My Summary: Diana is one of four elementals created to protect and govern the earth. She spends her days and nights hunting down bad guys and rescuing innocents. She’s ruthless and badass, and even a little cold when it comes to exacting vengeance on evildoers. She’s sent on a mission to find a little girl who has gone missing, one she’s already saved once before.
Alec is a scholarly, yet extremely powerful, vampire and “heir to the throne” so to speak in regards to his coven. He returns home to search for a missing boy belonging to a family servant, only the situation seems to go much deeper than simple human interference.
Alec and Diana reluctantly team up in order to find the two missing children, whose cases appear to be closely intertwined, and deal justice to all involved.
My Rating: 4/5
My Review: For the first few chapters of Fire, I was blown away. Soon after, the novel became weighed down with overt description, little to no action, and obvious lack of an editor. Because of this, I was only going to give it three stars. However, toward the second half it began to pick up and by 70% I was hardly able to put it down. The ending was also quite satisfying, even if it wasn’t quite as revealing as I’d expected.
Now that I’ve finished the book and had time to reflect on the story, I wouldn’t say the slow parts should be cut. They all come together nicely in the end. I don’t feel like the reluctant friendship was rushed into a once-in-a-lifetime romance, because I was there for the slow climb. However, I do believe the many typos and errors should be addressed, if for nothing more than simple respect for future readers.
L.B. Gilbert blends mystery, crime, and romance with the supernatural genre in an interesting way, and I didn’t feel like I was reading a young adult novel where the characters are one-sided and underdeveloped. Alec and Diana are two adults with real pasts and genuine emotions. Diana is a kickass heroine who doesn’t need or want Alec’s help—though he’s no pushover—and I loved watching both characters evolve during the length of the story.
I would highly recommend Fire to anyone who likes strong female protagonists with an equally powerful male lead, with slow, realistic, falls in the romance category, and a rich backstory about which I’m eager to learn more in the next book.