Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fire Burning Fire Burning Fire Burning

Quick question: What does the title make you think of?

If you answered, "Sean Kingston's Fire Burning song," then you think like me. If you answered anything else, well, you're slightly more original. Now go listen to that song.

But anyway I want to share with you a fantastic book I read this week. This so far is my favorite book of the year. It's Firelight by Sophie Jordan. Now this book is a New York Times Bestseller (and with good reason), so you may have heard of it. If you haven't, now's your chance.

The book captured me right away with the original concept of a dragon in a girl's body. Not only that, but Jacinda is a fire-breathing dragon, the last of her kind. Not only THAT, but there are hunters searching for the dragons and trying to kill them.

And as if that weren't enough...guess who the love interest is. I mean, really. Can it get any more twisted? It's a doomed love story. And I love it. The best kind of love story, in my opinion, like that of a soldier falling in love with his prisoner. So much drama and emotion! Way exciting.

And it's got a sequel. Probably going to be a trilogy, if Sophie follows the normal YA trend. It ended exactly the way I like, with nothing wrapped up and so much anticipation and you simply HAVE TO GET THE NEXT ONE, which is good because it comes out in September!

This is the first book this year that I could hardly put down. Every five minutes, I was reading it. Name a YA bestseller, and I've probably read it. This one is my favorite.

My only hang up? It's written in present tense. So was Hunger Games and I could kind of see why. It's an action-packed in-the-now story. This one I think would have been better in past tense. It didn't feel right, and even the author slipped up (okay, only one time) and reverted back to the past tense. Of course it's just my opinion, but for general story telling, we use the past tense, and that would have made the book a more natural read for me.

But that didn't stop me from loving it!

If you like romance and dragons and high school, you'll love it to. Read it, if you haven't!


Melanie Stanford said...

Sounds like a book I'd totally love although I'm not a fan of the present tense either- it's a little weird to me when I read it.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It's so weird, Melanie! And at the risk of stepping on toes...I think a lot of people are doing it b/c it's "the thing to do." Not b/c it sounds better.

KarenG said...

Present tense doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I rather enjoy it. But it would be distracting to slip back and forth, unless it made sense, of course.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

She only slipped back once. And it was on accident. Otherwise, she kept it pretty constant.

Anonymous said...

Just stopping to say hello and hope your book journey is still fun and exciting!

Your blog is one of the ones I couldn't comment on until I realized if you publish under anonymous it lets you !

kat magendie

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Hi Kat! I know there's totally been a commenting issue on blogger. Thank goodness there's a stat thingy, or i'd be worried no one was visiting my blog anymore!

Hillary said...

this sounds amazing! Thanks Tamara!

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