Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: The Firebird

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: June 4, 2013
"Nicola Marter was born with a gift: when she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When the gallery she works in receives a wooden carving she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird, the mythical bird that inspires an old Russian fairytale and was once owned by Russia’s famed Empress Catherine.

Nicola’s investigation into the Firebird’s origin draws her into the 1715 world of Anna Logan and leads her on a quest through Scotland, France and Russia, unearthing a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption"

Taken from Goodreads

Start: 12/2/13  |  End: 12/25/13  |  Pages: 539  |  Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts:

I'M GOING TO BURST if I have to wait one more day to review this book. Actually I was supposed to finish this a couple of weeks earlier, but I didn't, for certain reasons I will explain right now.

So here's the truth. I am a 19-year-old girl slowly making the shift from young adult novels to adult fiction, picking up books here and there from each section (truthfully I feel like I've been reading "New Adult", because that's what Goodreads is telling me these days). The Firebird was painfully slow at the start. I wasn't intrigued by Nicola's gift as much as I thought I would be, and also...

I DIDN'T LIKE ROB (at first, I do now because he redeemed himself)

Yes I know. How can you not like Rob he's a nice guy. Well, I wasn't fond of him at first because it just felt like he was the center of attention. Rob had more psychic abilities than Nicola did, and it just WASN'T FAIR. 

Now Anna's story, her story I did like very much. As the novel progresses, Kearsley pulls me deeper and deeper into Anna's life. I mean, I was shocked when I finished reading, because I was just expecting more, like I wanted an EPILOGUE! But besides that, these characters were truly amazing, and beyond all my expectations. Also, Kearsley mentions very few random facts here and there, and she also explained the whole true king of England, I was very glad for that. I have not read The Winter Sea, so I knew nothing about the topic. 

AND THE BEST PART about this is that Kearsley managed to bring two different stories from two different times together, and she did it so well that I didn't notice until it was over. Because the truth is, no matter how much I didn't like Rob and Nicola, without them, The Firebird wouldn't have been as amazing.  


  1. I haven't read this book before but I've heard good things about it. Good review! :)

    1. If you ever pick it up, it's super long. Well, at least I thought it was. I don't know if this is just me, but I feel like young adult compared to adult fiction is so much easier to read, even if the number of pages are the same.

      But other than that, this is a really good, engaging, historical fiction story. It actually felt like I was in that time period with all the characters.


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