Pyromantic by Lish McBride
Author: Lish McBride
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since she’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks.
Then she gets sent to handle two local thugs with were-hare Sid. But when they arrive, the thugs are dead and a necromancer has raised them as mindless, aggressive zombies. Ava is faced with an epidemic—something is turning normal creatures into killing machines. Unfortunately, this means she has to work with Lock and his new girl. Worse than that, she has to work with her ex, Ryan. Compared to facing such emotional turmoil, she’d rather take on an entire herd of flesh-eating kelpies . . . or she could just do both. Isn’t she just the lucky gal?
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: Right from the beginning of Pyromantic I am introduced to the funny and spunky character that is Ava. She is a Firebug which is a sibling to the phoenix and dragon. “Not genetically, but in spirit.” Even with that, she can joke about melting an ice-cream truck’s tires and tackling the driver just to get her hands on a little bit of the contents waiting inside. She lives everyday in servitude to the Coterie, and a new boss in Alistair who is making the job a little bit easier to deal with. And I might have become a little biased with this read when I saw the doctor references, which included the love of bow ties and Sylvie’s love interest possibly dressing up as the tenth doctor.
Aside from all of that, this gets even better. I couldn’t get enough of Ava’s character. Not only does she have all of the mentioned attributes from above, but she is also strong and fierce with no end in sight. And though she may have to answer to the Coterie, she is bent on finding a way out of her contract. Having to no longer be part of any form of torture or dirty work they instill upon her. Her abilities are more than that, more than what the Coterie has made of them.
If that didn’t compel me enough into this novel, the attraction and unrequited feelings going on between Ava and Lock are just as fiery as she is. She is constantly trying to avoid him, making it part of her mission to not make further eye contact, answer messages coming from him, having any meaningful discussions. And somehow even with all of that, or lack thereof, there is still the want and hopes that Ava stops the unpleasant stance, lets her guard down and gives in to what we know is going to be a great YA couple.
There is tons more brewing between these pages. As necromancers make an appearance, bringing back the dead that have been killed by a new fungus affecting only magical beings. And Ezra, who is just as charming and swoon worthy as Luke, tries to prove his point to Ava that they are both needed by her side, keeping vigilance and helping her as she tries and finds the reason for these occurrences. Where is the fungus coming from? Who has created it? And what do snails have to do with all of it?
I couldn’t place this book down. I loved every aspect of it and enjoyed the quirkiness of it all. Every character caught my attention and I rooted for each and every one of them. There was humor, mystical findings at every turn, and enjoyed even more how they all meshed as a team. The imagined creatures in Pyromantics are interesting and eye catching. And the creepiness factor increases the further you delve into this read. Will definitely be getting myself a copy of the first novel in this series, Firebug.
***I received this copy from Henry Holt and Co./Fierce Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***