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BN ID: 2940044249219
Publisher: Heather James
Publication date: 01/10/2013
Series: Elements of Power Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 744,698
File size: 566 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Heather James is a young-adult author who writes about heroines with amazing powers, heroes who will break your heart and fantasy realms that you will want to move to.She works as a librarian in a school and spends her school holidays writing, reading, playing flag-American football and baking.

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Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read it on Wattpad, and it's one of my favorite books on there.
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purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is not my usual kind of read, but I was intrigued by the synopsis. The story is about the Brizans, The Helians, The Sephans, The Arcans. four different realms each with there own powers all to do with nature- earth, water, fire, air. In the Arcan realm we meet Jasmine a orphan who doesn't know who her parents are or what her powers will be if any. The Prince of this realm is Brae. All the leaders of the realms are summoned to the Helian realm to have a meeting to see if they can discuss peace. Little do all the leaders know but the Helians are up to something. I honestly didn't think I would like this book, but I did. I liked all the characters, I am interested to see what happens in the next book, and find out who Jazz is. The pace was just right I read it in two sittings. The only thing I wasn't sure of was the cover, I don't think the cover does the story justice. Thank you heather I am looking forward to the next one
KaseyJP More than 1 year ago
*This book was given in exchange for an honest review and contains spoilers*Fire was a unique book set in a unique fantasy world. I really enjoyed the idea of 4 different realms that have powers from the 4 elements. I thought it was interesting to see all the ways the people imitated their chosen element. I thought the characters were well-developed. I really like Brae, he was thoughtful and kind. He was also a strong characters and I liked how he was willing to be open-minded. I did feel bad that he left Helion thinking that Roxy had betrayed him. I did enjoy Roxy as well, she had a ton of spunk and wasn’t afraid to live. I also enjoyed that she wanted to be the best Protector and spent so much time training. Jazz was tougher for me because while I really understood and empathized with her character, I also felt like she was the least-likeable character. I understood her pain at not knowing where she comes from, but I also felt like she took it too far. Plus, it’s obvious to me that Roxy and Jazz are half sisters. Roxy’s dad was part of the Brizan occupation, he stayed there for months and the Brizan queen was reportedly extraordinarily beautiful, and he looked shocked when he saw Jazz. Also, Jazz had incidents using both water and fire powers, she has brown hair(Helion) and blue eyes(Brizan), and her hair is violet. Violet being a mix of blue hair(Brizan) and red hair(Helion), I can’t wait for the next installment to see if I’m right! The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 4 or 5 stars, is the fact that it was hard to get into. I was more than 25% through it by the time I started to catch on to the elements and the differences between all the different realms. I also felt that the dual point of view was part of the reason it was hard to get into. It just switched to quickly and just as I would start to get invested into a character it would switch over to a different point of view. I would still recommend this book because it ended up being a great novel and I can’t wait for the sequel!
DeniceC More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Never too Old for Y.A. and N.A. Books and Heather James for providing an ecopy of this book… Cover: It's alright... Jasmine: I’m really curious what her story is… I want to know what happened to her family… Why was she abandoned? Why is she like that? Why is she so unique? There are many questions about her and not all were answered… But at least the readers were given some hints to some answers… Anyways, it’s kinda frustrating that she did not tell Brae what really happened by the end of the story… I sense that this will be a start of another quarrel… But I understand that she’s only trying to protect him, but still… Roxanne: Also called Roxy… I. HATE. HER!!! She’s too full of herself and she likes to intimidate people… Sometimes I think of her as a bully… She likes to make people feel they’re inferior to her (that’s what I see she’s doing)… Her comments about the other realms were also bordering on being racist… She doesn’t really even know them and she’s already judging them as a whole… I also don’t like her reactions to what her King and her mother are doing or planning… When she first heard about the plan, I want to strangle her… I get the feeling that she would really want to be the queen and treat the people in the other realms as her slaves… Though, near the end she was starting to feel guilty and restless… But I still hate her, even if I get the feeling that no matter what she does, she will always be under the king's orders… Story: The story was good… But I it did not made me react so much on it, because the idea of realms and prejudice are not new to me… Though I’m not saying it’s boring, it’s just that it was making me neutral… I reacted so much on the characters but the plot itself was not worth reacting… I was really, really, really waiting for the climax… And yes it happened, but not until I was reading near the end… I felt that I was reading the introduction and the rising action for a very long time… It made me somewhat doubt if there will be even a climax… Though at least there was but, it was really short… The ending was a cliffhanger… But I expected that cause it is clear that there will be a second book… It’s just really frustrating that a lot of questions were left unanswered… Rating: I gave this book 3 stars because even if I did not really enjoy the story per se, the characters made me react so much, especially Roxanne… And for me, even if I don’t like a character, but he/she made me react so much, giving the book 3 stars is worth it… Happy Reading!!! Thank you!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am so happy I got a chance to review this book! Otherwise I might never have found it! I defiantly recommend picking up this book! Fire was a extremely well written book. It reminded me a lot of Avatar: The last Air-bender. Which was fine by me! But heather did a great job of making it her own world. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the world building. Heather did a wonderful job with creating this world and then sharing it with us with out it being to overwhelming. I really liked to almost modern style world. They obviously dressed more modern, but as far as I could tell there wasn't any "technology", which I liked. Along with the world I loved all the characters. I liked reading from the two main characters Roxy, and Jasmine's point of view. Though I would have loved to know what Brae thought through all of the book! My only complaint is that it was to SHORT! I would have easily read 200 more pages! But alas I must wait for the next book!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Heather James, and Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books.) Roxy is a fire mage, and she’s also a princess of the Helian realm. She has long been trained to be a ‘protector’ and she will soon get to put her powers to the test when delegates from the other 3 realms travel to Helian to discuss trade agreements. Jasmine is a friend of Prince Brae of the Arcan realm, and she is hiding a secret. Streaks of colour appear in people’s hair as they gain mastery of an element, Prince Brae is gaining silver streaks which show his affinity for air, whilst Jasmine has suddenly developed purple streaks – the likes of which have never been seen before. Afraid that people will think her a monster, Jasmine hides the streaks in her hair, and can’t bring herself to confide in anyone. As ambassadors for the other three realms arrive in Helian to discuss trade agreements, most are a little wary – whilst the other three realms trade openly and use each other’s waters, nobody trusts those from Helian after a previous war, and such grievances are difficult to forgive and forget. Will the discussions be worthwhile? What is happening to Jasmine? And can the four realms come to some sort of compromise? This book wasn’t for me. The characters annoyed me, and the story dragged. Roxy had such a temper. Her interactions with Brae were less conversations, and more arguments. Even when he was being conversational, she immediately jumped to the offensive, and started arguing with him, which got really annoying. It was like she had constant PMT, and if I knew her in real life she would be the sort of person that I would avoid. I just got so sick of how on-edge she was, and how ready she was to attack everyone – either verbally or with fire. Jasmine was quite a weak girl if you ask me. She hardly had the nerve to do anything, and hiding what was happening to her from her own best friend was just cowardly. I know she believed that he would hate her if he found out, but I really think that she should have at least tried to confide in him. I just wanted her to grow a backbone and stop being such a wuss. I found a lot of the storyline a bit dull unfortunately. I thought that there were too many info-dumps where large chunks of information would just be thrust upon us like a lecture. There were also great big sections where I felt like the story went off on a bit of a tangent, and we were forced to go through things that had very little if any significance to the storyline. The constant arguments and back-stabbing grew old quick, and I’m sorry, but if you don’t trust the people of Helian, why even go there to discuss things? If they’re that bad, why even consider trading with them? And if you must (I know – keep your enemies closer), then would you do it on their home turf? Wouldn’t you invite them somewhere else rather than going to their lands where they obviously have the home turf advantage? To be honest it seemed like the Arcan’s and Helians had little intention of ever being friends, so the whole trip just seemed a little futile. In the end I can’t say that I enjoyed this book. The dull parts of the storyline just bored me, the constant arguing and Roxy’s high stress levels made me feel on edge, and I got to the point where I just felt so bogged down in the story that I had a hard time pushing myself to finish. I won’t be reading the second book in this series, but some die-hard fantasy fans may enjoy this. Overall; YA fantasy that just had too many flaws for me. 4 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since a book has captured my complete interest and that I couldn't figure out the ending before halfway through reading it. Fire managed to keep me entertained- nay, enthralled- as well as kept me guessing. Heather James has created a world of wonder and amazement, filled with magic, good vs. evil, and even a second sun! The world is filled with different realms that each contain a population as different from each other as, well, fire and water. ;) Throughout the book it switches between the perspectives of Roxy and Jazz. Roxy's character is both infuriating and somewhat appalling, yet I also found myself rooting for her and loving her development. Jazz is easier to relate to at first. She is filled with many insecurities, but rises above them to do what she believes is right. Overall, this book is a *must* read, and one that will keep you up at night (either because you won't want to put it down, or because you can't help but wonder what will happen next and reliving events.) I highly recommend reading it, and can't wait for the next book in the series!
julietearjerky More than 1 year ago
** I received a review e-copy for this tour. ** I am a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender anime so when I read the blurb of this book, I immediately contacted the author and expressed my interest to host a review post for her book tour. I really like this kind of fantasy story wherein the characters have the powers to control the elements. Fire is set in a fantasy world divided into four realms based on what element they have an affinity for: Arcan (air), Helian (fire), Brizan (water) and Sephan (earth). Each realm has their Protectors, warriors that have control over the element of their realm. While the Arcan, Brizan and Sephan realms maintain a harmonious relationship, the Helian Realm is being outcasted because of their violent past. This attitude toward them leads the Helian king to request a summit with the leaders of the other realms under the pretense that they want to prove to everyone that they've changed. What everyone doesn't know is that the Helians are planning something else than 'being friends.' The story has two narrators: Roxy (Roxanne) and Jazz (Jasmine). Roxy is a Helian princess while Jazz is an orphan who doesn't know her parentage and lives in the Arcan Realm. These two characters are on the opposite sides of a pole. Roxy is conceited, aggressive, and confident. Jazz, on the other hand, is gentle and caring. What I liked the most about Fire is that the author wrote the story from two different perspectives. It did not only show the side of the 'good' but it also let me see the story from the view of someone living in the villain realm. I think it's very crucial to the story because a lot of things wouldn't have been explained if it's only Jazz telling the story. Like what the Helians are really plotting, their secret power, what it's like living in Helian Realm, etc. Those information that can only be supplied by an insider. And that's where Roxy comes in. It created balance and consistency in the story. Now let's talk about the characters. Roxy has a very strong personality. She's a princess so she's used to getting what she wants. She's dominating, proud, frank and (somewhat) cruel. She doesn't care about other people and only thinks of what makes her happy or at least entertained. But despite all these traits, I found it hard to hate her. I even kinda sympathized with her, especially whenever her mother is mentioned. I also liked the fact that there was a major change on Roxy towards the end and all because of LOVE. Who would have thought that high and mighty Roxy would fall in love? And because of that, I liked her character more. Jazz, for me, is a bit frustrating. Sometimes she is so slow in realizing things. When it's mentioned that her hair is turning into purple, I already have a good idea what she is. Purple is a combination of two colors, right? It doesn't take a genius to realize that Jazz is a child of this and that realms. And when her powers first showed, she had no idea that it was her doing. She even suspected Roxy of trying to harm her. It was funny reading that scene, though. I also think her having visions is cool, even though what it shows her aren't good. But Jazz's shining moment came when they needed her help the most. She was able to control one of her powers and saved her friend Brae. It was brave of her, considering she's not the fighter type. She's not even a Protector yet she found the courage to act like one. Sadly, I docked points again from her because of her cowardice to tell Brae the truth about Roxy. I understand why but it doesn't change the fact that it's wrong. Prince Brae of the Arcan Realm is a little bit dull to me. Sure, he's kind. He's the only one who trusted Roxy when he has a lot of reasons not to. He is also a good friend to Jazz and trusted her dreams even though they sound crazy. But I am not smitten by him. It seems like he's too good to be true. I also didn't see much character on him. I wish Brae's character was explored more. I'd really like to know him better, though I wasn't really impressed by him in this book. I wouldn't say Fire is exceptional, but it's really commendable. It's a very good and enjoyable read. I was a bit surprised to like it because I didn't have high expectations from this book when I dived into it. Heather James created a world that's unique and compelling. The plot is not overly complicated and it's smartly written. The bit about the Helian Realm having two suns? Very creative. I especially liked that the Protectors' hairs change colors when their powers first manifest. Each realm is also different - from the physical attributes of the lands to their political aspects, everything is really thought of. I admire Ms. James' imagination and world-building. The pace, though, is a little slow but the story itself keeps the reader's interest. The ending is also perfect. It's not a cliffhanger but it still makes you crave for the next book. I sure can't wait for Book 2. And more importantly, we have a new author to watch out for. If you're looking for an interesting fantasy novel, I recommend Fire to you. With just the right amount of magic and a good deal of awesome powers, this book will totally heat you up. (Pun not intended! ^_^)
AlainaM More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Heather James for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Heather James created a very interesting world in this series. There are four different realms in the world, each vastly different from one another from the atmosphere to the people that live in each of them. Each Realm has Protectors, those who have special powers associated with their heritage. The Helian Realm (the Protectors powers are related to fire), the Arcan Realm (the Protectors powers are related to air), the Brizan Realm (the Protectors powers are related to water), and the Sephan Realm (the Protectors powers are related to earth). Aside from the Realms being associated with different elements, the people in them all have very similar hair, eye, and skin colors which are different in each of the Realms. The people of each Realm also have very strong opinions about how the other realms behave, dress, and live. I really enjoyed the creative world building throughout Fire, along with the crazy difference in character across the different societies. The story was different from anything I've read before, and it was refreshing to see a new spin on elemental magic. I have kind of mixed feelings about the rest of the story though. I was kind of confused about the difference between the Realms and their people for a while, but it ended up clearing up for the most part within a few chapters. It took me a long time to feel like I cared about the characters (it was somewhere around 85%), which made the story move kind of slowly for me. In the beginning I really thought I would like how spunky and strong Roxy was, and I ended up thinking of her as a pretentious spoiled brat until the last couple chapters. I suppose her attitude fit well with the society she lived in (the Helian Realm, since they were all like that). Jasmine and Brae (from the Arcan Realm) were much more easy to like, but they didn't really do anything to actually impress me for a while either. I will say that I was (actually I still am) incredibly curious about what exactly Jasmine is (I developed a theory pretty early on and now I'm curious to see how close I am).... I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil too much! I also wish there was a little bit more about the other two Realms and their people added to the story (the Brizans and Sephans). Overall, Fire was a really quick and entertaining read. I liked a lot of things about the world Heather James created and how unique it was. I loved how the people were so wildly different, and got a kick out of how they would use "Flames" or "Air" as an expletive depending on who was talking. The descriptions of each realm and the people in them were also amazing. There were a couple things that kept this at 3 stars for me though. I'm a sucker for romance so I definitely wish that there had been more, it felt like there was a little flicker of it but it was mostly absent throughout the story. It also bothered me a little to read "stood" and "sat" in place of "standing" and "sitting," I'm not used to hearing it so I couldn't help it getting to me. I felt like nothing really exciting happened until almost the very end, but I'm hoping now that most of the details are in place the next book will have more action. I'm definitely looking forward to book two to find out what happens.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 stars - I loved it!! Can't wait for the next book and hope it is not long!! Wow, this book is awesome!  I never would have known about it, if I hadn’t won it in a giveaway.  It immediately had me sucked in their Realms and intrigued about what I would find out about the secrets involved.  I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy/adventure especially with elemental magic.  This was a fantastic surprise, and I loved the journey.  The story is told from the perspective of two characters Jasmine and Roxy.  They are different, but both strong female characters.  They do what they believe is right.  I do not like giving details away because I think it should be your own fantastic journey.  You won’t be disappointed.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Heather James for offering me this book in exchange for an honest review. When I agreed to review Fire, I actually thought it had to do with Elementals. But I was wrong. Sort of. This is about a world with four realms and each realm controls a different element. It was almost otherworldly. And it was a great surprise on its different take of controlling the elements that didn't make it sound so witchy like most books with element control. We have the Helians that control fire, Arcans control air, Brizan's control water, and the Sephans control the land. This book focuses mainly on two of these, but does have all four. This book starts off with an introduction to characters, and an invite to the higher ups to a summit in the Helian realm, where they are supposibly all invited to talk of peace treaties. But many alterior motives may be involved. This was told in two female point of views. One was Roxy, who is a Helian princess. She controls fire very well and has trained to be a protector, or a sort of warrior for her people. I liked her almost playful, uncaring of the consequences, wild behaviour in the beginning. But then as I learned more about her people, and didn't really like her very much. She is very spoiled, has an attitude of being better than everyone in other realms, and refers to them as stupid quite often. The other girl is Jasmine, or Jazz. She has been raised in the Arcan realm and isn't really sure what she is or whereshe came from. I liked her and wish there was a little more of her. She seemed genuine and caring, and smart. And both these girls are involved with Brae, the Arcan prince, in different ways. Jazz has been his best friend forever, and Roxy is the girl that is supposed to befriend him for a big takeover plan that the Helians have going on. The Helians are very appropriately named.They came across as a very stuck up group that is out for power. There isn't much romance but I have high hopes for Jazz and Brae. And Roxy may just be getting in the way. I am still scratching my head at a declaration of love that kind of seemed to me to come out of nowhere. I did not see enough happening for this feeling to be coming from Roxy. Overall I think this was an enjoyable story, and I look forward to the rest of the series. It will be interesting to see the different love stories develop, and find out all about what Jazz can do and where she is from, even though I am pretty sure I have the where she is from part down. And this story is clean for all readers. Great first book from Heather James! 3.5 stars
OwlnestlyReviews More than 1 year ago
I am always a bit weary (but I do it anyway) when it comes to reviewing indie books, because they are normally a hit or miss. This book thankfully was a smashing hit. This book consists of characters that come from four realms, with representation of each element. The main focus is on the characters from the Helian (fire) and the Arcan (wind) realm. Each realm does not rally mix with the other, but the water, wind and earth realms have managed to have a happy balance between the three through trade and alliances. The fire realm wants in, but not in a good way. They have a secret gift that the other realms do not know about. The reader finds out that this gift is the gift of Control. They can make any do anything to their bidding, including suicide if it comes to that. In the story, the Helian realm invites representatives from each realm to "negotiate" because they are the only realm that has been left out of alliances, for a good reason to. The rest of the book tells about what happens during this conference between the realms. The three main characters of the story were Roxy, Jasmine, and Brae. Roxy, hmm how do I even start, I did not like her. At all. She was just too confident and conceited and I just did not enjoy her at all. When she seems to be having a change of heart throughout the story, I still didn't like her. I felt no sympathy for her, maybe I am just a bad person, but I just was not feeling her character. Jasmine on the other hand, I loved her. She was shy and a bit timid at times, but she got things done. Also, I really like her powers and the fact that she is so different from the others. Brae, was nice but he just didn't have any spunk. I felt that he fell for Roxy just a tad too easily. Jasmine had to save his little cute behind in the end. Overall, I was entranced by this book. I am itching to read the sequel in order to read more about Jasmine and what is to come. I believe that Heather James takes her time in detailing her world she has written about, and I was pulled right into the settings of the book. I recommend this to those that love young adult fantasy!
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This might not be a book that I would have chosen for myself normally. I'm very glad the author contacted me about reading and reviewing her book. I would have surely been missing out on a fantastic book. Heather James has created a unique fantasy world with amazing detail. What I really enjoyed the most was that she was able to incorporate the history and politics of her fantasy world in a way that was interesting. Never once did I feel like I was being fed information solely to further along the story. The characters in the story were great as well. James was able to create and maintain separate main characters wonderfully. Everyone feels like they have their own personalities and differences. I very much enjoyed Roxy's character, but I'm also very excited to find out more about Jasmine and her abilities. The book started out just a little slow, but quickly picked up. By the end of the book, it was very fast-paced and I was rather disappointed that it ended. I'm looking forward to the next book and wish Heather James good luck!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This story is based on a very unique concept. I can definitely say that I’ve never read anything even remotely like it before. It was a very refreshing and exciting read. This story was exceptionally well written, especially considering that it is the first novel for this author. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she has a well thought out and intriguing plot. This novel is going somewhere specific. It never wanders or loses its reader. I also appreciated the way that James didn’t leave anything at loose ends at the end of the novel, but yet left so much to be explained and discovered in future installments. Nothing is left in limbo, but there is more than enough to bring you back for more. The main characters were quite interesting and very well developed. They were the type of people that you could see yourself being friends with. I truly wanted to see them succeed. You find your heart going out to them on multiple different occasions. They are so real that you can’t help it. I also love the mix of interesting powers that the characters possess. They aren’t your stereotypical supernatural powers, but this makes them all the more interesting. The powers are also integrated into who the characters are and into their beliefs. They aren’t superfluous to the characters but rather an integral part of who they are. This is definitely a one of a kind story with many one of a kind characters. I was so drawn into this world of many realms and into the lives of the characters that I can’t wait to continue on this journey with them in the sequel.