Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
Published: February 1st 2022 by Scholastic Press
Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy, LGBT, Romance
Quick Thoughts: Oozing character and charisma from the get-go.
About The Book: In Rosiee Thor’s lavish fantasy novel with a Jazz Age spark, a politically savvy teen must weigh her desire to climb the social ladder against her heart in a world where magic buys votes.
Flare is power.
With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground — and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share.
Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her.
So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on the senator’s opposition in exchange for his approval and the status she so desperately craves. But the longer Ingrid wears two masks, the more she questions where her true allegiances lie.
Will she stand with the Holts, or will she forge her own path?
I’m a huge fan of everything Jazz-age—1920’s glamour, Gatsby vibes—so as soon as this beauty came on my radar, I knew I had to read it! I’m forever grateful to Scholastic for the early chance to read!
In a world where magic illuminates the lives of all it touches, our main character Ingrid wants what she doesn’t have—flare. And flare is power, it’s everything. Those with flare run things, and if Ingrid wants in on the glory and get her share, she knows that means rising to the top alongside someone else. Someone like Linden, heir to a massive legacy of flare, the most of all.
The only thing standing in Ingrid’s way is Linden’s father. He isn’t her biggest fan, in fact, he doesn’t really think much of her at all. But when the opportunity arises for Ingrid to do him a favour as he runs for president—to spy on the opposite team—she hopes it will be enough to get on his good side and gain approval. Only, things don’t go as smoothly as she hoped. Playing off both sides and being deceitful is unlike her character, and through pitting her loyalty against her desires, she’s faced with the question of how far she’ll go to stand alongside the Holts or go it alone.
Overall, Fire Becomes Her was as decadent as it’s glorious cover. Oozing character and charisma from the get-go, I was enthralled by the entire composition that it held. Ingrid showed massive character development and I thoroughly liked her character. I do wish that we got to see some of the other characters become multifaceted and lean into some of the romance plots, but I definitely think the golden hue of the magic was the core focus and it definitely shone as brightly as fire. If you’re a fan of political fantasy novels, you will love this. Shiny four stars!
Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding to tell her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an abundance of plants.