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Pyromantic

(Firebug #2)

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Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still part of the magical mafia called the Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way—the Coterie life changes people. And since Ava’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks. And tha ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Remi D.
OK so i need Ava and Lock to get together RIGHT NOW. Seriously though. Come on.
Stacee
I have always loved Lish's books, but Firebug was a favorite of mine, so I couldn't wait to get to Pyromantic.

Of course Ava and the crew are as fantastic as usual. I adore being in Ava's head, but it's really Ezra that is my favorite. I would happily make a hair doll to get some of his POV. Lock is broody and adorable as well. It's the scenes with the three of them together that have the best banter.

This book picks up pretty much where Firebug ended and plot wise it doesn't disappoint. There a
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mith
you can read this review and Firebug's on my blog!

This was a great followup to Firebug! I only have two complaints but more on that later.

I absolutely adored Firebug and the characters in that book. In Pyromantic, the crew's actually bigger. They aren't new--they've been mentioned in the first book, but their roles here a lot bigger.

And that isn't a bad thing at all. If anything, it shows how comfortable and how capable McBride is with having so many characters and, with it, a variety of person
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Mitticus
2.75 melting stars

Realmente queria que este libro me gustara mucho más, pero Ava, la prota, lo intenta demasiado. Trata demasiado de ser graciosa, de no caer en sentimentalismos, pero igual termina interactuando de modo forzado.
La trama es interesante, y se lee bastante rápido.

Como siempre, Ezra te arrebata el corazón. Sylvie, aunque quiere ser encantadora como geek y fan de DrWho, resulta demasiado 'bipolar', lloriqueando por tonterias y luego no fijandose en lo más duro: no olvidemos que est
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Dr susan
Jan 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
I WON! I WON! I WON A COPY OF PYROMANTIC!!
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Pyromantic is the second installment in author Lish McBride's Firebug series. Having been introduced to series protagonist Ava Halloway in Firebug, I've come to hope for a whole lot of great things from her. After all, how cool is it that she can start fires with her mind? Or, that Firebugs are creatures of flames & heat and are siblings to the Phoenix and the Dragon? How about the fact that she works for an organizati
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JenLovesBooks
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Right from the beginning of Pyromantic I am introduced to the funny and spunky character that is Ava. She is a Firebug which is a sibling to the phoenix and dragon. "Not genetically, but in spirit." Even with that, she can joke about melting an ice-cream truck's tires and tackling the driver just to get her hands on a little bit of the contents waiting inside. She lives everyday in servitude to the Coterie, and a new boss in Alistair who is making the job a little bit easier to deal with. And I ...more
Amber Green
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I think I might want to cry. This book was everything I ever wanted in a story. It housed relatable and awesome characters, both side and main, awesome elemental magic and badassery and a love story that didn't take center stage and to be completely honest with you I already miss it.

Pyromantic wasn't just a good sequel, it was a good close being one of the first books that ever gave me the proper amount of closure. Now I don't know if this is the last book in the series or not b
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Lindsay
Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn't set her free—she's still part of the magical mafia called the Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he'll stay that way—the Coterie life changes people. And since Ava's currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks. And that's not even taking into account the feelings she might have for him. But when a mysterious illness starts to affect magical ...more
Kylie
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lish McBride's writing is a bit of a happy place for me, there is pretty much nothing I don't love about it.

Her characters are interesting -nuanced, even - and well developed. Her writing has me laughing out loud, so much so that my husband asks me what is so funny. The plot lines make sense, and you genuinely care about what happens.

This is no exception. Pyromantic continues on from the first instalment, with Ava working on accepting the change in management style of the new leader of the coter
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Carie
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 – I loved this book even more than the original!! Love the humor and the characters and the crazy plot. Definitely some laugh-out-loud moments :) The plot was interesting and scary. I liked the new characters (especially Katya and Fitz), and that we got to know a few better, in particular Sid, Bianca, Sylvie, Alistair, and Cade. I wish we’d had a few more Lock, Ezra, and Ava alone moments, but I loved what we got with them anyway :)

I loved that Ava went through some growth and started learni
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
McBride, Lish Pyromantic (Firebug #2), 323 pages. Henry Holt (Macmillan, 2017). $19. Language: PG-13 (40 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (naked mentioned); Violence: PG-13 (bloody, deaths of creatures, fighting)

Ava and her friends defeated Venus, but she may never be free from the Coterie. The new leader, Alistair, has a very different method and manner than Venus, which results in all kinds of bad testing their boundaries. Ava, Ezra, and Lock are out to working overtime, with a few new chara
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Jon Ebron
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
If you've read Lish McBride's other books then you'll probably like this newest addition to the universe. The characters are fun and the action is fast and will written. This book only suffers from one flaw, that being its a sequel to a book that didn't need one. The few plot points from the first book (Firebug) left hanging could've been wrapped up in a short story or novella, not that I don't love and appreciate the time Lish McBride took to craft this masterpiece (please keep writing this wor ...more
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
*warning-this text contains spoilers*
Real rating: 4.5 stars

TEEN LIZ SHERMAN AND THE GANG RETURN, AND THEY’RE JUST AS AWESOME AS THEY WERE IN BOOK 1! SUCCESS!
Oh my god, I am THIS CLOSE to giving this series a five-star rating. As I mentioned, Ava, Lock, Ezra, Cade, and the others were twice as lovable as in book 1. I loved some of the new additions to the team (Sylvie, Fitz, etc)-Fitz kinda cracked me up.
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Brittany
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-9
Pyromantic is one of those series that confuse you and enlighten you all at once. We see that Ava is not over the hurt from ex-boyfriend Ryan and still fighting with Lock. The author adds in some new characters and shows us not to be afraid of Allistair like we learned to fear Venus. Someone has created a spell and cast it on unsuspecting snails. These snails are drawn to magical kelpies and start eating them and spreading a terrible virus. Will they find the antidote in time? Will they figure o ...more
Emily
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful, as per usual for McBride. I admit, it took me a few days to get started, probably because Sylvie is my least favorite character and that opening sequence is very Sylvie. However, moving past it I enjoyed the mystery, the progressing relationships on several fronts, and the fantastic creatures. The kelpies were a favorite. The ending and villain reveal seemed a little Scooby-Doo, but I really didn't care. Lish McBride is a master at taking the reader on a fun journey with characters w ...more
Kara
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

I enjoyed this book. I read firebug 1st not realizing it was the second book in the series and got hooked the only thing I didn't like was how much swearing was in it. Pyromantic was great there wasn't any swearing and it finished off the series nicely although I wouldn't mind another couple of books about different characters. If you like fantasy, werewolves people with magic this is a gem! (I love were hares!)
Rusty
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took me a minute to get back in to this story since it had been a while since I read the first book. I really like the urban fantasy feel with the addition of the crime family. I like the direction that the characters are taking even if they were pretty squishy emotionally this time. Knocked it down to four stars because even if it is a fantasy setting there shouldn't always be easy solutions to things. Fun read all in all.
Mary Havens
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another win from Lish McBride! I enjoyed Pyromantic more than Firebug because I liked learning about the new kinds of creatures and uncovering the mystery. I was wondering if McBride would write a short story collection of all these different creatures. If would read it :)
Same criticism: no real twist. You can see the overall plot forming a mile away but that’s not terrible. Maybe that’s common in YA??
I look forward to many more books from McBride!!!
Kathleen
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kelpies who wear cardigan sweaters? Yes! This story has it all! A must read for fans of Hold Me Closer Necromancer, and Firebug. This sequel to Firebug is a must read. The characters are still amazingly developed and the story is both innovative and familiar at the same time. I love the theme of family, that a person's family is not always genetic, but based on the miracle of kismet.
Andi
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I had a hard time remembering the first book, so I was slow to get into this one, but once I started remembering more I was right back to loving the wit, wisecracks, and interplay between the characters. It's a great second book in the series and I'm hoping a third will be coming in the future.
Amanda
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun and a quick read
Victoria
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I love the universe Lish McBride has created so much, with both this series and the Necromancer series. So worth reading both of them - they're an absolute delight.
Ricardo Garcia
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel to Firebug, I actually like this one more!
Jennifer Henschel
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. I had to order the books for myself. Not sure I will even share.
Nora
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 Not as great as the first one but still quite enjoyable. Oh and (view spoiler) Squeee!!!!
Randi Nafin
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
WHY IS THERE NO BOOK 3 ????? D:
Carlene
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize when I picked this book up that it was the second and after reading a couple of pages in I was very tempted to go back out to the library and find the first one, I've already added it to my already hefty To Read list.

This book definitely gave me the Young Reader vibes, with a twist of Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant! Seeing as I especially love Derek's books, I really enjoyed reading through Pyromantic. Sure there are some moments where it seemed a bit cliche and I sometimes
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Jennifer Preston
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me just start by saying that I'm a huge Lish McBride fan. So when I won an ARC of Pyromantic, I was literally fangirl squealing. I have been anxiously waiting for this book, and I am happy to say it did not disappoint! The story was engaging, the characters quirky and unique, everything you'd expect from a Lish McBride novel. I loved watching Ava come to terms with who and what she is and- dare I say it- even mature a bit. I do wish there was more of the Ava-Lock-Ezra dynamic in this book, b ...more
Kendra
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: necromancer
I've read Lish's books since Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and she only gets better and better as time goes on. I love her wit and snarkiness. Her characters are relatable even though they exist in a different world and do very different things. Firebug became my favorite book and with Pyromantic it filled my love more, to the point of getting a tattoo of the charatcers. I would recommend these books to anyone and everyone, even if it's not usually your type of book, it might just make you like th ...more
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Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy Young Adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone; Firebug; and Pyromantic. She has published short stories in the Normal School, Tor.com, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. She got her BFA in creative writing from Seattle University and her MFA from U ...more

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