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Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magica Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.


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Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magica Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.

30 review for Fire with Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! 4.5/5 stars! A million thanks to Edelweiss and HMH for sending me a copy of this ARC! I did not plan to enjoy this half as much as I did! For some reason, I went into this with low expectations and I have no idea why. The idea sounded amazing, urban fantasy and dragons? But I just wasn't expecting much. Let me tell you now, those meager expectations were absolutely blown out of the water. This was fantastic. And when I say fantastic, I mean Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! 4.5/5 stars! A million thanks to Edelweiss and HMH for sending me a copy of this ARC! I did not plan to enjoy this half as much as I did! For some reason, I went into this with low expectations and I have no idea why. The idea sounded amazing, urban fantasy and dragons? But I just wasn't expecting much. Let me tell you now, those meager expectations were absolutely blown out of the water. This was fantastic. And when I say fantastic, I mean it. Like I mentioned earlier, the synopsis was a fantastic way to get me to request this ARC right away. Dragons? Sisters? Yes, please. And just as I hoped, this was full of my very favorite tropes! Sister rivalry, strong protagonists, urban fantasy, dragons, romance... what more can you ask for? The characters were much of the reason I loved this book so much. They were so well fleshed out, even the side characters that are normally overlooked in that department. Dani was the perfect femme fatale-type of protagonist, and so enjoyable to read! It's refreshing to not have to facepalm every five seconds from some stupid decision of the MC. Our other POV, Eden (Dani's older sister), was the perfect kind of is-she-a-bad-guy?-well-I-dunno-let's-see kind of character. She was relatable in her struggles as the overlooked older sister (shout out to all you other older sisters who feel this too, I know the feeling) and her choices, and it's hard not to empathize! The side characters were just as good and complicated, with Tomás's jokes and perfect best-friend-caring, Sadie's complicated past that she was willing to overlook to help an old friend, and Kieran's grey-area work. And of course Nox's snark and naïevity to the human world. Every time he would ask if it was time to sing "Kumbaya" yet I would have to try not to snicker, lest my family think I'm crazy. The narration and writing did a fantastic job of tying everything together. Destiny Soria (who has an awesome name by the way) did a fantastic job with her "teen speak" and not making it sound like something in a kiddie cartoon or your dad trying to be cool to your friends. The writing and banter were done perfectly as well and kept me glued to the page. The fast pacing and constantly moving storyline kept me reading until I'd lose track of the time. There were times when I'd look up and an hour was gone! My only complaint with the mechanics is the way the POV switches mid-chapter from Dani to Eden or vice versa. It was more than a little confusing to try to guess who was talking. I would have liked a little more background knowledge for the worldbuilding, but at this point, that's just me trying to find something wrong. It would have been nice to learn more about the slayer/sorcerer animosity, but it isn't that big of a deal in the grand schemes of this book. I'm so glad I read this book! It was way better than I expected, and I'd definitely recommend it. I'll be checking out some of the other books by this author for sure, and I'll probably buy a hard copy of this Fire with Fire when it's released! Content and trigger warnings: Anxiety/panic attacks, blood, death, torture, and violence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzi

    Yes, this book is as beautiful and badass as it’s cover.

  3. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  4. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Actual rating 3.5 Rep: Mexican American mcs, bi mc, mc with anxiety & panic disorder, mlm side characters CWs: torture, blood Galley provided by publisher Destiny Soria has pretty much established herself as my favourite (current) YA fantasy author. There’s no one else I really trust right now, or very few that I can’t name off the top of my head, to give me a book that doesn’t bore me. Fire With Fire is just further proof of that. The book follows siblings, Dani and Eden, who are trai On my blog. Actual rating 3.5 Rep: Mexican American mcs, bi mc, mc with anxiety & panic disorder, mlm side characters CWs: torture, blood Galley provided by publisher Destiny Soria has pretty much established herself as my favourite (current) YA fantasy author. There’s no one else I really trust right now, or very few that I can’t name off the top of my head, to give me a book that doesn’t bore me. Fire With Fire is just further proof of that. The book follows siblings, Dani and Eden, who are trained in dragon slaying. While Dani, the younger, isn’t exactly keen on following the family tradition, Eden has spent her whole life building up to the moment when she’s finally accepted as one. And then Dani ends up bonding with a dragon and their world won’t ever be the same. I think what I love most about Destiny Soria’s books is the way she creates worlds that drag you in. You’ll end up reading the entire book in a single sitting because you don’t want to leave the world and, when you’re finally done, you feel just a little bit bereft. That’s been the case in each of her previous books for me, and it was also the case here. It definitely helps also that you’ve always got a cast that you’ll love from the start. Both Dani and Eden jump off the page and, okay so I liked Eden more (older sibling solidarity), but I enjoyed reading each of their POVs just as much. Dani is more of a protagonist than Eden, though, and I think at times I wasn’t exactly eager to read her POVs because of the aforementioned latching onto Eden. There were times I wanted more from Eden than I got, especially given how her storyline went. There was also the little thing of how Dani’s love interest is, oh, just about 300 years old. I know, I know, he looked like a 17 or 18 year old, but uh. He’s not actually, is he? Okay, so I can suspend a little bit of disbelief, but I can’t really suspend my immediate reaction to that of “oh heck no”. So. There was that. But overall, this was a very readable and very enjoyable book. And one I would highly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Esmiralda

    4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the e-arc for an honest opinion. Please take in mind it’s my opinion, and everyone is allowed to have one. This was such an interesting read, I was hooked immediately. Something I haven’t read before, which made it even better. The plot was great and the book was well written. I liked how we got to see how both sisters experienced the whole journey. Even though I liked Dani’s character more, I thought she was more interesting but that didn’t ta 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the e-arc for an honest opinion. Please take in mind it’s my opinion, and everyone is allowed to have one. This was such an interesting read, I was hooked immediately. Something I haven’t read before, which made it even better. The plot was great and the book was well written. I liked how we got to see how both sisters experienced the whole journey. Even though I liked Dani’s character more, I thought she was more interesting but that didn’t take away Eden’s moment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    gauri

    check out the full review along with an aesthetic on my blog! i went in for the sibling rivalry and it did not disappoint!! 21st century dragon slayers, magic, siblings who go from tolerating each other to being on opposite sides, interesting characters, anxiety and bisexual rep, solid friendships and immersive writing, this book has it all. check out the full review along with an aesthetic on my blog! i went in for the sibling rivalry and it did not disappoint!! 21st century dragon slayers, magic, siblings who go from tolerating each other to being on opposite sides, interesting characters, anxiety and bisexual rep, solid friendships and immersive writing, this book has it all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book just held my attention like nothing else the plot was fast paced & exciting I loved it. I honestly loved & hated one of main characters equally as I could relate to her but not condone her actions. My favourite part of the book was the bond with dragon as I can only wish that I could talk to my cats like that. This is an engaging urban fantasy that I would recommend to everyone

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria is a solid YA LGBT+ fantasy with intriguing characters and great representation. The core cast is easily the best part of this since everyone felt quite realistic. The main point where the novel fell a short of being great as a whole was on the world building. I never had quite the level of info I would have like to have been really sucked into the world the character inhabit. On the whole, the stor I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria is a solid YA LGBT+ fantasy with intriguing characters and great representation. The core cast is easily the best part of this since everyone felt quite realistic. The main point where the novel fell a short of being great as a whole was on the world building. I never had quite the level of info I would have like to have been really sucked into the world the character inhabit. On the whole, the story has a great concept and while it's a good read, it never quite manages to live up to its true potential.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stella ☆Paper Wings☆

    Sister dragon slayers turned enemies written by the mastermind who brought us Iron Cast and Beneath the Citadel?? WANT TO READ WANT TO READ WANT TO READ WANT TO READ

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)

    It seems like dragon books are making a comeback, and folks, I am here. for. it. Fire with Fire blends a contemporary setting in rural Tennessee (complete with usual teenage relationship difficulties) with a hidden world of dragons and sorcerers. With strong themes of sisterhood, loyalty, and defining yourself, this was a captivating read with a pair of compelling protagonists. This was a solid read, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. In a market that tends to be full of excessive romantic focus, it It seems like dragon books are making a comeback, and folks, I am here. for. it. Fire with Fire blends a contemporary setting in rural Tennessee (complete with usual teenage relationship difficulties) with a hidden world of dragons and sorcerers. With strong themes of sisterhood, loyalty, and defining yourself, this was a captivating read with a pair of compelling protagonists. This was a solid read, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. In a market that tends to be full of excessive romantic focus, it was nice to see a book where the main emphasis was on sisterhood and family. That’s not to say we didn’t get a compelling romance–the dark, brooding Kieran is the sort of love interest YA fans tend to be suckers for (myself included)–but it never became overbearing. Dani and Eden were both wonderful protagonists, each strong in their own way–Dani, the younger sister who has natural physical aptitude, and Eden, the elder sister who is in a constant mental battle with her own anxiety and perfectionism. Neither sister is infallible, and while I did feel like the story unfairly favored Dani in some places, I appreciated that, in general, the two were just as likely to balance each other out as they were to butt heads. Sibling relationships are complicated, but Soria manages to render the Rivera sisters in a convincing and realistic way. Speaking of anxiety–I appreciated the anxiety rep in this book. The story didn’t shy away from the oft-nasty effects of anxiety, from social difficulties to constant self-doubt, but it also did not paint Eden as some shrinking violet, incapable of dealing with it. The mentions of various therapy techniques for dealing with anxiety attacks, including medication, alongside a strong message that anxiety does not equate to weakness, made for an overall destigmatizing approach. One other final note–setting this book in rural Tennessee was a great choice. The mountains and forests provided a plausible cover for the otherwise-way-too-noticeable dragons and sorcerers, while the characters were still able to drive (very long drives, might I add) to bigger cities, including Nashville. (Side note: the random scene at the Vanderbilt Central Library pleased me, especially in that they got the neighboring street names correct.) There were still some weird plot holes, but at least this one element managed to seal up most of them. For anyone looking for a tale of sisters, family, and of course, dragons, this is a great choice, and I definitely recommend it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    jut

    this book was so beautiful and fun to read! a bisexual with her dragon, lots of dragons, sisters who love each other but will battle, wow.......

  12. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    So I admit it said dragons so I wanted to read, what person doesn’t love dragons !!! This book is so different from what I expected though and it blew me away, the world building was brilliant, the characters so well constructed and developed over the course of the story, I loved the relationships of the sisters, very competitive and loving at the same time, felt a very realistic relationship to me. I loved how the author made you feel that a school was a completely normal along the world of dra So I admit it said dragons so I wanted to read, what person doesn’t love dragons !!! This book is so different from what I expected though and it blew me away, the world building was brilliant, the characters so well constructed and developed over the course of the story, I loved the relationships of the sisters, very competitive and loving at the same time, felt a very realistic relationship to me. I loved how the author made you feel that a school was a completely normal along the world of dragon training , but basically the whole love of the story, my main focus was Nox, the dragon, he was an character , I love how developed his character and story was and I truly hope there are more books to come from this world Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  13. 4 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: torture, animal killing 3 Sisters Dani and Eden Rivera were raised as dragon hunters, trained by their parents and always expected to follow in their footsteps. While Eden cares about nothing more than their magical destinies, for Dani dragon hunting is just another thing in her life full of bonfires and romantic drama- even though she's a hunting prodigy. Dani's first experience with a dragon, however, isn't during a hunt and doesn't end in death, it instea I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: torture, animal killing 3 Sisters Dani and Eden Rivera were raised as dragon hunters, trained by their parents and always expected to follow in their footsteps. While Eden cares about nothing more than their magical destinies, for Dani dragon hunting is just another thing in her life full of bonfires and romantic drama- even though she's a hunting prodigy. Dani's first experience with a dragon, however, isn't during a hunt and doesn't end in death, it instead winds up with the ability to communicate with the dragon and a desire to question everything she's been taught. The danger and strangeness of working with a dragon isn't the only problem, either- Eden is being lured towards magic, a magic that will steal her humanity. I'm a sucker for books with good sibling relationships, and I love dragons, so I had hopes that I'd love this one. Unfortunately, it didn't line up for me. I did like the concept of the sisters. They're bonded together by their family, obviously, but also by this tradition and secret that they have to keep from the rest of the world. The idea of them being connected by this thing and also sort of torn apart thanks to it- because of Eden's jealousy, and later on with Dani's bond with the dragon- works really well. I also love how Dani's POV talks a lot about how cool she thinks Eden is when she's fighting, and how much she respects her abilities, which is nice to see and a good extra perspective with Eden's own bitterness over not being as good as Dani. Nox and Kieran are also interesting characters. The extra layers of world building and general context helps the story a lot, and I found both of them compelling. Nox's backstory is really effective, as well as emotional, as is Kieran's, and I found myself wishing they had a bit more spotlight because I had the most fun reading when they got to be center stage.\ However, there were a lot of things that fell flat for me. The worldbuilding, in general, felt bland, and while the idea of the sorcerers is cool I just never felt connected enough to them or their power to fully care. The stakes in this story are super inconsistent, and I couldn't stay invested. I also don't love most of the characters, and especially disliked the romantic aspects. For Eden, the romance isn't bad- mostly because it's only a romance for approximately one chapter before everything spirals out of control. But Dani's romantic arc is a mess. Personally I feel like Sadie as a character is highly unnecessary, and her involvement in this story did nothing for me but add more fluff to confuse the story. The actual romantic interest... disgusted me. Not as a character- Kieran is, again, really cool as a character, and I enjoy him in a general sense- but I think we as a society have progressed past the need for 1) romance for the sake of two characters being in the same general area together and 2) romances between a teenage girl and a hundred plus year old dude. If a man is 300 years old and he's interested in you, a high school senior, run for the hills. Not to mention that there is literally no reason for Kieran to be romantically interested in her, or romantically interested in anyone in the context of this story. While conceptually a cool idea, the actual story felt too general and the romance was both unrealistic and uncomfortable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    4 stars *may change This book was so cute! :) I knew when I saw that this had a bisexual latine main cast I had to pick it up, and while I'm not a fan of ya, this book was really charming. The writing style was quite simple which only added to what is a bit of an absurd and silly plot — dragons living in the modern age and hunters having to kill them? Even the main character remarks how weird it sounds. Actually, for a ya book, it slipped a surprising number of f-bombs in there, and I'm sitting he 4 stars *may change This book was so cute! :) I knew when I saw that this had a bisexual latine main cast I had to pick it up, and while I'm not a fan of ya, this book was really charming. The writing style was quite simple which only added to what is a bit of an absurd and silly plot — dragons living in the modern age and hunters having to kill them? Even the main character remarks how weird it sounds. Actually, for a ya book, it slipped a surprising number of f-bombs in there, and I'm sitting here like, "yeah...this is how my family speaks all right." I really like little details that I can see myself in — from the food they eat, how the characters speak, the dynamics, and especially Tomás' "Mind your language" every time Dani said Oh my God lol. I'm not personally close to my sister, so reading about sister bonds like these are always really interesting. To see how two people can have such a strong connection and watching said connection falter over time after error and doubt. It's a different kind of dynamic than they have with anyone else, so seeing it crumble and change is always an experience. I just think it was very...? Charming? Cute? Have I used both of those words already? It's an endearing book with a simple plot and characters you can follow. Something lighthearted-sish (dubious) to read. Thank you to the author and publisher for providing an advanced reader's copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mora

    well this was a disappointment and by disappointment i mean all just one rly big plot hole due to the debilitatingly underdeveloped magic system. but then also the character relationships and arcs and framing of scenes,, yeah. it started out so promising and then completely fell apart and no one is more disappointed than i am. i will say i do love nox bc dragons are the most valid and also tomás deserves so much better

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Rundle

    I loved this novel so much! The characters are dynamic and realistic. A killer plot that keeps you on the toes the entire time. I love it so so much. The author did a fantastic job creating a wonderful world!

  17. 5 out of 5

    SJ

    Alright, I absolutely adored this book. It was fast paced and kept me on my toes. The relationship that formed was absolutely amazing. I obviously want my very own soul bonded dragon! I actually liked all of the characters and glad we got to see Edens side. If it was all from Dani's pov I would of absolutely hated her. But she was a victim in her own way, if not a tad annoying at times. Deep respect for Sophie, who was big inspiration for this book. I just hope my own cat dragon gives me inspira Alright, I absolutely adored this book. It was fast paced and kept me on my toes. The relationship that formed was absolutely amazing. I obviously want my very own soul bonded dragon! I actually liked all of the characters and glad we got to see Edens side. If it was all from Dani's pov I would of absolutely hated her. But she was a victim in her own way, if not a tad annoying at times. Deep respect for Sophie, who was big inspiration for this book. I just hope my own cat dragon gives me inspiration.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amie

    Review to come but OH WOW this book was everything!! Sister rivalry DRAGONS Bisexual MC Sorcerers Just WOW … I LOVED

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Mullaney

    "I didn't choose you, and you didn't choose me. But we have each other now. Always." ** Part of a family of dragon slayers, sisters Dani & Eden become divided when one of them discovers they share a rare magical soul bond with a dragon and the other gets mixed up with sorcerers. *** This book definitely took me by surprise. It was a little slow-paced at the beginning and I was kinda expecting to end up DNF-ing ... but once I got to about 30% and the plot really started picking up I couldn't stop r "I didn't choose you, and you didn't choose me. But we have each other now. Always." ** Part of a family of dragon slayers, sisters Dani & Eden become divided when one of them discovers they share a rare magical soul bond with a dragon and the other gets mixed up with sorcerers. *** This book definitely took me by surprise. It was a little slow-paced at the beginning and I was kinda expecting to end up DNF-ing ... but once I got to about 30% and the plot really started picking up I couldn't stop reading .. I am glad I stuck it out! I enjoyed the sisterly dynamics throughout - the love, rivalry & competitiveness between the two. I also really liked Kieran (who doesn't love a morally grey(ish) kinda character) .. but ... I was mostly here for Nox!! His sarcasm and sassiness 👌🏼 ahhh .. I literally just adored him! His and Dani's bond had me a little jealous not gonna lie - I want a soul bonded sassy dragon companion like Nox please! 😂 Personally I would have loved a tad more world building and a bit more plot depth to have really loved this one ... it does read quite YA which is always a bit hit and miss with me and getting more so lately. I also really didn’t like the romance aspects of the book but all that aside it was still a very enjoyable read and I will definitely pick up a sequel if the author decided to make this a series ... the end was definitely left open for one. Overall ... A perfect read if you are looking for a fun light YA fantasy and enjoy a bit of sibling rivalry, sorcerers & magic, slayers and dragons! Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of Fire with Fire through NetGalley! 3.5 rounded up

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anneke

    Book Review: Fire With Fire Author: Destiny Soria Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Children’s Book Group/HMH Books for Young Readers Publication Date: June 8, 2021 Review Date: March 8, 2021 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb: Raised to be fierce dragon slayers, two sisters end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon in this standalone YA contemporary fantasy that's pe Book Review: Fire With Fire Author: Destiny Soria Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Children’s Book Group/HMH Books for Young Readers Publication Date: June 8, 2021 Review Date: March 8, 2021 I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb: Raised to be fierce dragon slayers, two sisters end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon in this standalone YA contemporary fantasy that's perfect for fans of Slayer and Sorcery of Thorns. Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn't be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it's kill or be killed where dragons are concerned. Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, each sister will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.” ————- This was an absolutely fantastic book. About love, family, power, betrayal. Oh, and dragons and sorcerers. Wonderful, complex but well written plot. Beautiful characters. Great descriptions and settings. Everything you’d ask for in a well done novel, no matter what the subject is. I highly recommend reading Fire with Fire. Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for giving me early access to this gem of a book. And best of luck to Destiny Soria with your continued literary career. This review will be posted on NetGalley and Goodreads. #netgalley #firewithfire #destinysoria #hgh #dragons&sorcerers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Ok I need to write a coherent review but to be honest I’m just fangirling a lot. This book needs to be a hype. I’ll start off with a list of why’s: - 21st century dragon slayers are BADASS - And dragons are badass too though I also want to cuddle them. There is this thing called a soul bond and I live for telepathic conversations (oblivious dragon having no idea of pop culture keeps asking “is it time for Kumbayah yet?” is my favorite thing now) - Sisters who love each other but there’s also rivalr Ok I need to write a coherent review but to be honest I’m just fangirling a lot. This book needs to be a hype. I’ll start off with a list of why’s: - 21st century dragon slayers are BADASS - And dragons are badass too though I also want to cuddle them. There is this thing called a soul bond and I live for telepathic conversations (oblivious dragon having no idea of pop culture keeps asking “is it time for Kumbayah yet?” is my favorite thing now) - Sisters who love each other but there’s also rivalry as Eden wants to be the best and trains all day, but for Dani it comes effortlessly and she just wants to be normal - and they end up on opposite sides and aaah the feels! - Also to get to that opposite site one need to go dark and wow she does just that and we get her pov so yay! - All. The. Snark. And sarcasm. The sorcerers have mastered both magic and snark in their immortality. Dragons too. And teenagers. And dragon slayers. Basically everyone! Only a great writer can make me LOL several times in the middle of action scenes - Diversity for everyone! Dani and her sister Eden are half Mexican, half Scottish, and Dani is bisexual. - There is Tomás’ Latin family who is the best and Dani keeps getting tupperware boxes of food - The action scenes! They are actually really fleshed out with moves and countermoves and felt so real - Besides sisterhood, there’s FRIENDSHIPS. You know, healthy ones. I live for the banter. - Also mental health rep (anxiety) which is really good! Soria really shows how you don’t need to be fixed as you are not broken - FEELS. So much pain. - There’s a lot of delicious food mentioned to help with the feels. - For once, mature teenagers. Ok they run off into trouble EVERYWHERE and there are a lot of mistakes, but they own it and especially Dani is not quick to judge a person, she sees the other side of people and is able to apologise and/or forgive. - Soul sharing with a dragon is the best. - There is a little romance, but it is not the main focus aka perfection - I need a sequel. I know this is probably a standalone but PLEASE I need more of this! - Also amazing pacing, wasn’t bored from beginnen to end and yet not overwhelmed by too much action. This list has become my review as it contains all you need to know. Fun, entertaining, feels, banter, dragons, it has it all! I received a free ecopy from Edelweiss and it has not influenced my opinions.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andee

    BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had incredibly high hopes for this book and unfortunately was disappointed. As always, characters are incredibly important to my reading experience. Dani was a fun character, and I was literally obsessed with Nox. I would have liked more of their relationship; however, this story focuses on the sisters. Eden is quite literally one of the most intolerable ch BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had incredibly high hopes for this book and unfortunately was disappointed. As always, characters are incredibly important to my reading experience. Dani was a fun character, and I was literally obsessed with Nox. I would have liked more of their relationship; however, this story focuses on the sisters. Eden is quite literally one of the most intolerable characters I’ve ever read. Our bad guys were stereotypical. There was literally no linear character growth for the main characters. The writing felt as though I was reading a lot while being told almost nothing. The POV switches mid-sentence forced me to go back and re-read things constantly. It was jarring and pulled me out of the story. The representation and diversity were incredibly well done. It addressed real things that affect bisexual people and Latinx people. In this writing execution though, they get almost swept under the rug by how frustrating reading this book was. My full review will be posted on July 11th, 2021

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thebooknerd90

    I am still thinking about this book after finishing it and I am trying to put into words this beauty of a book. I don’t think my words will fully give the justice this book deserves. This is a incredible book, it was so raw, vivid, emotional. I experienced so many emotions whilst reading this book. I found the characters were so relatable I loved their banter, the conflict, the love, the loss, the portrayal of mental health felt accurate and relatable as someone who suffers with depression and a I am still thinking about this book after finishing it and I am trying to put into words this beauty of a book. I don’t think my words will fully give the justice this book deserves. This is a incredible book, it was so raw, vivid, emotional. I experienced so many emotions whilst reading this book. I found the characters were so relatable I loved their banter, the conflict, the love, the loss, the portrayal of mental health felt accurate and relatable as someone who suffers with depression and anxiety myself. I loved the magic system and that this book had DRAGONS ahhhh actual dragons and I loved how they were interwoven in this story. It felt so much more than a story. This story felt real. I have not felt this way in a long time about a book. After finishing this book I had that moment of peace when you finish a book and it just washes over you and you don’t think of anything else, you just sit in that moment and embrace what you just read. I feel like there is so much more I could say about this book. I now need someone else to read this and talk to me about it. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful book Destiny Sofia it was just what I needed to read. Thank you Hodderscape and Pride Book Tours gifting a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    nessma

    4★ it was so much fun reading this book! just what i wanted from a fast-paced dragon book with sibling rivalry that was just immaculate. eden and dani were relatable in different ways and i liked how their dynamic fluctuated throughout the book. even though it was fast-paced, the pacing wasn’t as consistent as i’d like it to be. the writing helped with the smooth flow of things and i rarely felt bored. i laughed out loud a couple of times and overall had a great time reading, especially with the 4★ it was so much fun reading this book! just what i wanted from a fast-paced dragon book with sibling rivalry that was just immaculate. eden and dani were relatable in different ways and i liked how their dynamic fluctuated throughout the book. even though it was fast-paced, the pacing wasn’t as consistent as i’d like it to be. the writing helped with the smooth flow of things and i rarely felt bored. i laughed out loud a couple of times and overall had a great time reading, especially with the concept of dragons existing in modern world. — digital arc provided by edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    rory gilmore

    4.5 - this was so good and i’m very emotional rn

  26. 4 out of 5

    brooklyn ☂︎

    4.5 stars Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria—the modern dragon hunting story you didn’t know you needed. This book engulfed me in fiery flames of love and happiness and wonder and pure, pure magic. I mean… DRAGONS. And SIBLINGS. And beautiful, platonic FRIENDSHIPS. And MAGIC. Just leave me here to scream my head off and proclaim by absolute love and admiration for this book. "If she were a litigious sort of person, Dani was reasonably certain she could’ve had her best friend charged with attempted mur 4.5 stars Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria—the modern dragon hunting story you didn’t know you needed. This book engulfed me in fiery flames of love and happiness and wonder and pure, pure magic. I mean… DRAGONS. And SIBLINGS. And beautiful, platonic FRIENDSHIPS. And MAGIC. Just leave me here to scream my head off and proclaim by absolute love and admiration for this book. "If she were a litigious sort of person, Dani was reasonably certain she could’ve had her best friend charged with attempted murder." THIS BOOK. This book is exactly what it needs to be. I would not change a single thing. Well, aside from some really minor stuff but who cares about that? Let’s talk characters. Dani, the main main character, and Eden the older sister and other main character. Both are incredible, though I must say I liked Dani more. She captured the essence of the teenage voice (see: above quote). Also, what a good rep :) Dani is bisexual, and a blendy (half white, half Latinex). She’s such a trailblazing powerhouse and it’s GLORIOUS. The characters were definitely the best part of this book. Especially Nox (the dragon). The banter between Dani and Nox was top notch. The plot was predictable-ish, but I found it didn’t matter (much like in a rom-com, I was just here for a fun romp with dragons, I didn’t need to be surprised) "Yellow glow of headlights. Claws. Teeth. Gray scales. Trailing smoke. The leathery crinkle of wings. The hypnotic sway of a razor-sharp tail. Violet eyes, catlike and gleaming. A dragon." The ONLY criticism I have is that the world building could’ve used a little more background, and Dani and Kieran’s relationship was a little icky. 200 year old immortal + 16 year old immortal… I think not. It needed some reworking. Or some disappearing. Friendship is 1000 times better than romance. On that note though, Dani’s relationship with Thomas (her best friend) was beautiful. She slugged a guy for him, he turned up at her house with skittles. This the kind of friendship I need in my life. All in all, this was a wonderful, fiery, contemporary, dragon and magic filled romp through the “woods”. HIGHLY recommend. You just have to stick with it past the first chapter, because the start is a little funky. Huge thanks to Edelweiss, the publisher and author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | view review on blog

  27. 4 out of 5

    Enne

    No one is sadder than me that I didn’t end up absolutely falling in love with this book. I read Destiny Soria’s debut last year and absolutely fell in love, so I was really looking forward to seeing where she went with her sophomore novel. Plus, it has dragons!! Who wouldn’t be excited to read about dragons? But even beyond that, this book had a lot of things that I expect to love. I love contemporary fantasy where the magical world interacts with the real world in fun and interesting ways, I lo No one is sadder than me that I didn’t end up absolutely falling in love with this book. I read Destiny Soria’s debut last year and absolutely fell in love, so I was really looking forward to seeing where she went with her sophomore novel. Plus, it has dragons!! Who wouldn’t be excited to read about dragons? But even beyond that, this book had a lot of things that I expect to love. I love contemporary fantasy where the magical world interacts with the real world in fun and interesting ways, I love reading about complex family relationships, I love books centered around siblings. By all accounts, I should have loved it. And I think I would have, if literally any of the elements had developed beyond the concepts introduced in the synopsis. But they really weren’t. This was especially obvious with the worldbuilding, which was never developed beyond the basic concept of “the magical people think dragons are bad, but are they?” which is literally something that’s introduced in the synopsis. I think one thing that really frustrated me about the worldbuilding is that the author never explains why things are the way they are, which makes it really hard for the world to feel real. It was like the now of the world was established, but a lot of the history was missing, so the events and reasons that had led to the current status quo were never explained. And in my opinion, the history of a world is what makes it feel more real and believable, so the fact that we were missing it with this book made me look at the world a lot more skeptically. In a similar vein, I also wasn’t a huge fan of the magic system. Mostly because it just,,, didn’t make a lot of sense to me? However, I will acknowledge that this could just be a me thing. I feel like the author was trying to go for a more vague magic system with this book, which is definitely something that can work for a lot of books!! I just don’t think that it’s something that worked for this book, because so much of the plot in this book revolved around manipulating magic in supposedly new ways, but we were never told what the old rules for magic in this world were. Also, the sorcerers’ magic seems pretty much limitless, at least from what I gathered, which I think really harmed the plot because, since there weren’t clear limits to the magic, it felt like the sorcerers could just fix the biggest conflict in the book with the wave of a hand but they just,,, didn’t. I also think that the magic system being underdeveloped really harmed both of our main characters, but especially Eden. A lot of Eden’s arc has to do with her interactions with magic and I think it was really harmed by the lack of clarity within the magic system. I also just think that Eden’s arc was paced really badly and her character, in general, was inconsistent. I’m really sad because her arc had so much potential and I could see where the author wanted to take it, but the outcome just didn’t end up being satisfying for me because it was so badly paced/plotted. While we’re on the topic of characters, I will say that I enjoyed Dani’s arc slightly more than I enjoyed Eden’s?? Mainly because I feel like the pacing of that one was at least executed better than Eden’s and the progression like,,, made sense for the most part. However, I still wasn’t a huge fan of it?? I think it fell a little flat to me, especially in the second half of the book and there were moments in the second half of the story where Dani’s development seemed like it had completely disappeared which left me ?? So, basically, I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the main characters. Honestly, my favorite characters were probably Tomás (who deserves better!!) and Nox (who is a dragon). For what it’s worth, I really liked Tomás and Dani’s friendship and also the relationship between Dani and her childhood best friend, Sadie. Both of those were really fun to read about and I wish we had gotten to see more of them! While we’re on the topic of relationships, I will say I wasn’t really a huge fan of either of the romances in the story? Both of them felt really underdeveloped and I couldn’t really find it in myself to care about either of them. I also really wanted more from the sibling relationship between Dani and Eden because we keep being told that they love each other and care for each other, but beyond the first few chapters, that’s not really that evident?? The last thing I wanted to talk about is the plot and how none of it like,,, made sense lmao. I think I pretty much covered this when I was talking about the magic system, but my biggest gripe with the plot is that the main conflict really,,, shouldn’t have been as big of a deal as it was, given the magic system. I also think that the conflict was resolved very quickly after the climax, so the pacing definitely felt off to me with this book. I just,,, am really sad because there was so much potential!! But the book didn’t really end up living up to it in any area. I’m definitely going to be picking up more stuff from Destiny Soria in the future, but I am really let down by this one. Hopefully I enjoy her future works more. content warnings: torture, knife wounds, fire, burns, anxiety & panic attacks, violence, depictions of blood rep: Latine bisexual MC, Latine MC with anxiety, Latine SCs

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book reminded me so much of Dragonheart it hurt. Please tell me you've seen Dragonheart - aka the 90's movie featuring Dennis Quad (and Lupin from Harry Potter) and one of my favorite childhood movies. Anyways, I heard "dragons" and came running, as I tend to do because that's who I am. And now that I've met Nox, I must say I need a soul-bond with a dragon more than I need a boyfriend (or anything else, really). Fire with Fire is essentially a story about family, friendship, forgiveness and le This book reminded me so much of Dragonheart it hurt. Please tell me you've seen Dragonheart - aka the 90's movie featuring Dennis Quad (and Lupin from Harry Potter) and one of my favorite childhood movies. Anyways, I heard "dragons" and came running, as I tend to do because that's who I am. And now that I've met Nox, I must say I need a soul-bond with a dragon more than I need a boyfriend (or anything else, really). Fire with Fire is essentially a story about family, friendship, forgiveness and learning to live with your demons. It is told in alternating POVs between two sisters who come from a family of dragon slayers and can't be any more different. Eden, the older sister, doesn't let herself be anything less than perfect, she literally sees herself as one of the last bastions protecting humanity from dragonkind, like the world depends entirely on her being able to someday kill a dragon. That is a lot of pressure for anyone so, of course, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. I can't tell you how much I loved to see this included in a fantasy. Not every character can handle being a badass with equal grace. Then we have 17 year-old Dani, who is The Chosen One. She effortlessly achieves every benchmark that Eden had to fight tooth and nail for, but she doesn't really care that much about the whole being a slayer thing, All she wants is to be normal. So yeah, now throw in a soul-bond with a dragon and some sorcerers and you get a pretty good book. However, I must say this did somehow feel like something I've seen before. The Chosen One saving everyone from the big bad evil with the help of a dragon. I think I would've 5-star-loved this if I had read it back when I was 15 years-old. I still really liked it, I actually liked it more than I expected to: the pacing as quick, the characters were great, it was funny, the stakes were high... there's nothing bad I can call out. Maybe the thing about it all happening while their parents were out and them not ever picking the phone kind of bothered me a little. It was obviously the easiest way for the story to progress but it felt unoriginal. Like Eden going to Calla instead of her parents when she finds out about Dani... In what world do you go to someone you know your parents don't trust when you believe your sister has been taken by a dragon that may very well kill her?? I see where she's coming from but in that situation I wouldn't care if my parents get mad at me or not, it's my sister's life and they are the ones known for tracking and killing dragons, not Calla. Anyways, keep in mind this is a fantasy stand-alone, so there aren't that many side plots that can be explored to elevate the story if you still want to get everything wrapped up by the end without it being a 800 page book. Also, great rep overall. Not only through Eden's anxiety and panic attacks, but Dani is bisexual and I believe they're half Mexican, half Irish. Tomás' family is from Latin America and Saddie is plus-size. A huge thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the e-ARC in exchange of an honest and voluntary review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Célia Cross

    *4.5 stars* Thank you so much Edelweiss and HMH Books for Young Readers for approving this ARC for me!! First of all, WOW! Dang this book was good! I had trouble putting it down! It had action, it had character development (with characters that I actually cared about), a main character turned evil, AND a dash of romance! I didn't expect this much out of this book and was pleasantly surprised! The first thing I want to say is the reason I didn't give Fire with Fire 5 stars - the LACK of magic develo *4.5 stars* Thank you so much Edelweiss and HMH Books for Young Readers for approving this ARC for me!! First of all, WOW! Dang this book was good! I had trouble putting it down! It had action, it had character development (with characters that I actually cared about), a main character turned evil, AND a dash of romance! I didn't expect this much out of this book and was pleasantly surprised! The first thing I want to say is the reason I didn't give Fire with Fire 5 stars - the LACK of magic development and some holes in the story. For starters, I think Destiny Soria could've developed the magical elements so much more. It would've been cool if she had shown pictures of the symbols Calla used to resurrect Zephyr. In addition, it was wayyyyyyyyyyy too easy for Eden to use her newly given magic. She should've had to learn to control it and how to perform spells. I also wanted to see more of the sisters' Aunt Frankie as well as their parents. Now onto the good stuff! I really enjoyed the fact that Eden turned to the dark side for a while. It added an extra element to the story that made it that more enjoyable and the plot more complicated. I also enjoyed the setting - I haven't read hardly any books that were set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I also liked the plot! There were clear distinctions between the acts that, I myself as a writer, noticed. Dani was a great protagonist. Forced into a role she didn't really want, but had the strength to be in. I rooted for her the whole time! I knew she wasn't going to stay dead because there has literally only been one book and one author I've EVER read that's done that (*cough, cough* Allegiant, Veronica Roth *cough, cough*). I enjoyed the internal struggles Dani and Eden had to go through to make it to the end. AND EVEN BETTER the side characters were fleshed out! Tomás and Sadie were the perfect side characters and much needed comedy in this book! And then there was Kieran . . . he was a nice love interest and I really hope there is a second book so I can see more his and Dani's relationship, as well as Eden and Nate's relationship! Overall, an excellent book and I hope more authors incorporate fantasy and the real-world like Destiny Soria did in Fire with Fire!

  30. 5 out of 5

    DK

    *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Dani Rivera just wants a normal summer - hanging out with her best friend Tomás, working part time, and going to parties with her classmates. But Dani's not normal - she and her family are dragon slayers, trained to track and kill the immortal creatures. Eden, Dani's older sister, is passionate about slaying and works overtime to be the best even though she's always upstaged by her impulsive and less diligent younger sister. Whe *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Dani Rivera just wants a normal summer - hanging out with her best friend Tomás, working part time, and going to parties with her classmates. But Dani's not normal - she and her family are dragon slayers, trained to track and kill the immortal creatures. Eden, Dani's older sister, is passionate about slaying and works overtime to be the best even though she's always upstaged by her impulsive and less diligent younger sister. When a powerful sorcerer offers Eden a chance to get stronger and end the threat of dragons forever, she doesn't hesitate. Yet, just as Eden is preparing to join forces with the sorcerers, Dani meets a dragon face to face and is irrevocably changed by the encounter. A powerful bond unites Dani to her dragon and she learns that everything she's been taught about dragons is wrong. If you've ever longed for dragons to be real, ever struggled against family expectations, or ever wanted to chart your own destiny, this book is for you! There are so many things I loved about Fire with Fire: the rural setting in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the focus on sibling rivalry and bonds, the fierce capability of the protagonists, the world building, and, of course, the dragons. There's diverse and queer rep: Dani and Eden's dad is Scottish and their mom is Mexican-American, many of the supporting characters are Latinx, and Dani is openly bisexual. While much of the book focuses on the battle between dragons and slayers, there's also a good balance with fun moments and deep dives into the characters. I really liked Nox, the dragon! He's smart and sarcastic while also being vulnerable and a steadfast partner to Dani. Although I found myself rooting for Dani and Nox, Eden is also a character that I could relate to. Eden is driven and feels a heavy weight of responsibility to protect humanity by hunting dragons; she has anxiety and sometimes experiences panic attacks. Dani has a fulfilling life outside of her family's dragon slaying traditions but Eden is self-isolated, pouring all of herself into training. I liked that I got both sisters' perspectives and could understand more about them and their rival viewpoints. Without spoilers, I will say I found the story's resolution to be very satisfying, though I would also love to read a sequel!

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