The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld

The Secret Fire

The Secret Fire | C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld |  | 10th September 2015

About The Book

A battle against fate. A race against time.

Taylor Montclair is a regular girl from the quiet backwater of Woodbury, England.

Sacha Winters is a darkly mysterious boy from the City of Lights – Paris, France.

While Taylor’s focussed on her dream of attending Oxford University, school couldn’t be further from Sacha’s mind . . .

Sacha knows exactly when he’s going to die. Because he’s done it before.

On the appointed day, Sacha’s time will run out. And his death will fulfil an ancient destiny that could unleash chaos and catastrophe.

Taylor is the only person who can save him.

Neither of them knows that yet.

Because they haven’t even met.

Hundreds of miles and a body of water separate them.

Deadly forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other and unravel an ancient web of mystery and danger.

The clock starts NOW.


So, a month or two back, I received an email telling me about this new book by the author of The Night School series C.J Daughterty, and popular french author Carina Rozenfeld. While I’d heard of The Night School books, I’d not read them. But… I do remember there being a buzz around CJ at YALC, and her signing queue being particular popular, so my interest was piqued, and I flagged the email, meaning to come back to it later. But, life happens and I never did.

Then the ARCs started arriving with people, and causing a lot of excitement on twitter, and garnering plenty of good comments, so on the off-chance I thought I’d check Netgalley, my luck was in, and I requested a copy.

So, glad I did, because The Secret Fire, was immense fun to read; perfectly paced, I tore though it; eating up the twists and turns as the authors built the world, and character’s storylines. It seemed to me, they did an especially good job of imparting a lot of information at the right times, and without slowing things down.

Sacha and Taylor, are going to be (and by a couple of chapters in, already are) characters you want to follow, initially meeting over Skype for ‘tutoring’ sessions, there’s an instant spark between them, thankfully the romantic attraction, is built slowly, but it is clear from the off that these two intrigue each other, and it’s a lot of fun watching them work this out.

From the blurb, you know there is already a clock ticking in the background, so there is already a tension lurking in the background, but there’s plenty happening to them now to ratchet that up even further, not only are some French gangsters after Sacha, upset about his little con-routine, but there are those that not happy that Sacha and Taylor know about each other, much less that they’ve met…

I’ve read some great ‘contemporary’ YA books since I came back from YALC, that have features some great characters, and dealt with some important issues, many of which are likely to feature in my top ten reads of the year, come December, but, it was sometimes its also great to escape to a different world entirely, one full of magic & secrets,  and to be dragged along on an adventure. Which is exactly what The Secret Fire provided, and by-the-way it also stands a good chance of making that end of year list.

My copy of The Secret Fire was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes.