With Fire in their Blood by Kat Delacorte – Blog Tour

A huge thanks to Dave and crew over at #TheWriteReads for organising this ultimate book tour and to Kat Delacorte, Penguin and Netgally for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

‘Startingly original… Readers will be lured into this tumultuous world of warring families, forbidden power, and heart-searing romance’ – Lyndall Clipstone (Lakesedge, Forestfall)

From the word-of-mouth fantasy sensation Kat Delacorte – the standout debut star of 2022 YA Lit Con (YALC) – comes the first instalment in a new YA fantasy duology.

Packed to the brim with bisexual and queer representation, With Fire in Their Blood is a simmering supernatural romance set in the crumbling Italian city of Castello, where mafia clans make the rules, dark magic pulses the streets and the sins of the past threaten to consume the present. . .

When sixteen-year-old Lilly arrives in Castello, she isn’t impressed.
A secluded town in the Italian mountains is not where she saw her last years of high school playing out.

Divided for generations by a brutal clan-family war, the two halves of Castello are kept from destroying each other by the mysterious General, a leader determined to maintain order and ‘purity’. . . whatever the cost.

Lilly falls in with the rebellious Liza, brooding Nico and sensitive Christian, and sparks begin to fly. But in a city where love can lead to ruin, Lilly isn’t sure she can trust anyone — not even herself.

And then she accidentally breaks Castello’s most important rule: when the General’s men come to test your blood, you’d better not be anything more than human…

Perfect for lovers of Chloe Gong, Renée Ahdieh and V.E. Schwab, With Fire in Their Blood is quality YA storytelling at its best by an exciting new voice in YA fantasy.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Length: 416 Pages

Publishing: 1st September 2022

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09LLTRMR4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61267819-with-fire-in-their-blood

My Thoughts

 Wow!!!

This book is absolutely superb and had me totally glued to it the whole time.  It blew my expectations out of the water and I loved it.  It has an element of Romeo and Juliet but with more emphasis on the city’s troubles and less on the romance part.   

Castello is a city in Italy that seems to have stood still in time and this really showed in the wonderful description.  It was only when the occasional modern item or though popped up that I remembered this was set in the present. I was completely sucked in.  The city is almost a character in its own right.  It’s a beautiful yet malevolent backdrop for a story full of tension, power and teen angst.  There are two very contrasting sides to the city.  The story is based on the lives of the Marconi side of the town so I would love to read about the other side as it would be great to have both perspectives.  I also enjoyed the historical aspect (not factual) and how the towns came to be that way and think I would enjoy a prequel novel based on that too – so many possibilities for this series.  Not to mention what happens next!

Lily is an intriguing character.  I really felt for her not only was she grieving for her mother – emotionally she lost her father too and she was dealing with feelings of abandonment from her mother too.  I completely identified with how much she questioned and chipped away at what was happening in Castello and refused to accept simple answers or be fobbed off.  I also enjoyed watching other characters around her develop and reveal themselves and there are definitely a few red herrings in there.

It’s difficult for me to comment on the quality of the bisexual relationships in this book as I am not bisexual but it was refreshing to see teens exploring their sexual identify and being open about it. 

The plot is fast moving and intense and there are plenty of surprises running through the books (some you may guess like I did). It has a great balance of friendships, betrayals, romance and action and I just adored everything about it.

I have but one complaint…….I need to read book 2 NOW! 

Author Bio – Kat Delacorte

Kat Delacorte was eleven years old when her family moved from the United States to a small town in central Italy. She soon began writing stories about her new friends developing superpowers, and she hasn’t looked back since. She graduated with a BA in History from Columbia University, and lives in Venice, Italy.

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