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Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning

Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning

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by Lavinia Urban

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Erin Tait is a 15 year old girl, born with a birthmark covering the left side of her face.
She moves to her parent’s home town of Galladale, where all is not what it seems.
From day one, Erin is bullied by Jessica Watson, for looking at Sean Jackson.
Why is she trying to keep Erin away? It’s hard when Sean goes out of his way to talk to Erin,


Erin Tait is a 15 year old girl, born with a birthmark covering the left side of her face.
She moves to her parent’s home town of Galladale, where all is not what it seems.
From day one, Erin is bullied by Jessica Watson, for looking at Sean Jackson.
Why is she trying to keep Erin away? It’s hard when Sean goes out of his way to talk to Erin, causing the bullying to get worse.
Erin is lonely and scared; she doesn’t know what to do. Can she control the fire inside?

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Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Pinkspo0n More than 1 year ago
I went into this book completely blind. All I knew about this novel was that it has a pretty cover and obviously has something to do with the beginning of a story involving a fire goddess. Although the story did take a while to “heat up” (hah! Puns.), I still found myself intrigued by the story from the start. The author did a great job creating Erin as a sweet and kindhearted girl that’s just misunderstood due to her birthmark. Honestly, it seemed that all of the characters (except Jessica, of course) were well rounded and genuine. When I first started reading, I did have a few problems. It’s no secret that the grammar in this book is not up to snuff. I believe I read somewhere that this was being worked on, but at least at the point where I was reading this book, it had not yet been corrected. The grammatical issues caused some disturbance at first, but it wasn’t at a level where I couldn’t complete the story. In fact, once I really got into the story, I stopped noticing the grammatical errors as much as I had in the beginning. This is a really sweet book and I can’t wait to continue the series. Try to look past the errors (until they’re corrected) and you’ll find yourself enveloped in a really fun series. Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review.
Merumei More than 1 year ago
~* I received a copy of Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning from the author in exchange for an honest review during the Sweet Sixteen Summer Splash reading challenge. I have not been and never will be compensated for my review of this book. This review is my honest opinion and is in no way influenced by the author's generosity.*~ Now that I have that out of the way, Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning is about Erin Tait, a 15-year-old girl with an ugly red birthmark covering most of the left side of her face. She has no friends and has never had a boyfriend, so when her parents announce that they will be moving to their hometown of Galladale, she is relieved. Erin's not an only child, and her 14-year-old sister Kasey-Ray is perfect in every way, but they love each other all the same. In Galladale, nothing is different. Everyone thinks Erin is a freak except Sean. Sean actually looks at her, not her birthmark. But when Jessica, a redheaded girl from her form class forbids Erin from even so much as looking at Sean, things go from bad to worse. Erin must avoid Sean at all costs. But things aren't what they seem. Can Erin avoid her attraction to the one person who doesn't treat her like a freak? Can she handle the changes happening within her? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I actually loved the premise of this book. So why only 3 stars? There was a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes that made it really hard to take in at times. I also felt that the connection between Sean and Erin happened entirely too fast. Other than that, it was a nice quick read and the story still drew me in regardless of any of the flaws I found. I loved the whole paranormal element and despite a lot of people claiming they had no desire to pick up the rest of the series, I found that I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, Erin the Fire Goddess: Betrayal. If you want a nice young adult series with a paranormal twist and can get over the grammar issues (which the author has mentioned she is getting taken care of), Erin the Fire Goddess is perfect for you. The timeline is a bit wonky, but the premise of the story is mostly unique and actually quite charming.
TheGuardian More than 1 year ago
This is a great book first book to a series that makes you want to continue to the next book. While I will agree with most of the positive comments already posted, there is so much more. How about overcoming bullying, personal adversity, coming of age, and great family dynamics. Well written with a charming flare for the UK. Since the UK school system plays a large part in this story, I do wish that the UK school system was explained a little more for those of us not familiar with its organization.
Tazzy-TMH1 More than 1 year ago
Great Start To The Series I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s taken me a while to digest this book enough to write my review. Meet Erin an awkward 15 year old girl. Being a 15 year old High School student is difficult enough as it is but add in the fact that Erin has a birthmark that covers half of her face and well, as we all know kids can be cruel. After moving to a new town and starting a new school Erin meets Sean. The book is well written and pulls you in quite quickly. The characters are well developed and it’s really easy to build a connection with them and experience the emotions they do. You are compelled to turn each page.
MrsBakon More than 1 year ago
Erin’s family is picture perfect. Their pretty, sporty, and outgoing, while she on the other hand feels like she doesn’t fit in.  A birthmark covers her left cheek, which makes her feel unaccepted by everyone around her. Her family moves to a new place. She’s eating lunch by herself when a group of teens climb out of the bushes. Captivated by a boy named Sean she instantly has an attraction to him. Not soon after, she begins to get bullied by a girl named “Jessica” who beats her up several times for talking  to Sean. The story moves along as you discover some cool things about Erin and who she and who her family is and what they can do. I won’t ruin it for you! I felt like the storyline moved along nicely in this book. It had nice characters and I never felt “bored” at all by the plot . I enjoyed the twist on a paranormal/superhero type book. Erin’s “birthmark” is more than it appears. As her anger builds her ability manifests in the form of fire. It was strange how Sean liked Erin at first but as the author explained  the powers it was rather cool I thought! I liked it that the opposites fit together. Fire and water. It was very unique I felt for its genre. It was already mentioned in another review that there was a lot of kissing. Lol. There was indeed, though it didn’t bother me that much,  I mean they did fall in love very quick, but I guess for teen books that’s pretty normal. I really enjoyed the overall story.  The only reason why I give this book less than 5 stars is the grammar/editing. It was pretty rough in spots.  There was no punctuation in the dialogue which threw me out of the story quite a bit. I figured the author was unaware that every time there is dialogue there should be punctuation inside the parentheses. I think just a little bit of research about grammar would greatly  improve this book. There was some weird lingo in there, but I figured that was the culture of the author rubbing off. She also spelled  realized wrong the entire book and it got rather annoying for me because the word was overused in the book, or I just noticed it cause of it being misspelled. I think with a good edit this book has tons of potential. I really want to know more about the Doctor guy  and even more about the mysterious rock in the lake that seemed to give them their powers. I really hope this book goes far . It seems really great as far as the story goes! I hope the author knows that I only critique to help out. I would have loved to give this the  5 stars it deserved.   I was given this book free for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Erin, a 15yo girl who was born with a special gift. She learns of her power while enduring some of the worst encounters of her life, along with some of the best when she meets Sean, her soulmate. This book was a great and easy read- a wonderful young adult paranormal book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a very imaginative writer, it is not your typical paranormal teen book. It is slow going in the beginning but once you get through the beginning and past the grammatical errors, it is definitely a good read. As far as the story line, Erin and Sean seem to move their relationship very quickly. Her sister Kasey-Ray seems much older than Erin. Love Erin as a character, in the beginning she a bit too shy and critical of herself and the other teens are very hard on her. Overall, a great start to the series. Can't wait to read the rest of the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The paranormal 'gifts' you find out about tend to run in 'families'---This story tells of these teenagers whose gifts manifest in puberty---how they learn about them & how to control them! As a previous reviewer said though---it needs better editing in sone areas!
cgmartin79 More than 1 year ago
Imagine going through life as a teenager with what feels like a disfigurement. Every gawks when you come by and cruel kids make fun of you. Meet Erin and this is her story. Erin has a huge birthmark that takes up most of her cheek. She has been ridiculed her whole life about it and as her family moves away she is excited to leave the cruel kids in her school behind. Only, it's not as Erin had hoped. She has a new rival and she's not even sure why. Enter Jessica, the big, bad, bully that torments and physically assaults Erin every chance she gets. Warning Erin away from Sean. Sean just so happens to be gorgeous and out of Erin's league, or is he? They just so happen to keep meeting at the video store. Is there a reason? This story has several turns and unexpected happenings in it. I loved that is wasn't just another paranormal love story. This story was unique and fresh. The heroine has some emotional damage because of her looks, but through the story we see it starting to heal. I await to see as the story unfolds in the other books how she will gain confidence and find her own peace. I received a copy of this e-book for an honest review from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contains SPOILERS First, (and I know the author is aware of this) I have to say the book was a little hard to read. And not because the author is from the UK (or Scottland?) and some of the terms were not what I was used to and it took me a few seconds to "translate" them into "American" english. It was the grammatical errors, missed / extra words, etc. that was distracting. I actually liked the story line and have become extremely fond of YA books. I think I actually read more about teenagers now than when I was a teenager. I know the author is working to have these corrected which I think would help immensely for future sales. Aside from the above, it was a little disturbing given the bullying from Jessica and the overall meanness of the other kids just because of her birthmark. I'm not saying we don't see this in schools, because we know teenagers can definitely be mean. And the fact that Sean and others ignored how Jessica treated her really bothered me. The fact that only her sister stood up for her and her parents were completely clueless. That she thought of herself as a freak because of the mark and people's responses to it. What I did like was that Sean was not bothered by her mark. And maybe that has to do with the fact that he was expecting it and knew it could fade after she became aware of her gift. I also could see him falling for her quickly, well, because again, he knew what to expect in a sense given he has been waiting for his soul mate. What I'm still confused by is why they do a complete about face in personality after awakening their gifts. Kelly explains her situation to Erin, but Sean doesn't. They just say that they all go through it. Now, what was a little off is how she fell for him so quickly. I don't expect to hear a 15 year old say "I love you" that soon after meeting someone, wait, I take it back. Yep, I can see a 15 year old who does not have any friends much less a boyfriend fall fast and hard. However, the fact that her parents are ok with the relationship and all of the hands on, even knowing why, is weird for me. I don't know if I could be that accepting with my daughter. Maybe if she wasn't 15... Seriously, the book has a lot of potential, but needs some clean up and maybe fleshing out of some of the areas that are still vague. Not sure why the Dr. was so "crazy" either which definitely needs some explaining and maybe that comes later. I had no problem finishing it, but I can see how others would not have liked it.
Crystalc23 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read and thoroughly enjoyable. The way the author explains how Erin becomes The Fire Goddess is amazing. I don't read very fast but I was engulfed in this story and had to finish it. This book has great characters like Erin, and Jessica, and the trials and tribulations Erin has to go through to be what she is destined to be. I completely recommend this book.
Belinda-G More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story of Erin an how she comes to be the Fire Goddess is wonderful. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one day and now I can't wait to read more by this author. This is a great paranormal book with a few twists that will have you loving Erin, hating Jessica, feeling sorry for Erin and all she goes thru, and Erin finding her soul mate. This is most definitely a MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!! I can't wait to read more from this amazing author.
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Lavinia Urban Erin the fire goddess: The beginning I started reading this book completely blind, having read the blurb a few weeks previously but pretty much forgotten it. I soon became curious as to where the story was going, and couldn’t stop reading to find out Erin’s story. Some bits confused me, but they were all explained before the end and everything fell into place. This is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to read more of Erin, Sean and the others to find out where this is all leading now she is aware of their powers. I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
SabrinaNedeleaSN More than 1 year ago
Wow, I don’t how to start this… The book is simply amazing! Loved it! The author has an interesting writing style, one that makes you’re imagination run free, that put’s you right in the story. I had the same feelings as the characters in the book. It made me angry, made me laugh all mixed feelings. The book starts with Erin and her family who are moving to a new town, Galladale. This is where things start changing. Erin is a shy girl who has a birth mark on her face. Everybody calls her a freak and she doesn't have any friends, except her younger sister, Kasey-ray. She is smart and tries to keep to herself, because she is afraid to even try to make friends because of her birth mark. But things take a turn to worse, she ends up being enemies with the school bully, Jessica. She is threatened to not even take a look at Sean, who was Jessica friends. She get’s pushed by Jessica, beaten and bullied a lot, unfortunately. Finally, Erin cracks and she finds out she has some sort o power, meaning fire. When her last fight with Jessica she burned her, wanted to escape from her kicking’s. That same day she found out that Sean was something more important to her, he was her soul mate. “I don’t feel like there’s something missing anymore,” he laughed this time as I still looked at him in bewilderment, unsure by what he was meaning. “I found you,” he said each word clearly as he slowly started kissing me again, this time more passionately, and when he pulled away something caught his eye.- Sean “You are my fire and I am your water” I love Erin, the way she acted, the way she took care of herself. Even if she was 16, she acted mature for her age and didn't get scared easily. She was extremely likable and I could relate to her. I loved how Erin and Kasey-Ray get along so well and look out for each other. Lavinia Urban did an amazing job, she wrote an awesome story, one that will hold your breath and when you least expect she will leave you speechless. I honestly recommend this book to everyone! It's a must read!
mberbrich More than 1 year ago
OMG This book was a-fricking-mazing!!!! I started reading it and couldn't stop. I finished it in a day because I had to know what happened next. Erin has such straignth in this book. Her family is amazing, I want to be part of thier family, they are very loving and caring. Erin and her family move back to her parents home town and that is when her life starts to change. I can't say much more without giving anything away but I can say she meets an amazing guy. Hurry and get this book to find out more! You won't regret it I promise.