Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.
Fire Colour One
Blurb (From Goodreads):
A teenage girl will soon discover, there are some things which burn even brighter than fire.

Iris’s father Ernest is at the end of his life.

Her best friend Thurston seems like a distant memory to her.

Her mother has declared war. She means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection so that she can afford to live the high life.

But Ernest has other ideas.

There are things he wants Iris to know. Things he can tell her and things that must wait till he’s gone.

What she does after that is up to her.

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fire Colour One

“Haven’t you worked it out yet?” Margot asked him.
“Life’s big secret. If a thing’s not dangerous, it’s hardly worth doing.”

This was a bit of a dull story, but it did have some interesting moments, and a mega twist at the end.

I felt quite sorry for Iris, her mother should have been ashamed of herself! She really was a despicable human being, and how someone could be so cruel and selfish was just beyond me. Iris had a weird obsession with fire though, and she really did seem to be a bit of a pyromaniac.

“I wouldn’t trust Iris with anything that hasn’t already burnt down.”

The storyline in this was about how Iris’ father was dying, and her selfish, money-obsessed mother basically saw this as a good thing because Iris’ father was rich!

“I don’t trust any of those women. Gold-diggers, I’m telling you.”
“Well you would know.”

This book did have some good one-liners, but Iris’ fire-obsession was a little unnerving.

“I tried to keep my fires small after we moved back here, small and secret.”

The ending to this was very clever, but also quite sad. I was pleased that Iris’ mother got well and truly screwed over though.

6 out of 10

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