Blog Tour: Ruby’s Fire

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 Ruby’s Fire

Ruby's Fire FRONTcov2-STINEIf everything about you changes, what remains?

Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoon-worthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

– summary via Goodreads

My Thoughts

A couple of months ago Catherine Stine sent me an advance reader copy of Ruby’s Fire. I’d read and reviewed her novel  Fireseed One when it was published, and was looking forward to visiting the Fireseed world again. Of the two novels Ruby’s Fire is hands down my favourite. I used to believe that second books tend to be less captivating than their predecessors, but not so for Ruby’s Fire.  The book took all the best elements of Fireseed One and upped the heat. More action, more romance and more everything. Although it features at least two of the main characters from Fireseed One, it’s very much the story of Ruby and therefore reads as a standalone.

Ruby as a main character is wonderfully flawed, and her character grows in leaps and bounds. The book summary perfectly describes the plot – it’s a futuristic, sci-fi, adventure, and I think it’s bursting with originality.  If I were asked for criticisms I’m sure I could come up with something, but nothing that wasn’t a niggle easily overshadowed by compelling characters and vivid world building.

About Catherine Stine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACatherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author was granted a Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and an Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.
More and more, she’s enjoying writing speculative tales. She teaches literature at the School of Visual Arts and creative writing at the Philadelphia Writing Conference and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. Catherine earned a double focus MFA in Creative Writing at the New School.
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Cover Reveal Ruby’s Fire, May 23rd, 2013

Catherine Stine and Interview, March 9th 2012



  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Ruby’s Fire and the giveaway. It sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. Yep, second and third books can be awesome. I felt this way about Kristin Cashore’s books – Graceling was OKAY, Fire was REALLY GOOD, and Bitterblue was SO AWESOME! lol.

  3. I really need to read this series! I’m glad to hear you found everything upped in this installment and the world and romance and action sucked you in. Lovely review, and thanks for putting this on my radar!

  4. It’s so, so good when a sequel is just as good, if not better! Glad you enjoyed this one, K! I’d not heard of it until now 🙂

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