Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
I received an eARC for this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Berona loves the wilderness, and dreams of finding true love. When an ancient Water Demon threatens her and everything she loves, Berona knows she must make a choice and become stronger. She decides to join the Yellow Cloaks to learn how to become a warrior and kill demons, hopefully without losing her dreams in the process.
I really liked the idea of a fantasy story with a soft main character forced to be strong who still stays soft and romantic throughout the book – also that cover is fantastic, although I normally don’t love covers with people on them! Girl of Fire was entertaining, a good read if you enjoy classic fantasy tropes – I liked it, I just did not love it.
I think at this point I’ve read many, many YA fantasy books, so it’s difficult for one to stand out – and a lot in Girl of Fire is promising, but the execution was so similar to what I’ve seen in so many other books of the genre that I didn’t think this stood out too much. I think that the other series by this author (The Falcon Series) stood out a lot more to me, because of how unique it is. I wish the internal monologue of the characters had been a little less, so as not to break the narrative so much. The story became much more engaging as it went on, with lots of adventure, magic and a bit dark, too.
If you love YA fantasies and are craving something with demons and lots of magic, you might want to check this out!