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Lies Like Wildfire Spotlight – Ultimate Blog Tour*

Welcome to my spotlight post for the Lies Like Wildfire ultimate blog tour! Thank you to the publisher and @WriteReadsTours for gifting me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. If you like YA thrillers then this is definitely a book that you need to check out! The author writes from her personal experience of living in an area where wildfires regularly occur. It is clear that a lot of research has gone into Lies Like Wildfire and I am looking forward to being both thrilled and educated. More wildfires are occurring due to climate change so this book comes at a great time for readers to reflect on how dangerous they really are.

Lies Like Wildfire book cover

Title: Lies Like Wildfire

Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 9th September 2021

Genre: Thriller

Age Range: Young Adult

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‘Hannah and her friends have known each other their whole lives. This is their final summer before college – time to hang out, fall in love and dreams about the future. Until they accidentally start a forest fire that destroys their town and leaves death in its wake.

Desperate for the truth to remain hidden, the group make a pact of silence. But lies – just like wildfires – can get out of control quickly…

We know how it starts, but where does it end?’

Lies Like Wildfire Initial Impressions

Firstly, I have to say that I really love the cover of Lies Like Wildfire! I think it captures the book really well and the blurb is intriguing too. The opening of the story is very intense and immediately grabs your attention. I can tell it is going to be a page-turner already despite only being a couple of chapters in! The reader is introduced to the main characters, fondly known as ‘the monsters’. They are childhood friends who are now preparing for their futures both in and out of college. It feels like the group has a real mix of characters and I am looking forward to learning more about them (and how well they can keep a secret!) I am expecting a massive fallout to come between the group as the secret gets out of control. My feeling is that there is going to be a lot of drama and a fair few twists headed my way. I’m looking forward to reading more and giving you a full review soon!

About The Author

I received my B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. I’m fascinated by underdogs and power dynamics between groups of people. 

I’m the author of LIES LIKE WILDFIRE, a teen thriller soon-to-be published by Delacorte Press, and two middle grade book series, each published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, THE GUARDIAN HERD (a quartet) and RIDERS OF THE REALM (a trilogy). Before this, I self-published a middle grade fantasy called THE PET WASHER. 

When I’m not writing, you’ll find me galloping my little black mare through the foothills of Sonoma County or teaching free creative writing workshops to kids and adults at various branches of our local library system. 

The Healdsburg Literary Guild selected me as their 2019/2020 Literary Laureate for my work in building literacy in my community. It is an honor I hold dear. I am also the current SCBWI Sonoma County Coordinator and a volunteer on the Sonoma County Library Advisory Board.

I live in Northern California with my husband, three children, and more than my fair share of pets!

P.S. If you like YA Thrillers then check out my review of The Cousins from a previous blog tour!

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1 Comment

  • 5th September 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Ellie Rayner

    Great post!


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