Today I bring you a book review of a book that I requested an excerpt from at Netgalley, and really liked it so I also requested the full ARC, and signed up for the blog tour. Luckily, it did not disappoint so here I am!
Title: A Thousand Fires
Author: Shannon Price
TW: heavy drinking, drugs use, self-harm (mentions and on-page), gun violence
Summary: Valerie is a girl who has lost her younger brother to the Wars two years earlier, and since then, she’s determined to avenge him by joining the Herons. Too bad for her, the Stags get to her first on the night of her eighteenth birthday, and she becomes a Stag. Still, she wants revenge for her brothers death. Together with the rest of the Stags, she finds out what the life in a gang really looks like, how the rules work, and what it will cost her.
I requested an excerpt on Netgalley and really liked it, so when I got approved for the whole ARC, I was happy, but also afraid it’d disappoint. This is a book I’d not pick up myself as easily, which shows that Netgalley can be really useful to stimulate readers. The idea of the gangs intrigued me, especially since there isn’t a lot explained in the first part of the book.
Valerie’s one and only goal is to avenge her brother, which I do respect, but sometimes I wish I could slap her since her actions are not always as easy as she thought they would be. I read this book in almost one sitting (considering I have school during the day and I do have to sleep sometimes, I read it quite fast), and flew through the story.
I loved the friendships that formed in the book, the feeling of a gang being “home” for most of the members, and most of all, the feeling of family. The feelings of guilt (as she thought it was her fault her brother died) eat up Valerie so much, she sometimes harms herself. The gang helps her to think of other things, which takes away the urge sometimes.
There is definitely diversity representation in this book, although not a lot of LGBTQ+ rep, and while that’s not a must, I wish it would have been more than one sentence.
The story was strong, and there were definitely some parts I didn’t see coming. Overall I really liked it, and would definitely recommend it. I didn’t specifically see the “retelling” part, but that might just be me…
And last, but definitely not least: the cover is gorgeous, as with most books that tend to attract me.. ^^;
Shannon Price is a YA author living in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in English, she interned and later worked for Counterpoint Press in Berkeley, CA. As a publicist at Counterpoint, she garnered coverage for her clients’ books in media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and many more.
In 2014, she was accepted into the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh where she studied Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature under the tutelage of best-selling Irish writer Ruth Gilligan. In college, she worked as the Art Editor of the Santa Clara Review and represented the Review at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. She was a mentor in the second round of Author Mentor Match and regularly attends writing events around the Bay Area.
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