Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Playing With Fire by Devika Fernando

Playing With Fire
Devika Fernando

The Blurb
 If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.

Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?

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I will start by shamelessly by quoting the author, Devika Fernando - "Eternal Flame and perpetual Ice." This is exactly what one feels after reading this book. A blow hot and a blow cold kind of feeling. The funny part is after reading about Joshua, you wish the author made him the Fire.. he is so bloody HOT.....

The story….
Felicia was not an ordinary girl. Her fascination with fire made her apart from any normal girl. She kept to herself especially since she had to bear the hatred of her parents for being different. She couldn’t control how she felt, specially when she saw a fire. It was something within her. While a part in her craved for normalcy, yet she knew she was beyond normal. 
Soon she meets Joshua. He understands her. She finds another element bearer in Joshua. But they both are poles apart. While she is fire, he is ice.  Can fire and Ice ever meet?

What I liked…
I found the meeting of Felicia and Joshua very interesting. The author introduced her characters right away and I found my self caught up in Felicia’s life from the beginning.
I just loved the anecdote of little Felicia. It was very heart-touching. Though as a parent I don’t know what I would have done under the given circumstances but the pain and anger of little Felicia was very touching. How she builds her life around her powers is very well etched out. 
Felicia’s character has many shades. Withdrawn to witty, one cannot but not like her. I actually liked the way Fernando has tried to portray the girl-child lurking behind the withdrawn exterior. 

What I did not like …

I would have loved to see more passion in this relationship since she is fire and he is ice. What a deadly combo! But all said and done, Devika Fernando had got her readers omphing after Joshua. 

One question that kept on nagging me throughout the book, is why did Joshua and Felicia have their respective powers. Sad isn’t it? Our human mind keeps on questioning if we see something unusual. Did she belong to some higher form of human race? Or was she born under some particular circumstances? Were their DNA messed up with… these are the questions that kept on haunting me.. Clever Devika  :P.. are they in the next part?

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Meet the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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At December 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM , Blogger Devika Fernando said...

Thanks a lot for the great review! :-)


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