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OH MY GOODNESS, Victoria Scott blew my mind with Fire & Flood. I LOVED IT!
Basically, Tella enters herself in the Brimstone Bleed, a 3 month race across 4 ecosystems. Each contestant is given a single companion, their Pandora, to aid them in the race. The prize is a cure to cure their loved one. As you can imagine, this type of race would require lots of survival skills, which Tella doesn’t have. Luckily some contestants are friendly and decide to band together. Plus her Pandora turns out to be as powerful as he is adorable.
Let me just say that I LOVE Madox, Tella’s Pandora. He’s an adorable little creature with some mad skills. Seriously, can I get one? I love the whole idea of animal companions. Plus Tella seriously needed one. I love the bond Tella and Madox have. She obviously cares deeply for Madox and doesn’t just consider him to be something to help her win.
Her love interest, Guy, is like a mighty Boy Scout or something. He has great survival skills. Tella and Guy’s relationship grows slowly, which is rightfully so. They’re competitors after all. Although, it seems like Guy knows more about the Brimstone Bleed than he’s letting on, which begs the question what is the Brimstone Bleed and why does it even exist? I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses in the next book.
One suggestion though, when reading Fire & Flood don’t give up. Seriously! I was close to not finishing it because the first 20-25% of the book was super annoying. Tella was extremely vain and materialistic. If she mentioned how crappy she thought she looked one more time, I would have gone crazy! On one hand, it gave her character potential for growth, which she did. On the other hand, it was just plain annoying. So if you find vain, materialistic characters annoying, just stick with it. The story does improve significantly.
Anyways, I’m giving Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott 4 stars and will be telling everyone to read it. I seriously loved this book and will be ordering a physical finished copy. My only wish was that Tella was less annoying in the beginning. Once the race really got going though, I was hooked! Definitely a must read. Now it’s time to wait for the next book to be released…