Review: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Review: Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth DurstFire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on December 4th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (290 pages)
Source: Library
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In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone--even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern--a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society--a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

three-stars

Dragons, fire, and heists! Oh my! Fire & Heist is a fun, quick adventure starring Sky, a wyvern (or were-dragon). Her family has been recently ostracized after her mother disappeared, and something just doesn’t seem right about it. So Sky takes it upon to herself to finish what her mom started, hopefully finding her, and restoring her family’s status at the same time. However, it’s hard to pull off the ultimate dragon heist when you can’t turn into a dragon or breathe fire.

The plot of Fire & Heist is super straight forward. There’s no surprise twists or out of left field challenges. Sky discovers what heist her mom was trying to pull off, attempts herself, also fails, but ultimately overcomes and sets things right. I had a lot of fun reading it, because it’s just light and adventurous. Nothing too serious or heavy. The idea of gold loving dragons trapped in human bodies was pretty silly and cute (gold toilet handles!).

However, the world-building was a bit confusing and felt incomplete. Sky’s family is suppose to be super rich and in the public eye. They’re in tabloids, and are I guess kind of celebrities. Does this mean that humans know about wyverns? I didn’t get that impression, since Sky’s friend Gabriela wasn’t suppose to know about her. But it’s also mentioned that wyverns donate money to many causes, so perhaps they’re like an open secret? I don’t know. It wasn’t clear how “out” they are.

The other thing that confused me was the heists, which are the main point of the story. Wyverns are suppose to steal gold to grow their hoards, but they don’t steal from humans. Just from each other. How does that work? Do they all just take turns breaking into their neighbors’ vault? What’s the reason for them stealing from each other? Other than just loving gold. It was really weird how normal this was with no explanation.

Other than the questionable dragon lore, I enjoyed Fire & Heist. I would have liked to have known more about the wyvern’s social structure, but Sky’s heist was exciting and kept my interest.

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