. Leagues to perform in high profile shows. Aria is one tough chick, who has a deep love for her family (exception - her father) and would do anything to protect them. Including making a barga
Emily Andrus
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
The characters are (for the most part) awesome and have some great emotional depth. The concept is imaginative and the story is engaging. Often, stories focused on elemental powers do not depict their characters as performers in modern-day America. But that might have been why I had trouble fully connecting to it. It was...weird. It combines a modern-day dysfunctional family/abusive father AND the fantastical elemental powers granted to a select few AND the mythological wish-granting genies. And ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
I feel awful giving any book a one star review, but this book completely lost me about halfway through. It opens with an interesting premise, but said interesting premise becomes so unbelievable once Aria moves to NY.

I could buy into the granters, but the whole wish granting from Taj and being in love with him was so rushed and convoluted. We never learn much about Taj or see any character depth apart from how handsome he is. Don't get me wrong- I love me some hot handsome boys in YA fiction, bu
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a unique premise with a fast paced plot.

I liked Aria. The problem is interesting and I really enjoyed how she was willing to do whatever it took to keep her family safe. I loved the relationship with her sister and her BFF, Elise.

Taj was fantastically mysterious. The entire idea of a modern day genie in a bottle was explored well and kept me intrigued. There were a couple of pretty great twists that I didn't see coming and the ending was really satisfying.

All in all, a quick
Thanks to and the publisher for access to this title.

There are so many things to love in this story. The romance. The magic. The chance for redemption. And an alligator that saves them all.

I really liked that this didn't start out as your typical genie story and that Aria tried to figure it out on her own before she tried to make a wish.

Although this has a little more grit, I would recommend this for fans of Janette Rallison and older fans of Lindsey Leavitt's Princess for Hire se
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By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found ...more

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