Saturday, November 7, 2009


Kristin Cashore; Dial Books 2009

Summary: Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. 

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

My Review: I loved Fire! Kristin Cashore is a brilliant writer who throws you into this spellbinding wonderful world and makes you never want to leave.

Fire is the last remaining human monster. With her vibrant and unnatural hair color, an indicator of her monster status, she lives in a world where she is both hated and loved because of her unique power to control minds. When Prince Brigan comes to take her to King City to help uncover the plot against the king, she comes to realize there be more to her power then she ever dreamed. Her power could save the King's Kingdom, if only she wasn't afraid of becoming like her father.

Eek! I swear that woman Kristin sure can get me hooked to her stories. How she comes up with this stuff I will never know but I hope to see more and more of it. Fire is a great book. I had so much sympathy for Fire because so many people hated her. She couldn’t help it that she could read minds. She also couldn’t help that she was beautiful that all the men wanted her.

This book was just as amazing as Graceling and I vote that people who are monsters to read it.

Watch Out for:  Fantasy violence, torturing, assassinations, non-graphic rape, murder, and a bit of love. 

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