My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Actual Rating: 4.5
*Thank you to the author for giving me a free e-copy to review!*
I can’t believe it was Kera Emory’s first book – Your Name, In Fire was amazingly organized, amazing thought-out, and simply just amazingly written.
The book centers around Connor Black, who works at a video game studio. When Wendy joins their team, things start to get weird.
She’s definitely hiding secrets. But before long, Connor is too. When a tattooed stranger attacks and nearly kills him, Connor realizes that something is definitely going on. But doesn’t tell anyone what happened and tries to make everything seem normal.
Haha, nice try. When a crime is committed – and it seems like Connor is involved, he must figure out what’s really happening, not only for himself, but for everyone around him.
So first of all, what I really loved about the relationship between Wendy and Connor was that it was not insta-love, it was insta-attraction.
I’d like to interject here and point out the difference, since just recently I got into a slight squabble with someone about another book where I disliked the insta-love that took place. To me, insta-love is when two characters meet and immediately take a liking to one another (especially speaking in terms of physical appearance). They begin to spend every waking minute of their lives either with that person or thinking about them, and soon admit that they cannot live without one another, although they’ve only known each other a little while. Insta-love, more commonly known as love at first sight, really annoys me if it’s not written well.
It might be cute at first, but then it simply feels overdone if the two characters don’t know each other well enough to feel a connection to that extreme extent. Simply put, it just seems surface-level and unrealistic.
On the other hand, insta-attraction would also be when two people are immediately drawn to one another, BUT they do not declare romantic feelings quickly, but rather let it build up, leading either to friendship or romance. It begins with an attraction and ends with something much bigger.
So that’s how I define insta-love and insta-attraction – of course, your definition could be different.
Back to Your Name, In Fire: even though, right off the bat, Connor thought Wendy was beautiful, he got to know her and they became friends only because they had so much in common – it wasn’t a blind kind of falling in love. I am such a big fan of the dynamic between those two.
Connor’s relationship with his little sister Kelly was depicted perfectly as well. I don’t have a younger sibling, but Kelly and Connor’s relationship details all the reasons why I’d want one. She looks up to him and he takes care of her – they were close but not suffocatingly so.
The plot of this book was evenly paced – although we start to see the paranormal side of Connor’s story later in the book, Emory threw in little Easter eggs throughout the rising action and made the story interesting and engaging. Your Name, In Fire is written from Connor’s perspective, but from two different times – before and after; I really enjoyed this structure because it felt like we had most of the story down and were just anticipating the biggest missing puzzle piece.
All of the characters were extremely likeable (even the antagonist!) and the way Emory tied events together was phenomenonal.
AND I AM SO SATISFIED WITH THE ENDING.
This book just came out and it really doesn’t get enough credit – go read it!