Book review – Fire Becomes Her (Spoiler Free)

“Nowhere is it written in stone that you must love in only one way, only one person, only one time. You haven’t missed your shot at love, because love isn’t just one thing.”

  • Title: Fire Becomes Her
  • Author: Rosiee Thor
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publication date: February 1, 2022

Fire Becomes Her is where 1920’s glamor meets a drink that allows you to set anything on fire. And like the book states: everyone burns.

The magic comes from that drink—flare. With it, you can do everything from running your house with power to having the ability to vote. Many people in the lower class cannot dream of the luxury of voting though. Ingrid is from that lower social class, and she has been using a senator’s son to try to raise her class up—to be someone. When she sees that even that wasn’t enough to earn respect, she strikes a deal to spy on the senator’s opponent. But she can only wear two masks for so long.

This book has a vivid world that comes to life from the beginning. It takes a few pages to get into Ingrid’s character, but after a building burns down, the plot takes off. The book does get a bit predictable at times, but it kept me guessing in a few spots.

I also enjoyed the characters and their representation. Never have I seen three aspec characters—all on different sides of the spectrum—shining bright and center. Also, all the sarcasm throughout the book was greatly appreciated.

My main critique was that I wanted a few side characters to come back around, to show that Ingrid did grow and did not forget them. Not just her words saying it but her actions. Even for a slight mention in a scene. That and a few small worldbuilding spots needed to be defined a bit better, but those were all minor.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to anyone who loves YA fantasy.

Score: 9.5
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.92/5

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