Author: Lish McBride
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 23, 2014)
Description: Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hitmen . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her boss, Venus, killed Ava’s mother.
When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum, in Lish McBride's Firebug.
My Thoughts: FIREBUG was a very entertaining new urban fantasy. Ava is a firebug which is an unusual paranormal power. Her mother, also a firebug, ran from the Coterie to protect her life and her daughters. They were on the run for a number of years but were caught when Ava was twelve. Her mother was killed and Ava came into her powers. She also ran to a family friend named Cade who had loved her mother. Cade became her guardian.
Ava's unusual power caught the attention of the head of the Coterie, a vampire named Venus, who forced her to sign a contract to work for Venus as her hitman. Her choice was sign or Venus would kill everyone around Ava. The contract was essentially slavery for Ava since it was to last until either she or Venus died. Since Ava was only twelve or thirteen when she entered the contract, she was given two companions to help her. Lock is half Dryad and Ezra is a werefox.
Now nearly eighteen, Ava, Lock and Ezra have become as close as family and have the bickering relationship of near aged siblings to show for it. They are also intensely loyal to one another. Along with Cade, they are her family.
When Ava is given a contract to kill another family friend, her adopted Grandfather, Ava refuses and she, Lock, and Ezra go on the run until they can come up with a plan to defeat Venus. I loved the other supernatural creatures in this one. The werehares were a new type of paranormal for me.
The story was exciting and action-packed. It was also intensely emotional as Ava has to fight for those people that she loves. The lighter moments between Cade and Ava and between Ava, Lock, and Ezra helped make this a satisfying story. Fans of paranormals with strong female characters will enjoy this story.
Cade looked up from the book and stared at me over his glasses. "Don't you think it's a bad sign that your best argument for you beau is that nothing has been proved in court?"I got this ARC from Macmillan. You can buy your copy here.