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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.

Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magica
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: June 8th 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Alex (The Scribe Owl)
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4.5/5 stars!

A million thanks to Edelweiss and HMH for sending me a copy of this ARC!

I did not plan to enjoy this half as much as I did! For some reason, I went into this with low expectations and I have no idea why. The idea sounded amazing, urban fantasy and dragons? But I just wasn't expecting much. Let me tell you now, those meager expectations were absolutely blown out of the water. This was fantastic. And when I say fantastic, I mean
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this book is as beautiful and badass as it’s cover.
rachel ☾
look at the cover 😍

Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the e-arc for an honest opinion.

Please take in mind it’s my opinion, and everyone is allowed to have one.

This was such an interesting read, I was hooked immediately. Something I haven’t read before, which made it even better. The plot was great and the book was well written.

I liked how we got to see how both sisters experienced the whole journey. Even though I liked Dani’s character more, I thought she was more interesting but that didn’t ta
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
May 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sister dragon slayers turned enemies written by the mastermind who brought us Iron Cast and Beneath the Citadel??
Jacob Rundle
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel so much! The characters are dynamic and realistic. A killer plot that keeps you on the toes the entire time. I love it so so much. The author did a fantastic job creating a wonderful world!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok I need to write a coherent review but to be honest I’m just fangirling a lot. This book needs to be a hype. I’ll start off with a list of why’s:

- 21st century dragon slayers are BADASS
- And dragons are badass too though I also want to cuddle them. There is this thing called a soul bond and I live for telepathic conversations (oblivious dragon having no idea of pop culture keeps asking “is it time for Kumbayah yet?” is my favorite thing now)
- Sisters who love each other but there’s also rivalr
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-april, arc

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had incredibly high hopes for this book and unfortunately was disappointed. As always, characters are incredibly important to my reading experience. Dani was a fun character, and I was literally obsessed with Nox. I would have liked more of their relationship; however, this story focuses on the sisters. Eden is quite literally one of the most intolerable ch
brooklyn ☂︎
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, arcs
4.5 stars

Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria—the modern dragon hunting story you didn’t know you needed.

This book engulfed me in fiery flames of love and happiness and wonder and pure, pure magic. I mean… DRAGONS. And SIBLINGS. And beautiful, platonic FRIENDSHIPS. And MAGIC. Just leave me here to scream my head off and proclaim by absolute love and admiration for this book.

"If she were a litigious sort of person, Dani was reasonably certain she could’ve had her best friend charged with attempted mur
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book reminded me so much of Dragonheart it hurt.
Please tell me you've seen Dragonheart - aka the 90's movie featuring Dennis Quad (and Lupin from Harry Potter) and one of my favorite childhood movies.

Anyways, I heard "dragons" and came running, as I tend to do because that's who I am. And now that I've met Nox, I must say I need a soul-bond with a dragon more than I need a boyfriend (or anything else, really).

Fire with Fire is essentially a story about family, friendship, forgiveness and le
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 14-and-15
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Fire with Fire in exchange for an honest review.

This! When I say I want more modern-dragon stories, this is exactly what I mean. You've got a sister-centric story! Friends (or I suppose siblings) to enemies! A bi-lead! Actually developed friends and side characters! DRAGONS! Fire with Fire is so incredibly fun and I loved every second of it.

Destiny Soria's (who by the way, I'm pretty sure was born to bring us awesome dragon stories with a name li
Cleo Harper
First of all, who doesn't love a book about dragons. I really enjoyed the sister dynamic between Eden and Dani and both of them trying to prove themselves to their families and their dragon-slaying heritage. The transition between scenes sometimes felt a little blurry and it took me a couple pages to re-situate myself in the story, but I had so much fun watching all the chaos unfold.

*ARC provided by Netgalley for review*
Feb 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Me before seeing that cover: A normal rational human
Me now: Keeps making absurd chipmunk noises that sound suspiciously like "ME.WANT.BOOK.NOW"
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HMH Books for Young Readers for giving me this eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Fire With Fire was certainly a solid fantasy! Though there were several elements that left a little to be desired, this one boasts great representation, realistic characters, and a variety of complex character arcs!

Let’s start off with the representation, because frankly, IT GOT ME SO EXCITED. Dani is mixed-race (half white, half Latinx) and bisexual; having a protagonist like her, bl
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I do love a good dragon book and this one is unique, taking us away from the traditional fantasy world and into a very familiar landscape of high school, modern society and dragons, of course. Most people don’t think dragons exist - why would they?, but Eden and Dani know the truth. They have been raised as the next generation of dragon hunters. Taught by their parents, legendary slayers in their own right, to keep humans safe from the furious beasts.

When Dani discovers a dragon close to home an
Opal E
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
How do two sisters find themselves on opposite sides?
Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria is a dragon fantasy YA novel. I don’t usually go for dragons but I liked the idea of following two sisters in a contemporary world of monster hunting and magic. Plus the cover is beautiful.

The story is in two voices, we have Dani, the impulsive, gifted and untamable one. The one that is confident and does what she wants, just because. And we have Eden, the older, the one who works hard, dedicates herself to the
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-characters
Fire with Fire was a really interesting novel and I enjoyed my time reading it overall.

The story follows two sisters, Dani and Eden who have grown up in a family of dragon slayers. Eden is fully committed to the cause and wants to prove herself to her family and Dani who is naturally gifted but is not committed to the cause and then when Dani forms a connection with a dragon named Nox, everything begins to change.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the writing. It did flow pretty well and was e
Starr ❇✌❇
I received an ARC from Edelweiss
TW: torture, animal killing

Sisters Dani and Eden Rivera were raised as dragon hunters, trained by their parents and always expected to follow in their footsteps. While Eden cares about nothing more than their magical destinies, for Dani dragon hunting is just another thing in her life full of bonfires and romantic drama- even though she's a hunting prodigy. Dani's first experience with a dragon, however, isn't during a hunt and doesn't end in death, it instea
Stacey - passionisbooks
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I told you I ran, tripped and hit my head on the table trying to grab my phone to preorder this book! Dani and Eden are sisters that come from a long line of dragon slayers. Both handle the responsibility of that legacy differently and when Dani bonds with a dragon, Eden sees her chance to become the most accomplished of the two.

The book alternates between Dani and Eden’s POV’s and you get a real insight to their sisterly bond because of that. Both sisters admire but also envy the other an
Alexandra Harber
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had many mixed feelings about this book. I loved it and it frustrated the hell out of me all at the same time.

I’ll start with the positives:

- I adored the contrast between Dani and Eden. Dani wants nothing but to be a normal teenager, whereas Eden wants nothing but to follow the family legacy. However, regardless of these differences, there are parts of the story that show you that they’re so similar, both just wanting to make each other proud and I absolutely loved it. It reflects real-life f
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Two Sisters. Divided they burn.’

For Eden and Dani Rivera,slaying dragons is their families’ legacy. Eden has sacrificed everything to become the greatest dragon slayer, even skipping her own graduation. but Dani,her younger sister (and veritable prodigy) prefers social gatherings to dragon slaying.

However, Dani’s encounter and subsequent soul bond with a dragon puts the sisters at odds.

In learning more about the dragon Nox, Dani realises that everything she knows about dragons is wrong.Eden, i
Ale Damian
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the autor for provide me an electronic ARC 😊
Dani and Eden since they were little have trained to honor their family's surname which is synonymous with being the best dragon slayers, but while Eden seeks perfection and recognition from his clan through constant training, Dani is interested in leading a normal life where his dragon hunting life does not interfere at all. Soon Dani will begin to question if what she knows about dragons is true when Dani meet Nox with whom she will have a
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stroughton for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond wi
Evalyn Harper
Two of my favorite things in the world are Latinx representation and dragons so I knew I was going to enjoy this book but I honestly really loved it. It was one of my favorite reads of 2021 so far. I've read a lot of YA dragon books and this has to be in the top five. Usually I prefer high fantasy but I really loved the world building in this one. The sorcerer vs dragon conflict was incredibly engaging and was made all the more exciting by the fact that it pitted the sisters against each other. ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of Fire with Fire through Net Galley!

This is an urban fantasy, following sisters Eden and Dani Rivera, who are part of a dragon slaying family. They eventually end up on opposite sides when Eden becomes involved with sorcerers, and Dani discovers that she has a soul bond with a dragon called Nox. I really enjoyed this book, and whilst it is set in the modern day, the fantasy elements felt very much like a traditional fantas
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: Fire With Fire
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Children’s Book Group/HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Review Date: March 8, 2021

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:

Raised to be fierce dragon slayers, two sisters end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon in this standalone YA contemporary fantasy that's pe
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I did not think this YA dragon book would make me miss doing MMA so much it hurts, but here we are. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an ARC of this book!
To be honest, this book was a bit hard to get into and I'm still undecided if it was a slow start, or if it wasn't for me, or if maybe it wasn't the time for me to read it. Maybe it's a little bit of all. I'm always one to point out that marking books as YA or MG or NA or adult is more about the target audience of this book (and in
Heather Jennings
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

I want to say that it is so refreshing to read a contemporary YA novel that isn’t an obvious set up for a trilogy or even a cliché love triangle! Fire with Fire is most importantly the story of family bonds, especially sisters. The Rivera family works as dragon slayers, a secret operation that works with the world of sorcerers. While exciting, sometimes it’s younger trainees just want to be teenagers and do normal teenager thing
Bethany Fletcher
I received a ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is incredible! A mix of Burn by Patrick Ness and Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Lots of action, engaging characters and great writing combined to make a truly brilliant read.

This novel is based in modern day America with modern day teenagers, technology and dragons. What’s not to love? The setting was very much Burn by Patrick Ness vibes but the dragon and human relationship reminded me of Eragon and Saphira in the
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Destiny Soria is a Young Adult fantasy author and freelance writer. Her novels feature magic, mystery, and an excess of witty banter. She lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.

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