5bat! Review: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

November 16, 2016 Review 0

5bat! Review: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees BrennanTell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Clarion Books on April 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 360
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

While the best of Urban Fantasy can balance character growth and enthralling world building, sometimes a book puts all its eggs in one basket. TELL THE WIND AND FIRE has a world, and though the politics and geography can be a bit odd, the magic is well developed. None of this matters a whit, however, when compared to how much I loved Lucie.

Lucie is ferocious and capable, an immediate favorite, from that first, fierce confrontation on the train platform to the very end. And as those first ominous, familiar tones of revolution bubbled into my consciousness, I was already too deeply in love to put on the breaks.  And made even more interesting by her reflected light, the men in Lucie's life piled on the heartbreak as well.  Rarely does that "golden hearted hero" vs. "tortured bad boy" love triangle work for me on an emotional level, but Carwyn's emotional journey is raw and believable.

Definitely one of those books best experienced cold, skip reading about TELL THE WIND AND FIRE and just go straight to the first page.  Fall in love with Lucie and let her story carry you away.

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