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Fierce Like a Firestorm


Fierce Like a Firestorm

FIERCE LIKE A FIRESTORM is an incredible follow-up to Lana Popović’s debut, WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE. Bursting with gorgeous prose and stunning characters, the duology is truly magical and one of the best series I’ve had the privilege of reading.

"Scrumptious descriptions of food and place and well-written characters that compel you to turn the pages faster and faster as you read."

Set in Montenegro, the series introduces readers to twins Malina and Iris. The two live with their mother and de-facto Grandfather in Cattaro, hidden from the rest of the world due to their gleam --- magical abilities that make them alluring and beautiful. Sweet-tempered Malina has the ability to use her voice to interpret and influence the emotions around her. Feisty Iris can create fractals out of objects, though not with the same skill as her sister. Their mother, Jasmina, a bakery owner in town, can induce memories of places into the pastries and cakes she bakes. Like her mother, Malina can’t help but use her gift when she speaks or sings but Iris is unable to fractal --- any use of it would bring unnecessary attention to them.

It isn’t until two mysterious people show up in Cattaro and their mother is gravely injured that Malina and Iris begin to question their mother’s past and their gleam and how it might have gotten her nearly killed.

FIERCE LIKE A FIRESTORM, without giving too many spoilers, takes place directly after the intense conclusion of the first book. And as the first book unfolded the story like a professionally wrapped present, this one does it’s best to wrap everything up tightly and without loose ends.

Malina and Iris were really fun to read about. I loved their personalities but also their closeness --- it reminded me a bit of the “Charmed” sisters --- similarly bound by otherworldly powers, up against the world.

If I were to have any qualms with the book --- and I really don’t have many --- it would be that I could have had chapters and chapters more of a character named Luka, who was my favorite. I just felt like he played a huge part in the first book and we barely got enough time of him in the second. He along with his sister, Nico, were just as well-written as if they were the main protagonists themselves and I think deserved a little more page time. I want a whole series from their POV!

That being said, there’s very little to critique in this series ender. Popović’s lush descriptions of the land and the gleams that the women share are truly something to behold. I could wrap myself up in the prose it was so wonderful. I’m now desperate to visit Montenegro. A little googling tells me that most of the landmarks that were introduced in the book are actually real and I would love to see them for myself. It was so refreshing to read a book not set in the United States and I hope Popović’s future books explore similar places.

I would recommend this series to anyone who loves rich storytelling --- scrumptious descriptions of food and place and well-written characters that compel you to turn the pages faster and faster as you read.

Reviewed by Brianna Robinson on September 20, 2018

Fierce Like a Firestorm
by Lana Popovic

  • Publication Date: August 21, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0062436864
  • ISBN-13: 9780062436863