Book Review

Fireborne (ARC) : Book Review



Author: Rosaria Munda

Publication Date: Expected October 15, 2019

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 448

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

SYNOPSIS: Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that’s full of rivalry, romance… and dragons. Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city. With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs. From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.


Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC to early read and review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by this opportunity.

Fireborne was one of my most anticipated reads for Fall of 2019 but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me as well as I had hoped. I was immediately drawn in to the gorgeous cover and the premise of Game of Thrones meets Red Rising! It’s like a mashup of space and dragons what’s not to love! Turns out a fair bit for me 🙈

Now don’t get me wrong, Fireborne is still a good book! It has a very good story line and has some good concepts, it just didn’t work for me. I wanted.. more from this book. I was left underwhelmed throughout the entire book actually. 250 pages in and basically nothing had happened which made the remaining 200 pages feel a lifetime away. I never had that itch to pick the book up and it started to feel like a chore toward the end, so for me at least I wish the book had been a little shorter. Speaking of shorter OH MY GOD the chapters in this book are hella long. If you’re like me and only like stopping at a chapter be prepared to keep reading for a while because these chapters are 50+ pages each. It felt SOOO drawn out at times, I would flip forward to see how far away the end of the chapter was and be surprised I still had SO far to go.

There were a lot of flashbacks and remembering the main characters younger days, but not a lot of action or plot to actually move the story forward in the present day. The flashbacks did help me connect more to the main characters which was a nice touch. I also didn’t really see how this is dubbed as Game of Thrones meets Red Rising.. I could see how it could be compared to Game of Thrones because of the obvious Dragons but also because of the political upheaval throughout the story, but Red Rising I’m not so sure on? If you know how this is at all similar to Red Rising please learn me because I don’t see it 😂

Oddly enough I did enjoy the political side of the story, a kingdom burned to ruin and survivors starting a revolt against the new regime? Sign me up. That was about the extent of what I liked about the actual story though. I didn’t care for the romance and I could take or leave all of the characters. I did like the dragons though, there were some really cool features about them I haven’t seen in other stories.

I guess overall, I didn’t love or hate this book. Which may or may not be helpful to you. I tried to be honest in my review, and it basically comes down to I thought the book was fairly boring. It never grabbed my attention and made me WANT to read it, I just felt I had to because I have an ARC.

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6 thoughts on “Fireborne (ARC) : Book Review”

  1. Oh nooooo I hate when anticipated reads are disappointing–I’m going through that exact experience with the book I’m reading right now, The Grace Year, and it is bumming me out.

    I do have an ARC of this book as well, so maybe I’ll be able to figure out what element of it is similar to Red Rising…If I do, I’ll let you know, lol


      1. Don’t worry too much about The Grace Year–I know a lot of people loved it. I thought the start was good, but a certain character was introduced partway through, and everything after that character entered the story got progressively less interesting for me. There was some insta-love, too, which I can’t stand, but to each their own I guess.


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