Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine: Book review

Fire Colour One
Publisher/Year: July 2nd 2015 HarperCollins Children's
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: No
Pages: 256
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/HarperCollins!)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*


Iris' father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames.

Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas. There are things he wants Iris to know after he's gone. And the truth has more than one way of coming to light.

My review

I didn't know too much about this book going into it, as that's the way I like it. I had, however, heard a couple of good things about it, so I had quite high expectations, which were definitely met.

Art plays a big part in this book, which was quite new for me, but I loved it. All the conversations that Iris and Ernest had about his paintings really interested me, and I will be on the lookout for more books that talk about art.

At times I found it quite hard to read this book, because Iris' mother just infuriated me so much. I honestly don't know how someone can be so mean, and I spent my whole time reading feeling sorry for Iris. Most of the time if I can't get on with a main character it makes me dislike the whole book, but luckily that wasn't the case this time.

This book is a slow book, with not a lot going on, but that's what I liked about it, much like She Is Not Invisible. Also, a lot of the plot was just back story, which normally annoys me, but for some reason it worked.

The characters in this book were built very well, with Iris being a pyromaniac. This is the first time in a book that a character is a pyromaniac for me, and it was so fascinating reading from her perspective about loving setting fire to things.

This book is very unique, and I'm glad that I chose to read it. I hope you do too.



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