Review of The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney

The Fire ArtistThe Fire Artist
By: Daisy Whitney
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.

In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.

My Thoughts:
The Fire Artist was an entertaining book with some unique elements but overall felt a bit forgettable. It started off strong with Aria’s introduction and learning about her ability to use fire. I was very interested in learning about how magic was used in this novel and the idea that Aria was able to ‘steal’ her fire was a really great twist.

I felt that Aria’s backstory and reasons behind stealing her power were incredibly strong and moving and gave her character immense depth. Sadly, as the story progressed it became more and more typical though it was still fast paced and easy to read.

I loved that Aria lived in an alternate reality that was very similar to our own. I felt that the setting was described well and was easy to imagine (especially since it was mostly like our current world but with added magic).

Once the romance set in things became more predictable but not bad. I could get a sense of the chemistry between Aria and her love interest though I felt that the outcome was pretty easy to spot.

Final Thoughts:
My review is brief but honestly this was a fairly short novel. I felt that it was unique in the magic abilities of the characters and I enjoyed that it took place in a alternate world to our own. I wished that the story hadn’t been so easy to predict towards the end. Overall this was an easy, fast read that was entertaining.


  1. says

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this book. But aw. It sucks that it wasn't better :\ Sigh. This is the first time I hear about it, though 🙂 I do like the cover. But not sure about the book ;p thank you for sharing. <3

  2. says

    I was reading this and I would DNF is it wasn’t for netgalley & McMillan . I think you might secretly be my book twin. I always seem to be reading a book you posted a review for or you review a book I desperately want to read. Hope all is well in your corner of the world. I hope your break is refreshing cause I will miss you if you don’t come back 😉 I can’t wait to see your HOF Lego cover!
    ~ Brittany @ Please Feed the Bookworm

    • says

      Yes to book twins!! I thought this one was okay. I think I needed something a bit light so this fit the bill. I’m already feeling WAY more motivated. Wrote two posts today so I think the break will be amazing for me. I’ll be back! I need to do a photography session with my Lego mini-figures 🙂

    • says

      Yep, it was decent but nothing you have to read. When there are so many books waiting to be read it’s hard to spend time on the ones that aren’t groundbreaking.

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