I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Kythan Guardians #1
Published by Omnific Publishing on January 10th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
It's the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind-part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven. As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez's newfound power rockets out of control, it's a Narcolym who could change her fate...if she can trust him. Dez's guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.
Two distinctly different races now trying to live together under the peace treaty act, yet something doesn’t seem right. The two races aren’t as different except one uses Charm and the other Steam. In between these two races is one teenage girl, and he has a secret that can unite or divide them.
I wished there was more plot development in the beginning. I felt the romance was the main focus and there wasn’t a lot of plot at all. It came in bursts, so I was happily rewarded when the plot did develop later on. And let me tell you it was wonderful to read. After knowing about Dez’s secret, it wasn’t hard to guess who was behind it. The setting and world building could have been more detailed. I didn’t understand it why humans couldn’t detect these two races. I suppose having guardians they’re supposed to be discreet. I wanted to know why they were guardians in the first place.
I particularly didn’t enjoy the insta-love that happened right away in the first chapter. The scene was rather steamy though. Dez is a wonderfully kick-ass character who does whatever she can to help her family and friends. Her relationship with best friend Jace is adorable and right off the bat you can just tell how he feels about her. I was completely on Jace’s team. He’s smart, hot-tempered, overprotective, but charming at the same time. Then there’s Reese, (which reminded me of Reese’s pieces but anyway..) who I particularly disliked. I couldn’t fathom why she could even trust him when she barely knew him. I sure didn’t trust him. Sometimes a girl gets so wrapped up in lust and the bad boy charm, that they can’t see straight. So yes, I disliked him. He was arrogant and completely annoying to me. The rest of the cast sure keeps it entertaining with Nick and the sister always there for her and Jace of course.
Wonderful plot, great dialogue, charming characters, and a war that has yet to be won, Destiny’s Fire needs to have more than one book.