Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?
Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her mother’s death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.
When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
It was the cover and the title that really drew me to this book. And I didn’t actually get farther than the first sentence of the synopsis before I decided to read it. Whenever I do that I tend to get very mixed results. Luckily, this time the results are good.
Ava is quite the interesting heroine. She uses her powers somewhat grudgingly, and when she does she will purposely do things that will anger Venus, her boss and the leader of the Coterie. The best way I can think of explaining the Coterie is kind of like government of the supernatural, but even that’s not quite right.
The Coterie has very screwed-up views on right and wrong. They think that it’s perfectly okay to use Ava (a sixteen year old) as an assassin, and in the same breath will threaten her and her family and friends if she doesn’t do what they ask. Venus sees no problem in asked Ava to kill Duncan, who is like a Grandpa/Uncle to her, and doesn’t seem to understand why Ava wouldn’t drop everything and do it.
Ava also has two best friends. Lock, who’s a half-dryad, and Ezra, who’s a were fox. Together, they kind of balance each other out. Lock is the steady one, Ezra is the one who steals wallets and breaks into houses for fun, and Ava is right in between. She isn’t cool headed like Lock, nor does she want to go around and wreck havoc like Ezra would love too.
And the book was rather funny. There’s this one scene between Lock and his Mom, who’s full dryad. Let’s just say that Lock’s Mom really wants grandchildren and leave it at that.The book is peppered with humor, and it’s very clearly the humor of a sarcastic teenage girl, not of an adult trying to write the humor of a teenage girl and failing miserably.
So this book is funny, interesting, and I loved it. The plot may jump around a bit, but I was perfectly fine with that, the characters and the style of the writing make up for it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In other news, the air date of season four of Sherlock has been pushed back. Again. Now it’s January 2017, not 2016. I think I may cry.