These Sentences Explain Why I Don’t Like Firebolt by Adrienne Woods

July 20, 2017

Every now and then expectations are made. Maybe it’s the magnificent blurb, or perhaps the cover is a piece of literal art. For this book it was both. I mean come on, a fairy tale killed her father? Who could resist a line like that? Admittedly, I have brightened up the cover a little bit in my featured image – but there’s no doubt that it’s gorgeous even without the photo editing. So where did the book go wrong? I got this through the ‘read now’ section on netgalley.

For the love of blueberries, no sixteen year old should live this way!

Wha–what? I’m still a teenager myself and no. one. talks. like. that. I mean, unless they’re making fun of something, which happens more than I’d care to admit. I’m not a bad person, pinky swear! On a more serious note though, this looks like something off a disney show. Sure, it takes things from real life but then makes them completely over the top dramatic. But Fleur, this is a fantasy book. Doesn’t change the fact that the main character was supposed to be a sixteen year old in a world that mirrors ours.

“This…” He looked at me. “…wasn’t the right place, Bear.”

There is nothing that get’s more on my nerves than an abundance of periods. I used to be a severe misuser of them in text and would get constant complaints from everyone whenever I sent them messages that had … in them. Growing up I’ve realised that yes, this is annoying. It’s annoying in text and it’s terribly annoying in books. It definitely doesn’t help that they’re right next to each other in the book.

“Elena, we don’t have much time,” he yelled.

After five seconds of a heartfelt ‘sorry’ moment. This guy is really up and down with all of his moods which kind of threw the beginning off for me. This doesn’t only happen to the dad mind you, and I can’t deal with character’s constant mood swings that don’t have any explanation.

Recommendation of the post: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. This is such an important book that, in my opinion, should be read by everyone. It has such wonderful messages about consent, respect and girls supporting each other! I loved it so much that I book a physical hardback and wrote an article about it here.

Once, he threw me over his shoulder and carried me out without any of my things.

He couldn’t manage to bring a cd or something? That’s such an asshole thing to do and it makes him look like a terrible, somewhat abusive, father. Funnily enough, that isn’t something that I look for in my books.

A tear rolled down my cheek.

Aw, how sad! Well, I mean it would be if she wasn’t being so gosh darn melodramatic. Remember those mood swings that I mentioned earlier? This one is slightly different as I can kind of understand why she’s upset – but I can’t feel it. There’s almost no emotion in her disappear and no anger in her rage. Sigh.

A figure with huge paws and talons flew in front of the truck.

ARGGGHHHHhh – uh, okay. This should be such a shocking moment for the readers, but instead the momentous terror is just kind of stated. There’s no build up, very little tension and even less shock value. The sheep was grazing grass. Like that.

Why am I afraid? Dragons aren’t real.

Because something massive just flew in front of your truck. Is it a dragon, a robot that’s lost control or an oversized crow that liked the look of your truck? Any one of those would be scary and two of them are real. It just makes the protag look so out of it when she says something like that!


I’d just like to add that I have no ill will towards the author or anything like that. I’m glad that she’s able to write books, and I hope that she continues to do so! It just wasn’t the book for me.
Fleur xx

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  • Reply May @ Forever and Everly July 21, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi Fleur! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve sent out an email to all the participants of The Scribbler’s Challenge with more details on it. Let me know ASAP if you didn’t receive the email! 🙂

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