Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

I’m so delighted to tell you about this stunning book today. Thanks so much to The Write Reads for the invitation to be part of the Ultimate Blog Tour, and for the copy of the book.

Publisher: Penguin

Length: 384 Pages

Publishing: 7th September 2021



About the Book:

An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.

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My Review:

Well this book is a bit of a departure for me, because I never read YA, not since I actually was a young adult anyway! But I do love a good thriller, and I couldn’t resist the sound of the thrilling plot of this one. In actual fact, I think this book would appeal to any age, it’s just so good.

What a shocker of a book this is, I was absolutely consumed by it right from the start. I’ve witnessed a gorse fire once, and the speed of how fast a fire like this spreads, and the noise and flames from it, are truly scary. But this is on a whole different level. It’s cataclysmic and it feels heart-poundingly real.

The first half of this book is about the fire, and the events surrounding it, and the pace is so fast and furious. I just flew through the pages. The second half is about what happens next, and this is so twisty and thrilling.

Everything about this book, from the totally realistic characters, to the descriptive passages and the compelling plot make it feel almost movie-like, and I didn’t just read this book, I felt and experienced it. It’s a real rollercoaster of a ride, and I think it would make an amazing movie or TV series.

Completely unputdownable and addictive, this is one that no-one should miss. Can’t recommend it enough.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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!


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