Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fate of Flames By Sarah Raughley|Review


Fate of Flames (Effigies #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on November 22nd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Rating:

Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series. When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement. But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms. Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy. Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together. Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

My Thoughts

I won an arc of this book, which was provided by the author. 
When I first opened this book, I never expected it to play out the way it did. I was expecting some action but ended up with so much more! It's been a while since I've read an origin story of superheroines. One thing that really caught my attention about this book was their elemental powers. I have always loved the idea of characters controlling the elements. However, it does take some time for Maia to reach her full potential and wield her new abilities. 
I was very intrigued by the fact that past Effigies memories are bottled up and contained with each Effigy in possession of their powers. I never expected the book to take the turn it had. I was just hoping for an epic superhuman story. Instead, I get supernatural phantoms, superhuman abilities, a creepy supervillain who seems to be schizophrenic, and a possible murder mystery. I only have a few complaints about this book. 1) I felt that the three Effigies showed very little distinguishable traits despite beginning from completely different backgrounds and origins. Besides their dialogue, physical appearance, and power, there really were no differences in character. 2) There were many instances where Maia's thoughts broke apart the story. I understand the suspense portion, but it grows tedious to have to read two or three paragraphs before Maia snaps out of it. Now, I'm not talking about Maia dipping into her past Effigies memories, I really enjoyed the insight. I talking about the added fluff between the characters, especially in an already slow progressing scene. 
Besides that, I enjoyed the book.

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