Fire & Heist? More like no wyverns & bust (review)

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 304 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon | BookDepository

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In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

I gotthis book in the 2018 December Fairyloot box. It involves dragons, so I wasexcited for a long time! Unfortunatly I didn’t like it as much as I expected, let’s get down to why.

No, heists and dragons themselves aren’t the most original plot separately, but I hoped that they’d be more interesting and original if they were put together. So withthat thought in my mind, I started reading. It started out super confusing, Skywas constantly mad and frustrated about not being included in the family secrets. Her mom was gone and it bothered me the most that that was all we got to knowin the beginning, everyone in the story knew why she was gone, but not us. I get that it might be to build up the suspense, but it made me frustrated.

The suspense of the heist itself was over pretty quick. I was hoping for a Six of Crows kindof heist, all danger and suspense. But I was on the halfway mark and it was all over already? So the rest of the book was about something other than the heist and I still hadn’t seen any wyverns. To be honest, if the characters weren’t so shallow I wouldn’t have been so salty about not seeing any wyverns, but the only character that was fleshed out was Skyherself, and that wasn’t even done very well. Even her brothers, or her exboyfriend were super shallow and felt like part of a different story. I get that it’s hard to explore side characters when you only have one POV, because your opinion of everyone else is formed by what the MC thinks of them, I just never had such an issue with it in other books.

When the heist was over the book suddenly went in a total different direction, one that I honestly would have loved way more if the book was a duology, so both the heist and the last part of the book could have been ‘more’. Everything in the book just felt so rushed that I couldn’t enjoy it as much. Maybe that’s because I love books where there’s a bunch of worldbuilding, which would have been amazing in this book. Especially because Sky and their family live in a world where wyvers are actually known, and ‘own’ cities. It wasn’t really explained that well and you got snippets here and there about a council and the way people and wyverns lived together. The second half, well, if there was more worldbuilding there, I might have saved it from a three star rating (woops spoilers, oh well).

One thing I still can’t wrap my head around is that there were some moments that seemed super important that just lead nowhere.. I honestly don’t see the point of that, especially in this book since if all of those moments would have been removed and replaced with better worldbuilding and a more intricate heist with more danger, and in the end also more wyverns in the story in general, this book would have definitely gotten a higher rating. Honestly, the only reason this book is ‘fantasy’ is because of the underwhelming amount of wyverns and just. shrug.

But, yes, I do have some good points, since it does have a three star rating. If you are looking for a standalone fantasy book, that is a quick read (I finished it in 2 hours), that’s not superheavy on the fantasy side, but still involves dragons, this really is the book for you. Maybe just don’t compare it to any other book. It only has a 3.48 rating on Goodreads but there are reviewers that really love this book.

This book could have been so good, unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. However, if you like dragons (just not as much as me), and want a bit of excitement, read a fantasy that’s just a quick read. Definitely pick this up. There are some surprises in the story that you might like!

15 thoughts on “Fire & Heist? More like no wyverns & bust (review)

  1. Ruby's Books says:

    I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this book! I’m reading this right now and I’m so disappointed to be honest. Or maybe it’s the mention of dragons and the heist that had everyone have super high expectations? I’ve seen a lot of people mention that the heist is done pretty quick in the book and then the rest of the story feels like a second installment, which is so not good if you ask me. 😦


  2. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    ugh bummer, I was eyeing this one up cause the cover is pretty and also DRAGONS WHY HELLO I’M DOWN FOR THAT just not if executed poorly…which this book seems to have done. *sniffs* I may still give it a read though as its a standalone and dragons so hmmm we’ll see. Lovely review Michelle ❤


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