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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
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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 favorite book of 2013, even though it doesn't come out until this February. It's now on my all-time favorites shelf on Goodreads. I have so many happy feelings for this book, I'm not even sure where to begin explaining it.

Oh, wait. I do. TELLA. I swear, I've loved that girl since she pointed at her reflection and said "I hate your face." Tella is awesome. She's outgoing and kind and funny and I adored being in her head throughout this story. She is definitely not the type of person anyone would ever expect to be in a race such as the Brimstone Bleed, and I admire her for entering the race anyway. She loves her brother that much, and I get that. I like that a lot. And as the race goes on, she gets better. Stronger. She's still herself, but she does what she has to do. All of that leaves me with all kinds of happy feelings for our MC.

And then there's Guy Chambers. Who is someone to side-eye for a bit of the beginning of the book, but then we get to know him and OH GOODNESS. He is hot on a stick. And he's so flipping cool. He smart and strong and pretty darn mysterious, but not in an annoying way. It's just the way he is. He's quiet and more focused. Kind of stern. But as we get to know him better, those things endeared him to me even more to the point where he's one of my favorite book boys. Ever.

The Pandoras are some of my favorite things. I want so bad for them to be real, so I can have one. Or three. It was so cool to wonder what Tella's Pandora would be, and then he turned out to be such a sweetheart. I'm quite fond of adorable little Madox. I am also a fan of M-4 and AK-7. Some kickass Pandoras right there. (All the Pandoras are actually awesome. But I can't help but have favorites ;))
As a whole, the story flowed well. Around the beginning, there were small parts where I'd get bored, but then something would happen to dissipate that pretty quick. Victoria Scott's writing does a darn good job of keeping me in the story, even when I shouldn't be. You know, like when I should be sleeping or something... This book was so worth the loss of that sleep, though.

The romance between Tella and Guy wasn't a huge focus in this book, but it was THERE. And it was THERE enough that I feel all kinds of happy about it. They had moments. Their own little moments to be them and get closer and grow fond of one another. They don't rush into anything by any means, and they are cute as all get out as a couple. I love the contrast of Tella being all talkative and bubbly and Guy being all quiet and serious. They're such opposites yet so perfect.

Overall, Fire and Flood is one of my absolute favorite books. Victoria Scott has written a fantastic, compelling story with a main character I admire, a love interest I love, and a premise that completely drew me in. Contenders racing to save someone they love? Heck yeah, I'm reading that. Now where is book 2? ;)

Post-reading
This book is so fan-freaking-tastic, I can't even right now. I am literally speechless. I'm going to do an actual review closer to the release date, but for now I'm just going to say a few things:

- Guy Chambers? First of all, he is mine. Second of all, I love the crap out of this guy.

- Tella is a marvelous MC. I adored her from page one.

- Pandoras are the coolest things ever and I WANT ONE.

- And...That is all I'm going to say for the moment. Partly because I'm still all speechless and will not be able to find words to give any of the awesomeness I just witnessed justice, and partly because I'm going to write an actual review in the future that will say everything I'm too flabbergasted to say right now.

Oh, and by the way? BEST BOOK I'VE READ ALL YEAR.


Pre-reading
I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.

Seriously. Now.

But I have to waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiittt........

Also, I've heard the boy in this book is HOT.

And Pandoras sound cool.

And GAH! I want to read this book.

Victoria Scott, you know I love you, girl. But if you keep writing these amazing-looking books and then not giving them to me right away, I think I may die.

Possibly. IT HAPPENS.

Have I mentioned that this book looks amazing and I want to read it so bad?

Because it does and I do.


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Reading Progress

October 8, 2012 – Shelved
March 15, 2013 – Shelved as: favorite-authors
June 24, 2013 – Shelved as: cover-love
August 1, 2013 – Started Reading
August 6, 2013 –
page 72
23.61% "Awwwwwwww, it's a Pandora! I like it."
August 6, 2013 –
page 162
53.11% "Guy Chambers, you just keep giving me more reasons to love you <3"
August 7, 2013 –
page 175
57.38% "Okay, this is where I pause until my emotions can handle moving onto the next page."
August 7, 2013 –
page 209
68.52% "Oh, this book. <3 I'm going to stop here for the night. Not because I WANT to, but because it's getting late. But I must say, YAY for EV-0! And I look forward to more Guy and such tomorrow. (That DOES include cuteness/awesomeness from Tella's Pandora.) THIS BOOK THIS BOOK THIS BOOK <3"
August 9, 2013 – Shelved as: all-time-favorites
August 9, 2013 – Shelved as: favorite-series
August 9, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
August 9, 2013 – Shelved as: i-swoon
August 9, 2013 – Shelved as: lovelovelove
August 9, 2013 – Finished Reading
March 7, 2014 – Shelved as: arcs-i-own
March 7, 2014 – Shelved as: i-own-this-print
March 7, 2014 – Shelved as: signed

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RegencyEmma You're reading it! Oh my! I'm so jealous!


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