Sunday, 28 June 2015

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine review!

Title: Fire Colour One
Author: Jenny Valentine
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Length: 256 pages
Genres: YA, Contemporary, 
Format: Paperback, ebook
Source: ARC from Netgalley (thank you so much!)

'A teenage girl will soon discover, there are some things which burn even brighter than fire.

Iris’s father Ernest is at the end of his life.Her best friend Thurston seems like a distant memory to her.Her mother has declared war. She means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection so that she can afford to live the high life.But Ernest has other ideas. There are things he wants Iris to know. Things he can tell her and things that must wait till he’s gone.What she does after that is up to her.'

'Fire Colour One' captured my attention from the offset. Not only did the structure of the book really intrigue me - we start from the end and work back, which really worked in my opinion - to the extent that the book requires a second read, just so we can catch things about the end that we might have missed on the first read.

Another thing I really liked was that I don't think I've ever met a character like Iris. Her voice captures your attention completely, and I didn't want to stop reading, even when things got pretty dark, and sad. I've never had a character's voice completely take over the story for me, to the extent that Iris' did. Her voice was so distinct from the first page that from then on, we feel as if we're hearing this from the mouth of a real person, who has a voice unlike one I've ever heard before. It's Iris frank storytelling that is still full of emotion that really draws you in, and then when the plot hits you it has even more of an impact. Jenny Valentine really has a flair for creating characters with voices and stories that are so realistic, you begin to forget everything is fictional. 

Of course, another aspect of Iris being a very unique character is also the fact that she likes to commit arson on a regular basis, While I found those passages very beautiful - Valentine has a very distinct, lovely way of writing in general, but especially about the passages were there is a fire - but I was also really pleased that while the arson is a big part of the book, and Iris' life, it's never really encouraged - it's just simply a part of Iris, and that's it. 

While the plot is also relatively simple - it really packs depth and an emotional punch that makes this book an extremely memorable one, particularly due to the way that Valentine writes her characters. I really love books about family, and connections - and Ernest and Iris' story was so beautiful! I wish I could read more about Ernest, Iris (and even Hannah!) Because Valentine packs her stories with such vivid, real characters that the plot becomes even more intricate, and impacting, just because we care about the characters, and what they're saying and feeling. 

Quite simply, this is a very heart-wrenching book that will make you think about life, death and your relationships with those you love. If you need a read that will make you think, and appreciate life just because you have it, and are lucky enough to be surrounded with people who love you, then this is the book for you.



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