A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Sometimes authors CANNOT RESIST picking up a copy of their own book at their local bookstore. Yep. They wrote the darn book but they want to experience it again with fresh eyes, and pretend they are reading it for the first time. This psychological phenomenon leads these same authors to want to review their own books as well. The following is what happens when they do:
In Which Victoria Scott Reviews Her Own Book, Fire & Flood
What is this, FIRE & FLOOD? Okay, I’ll take a crack. Nice cover. Actually, I love that cover.
*opens book and begins reading*
So I’m to believe this teen girl is going to enter a dangerous race to save her brother? Her brother?
Siblings must have different relationships now than they did in my day, because when
I was growing up I wouldn’t have rolled over to save my sibling. There. I said it.
The Pandoras are cool. I’m down.
I’m sorry, am I reading this right? Leeches? Effing leeches? What a cheap trick to try and
entertain readers. Lame. Wait, who’s the new guy? Titus? He seems like a good chap.
Titus is not a good chap.
Titus is going to kill everyone.
Nope, I guess he’s not.
Well, let’s see. We’ve got a character with an unbelievable motivation, a guy way too hot to
like a chick with a self-imposed hack-job of a haircut, and world building that I don’t buy for a
second. I mean, genetically-engineered animals? Nice explanation. I give this book zero stars.
*looks at cover again*
Then again, I do like that cover. Five stars!
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