Title : Playing with Fire
Author : April Henry
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller
Publisher : Henry Holt & Company
Pub Date : January 19th, 2021
When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out—or die—in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.
Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.
But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must deal with injuries, wild animals and even a criminal on the lam—before the fire catches them.
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Last year I read some AMAZING YA thrillers, so when I was able to jump on this book tour with Terminal Tours, I jumped at the chance to read the first of this genre in 2021.
Playing with Fire did NOT disappoint, it was an intense story that kept me guessing, with great pacing. Henry’s writing style packs a lot of punch in a shorter story at just 240 pages, but it meant that I was able to devour this unique and interesting book in a single day.
What I loved most was the immediate in the action feel this book had. Often times in thrillers I feel like I’m getting too much back story at the beginning and not enough action, where this story threw us as the reader right into it and didn’t let us go.
Add in some incredible characters with a smidgeon of romance, and I was hooked. It’s rare to read a book with so many prominent characters and not feel confused as to who is whom & what’s going on, especially in one as fast-paced as this one, but I could not get over how well written they each were, with their own quirks & strengths.
My one complaint would be I felt the ending was a little rushed, and would have loved to get a bit more from, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an intense thriller!
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About the Author:
I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.
If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.
When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.
My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 25 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and won the Oregon Book Award.