Tell the Wind and Fire is based loosely on the book A Tale of Two Cities. In this dystopian magic filled world New York is divided into two cities with those with one being light magic users and the other being dark magic users. The light side is in control and there are rumors of a rebellion from the dark side. Lucie has family that had dark magic users but she is now living in the light city and practicing light magic and her boyfriend Ethan’s family are high members in the light society.
Unfortunately Tell the Wind and Fire is another book I went in thinking I would love the story and was excited to get around to reading but found myself getting really bored rather quickly. Somehow, someway, I have complete opposite complaints with the same story. There is a lot of things in here that seem like they are explained over and over again but yet other things that I questioned about this city and these characters that never get touched upon at all.
Sometimes I honestly felt like the story here was going in circles, at least in the first half of the book. There were plenty of descriptions of light and dark but no real depth, it just seemed to repeat the same information. The idea that the story was about magic users also had my interest peaked but magic really seemed to only come into play in describing the world, there was very very little actual use of it and in a couple of rare occurrences there were magic use that also repeated the same action, very disappointing.
The characters in this story were also very forgettable. I think the author mentioned Lucie’s name once in the first ten percent of the book and I was having the thought of what’s this girl’s name again? The relationship between Lucie and Ethan really seemed non-existent in the current story too. She would say she loved him and had been together for two years but I never really got much sense of them in the current story.
There are a lot of other YA dytopian books with a divided society that have held my interest a lot my than this one unfortunately. I’m sure some will enjoy the story but there just wan’t enough depth or action to it for me to fall in love. In the end I decided on 2.5 stars for a few good ideas and moments but not enough I’d really rush to recommend.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.