Review: The Secret Fire

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.


When I first saw this book on Netgalley I immediately requested it. I thought that it would be good and I love books that have powers/paranormal aspect in them. Sadly I was mistaken.

The book is written in third person and begins with Sacha’s point of view. He has just angered Antoine whom he made a bet with. Sacha lost a bet and now he has to jump off an incredibly high building. Antoine is pretty happy to be rid off Sacha and does not care whether or not he dies during the fall.

Sacha much to Antione’s surprise isn’t scared. Instead he makes another bet. If Sacha survive’s the fall Antoine will give him back his phone, forgive all his debts and give him 500 euros for all the trouble. Antoine agrees because he strongly believes that Sacha will die.

Once Sacha jumps readers find out that Antoine never made Sacha jump, Sacha was the one who suggested it. Antoine had given him other options but instead Sacha chose to die. Antoine agreed just to see what would happen. He didn’t think Sacha meant it seriously.

As Antoine is about to open the door Sacha opens it from the other side. Antoine is in absolute shock to find Sacha alive. Sacha asks for his phone and money so that he can head on home. Antoine does as he is told. The chapter ends with Antoine acknowledging that there is something very wrong with Sacha.

Sacha’s attitude really annoyed me! Even if someone can survive everything that doesn’t even that they should start showing off. This was the reason I chose not to continue. I don’t want to read about a main character who is lazy and arrogant. The kind of people I went to high school with and avoided.

Overall this wasn’t a good book in my opinion. I can’t bring myself to recommend it.

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