Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and beyond ecstatic to get an interview with the author! Be sure enter the giveaway at the bottom and to check out the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Destiny Soria and HMH Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review
Destiny Soria is an author who writes novels featuringmagic, mystery, and an excess of witty banter. She livesin Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying tocome up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. Shehas yet to succeed.
About The Book
Title: Fire with Fire
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: June 8th, 2021
Page Length: 432
Age Range: YA
Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.
Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.
Rep: Latinx, Bisexual, Anxiety
Content Warning: violence, torture, animal cruelty (a dragon), mentions of racism, descriptions of anxiety/panic attacks, character death, unwanted sexual advance on a minor–very brief and involves face/arm touching only (Chapter 17)
This was a fun read. I haven’t read many books with dragons, but I loved the way Soria wrote them. They were characters themselves, instead of being more like pets. The rep was well done, but had me worried for a bit (I was worried the magic fixes all trope wouldn’t be address – but it was!).
This was written in duel perspectives, following Dani and Eden. Both sisters were interesting to read from and I loved that we got to see two sides of the fight. If we had only Dani’s perspective we wouldn’t have gotten to see just how much pressure Eden puts on herself and if we were only from Eden’s perspective, then we wouldn’t have gotten to know as much about the dragon’s history or the other side of the magic system. I never felt that I was drawn to one character more than the other, which I enjoyed because they were equally represented and if I didn’t enjoy one of the perspectives then I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy half the book.
The plot was interesting and I was curious where the story was going. I didn’t find any of the twists particularly surprising, and I felt that Soria was providing enough hits if you were truly watching – not overly predictable, because the right amount of hints or history were scattered throughout.
I admit, I’m not 100% into the love interest for both girls. Dani’s love interest was fine and I felt the chemistry between them; however, Eden’s felt like he was tacked on. There was a common goal between Dani and her love interest, while Eden’s felt like he was randomly put in just so they both had one. Although, I will admit that I understood that Eden’s interest was to show change. In the end, I think I would have been fine with neither having love interests.
If you’re looking for a standalone, fantasy that takes place in our world, then this is a great one to pick up. Soria managed to merge our world with the magical/dragon existing one. I loved that there was the added complication of hiding this world from friends. I defiantly need to go read Soria’s backlist titles.
What inspired you to write Fire with Fire?
I wanted to write about the messy and complex dynamics that can exist between sisters—all the pride and jealousy and annoyance and joy. But also with dragons.
Did you do a lot of research for Fire with Fire? What was one unique and/or interesting fact you learned that stood out to you?
I did a lot of research into the history of western European dragon lore, along with a lot of other random stuff, like mixed martial arts, snake/lizard anatomy, and weaponry. Here’s a fun fact: some snakes have iridescent scales that have a rainbow sheen in the light. This is due to tiny, layered crystalline cells called iridophores that refract light. I used this as inspiration for Nox’s scales.
Were the names Dani and Eden inspired by anyone that you know? Was there a reason you decided on those names ( I do love them both!)?
No special story with these names! “Eden” was my editor’s suggestion. Dani was originally “Thea,” later changed to “Rhea,” and finally to Danielle/Dani because we decided “Rhea Rivera” was a little too sing-song.
Dani and Eden are both strong fighters. If you could learn any one technique from them what would you want to learn from Eden and what from Dani?
Dani is all about those flashy (and impractical) YouTube maneuvers (think: Marvel’s Black Widow), so I’d love to be able to pull off any of her signature moves. Eden is a master of the rock-climbing wall, and I’ve always wished I had that kind of skill.
El Toro’s design sounds cool, but terrifying! How did you come up with the idea?
I was trying to come up with ideas for how one might train to fight dragons without any dragons around, and I figured that a mechanical bull (with some extra scary accoutrements of course) might create a good simulation.
Without spoiling anything, what was your favourite scene to write?
The scene where Dani and Nox meet for the first time and (inadvertently) forge their soul bond was one of the first scenes I wrote for the book, and it still sticks with me. I loved writing about the strange, scary, wonderful connection that sparks between them and fuels the rest of the book.
Was there anything you learned after writing Iron Cast and Beneath the Citadel that helped you write Fire With Fire?
Being a contemporary fantasy, this book is really different from my first two, but honestly the most useful thing my previous novels do for me is remind me that I am, in fact, capable of writing a book. That’s an easy thing to forget in the face of writer’s block and crippling self-doubt.