ARC Review: The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Series: The Secret Fire #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: September 10th 2015
Book Length: 424 pages
Publisher: Atom
Source: ARC from publisher, Goodreads 
Review: 5/5 *Full Review Below.


French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?


I don’t have the best relationship with books that have been co-written; I tend to stay away from them, there good just not great. I haven’t read anything by either of these authors but once I read the blurb I just knew I had to request an ARC. I can gladly say that my previous fears for this book being just another average read were completely unnecessary… this was incredible!

Sacha Winters lives in Paris and comes from a family who is cursed: Every first-born son will die on his 18th birthday and not a day before. With only weeks until his birthday Sacha's English teacher urges him to get in touch with a girl from England for some online tutoring. Taylor is a straight A student from England whose dream is to study at Oxford, so when the opportunity came to earn some extra credit by tutoring English to a French boy (which is sure to look great on her Oxford application), she jumps for it. The only problem is Sacha is the worst tutee ever, he’s rude, stubborn but oddly thrilling. Sacha and Taylor's ‘meeting’ was no accident, in fact their fates are intertwined and keeping them apart could be the end of the world.

Sounds great really? You’d be so right! I instantly connected with both characters, Taylor I suppose is your typical smart, perfect heroine and usually these types of MC's annoy me after a while but I loved her until the end. Sacha quickly became my favourite character, he’s so sweet and his interactions with Taylor were epic and I was constantly looking forward to the day they finally meet. It was soo worth the wait! This is such a slow burn romance but the build-up had my heart beating out of my chest, the angst and suspense was killing me. I was originally going to give this book 4 stars because I needed more romance but that wouldn't have been right at all because in the end I actually loved the build up. So book 2, you better have some spectacular romance moments, you hear me?

I think it's best to mention the easiest selling point to this, it's so easy to read; usually when you're introduced to a new series there's lot of info dumping or explanations, especially when it comes to magic and how it should be used/limits etc. Whereas The Secret Fire provides information and insight into past events but they are short, sweet and to the point. The theory behind the magic/science of these new powers is explained and it's easy to understand and follow. It will likely be similar to many other YA series but The Secret Fire to me was able to be different and stand on it's own, the plot and the characters just worked so well together *applause*.

This book was perfectly paced and the lack of info-dumping, love triangles and insta-love made for a perfect start to a new series. Switching from POV’s from England and Paris and following the characters as they go from across countries was a great concept. With the addition of magic, action and adventure this book could really do no wrong in my eyes. There isn't a cliffhanger ending just the promise of lots more to come in the next installment which I’m now anxiously awaiting. I highly recommend this to fellow fantasy lovers who are looking for a brand new world to immerse themselves in, with great characters, a promising romance and a thrilling journey ahead.

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  1. This sounds absolutely amazing ! The lack of love triangle and insta-love is great, not to mention that it switches the POVs and oh it's Paris related ! I am definitely going to add this on my to-read list ^^
    Lovely review :)

    @ "Book Addict"

  2. This actually sounds really good. I the curse that's attached to Sacha is pretty intriguing, to the point I'm already brewing up some theories on what's going down in the story lol. I'll definitely have to add this to my TBR!

  3. This sounds like an awesome book! The synopsis definitely has me intrigued. Two people who need to find each other, but live in completely different countries? I've never heard of something like that! Awesome review, I'm going to go find out what I can about this book now :)

  4. Ah I am loving all my money on books and now I have to go begging on the street with the sign 'Please help, must read The Secret Fire!' :DDDD Okay not that dramatic situation but still you get the idea :D

    1. Losing not loving, shame shame on me *goes hiding in the corner*

  5. I'm not really a person that likes to read books about witches but this definitely sounds intriguing. That first couple of lines in the blurb totally got me. Great review!


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