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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Review: True Fire by Gary Meehan (Why You Need This Book In Your Life ASAP)

True Fire (True Fire #1)
Gary Meehan
Links: The Book Depository
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Publisher: Quercus
Reviewer: Ella

Sixteen-year-old Megan is pregnant.

As she prepares to tell her family, the unthinkable happens. Her village is razed by soldiers: her grandfather murdered, her twin sister taken.

On a desperate mission to rescue her beloved Gwyneth, Megan discovers a terrifying truth - that the destruction of her old life is inextricably linked to her unborn child. The feared witch soldiers, vanquished a generation ago, have returned to see the fulfilment of a prophecy: one that will put Megan and her new friends - Eleanor, a fiery ex-aristocrat, and Damon, a wayward charmer - at the heart of the greatest war her world has ever known.
Review copy provided by Publisher via Edelweiss for review – thanks!

Why you need this book in your life:

It is BEYOND hilarious. Like, I'm not joking, you will laugh SO much if you read it! My kindle copy has so many highlights in it!!
"With my brains, Eleanor's beauty and your sheer pigheadedness, what can stop us?"
"If you're the brains of the outfit, an awful lot," said Eleanor.
"Fine," said Damon. "I'll be the beauty, you be the brains."
"Act innocent," Damon whispered.
"We are innocent," said Megan.
"Oh, yeah. Still finding the concept a novelty."

The Characters! Every character in here is AWESOME! I have a special spot for Damon just because he's so pathetically adorable but Eleanor and particularly Megan, are brilliant as well!

Gary writes female characters REALLY well. I've often noticed that while female writers seem to write male POVs well, male writers a lot of the time completely FAIL in trying to write from a girl's perspective. Not to say that male writers ALWAYS suck at female POVS - not at all! - just sometimes they get it soooooo wrong, it's awful. But Gary writes female characters AWESOMELY, and that made me really happy.

There is zilch romance! Oh, alright, I tell a tiny lie. Damon is a little bit interested in Eleanor, but she's having none of it and it's SO funny to read! Plus it's really refreshing not having a romance involving the main character. LOVE IT.

Megan! Megan is AMAZING. She's sixteen, just discovered she's pregnant to a dude who doesn't want anything to do with the baby and who she wasn't really interested in in the first place, THEN her home and village is burnt down and everyone is murdered, so she's all alone, with her family dead, THEN she finds out she's might be the fulfilment of a prophecy that she actually doesn't anything to do with, AND THEN she goes on the run to try and stop the bad guys while avoiding being caught and killed by said bad guys! Did I mention the fact that she's also pregnant?! Basically: MEGAN IS AMAZING.

Did I mention the HUMOUR?! *dies laughing* SO GOOD!

"Try being more considerate. Listen to her. Stop making jokes in inappropriate situations."
"Not be myself, you mean?" said Damon.
"I didn't mean that." Megan considered. "Well possibly I did..."
"You were right. You are the last person I should be asking for advice on love."
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