Review: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 4th 2018
Source: hardcover (Fairyloot Edition)


Leading your first heist is a major milestone in Sky Hawkin’s family—even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated—especially when you’re a wyvern, a human capable of transforming into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky’s mission uncovers deep secrets about the mother who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist—and get back the people she loves in the process. But instead, she ends up discovering a dark truth about were-dragon society—a truth that is more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Sky Hawkings is just a girl but she is not exactly a human. She descends from an ancient group of dragons that were expelled from their homeland, and she also descends from humans, she is a were-dragon. Were-dragons can resist heat (flames included) until a very high threshold and some (very little of them) can even do magic! They like to call themselves wyverns and their immense love for shiny beautiful things, like gold and jewels, made them into prolific thieves, amassing surprising amounts of wealth.
One day, after a job gone wrong, Sky's mum disappears without a trace and there is scandal in the wyvern community, which turns its back on the Hawkings family. After her father and brothers refuse to go searching for her mother, Sky makes it her mission to find her, whatever it costs.
This is a very special book. I cannot lie and say this is the best book ever, because, in my opinion, it is not. However, it is a short funny standalone novel about a society of wyverns that live amongst humans. It is a story that entails personal development, new friendships, a romantic relationship, family values and constant jokes on the tropes explored within the novel itself.
One might consider this a great novel for book slumps or whenever one desires to read a short lighthearted story. The merits of this book are in the way the story is able to entertain its reader, even when certain events may seem a little too obvious. You can count on laughing a lot!
This book contains amazing characters and I believe that they are a great part of why this story is so entertaining. The author is able to slowly unveil each character's motivation, personality traits and overall comedic power. It may seem that this is a comedic book because of my description, it is not. The way the characters speak and make fun of certain situations makes it more lighthearted and funny than what you might be expecting and that is part of its special power.
If you find yourself wanting to read a good but small book to break away from bigger books for a bit, then this is the one I would advise you to pick up!

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