{Effie Reviews} Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Posted September 9, 2013 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Ruby's Fire

by Catherine Stine
Published on June 1st, 2013
by Konjur Road Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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If everything about you changes, what remains?

Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

I got this copy from NetGalley after requesting it because I loved the cover and the blurb looked interesting. And I’m happy to say that this book was a great surprise to me.

First and foremost the story is about Ruby who lives with cult and on the night she’s about to be forcibly made the “wife” of sorts of one of the Elders, she uses a potion she made to make the Elder fall asleep and tak her eight-year-old brother Thorn away from that place. They end up in a place called The Greening. It’s run by a woman, named Nevada who let’s them stay at the school and continue their education. Then a contest made by Axiom comes up and several schools – including The Greening – are selected to participate and make something with the Fireseed.

Needless to say the story was very interesting and compelling. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. I loved the way Catherine Stine portays her world and everything in it. There were a few things that bothered me though, which made me drop from 5 stars to 4 stars because of it.

One reason was because I noticed a few spelling mistakes and typos that annoyed me during my reading. My second reason is that I don’t very much like Ruby, the main character, despite the fact that everything is written from her POV. I just couldn’t connect with her. I did like Armonk though and Thorn who – despite not speaking all that much throughout the book – turned out to be one of the most interesting characters in the book.

All that said, this book deserves 4 stars, which I’m giving it and I would recommend to the other people who like YA Science Fiction, because this is definitely worth reading at least once.


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