By: Melanie | May 8, 2014 | (32) Comments

Review: Fire and Flood by Victoria ScottFire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire and Flood, #1
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Release Date: March 6, 2014
Genres: Action, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 366
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's lifeβ€”and her own.Β 

Tella's brother is dying.

He's got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn't think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.

After the endless praise and fangirling for the Dante Walker series, I was hoping Fire & Flood would deliver correspondingly. Instead, I got a cheap version of The Hunger Games with a dash of Pokemon.

No second thoughts aside, Fire & Flood was lacking originality. We got a pin, an Effie-replica, a rush to the Cornucopia (but this time for eggs). The main character’s motive to enter the game was to save her sibling, the competitors were thrown into an unknown environment and there will be only one winner. There’s even this:

“I’d like to officially welcome you to the Brimstone Bleed. May the bravest Contender win.”


However it wasn’t just the glaringly alike symbols and characters that put me off. The biggest party-pooper was the main character. To put it candidly, Tella is vain and every other synonym for stupid. When she finds a mysterious device that gives her instructions, she listens to it. She doesn’t care about if it’s just a prank or could lead her to danger, she listens to it because it just seems right–even though her parents tried to burn the device. Then she leaves her home without informing her parents. Well, aren’t you just the most considerate and brightest kid! Then, in the race, she frets about her appearance and not taking makeup with her. GIRL. YOU NEED FOOD AND SHELTER. NOT MAKEUP. *rips face apart in frustration*

The last girl I see, I want to strangle. […] I can’t see her eyes from here, but I’m sure they’re some kind of stunning shade of blue. She has cream-colored skin and a body that belongs in a magazine–the kind for guys, not girls. I hate her with everything I have as she laughs her perfect laugh and tosses her perfect hair and crosses her to-die-for legs. […] We could be friends, I realise, if I weren’t so overwhelmed with the urge to end her.

*rips out organs* That quote speaks for itself.

I can’t even talk about the romance. It was disastrous and pointless and ridiculous on so many levels. There wasn’t instant love, but the love interest was so unappealing, like the main character. Was Fire & Flood written by the same author as Dante Walker? Because I’m struggling to believe it.

I can say nothing positive about the world building. What is there to say where there was barely much of it? We got a few basic facts, but I wanted to know more. More, in order to understand Tella’s world and actually become engrossed into the book. Instead, I was standing on the sidelines, only seeing half of what could have been an amazing and unique world.

The only thing that made Fire & Flood bearable were the Pandoras. I found them to be rather interesting and a lot of fun to learn about. Putting it simply, they are animal companions that hatch out of the eggs and have special abilities, they help the competitors during the competition and each and every one of them are unique.

To sum up, Fire & Flood was a huge disappointment. Originality is one thing, but unlikable and weakly developed characters just were enough.

~Thank you Scholastic Australia for sending me this copy!~

1.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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32 Responses to Review: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

  1. Tanja says:

    Ouch! I expected this one to be amazing and to blow me away as I have heard nothing but amazing things about this author and her books. I’m sad that it was lacking originality as it’s crucial thing for me. Sorry it was a disappointment, Mel. Great review :))
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    • Melanie says:

      Same here, Tanja. The praise for her other novels and this book was endless but I was the half that did not enjoy Fire & Flood. The lack of originality and characters were buzzkills.

  2. Melliane says:

    Oh no darling, I’m sorry you had a probem with the main character. I confess I heard so many great things about this one, so I’m sad it wasn’t for you. Sometimes we just expect too much…

  3. I wasn’t a big fan of The Collector, but I really do want to give this a chance. I have a feeling I’ll really hate Tella, though. I can’t take self-centered characters. The Pandoras sound adorable, though, so I’m very curious about those. Awesome review, Mel! <33
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  4. Aw, sorry you hated this one so much!! I actually loved Tella but totally hated the plot. >_< Haha! I understand where you're coming from, though, because Tella did have some pretty weird thoughts that didn't seem to fit the context at all. I haven't read the Dante Walker series yet, so I can't really compare. 😐 But I felt the whole race thing was so implausible. I mean….what?! No one questioned it?? No one wondered if it was legal or a scam or…what? It was just so unrealistic I struggled to swallow it.

    And the fox didn't say anything. Total disappointment.
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    • Melanie says:

      I haven’t either but I heard the collector is really good and a lot of people are drooling over the guy o.O yeah I agree. The world building in general was just really shaky and I struggled to believe most of the things that were thrown at us, lol

  5. Sorry this one didn’t work out! I’ve only seen positive reviews of it so far so I’ll try it out anyway. πŸ™‚ Great review!
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  6. A lot of people have been talking about this, but I have been doubtful about it. I almost bought it, and I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t think I’ll like this either. Especially if the similarities are glaringly obvious. And that vain character? I don’t think I could continue reading with someone like that. She sounds really stupid.
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  7. Yeah, I wasn’t blown away either. I saw the THG references but the feel was much different (not for the better imo). I could never relate/connect to Tella so I struggled with this one because of that. Sorry this didn’t work for you. Hopefully the next book you read does.

  8. I agree, Mel. I started this book and when I was reading it ultimately reminded me of Hunger Games, but I was never really a fan of the books in comparison to the movies. I find getting into dystopias, difficult and I have to be in the right mood. But I didn’t really connect with the characters either. I’m looking forward to starting her Dante Walker books. Lovely, honest review, Mel! πŸ™‚
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  9. Oh no, Mel! Sorry you didn’t like this one. I actually really enjoyed it. But not every book is for every person, so I think you did a great job of speaking your mind in an honest review. I felt this was very difficult from her Dante Walker series (which I also love, btw) so maybe you would enjoy that series more? Good luck with your next read, Mel! πŸ™‚
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  10. Henrietta says:

    The Pandoras sound really cute but Tella sounds awful. πŸ™

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you thought of the book. I don’t think this one is for me.
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  11. HAH HAH HAH, a cheap version of THG with a dash of Pokemon? Brilliant, Mel, just brilliant.

    I didn’t love her other series (sooo many people seem to, though–it’s sort of baffling. I think you’re either a Kemmerer/Elementals girl or a Scott/Dante girl, honestly.) so I’m not entirely surprised to see this rating. Sorry you were disappointed, Mel.
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  12. Zoe N. says:

    I personally really liked this one, but I can see where you’re coming from Mel. There were certainly a lot of similarities with THG, and I can see how that might be aggravating. Tella bothered me a bit as well, vain and self-centered characters are always the worst. πŸ™ And the world-building was quite lacking and unexplained, but hopefully that’s resolved in the next book.

    Sorry this one was such a disappointment. πŸ™ Thanks so much for sharing though, and, as always, BRILLIANT review Mel! <3
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    • Melanie says:

      What I look in a scifi are strong and reliable MC’s, good world building and originality so yeah, this one did not meet any of my criteria.

  13. Anah says:

    I’m sorry this didn’t work at for, Mel. This book honestly sounds awful, and I’m not one to be easily swayed by one negative review, but that quote you pulled made me want to throw up. ._. And the cancer angle seems like a cheap ploy for sympathy. . .
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, I guess that’s a compliment? Yeah, I didn’t really care about her brother’s condition of an illness. It didn’t make me think that the MC was any braver

  14. The only reason I want to read this book is because of the pandoras. Other than that, there don’t seem to be many redeeming factors in the story. But I’m not a very harsh critic so maybe I’d like it…I don’t know now!
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  15. You hit the nail on the head, Mel. I talked about my frustration of this book in my review, and hated all the same things you did. I even shared the same quote. Tella was just beyond stupid, and I don’t even know how she could have even considered herself a viable contender. Like, Titus actually thought she could win. The only saving grace were the pandoras. Sigh.
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  16. I wholeheartedly agree with you Mel, this book was totally appalling! Lucky there were the pandoras because Tella was full of stupid. Hey, at least you liked the Dante Walker series! I’ll have to check that one out!
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  17. Glass says:

    I gave up on this book instantly – it’s really hard for me to find paranormal novels that I enjoy reading.
    Great review, Mel.
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  18. That suuuuuuuucks. I have read a book that was way too much like The Hunger Games before too. It was called The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, I did like it but seriously could NOT ignore all the similarities. It really does suck about this one, though. I was really looking forward to rading it, I think I still might but will probably get it out from the library rather than buy it. Oh well. I still haven’t read the Dante Walker series yet, I take it you recommend it then?
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