Review: Fire And Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Dragons and heists? You know I’m here for that. I expected Fire and Heist to be a great heist novel. What I didn’t expect was for it to have me laughing out loud.

Fire & Heist CoverIn 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. Goodreads

I received an eARC of Fire And Heist through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fire and Heist is pitched as Oceans 11 with dragons, and that kind of sums it up, with the addition of portal dimensions.

Sky is a delightful narrator. I had a great time reading this story through her eyes. She was really funny, and despite taking her heist seriously, she didn’t take herself too seriously. There were very few pages where I wasn’t laughing out loud. Particularly when Maximus was on the page. He was ridiculous and fantastic.

Family was huge in this novel. Her brothers grew on me throughout the novel, which I appreciated. Her father was distant, but I ended up liking him by the end of the story. It was fun to see what was normal for them.

The only thing I didn’t love about this novel was the romance. Sky kept telling us how much she loved Ryan and how great he was, but I really needed more of his personality to show for me to care about the romantic subplot. Her other wyvern friends abandoning her also sucked, especially since she basically completely forgave them at the end. I would have made them beg for it rather than allowing them to follow on her coat tails now that she’s famous.

I’d love to see more in this series set at Home as they change their shitty society. It’s not the perfect place that everyone on Earth thought it was. Maybe Benden can make some big changes there once he’s gotten his confidence up. It’ll be interesting to see what Durst does next with these worlds.

If Fire and Heist sounds up your alley, pick up a copy on Amazon or Indiebound. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you will, too.


Title: Fire And Heist

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Length: 304 Pages

Release Date: December 4, 2018

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

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