Review: Fire and Heist

Review: Fire and Heist

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Official synopsis

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.


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. 

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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