Welcome to my stop in the Lies Like Wildfire book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and to the publisher for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: Lies Like Wildfire
Author: Jennifer Lynn Alverez
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: 9th September 2021
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.
I was really intrigued when I first got a copy of Lies Like Wildfire as it is a thriller unlike anything that I have read before, but I absolutely loved it. It had just the right atmosphere and plot to keep it believable while also making you terrified of what was to come.
Even though the characters were terrible people doing some terrible actions, you wanted to route for them and get away with all the crimes they were committing. This was such an interesting concept and not one that I have read for a long while, so it was nice to see a change in the narrative. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters individually, but I did like the set-up of their friendship group and seeing its downfall, as people want to escape and move away from what they used to know to new things.
I did love piecing together the second half of the story with the main character Hannah as we went through it in ‘real’ time. We got to learn along with her, what had happened, which I particularly enjoyed as it kept me intrigued throughout the book. I managed to guess the ending quite early into the second half, but that didn’t take away any enjoyment. It didn’t take away my enjoyment because Jennifer Lynn Alvarez has such a brilliant writing style that made me want to continue and prove my theories right.
But the real thing that pulled Lies Like Wildfire altogether was the atmosphere. I have never been anywhere near a wildfire, as that is not something we particularly get in the UK. But Jennifer Lynn Alvarez makes you feel like you are there and going through it all with the characters. I think she does this so well because it is based on personal experience of the wildfires that she has experienced in California.
I can’t wait to read what Jennifer Lynn Alvarez will publish next, as if it is anything like Lies Like Wildfire, I will be running to the bookshop to purchase it. If you love really intrigued thrillers that keep you guessing and make you think, I definitely suggest picking up Lies Like Wildfire.
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!