{ARC Review} The Secret Fire by @CJ_Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld @bookouture

September 11, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 3 ★★★½

{ARC Review} The Secret Fire by @CJ_Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld @bookoutureThe Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld
Pages: 424
Published by Atom on September 10, 2015
Series: The Alchemist Chronicles #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher

French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.
There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.
Will they survive long enough to save the world?

YA Review My Thoughts

The Secret Fire is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, The Alchemist Chronicles. The Alchemist Chronicles is the collaborative efforts of french author Carina Rozenfeld and young adult author C.J. Daugherty. This was my first book by either of these authors and I have to say it was so well done. I loved the idea that these two teens, in two different countries could be brought together through the strange, magical and completely different things happening to each of them. The Magic Fire is a whirlwind adventure, that spreads generations and countries. I love the mixture of history, the beautiful settings and the fatastical and magical secrets that surround the characters in the Secret Fire.

The Secret fire is told in dual narrative between Sacha and Taylor, two teens that each have something crazy happening in their own lives. Taylor is only just learning that something strange is happening to her throughout the story. We get to experience all she is going through for the first time with her, while Sacha has known for as long as he can remember what is up with him. He can’t die until he is 18. It is a strange concept to have short term invincibility, but I loved the twist on the family curse idea.

There are so many questions still lingering by the end of this book. I can’t wait to get the next book in the The Alchemist Chronicles, because it feels like there is still so much more to come. We did get a lot of answers to the mystery surrounding the two teens, but holy cow there is so much more! Not to mention, I think the romance is building for the next installment, and I cannot wait! Fans of fantasy, mystery and history will freakin’ love the Secret Fire. This is going to be a great series.

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About C.J. Daugherty

A former crime reporter and investigative journalist, C. J. Daugherty is the author of the international bestselling Night School series. She saw her first murder victim when she was 22 years old, and has been obsessed with the darker side of human nature ever since. Her Night School books, set in a boarding school for the children of the British elite, topped sales charts and captured hearts in countries around the world. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. Born in Texas, she has lived in England for many years, where she is currently working on a new novel.

About Carina Rozenfeld

When she was 9 years old, Carina Rozenfeld began writing her own stories, because she thought dreaming at night wasn’t enough. Later, she became a journalist for a French youth press, while continuing to write stories at night. After her first novels were published in France, she became a full time author. To date, she has written nearly twenty popular books, including the bestselling trilogy La quête des Livres-Monde and Les Clefs de Babel. In young adult literature, she is known for her series Phænix and La symphonie des Abysses. She has won more than twenty literary awards. She lives in Paris, where she is now working on new science-fiction and fantasy books.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

3 Responses to “{ARC Review} The Secret Fire by @CJ_Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld @bookouture”

  1. kindlemom1

    I haven’t read either of these authors yet either although I have been meaning to read Daughtery for a really long time now. So happy this was such a good read for you. I love the cover and the synopsis so I think this will really be something I would like as well.
    Wonderful review Michelle and Happy Friday!! I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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