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Fire by Kristin Cashore
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Apr 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: wishlist, read-in-2011

Kristin Cashore did some marvelous things with this book:

1. She took the "being beautiful puts me in danger" trope and made it work, frighteningly so. Instead of rolling my eyes, I felt genuinely terrified for Fire in places, especially in regards to her interactions with males (like when her father hints "you have to watch out for me, too" - AUUUUUUGH). Creepy and well-done.

2. Oh, my, the relationships. How her childhood friend Archer grew increasingly possessive, how Brigan eventually softened. Seriously, her relationship with Brigan is now one of my favorite love stories in of all time. OF ALL TIME. They give me the warm fuzzies.

3. The themes. Fire realizing that there are always choices. I would heartily recommend this for teenage girls.

Seriously, I need to buy myself a physical copy of this at some point. It's not quite five stars because I still don't think Cashore's world-building is all that convincing, but it's a very solid book that I, for one, liked much better than Graceling. Recommended.
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Reading Progress

April 25, 2011 – Shelved
August 25, 2011 – Started Reading
August 25, 2011 –
page 60
17.96% "I dig this so far."
August 28, 2011 – Finished Reading

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