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Review ~ Fireborn by Keri Arthur (2014, urban fantasy)

Review ~ Fireborn by Keri Arthur (2014, urban fantasy)Author: Keri Arthur
Title: Fireborn
Series: Souls of Fire #1
Publisher: Signet Select
Pages: 370
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a virus, the red plague —a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Beneath a Rising Moon, Memory Zero, Generation 18, Penumbra, City of Light, Winter Halo
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Fireborn is the first book in the Souls of Fire series by Keri Arthur.

POV: first person

Tense: past

Setting: Australia

Sexual Content: explicit, for ages 18+

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Fireborn was hot in every sense. It’s sexy with fire-wielding creatures, and the story ignites on the first page and never loses its flames.

Emberly is a phoenix. Her life mate, Rory, lives with her. They need one another for survival, part of a curse that also makes them doomed to find love. When Emberly’s boss is murdered, she jumps into the investigation, one that is unfortunately led by her ex who could not understand her relationship with Rory.

There is so much I like about this book. First, Emberly is an awesome name for a phoenix. Second, there are great dynamics between Emberly and her ex. I thought the world was well-developed, as were the characters. I also liked the mystery element maintained throughout the book about the murder, her ex’s darkness, and the red cloaks who were infected with a new virus.

There is a romantic element to this book, but I would classify it as urban fantasy rather than paranormal romance, because the romantic element is more about what has been lost than about falling in love again. The sex has nothing to do with romance. Emberly meets a hot fire fae (in more than one way), and they have a casual sexual relationship.

The book has great action scenes.

I also thought it was cool that Emberly could take different forms. She could be human, spirit, or bird. Another interesting thing about Emberly is that she can recharge her power by stealing the warmth from another person.

So, if I liked it so much, why did I give it less than 5 stars?

The lack of resolution.

The ending is just a ton of loose threads. Nothing gets resolved in this book. If you don’t like cliffhangers, you will probably get upset with this ending (assuming you haven’t already read the book).

Despite that, I did enjoy reading Fireborn. I will definitely read Wicked Embers (book two) to see what happens to Emberly.

About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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