L.H. Cosway has done it again. She hooked me from the first page, something which rarely happens to me anymore. I thought my luck would run out after Tegan’s Blood and Tegan’s Return, but I found a new cast of characters to fall in love with in A Strange Fire.
Flo’s voice captured me immediately. Her acceptance of herself as a stammering idiot is heartbreaking. She’s never known love in her life, only abuse from a drug dealer father who likes to calls his daughter a “stupid bitch”. She’s also kept the fact she can see people’s auras to herself, until she lands in the small rural town of Chestertport and starts to make friends at her new school. Flo, or Florence as the lovely Frank (the boy with the strange fire in his aura) insists on calling her, gradually realises she’s not the only one around with a strange ability. As her powers increase, so too does the danger from those who wish to steal her gift. A teenager died under mysterious circumstances two years before in Chesterport, and it looks like the same fate is in store for Flo.
I liked how Cosway links this story to her other books. Flo originally comes from the city of Tribane, where all the action in her vampire series, The Ultimate Power takes place. It’s rare to become so lost in a story that you forget you’re reading a book. This doesn’t happen to me every often, but I should have expected nothing else, having read Cosway’s other books, which are now among my list of favourite novels.
The mocking and bullying Flo faces at school will have you seething. It’s something we’re all familiar with from our own school days. There are always going to be a few bitches and dickheads eager to cause others embarrassment and pain. It’s agonising watching Flo try to get her words, any words out. But Flo is strong. She may lack self-esteem but she grows a little more confident day by day. The cute asshole, Josh, who insults her in front of the whole class on her first day, comes on to her in private and she tells him to take a hike. Good for her.
The teens in this book are more straight talking and realistic than what I read in many YA books. I could be right there with Flo and Frank in the hall at school and I wanted to be sitting at the lunch table in the cafeteria with the friendly, best friend, Caroline, ballsy, Layla, flirty Alex and the lovely, older than his years, Frank. Frank is mature, sexy and filled with fire. His aura flickers like a live flame and his tattoos hint at a wilder side.
I cannot recommend this book and the others I’ve mentioned here today enough. ***** The follow up to A Strange Fire, A Vision of Green is out later this month and it’s going straight on my Kindle.
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