Blog Tour: A Review of Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn



When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?
Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never
knew if they were true.

Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the
Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the
rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.
But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally.

Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed. Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?


I’m participating in the blog tour for Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn, and the first thing I want to mention is how beautiful the cover is. Seriously, I applaud whoever designed it as it is so lovely, and definitely caught my eye!

I found the first half of the book really promising, and thought that the way that the author created the different societies was really interesting, although it wasn’t completely original, I did like her spin on it! The characters were also well-developed, and I really liked Emi. She was selfless and brave, two characteristics that I definitely like.

The second half, however, I didn’t like so much. I didn’t dislike it, but I feel I was expecting more from it. Some of the decisions that were made were not logical at all, and I thought to myself several times, “why the hell did you just do that?!”

There was something unexpected that happened (which I won’t say, because my reviews are spoiler-free!) that caught me off guard and definitely had me shocked, which then got piqued my interest once again, and left me excited to continue reading.

Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars. It was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to any YA Fantasy lover!





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Author Information


Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. Fire Lines is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old. Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA inPublishing from Oxford Brookes

She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities.

Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings.
You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases,
here: www.firelines.co.uk and follow her on Twitter here.

-Books&Belle xx


31 thoughts on “Blog Tour: A Review of Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn

  1. The synopsis sounds so promising, but the last half of the book being not as good makes me not want to grab this one. It’ll be a library read I think! Thanks for sharing!

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