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Fire Becomes Her – Rosiee Thor

Flare is power.

With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground–and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share.

Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her.

So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on the senator’s opposition in exchange for his approval and the status she so desperately craves. But the longer Ingrid wears two masks, the more she questions where her true allegiances lie.

Will she stand with the Holts, or will she forge her own path?

I haven’t read a fantasy like this in such a long time, and this was a fantastic way of getting back into it. A jazz-age inspired book this really did take you back to the time of the flappers, but with magic built from fire instead of alcohol being the banned substance requiring speakeasies, and it being the thing that brings power to the citizens of the country its set in.

Ingrid was a fantastic character and although you believe her to be shallow and going after things for all the wrong reasons at the start of the book, she grows so much throughout it. I really loved how much she learns as she’s going on her journey. About herself, her sexuality, representation and fairness. She wasn’t the easiest character to get along with, but neither was Linden and I was very happy when the story developed to include others because at the start neither of them were very likeable. Alex was instantly though, I loved him and even Charlotte and Louise were interesting enough to make me want to know more. Louise especially. I think I could read a whole book about her! Ingrid at first seemed shallow and quite ridiculous, but like I say – she grows so much that by the end of the book I was behind her 100%. The same can’t be said for Linden, I still think he’s a weepy little rich boy. But I can ignore that for the other amazing characters.

The story of poor fighting against rich to makes things equal is one that runs through literature and has done probably since money was created. Its nothing new but I loved the fantasy addition with magic being an additional currency used in this world. Especially as, like money, it was used so often to make things appear even more beautiful and wanted.

This book captivated me and I couldn’t get enough. It was the right balance of coming of age, politics, fantasy and queer identity. I really loved that there was so much representation in this world and Rosiee Thor did a fantastic job of depicting the conversations that so many have to have.

Fire Becomes Her was published by Scholastic Kids on February 2nd 2022. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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