Fire and Heist
In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her 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 her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society--a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Fire and Heist Details

TitleFire and Heist
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Dragons

Fire and Heist Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Heists.Were-dragons.HEISTS AND WERE-DRAGONS.I was gonna say "you had me at 'heist'" but then I read "were-dragons" and now I'm not so sure I was completely had before...You can wish (and hope and pray and chant under the moon) for this on Netgalley: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    5/16/18Since I have read The Queen of Blood at this point and am definitely a fan of Ms. Durst, I can't wait for this!---3/19/2018Finally a release date and cover!
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Dragons?? Heists?? AND THAT COVER?!At this point, I'll read anything Sarah Beth Durst writes. This is gonna be amazing.And I also wanna know who the hell is rating this book before it's even come out?? Why?? Would you do this?? It's pissing me off and it needs to stop.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Were-dragons!!!????!!! o.OOmg. DRAGONS.
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ like 10% - if you enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst's other novel, Drink, Slay, Love, you'll likely enjoy this one. Stylistically, this sort of light, colloquial take on fantasy should work for me, but I can't take it seriously. I didn't find the characters or world interesting, and the narrative reads like it's trying bit too hard. Just not for me.Maybe would have finished it if were-dragons had been werewolf/dragons rather than humans that turn into dragons...
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    12/31/2017Okay, it's practically 2018 now. When's the release date?? Helloooo?? Can't we get more information about this yet??9/25/2017It's got dragons. It's got a heist.Let me rephrase that..It's got thieving dragons!
  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Jessi, for once again inflating my TBR. :DAlso! I looooved Vessel .
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    ...are were-dragons a thing
  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready for an incredible adventure and determined heroine that is unputdownable from start to finish! Fire and Heist places magical beings such as wizards and were-dragons - or wyverns - in our currently time today. The catch? No one really knows their secrets, not even Sky, whose family used to be on the council for the wyverns. But when her mother suddenly disappears and her family moping around without action, Sky takes the lead in finishing the job her mother started - only to discover se Get ready for an incredible adventure and determined heroine that is unputdownable from start to finish! Fire and Heist places magical beings such as wizards and were-dragons - or wyverns - in our currently time today. The catch? No one really knows their secrets, not even Sky, whose family used to be on the council for the wyverns. But when her mother suddenly disappears and her family moping around without action, Sky takes the lead in finishing the job her mother started - only to discover secrets about the wyverns that could change everything. I first picked up one of Durst’s stories in middle school - her debut, Into the Wild. I absolutely ADORED it. It was imaginative, refreshing, and had the perfect blend of friendship and adventure. Fire and Heist transported me to that time in middle school when I first read her work, and all the wonderful elements that she incorporates in her stories. Suffice it to say, while Durst dabbles in genres from MG to adult, her writing is just my kind of style. “It’s not arrogant to know who you are.It’s powerful.And I am powerful.”Full review to come on Happy Indulgence!
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  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    You had me at "were-dragons." *grabby hands*
  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI love Sarah Beth Durst's books. Eat, Slay, Love earned it's place on my favorites shelf, Conjured gave me lovely Coraline vibes, and Chasing Power is just a joyous, ridiculous romp from start to finish. So when Fire & Heist was announced, I was all over it. Because...I mean...were-dragons preforming elaborate heists to get their hoards? Sign me up.And honestly, the premise is what's going to drive intere Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI love Sarah Beth Durst's books. Eat, Slay, Love earned it's place on my favorites shelf, Conjured gave me lovely Coraline vibes, and Chasing Power is just a joyous, ridiculous romp from start to finish. So when Fire & Heist was announced, I was all over it. Because...I mean...were-dragons preforming elaborate heists to get their hoards? Sign me up.And honestly, the premise is what's going to drive interest for this book. I explained to to my friend, and you'd think I was explaining the best thing since sliced bread to him. Because, after all, the premise is brilliant. Dragons hoard gold, so it stands to reason modern dragons, wyverns in this book, would probably do the same. And hey'd do that by robbing the shit out of other dragon's hoards. That's a great idea and it means you can do a lot of cool stuff with it. You can have a crack team of were-dragons working to rob people, wyvern security companies who rob you to test security measures, Oceans 11 style heists with ridiculous twists. There so much that can be done with this idea...and Durst just drops the ball on everything.Fire & Heist flounders in a lot of ways, specifically in the world building. It seemed to me that Durst spent too much time world building which was odd because this book doesn't need a lot of complex explanations. Drink, Slay, Love worked because it didn't try to over build the world, it just introduced enough characters and enough backstory to have a general idea of what life was like as a vampire outside the immediate family. Here, there's too much focus on the Reckoning and what it means for wyvern society and trying to integrate wyverns into modern humanity. Wyverns are known in this world and that's fine, but Durst spent too much time focusing on how they weren't human and building a culture around them that the story didn't need. It seemed to me that there was too much focus on the wyvern society and the mystic Door instead of just fun heist shenanigans.With any good heist, you need a good crew of crack professionals to be as dramatic as possible. This crew had...nothing. Sky, our lead, was bland as sand. She was okay when she was interacting with her family, but that's because there was that "only girl in a family of boys" trope that keeps popping up for some reason. And where that trope goes, the "men in the family are keeping secrets from the only girl because protection" trope is sure to follow, which is just annoying. There's also Ryan, Sky's ex who dumped her after her mother was caught trying to steal a jewel from his family vault. He was also boring. Maximus, the wyvern wizard, was a poor man's Magnus Bane. And Gabriela, the only human, was cool. She was quirky enough, but the only thing she added to the group was being human and low self-confidence she expunged in "I'm just ordinary" monologues that felt both tried and contrived.Also, they only really pull off one heist before they whole "secret that could tear wyvern society" is revealed. And those section are also boring and focus too much on culture. My main point, the thesis if you will, is that this book isn't very fun. Which is weird because Durst is a fun writer. This premise is fun, but nothing else is. The characters aren't, the villain isn't, and outside the easy to read writing style there's no real enjoyment factor. Sure, the characters breath fire and (view spoiler)[eventually turn into dragons (hide spoiler)] but that's not enough. I wanted a fun heist fantasy novel and that's just not what this is. It's a boring novel about a girl and her society that is trying desperately to be interesting and failing. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but I suspect that as time marches forward more and more people are going to see this as another Six of Crows or Oceans 11 knockoff.
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  • Michelle Lecumberry
    January 1, 1970
    Dragons and Heists. What more do I need? I think my main issue with Fire & Heist were my high expectations. I wanted a Six of Crows meets Game of Thrones ,but at the end of the day, the book is really cute and fun read. One main issue for me was the world building. I felt lost and had a million questions about the world we were in. The characters are not particularly my favorite and I feel like for a heist novel you have to raise the stakes, making you care about the gang. Sky’s really carri Dragons and Heists. What more do I need? I think my main issue with Fire & Heist were my high expectations. I wanted a Six of Crows meets Game of Thrones ,but at the end of the day, the book is really cute and fun read. One main issue for me was the world building. I felt lost and had a million questions about the world we were in. The characters are not particularly my favorite and I feel like for a heist novel you have to raise the stakes, making you care about the gang. Sky’s really carries the whole book for me. She is snarky, strong and a bit stubborn. The romance is super sweet and cute. Durst break’s YA novel stereotype of the dark and cocky guy, and our love interest ,Ryan, is a really sweet guy. The plot made sense and there weren’t any holes like in some heist movies (yes, I am looking at you Ocean’s 8). Honestly for me, the humor was the best part of this book. Durst is not afraid to write about series topics and points flaws in our society. I feel like the book had a great potential, maybe 100 pages more to add more world building and character development and it would have been a 5 star read. Fire & Heist is a super-fast read, action-packed and a warm good heart feel. Plot: ✰✰✰✰Characters: ✰✰✰Writing Style ✰✰✰✰Personal Experience ✰✰✰Overall: ✰✰✰✰✰ (3.50 Stars)
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  • Jenny Bravo
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!Fire and Heist was a fun, creative, STAND ALONE, modern-fantasy hybrid full of action. The history behind wyverns, their existence amongst humans, and gold obsessed genetics was so enjoyable to read about. I blew through this so quickly. So, I commented earlier about it reminding me of Oceans 8... in the acknowledgement the author says she thought of Oceans 11 and dragons. 😂 I KNEW IT!My favorite part of Fire and Heist was the f I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!Fire and Heist was a fun, creative, STAND ALONE, modern-fantasy hybrid full of action. The history behind wyverns, their existence amongst humans, and gold obsessed genetics was so enjoyable to read about. I blew through this so quickly. So, I commented earlier about it reminding me of Oceans 8... in the acknowledgement the author says she thought of Oceans 11 and dragons. 😂 I KNEW IT!My favorite part of Fire and Heist was the family dynamics and new friendships. Everyone was just bad ass! This is a book I will definitely be buying in hardcover and lending to anyone who will listen. 😘
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  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewWere-dragons & heists?!?! SAY WHATTTTT?!?! I already have The Queens of Renthia series at the top of my TBR after reading so many amazing reviews & hearing my BFF's rave about them. I couldn't resist when I saw the author pop up with a new book that had two of my fave things...DRAGONS & HEISTS!!! *extended hands* haha! :)
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Draaaaaaagoooooons!!!!
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    What drew me to this book was - dragons and heist, and it executes the concept in a satisfactory enough manner. The story is set in an alternate reality of the world where the existence of were-dragons, excuse me, wyverns, has been common knowledge from the 16th century, and modern wyverns are just affluent people who can breathe fire. The other part of their heritage they retained from their original world (the wyverns in the human world are descendants of exiles) is accumulating hoards of gold What drew me to this book was - dragons and heist, and it executes the concept in a satisfactory enough manner. The story is set in an alternate reality of the world where the existence of were-dragons, excuse me, wyverns, has been common knowledge from the 16th century, and modern wyverns are just affluent people who can breathe fire. The other part of their heritage they retained from their original world (the wyverns in the human world are descendants of exiles) is accumulating hoards of gold - which in the context of the book means gilding everything in vaults and also gathering wealth in the more modern investment sense, too; and being good at stealing. But they are also a close knit society, and when Sky's family loses their status when her mother fails a heist and disappears, she determines that the best way to restore family honor and find her mother is by completing the failed heist and using the bounty as leverage. Fire and Heist presents a mostly expected structure of society when it comes to paranormal entities living in the human world. Sky doesn't interact much with humans, but after her family loses its status and is being actively shunned, she finds a new friend in the human Gabriella. Her family (dad, and three older brothers) don't want to help her so she recruits others to get the job done. That is what I liked about Sky, by the way - the girl is determined and doesn't give up. She goes in half-cocked in some circumstances, though, and that is understandable given her age, but she does manage to finish the job in the end. The mood of the novel is more or less light, with emphasis on it being entertaining than being realistic. When it came to world-building, the book had much of generalized lore to rely on for the human world, but I wish we got more information for Home. The dragon society there seems draconian (pun intended) and presents a side of meritocracy that is ableist at its core. Also I wished they had better security, what with all the technologically advanced world they live in (how did they not know what cameras were?!) - it would have made for a second, more complicated, heist for Sky to undergo and raised the stakes for her mission. As it is, it is exciting and fast-paced enough for a standalone story, but I would have liked it better if it did not just have one heist that was much simplified due to insider help. Verdict - good paranormal fantasy, but the second world felt like it lacked development. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Crown Books for Young Readers, via Netgalley.
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  • Alyson Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Fire and HeistAuthor: Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers, for providing me with this ARC. I will admit that I did find this one rather difficult to rate. I was going somewhere between a three and a four star rating. It was good in some parts, but rather dragging in others. I did go with the higher rating. I found the writing to be decent and the characters developed. The plot was very original. I wasn’t Book: Fire and HeistAuthor: Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers, for providing me with this ARC. I will admit that I did find this one rather difficult to rate. I was going somewhere between a three and a four star rating. It was good in some parts, but rather dragging in others. I did go with the higher rating. I found the writing to be decent and the characters developed. The plot was very original. I wasn’t expecting the main characters to be the dragons. I was expecting them to more or less work with the dragons. Maybe I should have read the summary a little bit closer. Anyway, I do have to give Sarah a lot of credit for coming up with such an original plot. I mean, think about it. How many young adult books are out there about dragons? Not a lot. I think those who are looking for something very different in young adult fantasy will pick this up and really enjoy it. So, the actual moving along of the plot was just okay. I really did feel like that some parts of the plot moved along rather nicely, while others just seemed to drag on forever, and others just seemed to be so rushed. I don’t know if anyone else has commented on this, but it just made everything seem a little bit sloppy to me. The characters were developed, but they just weren’t as developed as some of the other young adult books that I have read. I was able to get a sense of who they were and what they were like, but I just didn’t bond with them like I do in books that I give a five star rating to. I know it’s hard to develop characters for a stand alone, but this just felt like they weren’t as developed as they could be. In terms of the fantasy, yes, we do have an original plotline, but it just felt like it wasn’t as developed as it could had been. Maybe the book should had been longer or it should had been extended into a series. I mean, I did enjoy it, but I just felt like it could had been better. However, I will admit that I did like the fact that the world really wasn’t that complicated. Sometimes we get some fantasies that the world is so complicated that it is next to impossible to keep everything straight. I know a lot of people are complaining about this, but I personally liked it. I liked the simple writing as well. Sarah’s writing just flowed, which made me look over a lot of the issues in the book. Personally, it was the writing that actually made me give this one a higher rating. Fire and Heist comes out December 4, 2018.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    This book has two of my favorite things:Dragons. And Heists!Yes, that's right! This book is about dragons that go on a heist!This is either going to be the best thing I read all year or the worst. I there can be no in between.I'm hoping for the former.Also, guess who just got an ARC of this via NetGalley!
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  • Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lord ♔ House of Slytheread ♔ Sailor Jupiter ♔ Siren
    January 1, 1970
    i need to stop this shit.
  • Akshaya Raghu
    January 1, 1970
    Who has two thumbs and was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book? This girl right here!! Think Ocean's 11 meets (albeit high school) were-dragons!This was definitely felt younger than the books I have been reading recently, but it was a fun concept and decent read. Also it seems like it will most likely be a standalone, which on one hand is super refreshing that the story wraps up in one book but also sad because we don't get to explore the world in more depth.I am saving my full review for la Who has two thumbs and was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book? This girl right here!! Think Ocean's 11 meets (albeit high school) were-dragons!This was definitely felt younger than the books I have been reading recently, but it was a fun concept and decent read. Also it seems like it will most likely be a standalone, which on one hand is super refreshing that the story wraps up in one book but also sad because we don't get to explore the world in more depth.I am saving my full review for later on but if you get your hands on it let me know what you think! 3.5 starsI received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Meaghan - Words Gremlin
    January 1, 1970
    "Our ancestors were dragons. And now we're were-dragons—humans capable of turning dragon.Or dragons capable of turning human.Semantics."DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are subject to change between now and the release date.2.5 STARSI get the sense that anyone who loves family stories and heist stories is going to love this one, and if you love dragons, then that's just the cherry on top. This meant Fire and Heist ticke "Our ancestors were dragons. And now we're were-dragons—humans capable of turning dragon.Or dragons capable of turning human.Semantics."DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are subject to change between now and the release date.2.5 STARSI get the sense that anyone who loves family stories and heist stories is going to love this one, and if you love dragons, then that's just the cherry on top. This meant Fire and Heist ticked ALL THE BOXES for me, and I was super excited going in!After all, what's not to love?And truthfully, I did love it. The main character is a wyvern (were-dragon, if you prefer, which is honestly the much more fun option), able to breathe fire and filled with a deep and instinctual love for gold. She's the youngest of four, with three older brothers, and one very calm and collected father. Mom's missing, though, which spurs everything that goes down from the moment Sky finds herself dangling from the foyer chandelier.There's also a little crew of secondary characters, like Ryan the wyvern hacker and ex-boyfriend to Sky, Gabriela the human research nerd who really loves unicorns a lot (she was totally my favorite for, like, eighty different reasons), and Maximus the slightly concerning, slightly corny wyvern wizard.When all the characters came together, there was a delightful sort of banter and snark between them, plus a fair share of realistically awkward hops in the conversation, which really makes sense when everything is A LOT and HAPPENING ON A DEADLINE, FOLKS and there's a lot of ground to cover. Plus, I came to love some of Sky's commentary (the book is written in first person); she's got a really solid handle on the importance of food and naps, which speaks to me on a very personal level. That, and she has this very short and snappy sort of sass to her, the kind that really suits a firecracker emotional character, and I can't help but love that.The trouble was really the rest of the book, though.When I went in, I was expecting fantasy, especially based on the cover design, but I actually got a fantasy-contemporary blend, which required some adjusting. Once it moved into heist territory and away from the exposition, I thought that genre surprise was starting to improve, but then I realized that I was only halfway into the book, and the big heist the summary teased was nearly over, and something else was ahead. It stopped being a heist book after that, save for the rapid conclusion, and shifted into something more like straight-up fantasy. I can't exactly call it genre-hopping, since it was all fantasy underneath, but, it did change its priorities rapidly, and the part of the book I was most excited for was over all too soon.Another issue I had was that the characters all feel very shallow. Sometimes it's hard to get in a lot of character development in a standalone novel, and a first person point of view can shape what we think of characters based on how the main character reports them, but it can still be done. Fire and Heist, though, just didn't really do it. Sky flopped between mopey and get it done, and I really got tired of her "I just lost my mom, excuse me for also being upset about not being as rich as I was even though I'm still rich" comments, and I may have skimmed a few pages because she started waxing poetic about Ryan again. As for her brothers, they felt like caricatures: serious muscle, never committed, and nervous youngest son screw-up. Gabriela? As much as I loved and connected with her, she switched from practical observer to sudden tears or explosive delight without a particularly consistent thread, and even though Sky spent most of their early friendship basically using her, she idolized Sky anyway. In short, I wanted to love the characters, but they didn't feel well-rounded to me, and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more from a third person, multi-POV perspective. I like depth in the characters I read about, because good characters can save a weak plot, but a strong plot can still struggle to save weak characters.Finally, I struggled to enjoy the second half of the book. With the heist over so soon, it launched headlong into a new plot thread, and I couldn't help but feel it was rushed. The unequal power structures at hand were under-explored, there were robots (yeah, still not sure about that one; really clashed with the rest of the setting), and just a lot of sudden world-building that left me with more questions than answers.This was ultimately a book about family and heists (and dragons), though, so I can't fault it for its conclusion staying true to those features, and I certainly can't fault it for being a standalone. I've been looking for more fantasy standalones for a long time, so that in itself was a breath of fresh air, and probably helped to save the book from a 2 star finish. People who've been looking for standalones will probably enjoy this, and folks who like their dragons acting a lot like humans and who like thieves are likely to have a ball so long as they don't expect any deep depth of world going in. It's a fun, fast read, excellent for summer on the porch in the evening, and receives a 2.5 star rating from me largely because I'm picky and like my characters and worlds with possibly more substance than is necessarily advisable. I'm a little like Gabriela in that I am very curious, and I will take my time trying to learn everything about the new thing that's totally consuming my brain. Give me alllllllllll the material to dive into.ALL OF IT.Anyway, if you think Fire and Heist is the right book for you, preorder it soon, or buy it in stores or online December 4 this year! Or ask your library to get it if you can't get it yourself (libraries are kind of the best like that)!
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Were-dragons? O.O
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I received a Fire & Heist ARC from Net Galley! (woot!) I initially wanted to read this book because, believe it or not, I have never read a book about dragons and the plot summary of this one really drew me in! The main character, Sky, refers to her kind as “were-dragons” which is definitely a twist on the typical “were-wolves”.First, I’ll start with the storyline itself, which was indeed very intriguing as the summary alludes to. These half-human, half-dragons were “exiled” from their drago I received a Fire & Heist ARC from Net Galley! (woot!) I initially wanted to read this book because, believe it or not, I have never read a book about dragons and the plot summary of this one really drew me in! The main character, Sky, refers to her kind as “were-dragons” which is definitely a twist on the typical “were-wolves”.First, I’ll start with the storyline itself, which was indeed very intriguing as the summary alludes to. These half-human, half-dragons were “exiled” from their dragon home to Earth where the families now assimilate with the human population and are obsessed with stealing, especially stealing gold. The more wealth you have, the higher you rank amongst the wyvern society. The wyvern families are constantly planning their next “heist” against the other wyvern families to grow their wealth. Basically these people just keep stealing from each other. Weird. Durst does spend some time explaining the wyvern culture, where they came from, what powers they do and don’t have etc, which I thought was great because it was clearly spelled out and there was no confusion. However, I think Durst almost over-explains this world, repeating certain aspects multiple times, and I’m just like yep, ok, I know this already…Now let’s talk about the characters. There are a MILLION characters. Ok, maybe an exaggeration, but there are so many to keep track of! First of all, the main heroine, Sky, has three brothers of her own. Why three? I don’t think she needed to have three. They all felt like the same person to me, personality wise. I couldn’t keep track of who was who. Then there was Sky’s Mom, and Dad, and boyfriend, and best friend, and boyfriend’s Dad, and Maximus the magician, and his wife, and Novi, and Worm. Holy hell that’s a lot of characters! I do wish there was a bit more depth to all of these characters because I really wasn’t rooting for any of them… I did enjoy Sky’s inner dialogue for the most part, because it was witty and the author was trying to add some teen angst/attitude in there, but there were also a few times I found Sky to be pretty annoying and almost like she was regressing to age 12 instead of 16.About 25% through the book, I realized this story was a little too young for me. Some of the dialogue and descriptions seemed a little too on-the-nose, and I felt like Durst was trying (failing) too hard to make Sky act like a typical 16 year old. Maybe more research was needed? I also hate when a character just wants an explanation about something and it’s a lot of “Well, it’s a secret” “I can’t tell you” “Let’s eat something first and then we can discuss” Like, just get on with it! I want to know too! There was a lot of this going on as well…Overall, Fire & Heist was a quick, light-hearted read, the story moved along at a decent pace, and didn’t waste time on unimportant details. I definitely had a few dislikes, which is why I rated it only 3 stars. Would probably be a better read for a freshman or sophomore in high school, but I don’t regret spending time reading it!
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this a lot more, but there were a few things that prevented me from enjoying wholeheartedly. This read more like a middle grade than a YA book, even though the protagonist is 17 and in love with someone. That was the next thing - the love interest was so bland and an actual personality was totally nonexistent. I don't care for the kind of writing that's just like "this is the person I'm in love with, and you know that I am because I keep saying it over and over." It suffers from I wanted to like this a lot more, but there were a few things that prevented me from enjoying wholeheartedly. This read more like a middle grade than a YA book, even though the protagonist is 17 and in love with someone. That was the next thing - the love interest was so bland and an actual personality was totally nonexistent. I don't care for the kind of writing that's just like "this is the person I'm in love with, and you know that I am because I keep saying it over and over." It suffers from a bad case of telling rather than showing. Seriously, the dude has no characteristics other than mooning over Sky when needed and looking very scared and feeble the rest of the time. I guess you could say it's a nice reversal of the helpless damsel thing but honestly he is far too bland to have that be the case.The third thing that kept me from loving this: the actual heist. (view spoiler)[ it ends badly the first time Sky goes for it. Yet somehow all the horrible consequences she thought would happen if she failed didn't. For undisclosed, unexplained reasons. (hide spoiler)] The heist isn't very challenging, and it's written in a way that distinctly lacks any thrill of sense of fun or adventure. Simply put, it's not very clever, and requires very little effort from the team. If I'm reading a heist book, I expect clever. This was pretty rote and again, the stakes are told rather than shown. Really, almost none of the characters had any sense of fullness. Sky didn't really have it half the time either. I was disappointed, because the premise sounds so awesome, and because I've heard that Sarah Beth Durst had a good reputation for amazing character writing. The worldbuilding felt rushed, and mostly was recounted in repeat info dump. Even the (view spoiler)[ alternate world of "home" was just sloppily pulled together and nobody truly explains why this place is so strictly hierarchical to the point of almost being a horrible caste system. Also how the fuck are they supposed to earn their rank? It reads like if you're a good flier you're in, but no one mentions the qualifications or even who evaluates this and it seems like a sloppily written thing when it's supposedly so vital to the society. Also, the secret to transforming, which has been lost to them for generations, is just BELIEVING YOU CAN DO IT????!! you're telling me in 600 years none of the wyverns have tried it?? (hide spoiler)] Ultimately, this book fell flat harder than Worm at the Reckoning (a reference to a book plot point.)
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  • Julia A
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.How fun was this story!? I really enjoyed it! Fire and Heist has such a fun concept with an intriguing storyline. I absolutely loved the dragon elements/themes that were thrown in as well as the world-building that took place and the seamless progression of the story from start to finish. And gold! So much gold! (And unicorns?!)The story takes place in the modern world and wyvern’s (dragon people) are accepted and are a thin I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.How fun was this story!? I really enjoyed it! Fire and Heist has such a fun concept with an intriguing storyline. I absolutely loved the dragon elements/themes that were thrown in as well as the world-building that took place and the seamless progression of the story from start to finish. And gold! So much gold! (And unicorns?!)The story takes place in the modern world and wyvern’s (dragon people) are accepted and are a thing in pop culture (paparazzi follow them around). I’m happy there was only a mention of this and that the human world was more of a, “oh yeah, we co-exist with them and they’re fine with it,” afterthought type of thing and didn’t drag on or muddle up the story and dragon-world. Sky was a good protagonist MC. I liked her tenacity and strength - good for her for standing up for herself and her beliefs and deciding to prove herself by pulling off a heist of her own. I also appreciated the lessons about family and relationships and trusting and believing in yourself. My favorite line from the book had to be the very last one – “My friends and my family are my treasure. They are my gold.”There were no dull moments in here except for the innocent, cutesy and childish banter that takes place between Sky, her three brothers and her ex-notreallyex-boyfriend. But that’s just me being nit-picky. Overall, the story seemed a bit juvenile for me only because it most YA books nowadays have language and vibes that definitely reflect 18+ culture – this was most definitely 12-16 yr old age appropriate.
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  • Ina
    January 1, 1970
    I had really high hopes for Fire and Heist - dragons, heists, oh my. Not to mention a gorgeous, gorgeous cover. The synopsis hooked me from the start, and I was dying to get my hands on this one (huge thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC).Good points first: cute banter, a lot of interesting details/plot points that theoretically should've captured and kept my attention, a lighthearted and fun read.However...It ended up not working for me. Instead of Ocean's Eleven...it ends up being I had really high hopes for Fire and Heist - dragons, heists, oh my. Not to mention a gorgeous, gorgeous cover. The synopsis hooked me from the start, and I was dying to get my hands on this one (huge thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC).Good points first: cute banter, a lot of interesting details/plot points that theoretically should've captured and kept my attention, a lighthearted and fun read.However...It ended up not working for me. Instead of Ocean's Eleven...it ends up being Now You See Me Too 2, just okay and I wanted to skip to the end. When I think of heists - I think of all the excitement, mystery, and suspense that comes with planning what to do, practicing how to do it, and learning to work together and scout out the place. I like my heists how I like my novels - intricately plotted, interesting and with a deep sense of urgency. I like danger. I had a hard time caring about the single heist in the book.The characters also didn't do much in the way of engaging me. I didn't feel like I ever understood them, their desires, their wants - really could've used more character development here.I would characterize this book as shallow - fun and light, but ultimately there wasn't anything that made me think and dig deeper into the book. That's not to say I don't enjoy lighthearted books, but lightheartedness and character development aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.Many thanks again to NetGalley for providing this ARC.
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  • Wickedly Twisted Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was in complete shock after reading the book and then reading some of the reviews on Goodreads. Some of you are just crazy for giving it such a low rating and some who have not even read it are giving it low scores. This book is meant mostly for young readers. This is a great book for kids! I was reading some of it aloud to one of mine and he has never been interested in books (he's autistic and 16, he's mentally on a young child's level). He was enthralled with I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was in complete shock after reading the book and then reading some of the reviews on Goodreads. Some of you are just crazy for giving it such a low rating and some who have not even read it are giving it low scores. This book is meant mostly for young readers. This is a great book for kids! I was reading some of it aloud to one of mine and he has never been interested in books (he's autistic and 16, he's mentally on a young child's level). He was enthralled with it! It gave us a new connection!!! He showed a new step of imagination!!! One of my grown kids heard part of it and even said "If that was a movie I'd watch it.". When I was a kid we read books that had to do with school drama, boyfriends, babysitting and normal day things. This brings more to the table of a kids imagination and what kid doesn't love to imagine saving their family and bringing justice to the bad guys, being a were-Dragon or shapeshifter and finding a new world/demension? I can't wait to read the next book and hopefully find out more of "Home"!!! What ranking did she get, does she go back, what other things can she/they do? Does she get to see the full bloods, speak to them, learn new things from them? I had fun reading this book and I think kids and teens will enjoy it also!*I received Fire and Heist as an ARC from #Netgalley for an honest review*#WTBReviews
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading this book, i wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into books about people who pretty much lived just to hoard a bunch of wealth. That’s just not really me. But I ended up really liking the book. I was glad to find out it had much more depth. Being about family, about relationships, about being true to who you are. Plus, there's the really cool dragon/fantasy side to it. Quite a fun YA book. I’d recommend it. I also liked the little bit of the dig at the idea of a merito When I first started reading this book, i wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into books about people who pretty much lived just to hoard a bunch of wealth. That’s just not really me. But I ended up really liking the book. I was glad to find out it had much more depth. Being about family, about relationships, about being true to who you are. Plus, there's the really cool dragon/fantasy side to it. Quite a fun YA book. I’d recommend it. I also liked the little bit of the dig at the idea of a meritocracy. I don't know if that was intentional. But when most people suggest the idea of a "meritocracy", they really mean "we're going to measure you on some scale that some people think is important, and if you don't measure up, you don't deserve to have a good life." I mean, just look at Worm. "Meritocracies" don't reflect human worth - they reflect what people already at the top of the scale - who are already in power - think is important. So, there's really no such thing. Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Books for a copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*This book was a lot of fun! Sky’s mother disappeared after a failed heist, and her family has been shunned by the entire community, including Sky’s friends and best friend turned boyfriend. Sky’s father wants his kids to lay low, but Sky is determined to find out what happened to her mom. She wants to attempt the heist herself - on her terms. Oh, and did I mention that Sky’s a wyvern? I love the fantastical twist on a heist novel. The team Sky assembles is hodge podge and absolutely p *4.5 stars*This book was a lot of fun! Sky’s mother disappeared after a failed heist, and her family has been shunned by the entire community, including Sky’s friends and best friend turned boyfriend. Sky’s father wants his kids to lay low, but Sky is determined to find out what happened to her mom. She wants to attempt the heist herself - on her terms. Oh, and did I mention that Sky’s a wyvern? I love the fantastical twist on a heist novel. The team Sky assembles is hodge podge and absolutely perfect, complete with an excitable human who reminds me a lot of Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, pre-Wiccan goddess. I loved all of the characters (especially Gabriela and Sky’s brothers), and the unexpected places this novel took me. It was a satisfying stand-alone book, but I’d be happy to read more about Sky and the world she lives in. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
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  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    Sky Hawkins' family are wyverns, were-dragons without the ability to transform, but who can breathe fire. Some of the stereotypes about dragons are true - they really, really like gold, so much so that social ranks centers around the size of one's hoard, and making a first heist is an important rite of passage. Unfortunately, things haven't been going so well for Sky's family ever since her mother disappeared during a heist and her family lost most of their status, causing her boyfriend to dump Sky Hawkins' family are wyverns, were-dragons without the ability to transform, but who can breathe fire. Some of the stereotypes about dragons are true - they really, really like gold, so much so that social ranks centers around the size of one's hoard, and making a first heist is an important rite of passage. Unfortunately, things haven't been going so well for Sky's family ever since her mother disappeared during a heist and her family lost most of their status, causing her boyfriend to dump her and her friends to turned their backs on her. Can Sky fix things by planning a heist of her own? Sky is fun and capable and the conception of wyverns is interesting.I read an e-ARC from NetGalley.
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