Title: Fire & Heist
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publication date: 4th December 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
My rating: ⭐️⭐️
Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkins’s family – even more so than learning to talk, walk or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated – especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky’s mission uncovers deep secrets about the mother who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she have everything she needs to complete her first heist – and get back the people she loves in the process. But instead, she ends up discovering a dark truth about were-dragon society – a truth that is more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
I received this book in my December Fairyloot ‘Dragons’ box and whilst I wasn’t initially excited to read it, I did get excited due to it being a buddy read with Emma & Kasia.
From the amazing sounding synopsis you think ‘what?! Dragons?! Oh my gosh yes. That’s totally up my alley’ and I REALLY wanted to enjoy this book…but I’ve just finished it and…I have no words. I’m so disappointed. The synopsis is better than the whole entire book, if I’m being honest.
So, we have a whole cast of characters, Sky, the main character who is annoying, goes against her fathers wishes and sneaks out after lying to her brothers. She’s incredibly self centred and I just didn’t click with her. I’ve honestly never read a book where it’s repeated so many times that the main character is ‘a rich girl’, like, we got it the first time it was mentioned. She uses her ‘friend’ Gabriela when it suits her for lifts and cover ups with her family. Infact, all of the characters are really just flat. There’s nothing likeable about any of them, the ship is boring and flat. The family chemistry just isn’t there.
The plot for this sounded amazing but it was a flop big time. The book is advertised as YA but it’s written like a middle grade. The writing is just not even good. It tries to be funny at certain points but it’s not even the slightest bit funny. The whole heist thing was too easy for example, there’s a bomb, and I honestly don’t know what the point of a bomb is in the story because it’s defused in one sentence…like…what? Where’s the danger? Where’s the suspense…? Honestly.
The world building…what world building. There was none! Nothing. Zilch. We had a whole page describing how Liam drove to the Wizards yard, how hard he pressed on the gas…but we had NO world building. I just…can’t.
The only reason I’m giving this book 2 stars is 1) because it was fast paced and 2) because I finished it.
Infact, I will never pick up anything again by this author.