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A story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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, the A story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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.


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A story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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, the A story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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.

30 review for Lies Like Wildfire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Web of lies, love triangles, toxic friendship bond is doomed to fail eventually as the fire breaks out and destroys the lives of entire town! This is a quick, capturing, fast paced, twisty young adult thriller! Five teenagers called themselves monsters( and eventually they are turned into real ones) , growing up together, remaining as friends for years: now they’re eighteen: three girls will leave to town for college, two boys start working in town, pursuing their own dreams for better futures. Web of lies, love triangles, toxic friendship bond is doomed to fail eventually as the fire breaks out and destroys the lives of entire town! This is a quick, capturing, fast paced, twisty young adult thriller! Five teenagers called themselves monsters( and eventually they are turned into real ones) , growing up together, remaining as friends for years: now they’re eighteen: three girls will leave to town for college, two boys start working in town, pursuing their own dreams for better futures. They already planned spending their last summer, chasing new adventures and lots of fun! But gathering around their local meeting place Gap Mountain of California in the fire season turns into the worst decision of their lives. Wouldn’t they wish to take back the reckless choices behind their actions? But now it’s too late! Hannah Warner,sheriff’s daughter whose life defined by laws: including sending his own wife to the prison where she died in two years from breast cancer, leaving their daughter motherless, all alone. Hannah wanted to go to Stanford just like their friend Violet who mostly spends her time at their Santa Barbara house, joining their group in summer while she’s visiting her grandmother’s house. She’s beautiful, wealthy, having it all, outsider of their group. She doesn’t have any idea how to fight so hard to reach her goals. Hannah got rejection from Stanford and focused on second choice: studying criminology at Santa Diego State College, becoming a law officer like her father. Her long time crush Drummer flirts with Violet in front of her eyes which hurts like hell because their group has a rule: monsters don’t date with another monster! Drummer seems like using her to clean his mess and Hannah slowly feels like she is his backup girl, who is always devoted and loyal to him. And let’s meet with the other two gang members: Luke, throwing stones to the house, coming from troubled house and peacemaker, friendly, caring Mo is coming from middle class family, chasing her dream to become a nurse. Their gathering at Gap Mountain ruins when the boys decide to get stoned along with Violet. Hannah screams at Luke to stop but he doesn’t listen to her. She is out of her patience lately. She reacts fast, hitting his hand and as Luke drops the pipe, a small quarrel ends up with putting entire town on fire. There are incredibly realistic depicted parts of the book: telling us how the blaze roars through town and towards the Yosemite National Park! I read those parts as if I was watching a movie IMAX with Laser : animals on the road, the fire is erupting, smoke blasting out, covering the field of vision, mad drivers honking their horns, maneuvering their cars, townies are on the road running as they are carrying supplies, children, animals on their arms! It’s the realistic picture shows how all hell breaks loose! Those images seem like popping out from screen and moving directly to you as you cover your eyes and keep screaming. Five friends swear to protect each other by lying. But at the beginning we also find out Violent is missing! How those two tragedies connect with each other! Did one of the monsters sell the others? Could be the one of them responsible for kidnapping of Violent? Or is she really kidnapped? Could some of them be violent enough to do something to her? So many questions, twists, lies! Overall: well executed, exciting, mysterious, riveting thriller keeping you on your toes till the end! I have to admit: all of the characters are so much dislikable, flawed, irritating! But you still want to know how their story will end. The structure of the story is well developed, keeping your attention intact! I’m giving four liars pants on fire, I’m addicted to you, don’t you know that you’re toxic stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Lies Like Wildfire is a YA novel by author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. The plot follows a group of teenagers who have been friends since they were little and call themselves ‘The Monsters’. Whilst enjoying the day out together the friends accidentally start a wildfire, rather than own up to their mistake they agree to stay silent, but as the fire rages on destroying homes and killing people cracks begin to show in their friendship and their pact. As the net beg Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Lies Like Wildfire is a YA novel by author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. The plot follows a group of teenagers who have been friends since they were little and call themselves ‘The Monsters’. Whilst enjoying the day out together the friends accidentally start a wildfire, rather than own up to their mistake they agree to stay silent, but as the fire rages on destroying homes and killing people cracks begin to show in their friendship and their pact. As the net begins to close in on them one of the teens disappears after stating they were going to the police, the new question is did one of the group go to extreme measures to keep their secret? This is a book that is bang up to date and covers a subject that affects many, is often in the news, and happens around the world – wildfires. The group of friends have been keeping secrets since they were little and have a code of honour between them but they have never encountered anything as serious as starting a wildfire and so keeping shtum about it comes easier for some than others. Our main protagonist is the daughter of the local sheriff and thinks she knows a lot about evidence and fingerprints on items found in fires but it turns out she isn’t quite as clever as she thought, although she is pretty ruthless and is the one holding the group together. The story is fast-paced and I rushed through it. The book opens with a search party for one of the teens and then goes back in time to show you how we got to this point. For most of the way through I was engaged and gripped to the pages. I enjoyed the feelings and emotions that played out as well as the police trail that lead them to some of the members. However, I found the ending a little bleak, especially when the rest of the book had been a unique and creative YA thriller. This last 1% didn’t ruin my enjoyment though. If you are after a YA thriller that is well-written and takes you on a journey, plus is an emotional rollercoaster, then grab yourself a copy of Lies Like Wildfire today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A Gritty and Compulsive Read Lies Like Wildfire is a gripping Thriller that is made all the more scary because Wildfires are real and cause so much destruction and devastation it's heartbreaking. One Summers day The Monsters, a group of best friends, start a Wildfire in innocence, that very quickly becomes out of hand, leaving behind a trail of destruction and heartache as many people were effected by the fire. But rather than coming clean for what the group had done, they vowel never to revea 4☆ A Gritty and Compulsive Read Lies Like Wildfire is a gripping Thriller that is made all the more scary because Wildfires are real and cause so much destruction and devastation it's heartbreaking. One Summers day The Monsters, a group of best friends, start a Wildfire in innocence, that very quickly becomes out of hand, leaving behind a trail of destruction and heartache as many people were effected by the fire. But rather than coming clean for what the group had done, they vowel never to reveal their secret. But secrets have a way of catching up with you and so does guilt. Can the group keep something so huge quiet or will the truth come out! Lies Like Wildfire is a really Gritty and Compulsive read, there some really cleverly plotted twists along the way to keep you on your toes. I really liked the suspense of watching the story unravel, trying to work out who would crack first. So if you love YA, New Adult, Gripping Thrillers, then I highly recommend you grab a copy of Lies Like Wildfire you won't be disappointed! Thank you to The Write Reads Blog Tours for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. You can Find this Review and all my Other Reviews on My Blog :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2021/0...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    8.5 out of 10 Sex friends, two crimes, original concept. Very intense story! Not an unnecessary word, many antiheroes, and the author doesn't favor anyone, just tells you what happened and let to decide. It could be 10-star-read, but there were a few predictable details and the MC should have guessed them faster than me but didn't. Aside from that, I adore everything. Even teen-ish stuff that I always find boring and stupid. I also highly recommend it to those who thought that smth like We We 8.5 out of 10 Sex friends, two crimes, original concept. Very intense story! Not an unnecessary word, many antiheroes, and the author doesn't favor anyone, just tells you what happened and let to decide. It could be 10-star-read, but there were a few predictable details and the MC should have guessed them faster than me but didn't. Aside from that, I adore everything. Even teen-ish stuff that I always find boring and stupid. I also highly recommend it to those who thought that smth like We Were Liars was great. Just to compare and see how a YA mystery can be awesomely written! Oh, and recently I've read A Monster Call that considered not sincere. Here, the MC has a more developed and believable and touching relationship with her dog that the MC from A Monster Call with his mother.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    3.75 all the characters were so infuriatingly unlikeable but damn this was entertaining. it’d make a fantastic tv series methinks

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    The monsters are five best friends who spend all their lazy summer days together. These times are soon to be ending though, as college and full-time work is pulling them in different directions. They decide to make the most of their last moments together but these plans also go awry when they accidentally start a wildfire in the forest. The relentless summer sunshine has scorched the earth and pretty soon the fire is raging wildly out of control, putting their lives, their futures, and their frie The monsters are five best friends who spend all their lazy summer days together. These times are soon to be ending though, as college and full-time work is pulling them in different directions. They decide to make the most of their last moments together but these plans also go awry when they accidentally start a wildfire in the forest. The relentless summer sunshine has scorched the earth and pretty soon the fire is raging wildly out of control, putting their lives, their futures, and their friendship at risk. Can they keep the secret of what they have done between the five of them? Or will their lies spread as wildly as the fire that has decimated their community? Hannah was one of the five monsters and it was through her perspective that the reader learned of their shared story. I liked her as an individual although both she and every other individual who featured throughout her was tainted with a flaw or vulnerability that ensured suspicions were placed on them all, equally. It enhanced the tension of the piece and also added to the drama that was occurring between them all concurrently. This novel begun with a fire and was closely followed with an evacuation. This relentlessly fast-pace did not let up until its conclusion, with lies and mysteries piling on top of each other to make it a read as fast in pace as it was twisted in design. I tore through it in a day and remained intrigued and invested throughout. I'd definitely love to read more from this author as this was as engaging a YA thriller as any of those penned by Maureen Johnson, E. Lockhart, Courtney Summers, or Karen M. McManus. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Lies Like Wildfire is a compelling and intense, high stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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 an aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. Hannah and her best friends, Mo, Luke, Violet and Drummer, who have been closer than close-knit since they were all 7 years old living in their small f Lies Like Wildfire is a compelling and intense, high stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames. 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 an aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. Hannah and her best friends, Mo, Luke, Violet and Drummer, who have been closer than close-knit since they were all 7 years old living in their small forest town close to Yosemite, cause an unfortunate accident. It's during one of their regular trips to the local lake to hang out when they spark a raging wildfire while smoking weed. It swiftly becomes enormous and deadly and terrified of the possible repercussions their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators especially due to Hannah's knowledge of the law. But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park causing both loss of property and loss of life in the process, Hannah's friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Their relationships are now fraught with tension with each wondering if the others can be trusted, and when a stupid decision leads to more of the same, it seems as though they will never be able to tell the truth about what happened that summer evening. Everyone knows that sometimes good people do bad things, but if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars. And then Violet vanishes completely. This is a compulsive and quick-paced thriller about the impact and toll that mistruths and maintaining a facade can take on your mental health and friendship group. It's a tense and wickedly twisty young adult debut that indirectly touches on the issue of climate change, the associated wildfires that have been burning recently in both Australia and the United States and the catastrophic effect they have on those who live or work in the fire's path. It explores guilt, envy, survival and accountability and is divided into 2 sections: before Violet’s disappearance and after it. Told solely from Hannah’s perspective, it allows you to become fully immersed in the narrative without the constantly shifting viewpoints that tend to spoil some novels and highlights the complex and now ever-evolving dynamics between the friends. As this is a character-driven thriller, we absorb each characters interesting backstory which addresses issues such as financial troubles, domestic abuse, toxic friendship and their imminent graduation from school which will ensure they go their separate ways. A captivating and, at times, heart-pumping page-turner perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart. Gritty, entertaining, and highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of an upcoming tour hosted by The Write Reads, with thanks to them and the publisher. Hannah and her friends, the Monsters as they are affectionately called, are due to have a summer they will never forget as they all head off to college in the Fall. Hannah's dad is the town sheriff and she is set to follow in his path as a criminology major. However, what they don't predict is it all going up in flames. Literally. The i I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of an upcoming tour hosted by The Write Reads, with thanks to them and the publisher. Hannah and her friends, the Monsters as they are affectionately called, are due to have a summer they will never forget as they all head off to college in the Fall. Hannah's dad is the town sheriff and she is set to follow in his path as a criminology major. However, what they don't predict is it all going up in flames. Literally. The issue with California is that it is prone to wildfire, and it is a felony. When her friend Luke drops his matches and a fire rages out of control, consuming trees, building, animals, people, the Monsters make a pact not to tell anyone what they did. They could never be found...could they? When the police start to close in, their friendship becomes tighter and tighter with lifelong bonds being challenged by not only the fire but also the secrets they have withheld from one another. Hannah is in love with Drummer, but Monsters don't date Monsters so why is he sleeping with Violet? Luke, the only kid in the group with a record, is freaking out. And things only get worse when Violet threatens to go to the police. When Violet goes missing and Hannah wakes up in the hospital with trauma-related amnesia, can she figure out what happened to her best friend the night of her accident? Or are some things better left for the flames? This book held so much promise. SO MUCH PROMISE. This author is clearly incredibly talented, they were able to paint a picture of chaos and anger and mystery. But, and there is a big but here, the characters are the most unlikable group of people I have ever come across. These kids are honestly some of the worst characters I have ever come across and I suppose in some ways that may have been a deliberate device employed by the author but I'm a person who wants to root for the main character. Hannah was intolerable. I can't think of another word to describe her. She was selfish, annoying, and downright just an idiot. I couldn't have cared less if she was arrested or not for her part in all of this. Ultimately, my dislike for Hannah made me grow to be a little bored by this book and that really upsets me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC to review!* From the get go this book was absolutely wild. It pulled me in and didn't let me go for even a minute. I actually put this book down for several days purely because I didn’t want it to be over, that’s the kind of grip it had one me. I just really enjoyed it - insanity and all. This was a mystery thriller done to perfection. From the very first page we have intrigue and confusion, with fast pacing that’ll help you fly through it w *Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC to review!* From the get go this book was absolutely wild. It pulled me in and didn't let me go for even a minute. I actually put this book down for several days purely because I didn’t want it to be over, that’s the kind of grip it had one me. I just really enjoyed it - insanity and all. This was a mystery thriller done to perfection. From the very first page we have intrigue and confusion, with fast pacing that’ll help you fly through it while not rushing the narrative. There was such a tense atmosphere throughout the writing and I was so engaged and on edge the whole time while reading because of it. I was constantly second guessing myself and trying to come up with theories. I didn;t guess a single thing and the plot twists that seem to crop up endlessly surprised me almost every time This book will definitely go down in my memory as one of the most chaotic and traumatic coming of age story I’ve come across. Just when you think things can’t get any wilder, they do indeed get wilder. We have believably flawed characters and a lot of moral dilemmas to go through here. It’s actually quite a heavy book in terms of these things, and the events taken place are really dark. It made me think a lot about sacrifices and the decisions you’d have to make if you were in the position of these characters. It was a thinker. I really enjoyed it. The messy friendship group we had really made it here. They were all so interesting, I feel like I could honestly read a spin-off novel of them all and be completely engaged with their stories. They had really interesting dynamics at play and with their opposing personalities and backgrounds the story really came to life through them. They stressed me out a lot and they made me want to scream at times, but they felt humanly flawed. If you want to be constantly stressed, confused and desperate to know the ending even though you’ve just begun, that’s how I felt reading this. And that ending? Oh my god.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    I’ve read many a disappointing YA thriller in my time, so I couldn’t be more excited to be able to say this isn’t one of them. Lies Like Wildfire was intense, gripping and utterly additive. I was totally hooked from page once and that feeling didn’t waver for a single moment. Each page of this book was stressful, with an overwhelming sense of urgency I’ve not felt from a book in a long time but absolutely loved. Whilst the ending was somewhat predictable from the halfway point (and there was one I’ve read many a disappointing YA thriller in my time, so I couldn’t be more excited to be able to say this isn’t one of them. Lies Like Wildfire was intense, gripping and utterly additive. I was totally hooked from page once and that feeling didn’t waver for a single moment. Each page of this book was stressful, with an overwhelming sense of urgency I’ve not felt from a book in a long time but absolutely loved. Whilst the ending was somewhat predictable from the halfway point (and there was one plot line that cropped out of nowhere and seemingly meant nothing to the story?), it didn’t matter all too much because by that point there was no going back. I had to know what happened. Relentlessly fast paced, drama filled and truly heart pounding, this book was pure entertainment from start to finish and a great addition to the YA thriller pool. TW: wildfires, stalking

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

    This book is a crazy ride, if you can say so, it's really a roller coaster of emotions, as it has a very dynamic plot where things are happening from minute one, so I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it even more than I expected, I found it super addictive, and also very easy to read even though it has so many moments of tension and a rather heavy atmosphere due to the tragic events it covers. A very well-thought-out execution for a book full of mystery and plot twists, which is definitely worth re This book is a crazy ride, if you can say so, it's really a roller coaster of emotions, as it has a very dynamic plot where things are happening from minute one, so I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it even more than I expected, I found it super addictive, and also very easy to read even though it has so many moments of tension and a rather heavy atmosphere due to the tragic events it covers. A very well-thought-out execution for a book full of mystery and plot twists, which is definitely worth reading. 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ You can find more reviews & fun content on my blog A Book. A Thought. In Lies, Like Wildfire we follow a group of five friends, the main character being Hannah Warner, who's also the sheriff's daughter of Gap Mountain, California, where most of them live. It's summer, so Hannah and the others decide to get together at their favorite spot on the lake, but it doesn't take them long to realize that this won't be a summer like any other when by accident they start a fire, and while they all agree to hide what has happened and lie to the police, everything starts to get out of control when the fire takes a dimension that no one expected consuming much of the rural area where they live, taking with it everything in its path. Because of this some of Hannah's friends begin to regret, and alliances begin to break down. In this context, Hannah's capable of everything to keep her friends safe because sometimes good people do bad things, right? I'm super grateful to be part of the blog tour for this book, it's always a pleasure to be able to share such an amazing story with many other readers, Thank you so much to Dave for the chance! so I'm super excited to bring you my thoughts today. Needless to say, I obviously liked it a lot, I think when it comes to YA mysteries/thrillers I know I'll go for it, and even when it's a genre I've already read a lot, it never ceases to surprise me, which I love! In this case, I came across a very ambitious plot that not only wants to tell an intriguing thriller but also explores a lot of other interesting and dark themes. We explore toxic friendships, we explore how tragedies can affect people's mental health, we explore what a person is capable of doing to save themselves, among other things. On the one hand, we have the obvious main theme which is the fire, but the book itself starts with the search for a body, so from the beginning, we know that something very tragic happened, and although at the beginning it's not clear what one thing has to do with the other, it all ties together towards the end making sense and making it even more interesting. I think the author's choice to reveal a detail that could have been used later in the book as a great plot twist, was incredibly wise because it's a factor that will keep you wondering what happened, I even felt that since I knew it was going to happen I couldn't stop reading because I felt that as the book gets more and more into the climax you can sense that it's about to happen, you're about to figure everything out, you know? and it's even more exciting. I also have to admit that the way the author has handled the revelations is brilliant, as she makes sure we get just the right amount of information, but in small measures, to give us the whole truth in the last few pages from the main character's hands. That alone makes this book SO GOOD! I loved the writing style, this is my first time reading this author, but it certainly won't be my last. I love how this book has been compared as being for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart because I agree 100% with that, so if you like those authors you should definitely give Jennifer Lynn Alvarez a chance. Without a doubt, her style is very dynamic, things are always happening, and that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and always wanting to know what's going to happen next. I also feel that it has a less descriptive style and is more focused on the characters as such, which in this type of plot is a great choice. Also, the dialogues are very good , I always think that's a great detail that gives a lot of realism to the story. The amount of tension in this book can't be legal lol, I was super worried wanting to know what would happen, and then came another mini-revelation or mini-twist that suddenly changed everything and generated even more tension. So it's definitely one of those reads that keeps your heart in your mouth, trying to figure out what else could go wrong. The characters are another thing entirely. None of them are exactly lovable characters or ones you can identify with, and that's the intention I think, it's not meant to make you like the characters, they're more like that kind of super conflicted and a toxic group of friends. The author gives a glimpse of each of the personalities in their fair share, but mostly she focuses on Hannah, the main character, and although at times you can understand some of her behaviors... mostly you don't, and that's okay, she has a very intriguing erratic personality to know, it's obvious that you don't know for sure what she'll do and that has its catching part. Hannah clearly has extremely toxic behaviors, where we see a lot of obsession about certain people and although at the beginning it seems that her motivations are from sincere concern, towards the end I'm not sure and somehow I like that, I need more characters like these, that aren't completely good and you know they're hiding things, they're incredible to read. Then we have the other characters and although I'm not going to mention each of them, I can say that although some of them sound cliché they help a lot to move the plot along and the conflicts make sense. The personalities range from the beautiful rich girl, the troubled boy with home issues, the more "decent" girl and the handsome boy that everyone wants to be with and who behaves like a jerk, sounds chliché, right? and it probably is, but this doesn't take away that a lot of unexpected things happen with this group. When you talk about a mystery in general you can't reveal too much, so I don't want to do that, but I would like to mention that I really liked how this plot was approached, I like it's dark and that we follow the "villains" instead of the "good and honest people", you know? that gives another color and tone to the book. Everything that happens in this book is mostly illegal and clearly wrong, still, I hope you get my point, it's refreshing to read about dysfunctional characters who will do anything to get their way, but also intriguing to see how the dynamic of this group of friends develops, what things will make them doubt each other, what things will keep them together and what will be the breaking point. I liked the ending a lot, it's a bit polemic maybe because I think it feels a bit open, but for me, it was perfect. I like how the author approached it, I feel that, without a doubt, it's that kind of book where we don't have a "fair" ending but it's a bit satisfying I must say. I love how the characters' minds are explored, I'm sure it's something I already mentioned, but I needed to say it again, especially when talking about Hannah, I don't want to say too much, but there's this discussion about what's right and what's wrong, and from some people's point of view, what's fair and what's not. It's also super interesting to see how the mind can turn to anything to leave everything behind, even when you know that something isn't right. It explores the dark side of people and the primal need to save oneself, which is great! So in summary, I obviously enjoyed the plot a lot, maybe it's not the most incredible thing I've ever read in my life because I still think some situations are very unrealistic and a bit crazy, but I still enjoyed it a lot, and overall it's a book worth recommending if like me you, you like mystery/thriller, also if you like plots with lots of unexpected twists and totally crazy moments of high tension and lots and lots of DRAMA! There are betrayals, secrets, and lies going on too, and above all, I give her a lot of credit for choosing to create such peculiar and unlovable-unbelievable characters in the best way. Get ready for a journey of many lows and highs with this read, I'm definitely excited for more people to discover it. First Thoughts 08/16/21 Wow, I really liked this story, even darker than I expected. Super addictive plot full of secrets, lies, betrayals and toxic relationships, I honestly couldn't stop reading until I knew what would happen. A very well-created structure that follows two plot lines with a lot of suspense, mystery and tension.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lili Marcus

    As I already mentioned, the theme of this book, the wildfire, is quite important and timely. I grew up and lived in a country filled with forests, but I never really experienced a tragedy like this. And hopefully never. But I’ve seen global news and am horrified every time there’s wildfire news. It’s always tragic. So yes, that is the main reason why I was intrigued by this book. One reason I was hesitant to read it is the characters. I knew they will be terrible. The blurb clearly stated about t As I already mentioned, the theme of this book, the wildfire, is quite important and timely. I grew up and lived in a country filled with forests, but I never really experienced a tragedy like this. And hopefully never. But I’ve seen global news and am horrified every time there’s wildfire news. It’s always tragic. So yes, that is the main reason why I was intrigued by this book. One reason I was hesitant to read it is the characters. I knew they will be terrible. The blurb clearly stated about their lie, and mind you, there are lots of lies in this book. The characters are not the kind of characters you will love because they’re good people. They’re not. They’re terrible, more so are their actions. But did I hate them? Surprisingly no. I don’t tolerate or agree with their actions, but these characters were incredibly well-written in that they were so realistic. All I could think of was, wow, the author clearly knows how to be god creating these people. It was very interesting because it’s not often that I read a book where most, if not all, characters are not likable, and yet I liked the book. You see, I love books that are character-driven so I want characters I can root for. In the second part of the book, I appreciate Hannah more. It was quite an experience following her piecing together every secret of the plot. I also found the element of friendship fascinating. It is fascinating to see a group of friends and fell out. I think the author handled the part of friendship really well. It’s not a happy friendship of course, but still, it was so realistic. It was so toxic and filled with lies. Even though I knew there will be a mystery element in the story, I wasn’t expecting it to be atmospheric and really intense. The pacing was really fast, in a good way, and it didn’t fizzle till the end. I wouldn’t call any of the reveals shocking or unexpected, but the pacing really helped the story become interesting till the end. I really like the writing style of this author. Overall, Lies Like Wildfire is a great read. It is fast-paced and realistic. Anyone who loves mystery and intense storylines would love this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Her Bookish Obsession

    A woven web of lies, love triangle and, toxic friendship dynamics are doomed to fail eventually as the fire breaks out and destroys the lives of an entire town. This is a quick, capturing, fast-paced, twisty young adult thriller! This book was well thought out with a large cast of characters to keep things interesting. It has enough twists to keep you hooked and was very action-packed. The writing style is fantastic, and I sincerely could not put it down. 3.5 stars though, because the characters A woven web of lies, love triangle and, toxic friendship dynamics are doomed to fail eventually as the fire breaks out and destroys the lives of an entire town. This is a quick, capturing, fast-paced, twisty young adult thriller! This book was well thought out with a large cast of characters to keep things interesting. It has enough twists to keep you hooked and was very action-packed. The writing style is fantastic, and I sincerely could not put it down. 3.5 stars though, because the characters (yes, all of them) were honestly so unlikeable. Hannah’s unreliableness served as a redeeming quality toward the second half of the book (since she loses her memory), but as she regains it, her personality does completely changes. Five teenagers called themselves monsters ( and eventually they are turned into real ones), growing up together, remaining friends for years: now they’re eighteen: three girls will leave to town for college, two boys start working in town, pursuing their own dreams for better futures. 5 Friends are lying and vow to protect each other. Monsters are five best friends who spend a lazy summer day together. This era will soon end as college and their various full-time jobs will be pulling them in different directions. Together they decide to make the most of their last moments, but this plan is deviated, accidentally causing a wildfire in the woods. This novel began with a fire and was closely followed with an evacuation. It was relentlessly fast-paced did not let up until its conclusion. With lies and question marks popping up everywhere, I was thoroughly immersed. I tore through it in a day and remained intrigued and invested throughout the entire book. Recommended for fans of Maureen Johnson, E. Lockhart, Courtney Summers, and Karen M. McManus! Thanks so much to @TheWriteReads for having me on this tour!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    The book starts on a very mysterious note and then goes back 5 weeks. The five friends, the Monsters as they call themselves, inadvertently start a forest fire on a day out at Gap Lake and this very quickly spirals out of control. They know how much trouble they will be in if anyone finds out it was them so once they make sure the fire department know about it, they decide to pretend they were never there. Throughout the book we are waiting to find out if the truth about the fire will come out, b The book starts on a very mysterious note and then goes back 5 weeks. The five friends, the Monsters as they call themselves, inadvertently start a forest fire on a day out at Gap Lake and this very quickly spirals out of control. They know how much trouble they will be in if anyone finds out it was them so once they make sure the fire department know about it, they decide to pretend they were never there. Throughout the book we are waiting to find out if the truth about the fire will come out, but I think the real mystery is what has happened to Violet. It seems that even though Hannah doesn’t know what happened to one of her 4 best friends, she clearly does have some suspicions! The book definitely kept me guessing throughout, I had no idea what the outcome would be even when the main character expressed her feelings and speculations. It was quite a page turner and I read it all in 2 days. Hannah is a very interesting main character. She’s fiercely protective of her friends and I really do feel she does what she does to protect them as much as herself. She also has a huge crush on Drummer which doesn't help matters at all, particularly her objectivity. I read this in Greece where the news was full of wild fires, both there and in so many other countries at that time. Add to that everyone having to wear masks due to the smoke, and all the talk of 'new normal' so it felt a bit too close to home for me!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trigger Warning: Animal Death OMG I loved this book! It did require some suspension of disbelief (ie surviving a bear attack), but overall, it was a really satisfying thriller with very well-developed characters. I did see the plot twist coming at the end, but I was still satisfied and honestly, a little sad that we won't likely see more books about the surviving "monsters." Solid story, overall! Trigger Warning: Animal Death OMG I loved this book! It did require some suspension of disbelief (ie surviving a bear attack), but overall, it was a really satisfying thriller with very well-developed characters. I did see the plot twist coming at the end, but I was still satisfied and honestly, a little sad that we won't likely see more books about the surviving "monsters." Solid story, overall!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Thanks to The Write Reads and Penguin for having me on the tour for Lies Like Wildfire. This is my first YA thriller and I really really enjoyed it! Jennifer doesn’t shy away from sharing the horrific scenes that I can’t even imagine in my worst nightmares. This will either be extremely real and harrowing to some, or unbelievable to some like me. Someone lucky enough to have not experienced it. Our unlikeable gang start a wildfire, and then they have to deal with the consequences. Lies, deception, Thanks to The Write Reads and Penguin for having me on the tour for Lies Like Wildfire. This is my first YA thriller and I really really enjoyed it! Jennifer doesn’t shy away from sharing the horrific scenes that I can’t even imagine in my worst nightmares. This will either be extremely real and harrowing to some, or unbelievable to some like me. Someone lucky enough to have not experienced it. Our unlikeable gang start a wildfire, and then they have to deal with the consequences. Lies, deception, panic - added to the usual teenage drama and it works so well. I loved it, absorbed the words. With a fantastic ending I’m already thinking of giving it another read. I don’t believe in rating a book lower purely because you don’t like the characters and oh man have we got a bunch in this book! Everyone has their own purpose and beliefs but they’re also SO toxic to each other that you can’t help but think, why are you still even friends?! Thank you Lies Like Wildfire for letting me know that I really want to read more YA thrillers! So glad to have been involved in the tour.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. The Monsters are a group of teen friends that have been together for most of their childhood. Every summer they spend countless days at the Gap, smoking, drinking, and soaking up each other's company. But during a particular dry season, a careless spark irreversibly changes the course of their entire lives. It also tests the boundaries and strength of their friendships, are they strong enough to keep it together whil Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. The Monsters are a group of teen friends that have been together for most of their childhood. Every summer they spend countless days at the Gap, smoking, drinking, and soaking up each other's company. But during a particular dry season, a careless spark irreversibly changes the course of their entire lives. It also tests the boundaries and strength of their friendships, are they strong enough to keep it together while holding huge secrets? Okay, I really enjoyed this novel. It had great colorful characters, and a ton of life, one intense scene after another! It kept me on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what happens to the characters, but also scared to find out. I loved and got so mad at all of them at different times, which I consider true to life. Having said that, it's a bit messy? It changes lanes drastically enough that I question if the author really knew what this book was going to be when she set out to write it. But, she still did a good job keeping the characters consistent, and it didn't take away from the enjoyment I had reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Hannah, Nathaniel (Drummer) Maureen (Mo) Luke and Violet had been best friends since they were seven years old. They were known in the small town of Gap Mountain in rural California as The Monsters, a nickname that they had been given on the day they became friends after they were the only kids who volunteered to play the wild things in a summer daycare  production of Where The Wild Things Are. The group were now in their late teens and spending what could be their last summer together before th Hannah, Nathaniel (Drummer) Maureen (Mo) Luke and Violet had been best friends since they were seven years old. They were known in the small town of Gap Mountain in rural California as The Monsters, a nickname that they had been given on the day they became friends after they were the only kids who volunteered to play the wild things in a summer daycare  production of Where The Wild Things Are. The group were now in their late teens and spending what could be their last summer together before the girls went off to their respective colleges. But, one hot day in July, their plans for the future went up in smoke when they accidentally started a forest fire which swiftly turned into a wildfire that destroyed parts of the town and left devastation, destruction and death in its wake. Terrified of the consequences of their action, the teens made a pact of silence but some of them are not as strong willed as the others and lies like wildfires have a habit of getting out of control. When the investigation into the origins of the fire begins to yield results and the law enforcement agency's start questioning the friends, splinters and cracks start to appear in their once tight knit group, loyalties are tested and then, one night, one of the monsters mysteriously disappears... This thrilling, captivating story is written in two sections and voiced entirely from the perspective of Hannah who was the daughter of the sheriff and planned to study criminal justice at college. Hannah was a complex and very difficult to like individual who appeared to be the unofficial leader of The Monsters (at least that was the way she made it appear throughout her narrative) To be honest, I thought she came across as quite immature at times and her only redeemable qualities were her love for her horses and bloodhound Matilda. Her loyalty to her friends came across as admirable but were her actions for their benefit or for her own preservation? The other members of the group of friends were realistic, relatable individuals, my favourite of which was Mo. I did feel a bit of sympathy for Luke and I loved how much he cared and worried about his younger brother Aiden. I also really liked Violet's grandmother Lulu, I thought she was a fantastic, feisty, fiercely loyal individual. This is a beautifully described story, from the stunning scenery to the breath taking combination of beauty and devastation that was the wildfire. The description of the fear and terror of the evacuees and animals as the fire raged across the parched land were so realistic that the reader could close their eyes and imagine the scenes in their head and feel the heat from the flames scoring your skin. This is a extremely well written, debut y/a thriller that rockets along faster than a wildfire that is caught in a gust of wind. It's a gripping, addictive read that had me hooked in from the first page and so captivated that I read the whole book in one sitting. I would love to watch a film or tv adaptation of this incredible book. Worth all the stars and more, very very highly recommended and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.                                   

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Donovan

    In exactly the manner of the wildfires it describes, this book begins like a newly ignited flame that simmers aggressively before exploding into something even more sinister. The pace is fast and the twists are plentiful throughout a plot that grows increasingly addictive and serves up a multitude of possibilities, keeping you on tenterhooks until the truth is finally revealed from beneath the ashes of all the lies. It is slightly unusual in the sense that the central mystery is not established u In exactly the manner of the wildfires it describes, this book begins like a newly ignited flame that simmers aggressively before exploding into something even more sinister. The pace is fast and the twists are plentiful throughout a plot that grows increasingly addictive and serves up a multitude of possibilities, keeping you on tenterhooks until the truth is finally revealed from beneath the ashes of all the lies. It is slightly unusual in the sense that the central mystery is not established until the halfway point, but everything that happens before that still manages to be very interesting. As young adult thrillers go, it has almost everything you want, while also containing a psychological element that would appeal to many older readers. Indeed, the only thing seriously missing here is likeable characters. Hannah is one of a group of teenagers known as the 'monsters', who have been friends since a very young age. The daughter of the local sheriff, she is spending a summer afternoon together with Mo, Luke, Violet, and Nathaniel Drummer in the woods at Gap Mountain, when Luke begins to smoke cannabis from a pipe. She tries to stop him, but in the resulting scuffle some nearby plants are set alight. The flames spread quickly through Gap Mountain, with many of its denizens soon being displaced and the death toll rising into double figures. Meanwhile, the investigating team - led by Hannah's father, are trying to determine the cause of the fire and eventually conclude that it was arson, with the evidence suggesting that one or more of the 'monsters' might have been responsible. Fully aware of the fact that being convicted of arson would lead to a lengthy prison sentence regardless of whether the wildfire was started by accident, Hannah provides a false alibi and urges her friends to deny any involvement or any knowledge of what happened. They all agree, but as the net closes in, one of them decides that they cannot hide the truth any longer. The book wastes no time at all in getting things moving with the outbreak of the fire, and it does a good job of developing the characters at the same time. As the situation worsens and suspicion falls squarely on the 'monsters', it is intriguing to wonder how long they can evade the law, but then a dramatic turn of events occurs which renders everything that happened before a mere prelude to what comes next. That is where the real questions start to arise and when the true extent of the mystery is presented, it drops like an absolute bombshell and lifts the story to tantalising new heights. The execution here is spot on, as it keeps the reader in the dark with the use of various clever techniques, with doubts cast on the motives of several characters and only a handful of ambiguous clues to go on. Everything is written in the first person, from the perspective of Hannah. Over the course of the book we see several different sides to her personality and later on she becomes a more unreliable narrator, which adds a further layer to proceedings. Her knowledge of the law and her relationship to her father also sets her apart. After a fairly promising start, she turns into a very difficult character to like, coming across as abrasive and self-centred. Insecurities come to prominence during a romance sub-plot, but beyond that she is chiefly a pragmatist who is both complex and calculating. Some of these traits were a bit annoying, but equally her voice was always fascinating to read. The rest of the 'monsters' are hardly people I would like to hang around with either. Mo is at least somewhat reasonable, but Luke is little more than a thug, such are his anger issues. And then we have the almost insufferable Drummer, whose charms are apparently irresistible - particularly for Hannah - despite his frequent suggestive remarks and the fact he only seems to possess about half a brain cell. One of the themes explored centres around the characters and how their lies about the fire affects their friendship. They become more divided as the book progresses, while Hannah's feelings for Drummer also puts a strain on things, leading to some unsettling encounters. The author finds just the right balance here, making it an important part of the plot without being too intrusive. Gap Mountain is a wonderfully realised setting, and the best compliment that can be paid is that the story really feels as though it belongs there as opposed to anywhere else. It is painted as a nice rural place to spend a holiday, but the spread of wildfire, the depth of the lake, and the ongoing threat of being attacked by a bear make it feel somewhat less inviting. Although the writing style is darker than I would prefer, it is always concise, and there is no doubt that it makes you want to carry on reading to find out what happens next. The ending is also well thought out, as the resolution to the mystery is not entirely unexpected yet alongside that there are other things left open to interpretation. Overall, it is a thrilling read which takes suspense levels to enviable extremes and provides an utterly absorbing mystery. It was something of a disappointment to find the characters so unlikable but then again, they are developed well and Hannah's point of view was never dull. It is the kind of story that you do not forget in a hurry.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Art Hyrst

    Full blog post available, 2nd September: https://inkandplasma.com/2021/09/02/l... Thanks to Penguin and The Write Reads for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review. Content Warnings: animal attack, animal death (pet and wildlife), death, fire, wildfire. LIES LIKE WILDFIRE is a powerful thriller with a strong narrative voice that pulls you in from the very first page. It builds fast, with a flash-forward prologue followed by our group of main characters – a group of friends that Full blog post available, 2nd September: https://inkandplasma.com/2021/09/02/l... Thanks to Penguin and The Write Reads for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review. Content Warnings: animal attack, animal death (pet and wildlife), death, fire, wildfire. LIES LIKE WILDFIRE is a powerful thriller with a strong narrative voice that pulls you in from the very first page. It builds fast, with a flash-forward prologue followed by our group of main characters – a group of friends that call themselves ‘the monsters’ – drinking at a lake in the forest and accidentally starting the titular wildfire. And then their lives crumble into ash as they try and keep their involvement a secret as their mistake turns into felony reckless arson – and people start to die. I really loved the way that this showed a tight-knit friendship group crumbling under the weight of their secrets. The monsters have been best friends for a long, long time. They have complicated pacts and promises to each other and they pride themselves on their loyalty. At the very start of LIES LIKE WILDFIRE we see them make one stupid mistake that rips them all apart, testing all of their loyalties. I, personally, did not feel loyal to any of these awful people! I would have reported all of them. Immediately. Possibly framed them for further crimes, to make them stop doing stupid things in front of my eyeballs. That isn’t remotely a comment on the writing of the characters. They were raw and messy and real, they felt like authentic teenagers faced with the prospect of their lives being ruined. I just also wanted to smack all of them a little bit. Their friendships and relationships are the heart of the book, even as they are rather brutally tested, and I loved that you could feel the history behind their every interaction. Their panic was so real and well characterised, and I could feel the desperation in their every conversation as the wildfire, and their lies, spiralled further and further out of their control. That desperation and fear absolutely bled through to me, as the reader, and I stayed up until one in the morning so that I could finish this book in one sitting because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I was a little bit frustrated to have a moment of sudden shift from ‘unreliable narrator doesn’t know what’s happening’ to ‘narrator intentionally hiding things from the reader’ because it happened quite late and didn’t fit the voice of the rest of the novel, but overall Hannah’s narrative voice was excellent and I loved trying to piece together what happened from everyone’s panicked texts and mysterious reveals. This book is a complete page-turner, and I think everyone’s going to struggle to put it down once they start. It’s a fantastic YA thriller and I can’t wait to read more from this author, because there’s nothing I love more than messy characters doing awful things and trying to dig themselves out of it again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Healy

    This book simply blew my mind. I haven't devoured a book so fast in so long, I couldn't put it down. Lies Like Wildfire is about five best friends who are wanting to spend their last summer together before departing to different areas of the country for college/work. They go to their usual hangout spot, a large lake surrounded by forest, known as the Gap. It's a really hot, dry day, and the public have been warned to not set anything on fire in fear of starting a wildfire. One event leads to ano This book simply blew my mind. I haven't devoured a book so fast in so long, I couldn't put it down. Lies Like Wildfire is about five best friends who are wanting to spend their last summer together before departing to different areas of the country for college/work. They go to their usual hangout spot, a large lake surrounded by forest, known as the Gap. It's a really hot, dry day, and the public have been warned to not set anything on fire in fear of starting a wildfire. One event leads to another and the five friends quickly find themselves accidentally starting a fire. The fire spreads fast and, before they know it, it has become a huge inferno, spanning thousands of acres. The five friends quickly agree that they'll lie to protect themselves and each other from the severe repercussions that come with starting a wildfire, even if it was accidental. But, like the fire, their lies quickly spiral out of control and cracks start to appear in their tight friendship, will they give in to the pressure or will their love for each other prevail? Man, I really was blown away by this book. It had so much TEA, I was honestly loving it. I loved all the different characters, everyone was so distinct from each other and I enjoyed exploring their dynamics. They were all so perfectly flawed which is why I think I liked them so much. The story just never stopped - there was no time for rest, no time to recover, something was always going wrong and I thought Alvarez was really creative like that. Nothing seemed to be 'unbelievable' or 'far fetched'; everything came really natural which I think is a really impressive thing to do when everything is just so catastrophic. Alvarez managed to successfully pull the wool over my eyes because I didn't see anything coming, everything took me totally by surprise which was just incredible. Whilst I found the twist at the end of One of Us Is Lying to be a bit far reaching, I found this one completely believable and I was shook, to say the least. Anyway, I won't say more in fear of spoiling this wonderful book. Safe to say, I'll be thinking about this book for a while.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    Lies Like Wildfire was an interesting concept, and I’m grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this in advance of publication. The story focuses, initially, on a horrendous wildfire that is started by the reckless behaviour of sheriff’s daughter, Hannah, and her close group of friends. Not being familiar with such an experience, I was surprised by the punishments meted out to anyone causing a fire though given how potentially damaging it is this makes sense. Given such a penal Lies Like Wildfire was an interesting concept, and I’m grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this in advance of publication. The story focuses, initially, on a horrendous wildfire that is started by the reckless behaviour of sheriff’s daughter, Hannah, and her close group of friends. Not being familiar with such an experience, I was surprised by the punishments meted out to anyone causing a fire though given how potentially damaging it is this makes sense. Given such a penalty hanging over them, perhaps it’s more understandable why they do all they can to cover up their involvement. The ‘monsters’ as her group of friends are affectionately known are not going to come out of this experience unscathed. Part one of the book focuses on the fire and its immediate aftermath. The police - including Hannah’s father - are drawing closer so it’s understandable that it appears someone is going to crack. However, part two focuses on the disappearance and subsequent search for Violet. We know these kids are prepared to lie to protect one another. Their relationships are founded on bonds formed years earlier, but they have secrets and are not all keen on protecting themselves. The question becomes who is more desperate to preserve the status quo? The initial fire story really hooked me. However, it quickly blew up into a more melodramatic story. Hannah - for no obvious reason - got herself into a weird situation with a man who should have known better. Her father was clearly prepared to uphold the law, whatever the personal cost, but we never really saw beyond the surface so don’t know what he suspected. The group were fractured from the off, and their selfishness irritated me. These elements made it hard to sustain the engagement of the beginning, and the open-ended moral ambiguity was frustrating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    rina dunn

    In Gap Mountain, California everyone knows about fire season. Everyone takes precautions, everyone knows the damage wildfires cause they have lived through it before. When a group of five friends spend the summer together they frequent Gap lake a beautiful spot surrounded by forestation. Hannah is 18, and The Sheriff's Daughter, aspiring to follow in Her Dad's footsteps she's more than aware of the dangers. They drink and they party but when Luke suggests a smoke its one step too far, its red sea In Gap Mountain, California everyone knows about fire season. Everyone takes precautions, everyone knows the damage wildfires cause they have lived through it before. When a group of five friends spend the summer together they frequent Gap lake a beautiful spot surrounded by forestation. Hannah is 18, and The Sheriff's Daughter, aspiring to follow in Her Dad's footsteps she's more than aware of the dangers. They drink and they party but when Luke suggests a smoke its one step too far, its red season after all. When Hannah intervenes and the pipe accidentally falls to the ground, a fire starts, and it rages and ravages everything in their path. The devastation it causes is horrific, fatalities, destruction and its not under control. Nobody must know how it started, Hannah, Luke, Drummer, Mo and Violet are scared, The secret must be kept at all costs. From the very first page of Lies Like Wildfire I was hooked! I hated every single character but I think you're meant to as the web of lies and deceit unfold. Yes it was an accident but all five are completely selfish and make decisions that are so irresponsible but actually the sense of real panic had me captivated and felt so realistic. They are teenagers and I don't think they ever expected it to rage like it did. The pacing slows down at times but there's a huge investigation and I enjoyed the way that it unfolded. The writing is intense and had me on the edge of my seat a lot. We find out Violet is missing at the beginning and it was fascinating to see how the story connected! It's twisty in all the right places and even though the characters are flawed and very irritating you can't help wanting to find out what happens to them. If you love One Of Us Is Lying then you will love this! Overall I loved this Ya Thriller.

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Book Review: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez Lies Like Wildfire is a young adult suspense novel about a group of high school graduates that are hiding a horrible secret and how keeping it drives them further and further apart. Hannah is the sheriff’s daughter and dreams of a career in law enforcement and having her platonic friendship with Drummer turn into something romantic. But instead she and her four best friends (nicknamed “The Monsters”) are the origin of a devastating wildfire Book Review: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez Lies Like Wildfire is a young adult suspense novel about a group of high school graduates that are hiding a horrible secret and how keeping it drives them further and further apart. Hannah is the sheriff’s daughter and dreams of a career in law enforcement and having her platonic friendship with Drummer turn into something romantic. But instead she and her four best friends (nicknamed “The Monsters”) are the origin of a devastating wildfire that roars through California and Hannah finds out where Drummer’s true affection lies. Over the next few weeks The Monsters will lie, have their loyalties tested and one of them will go missing. Hannah will try everything to keep her friends together only to have them slip further and further away. Lies Like Wildfire has lots of unexpected twists, dark turns and characters that can be truly unlikable at times. Hannah’s toxic relationship with Drummer is frustrating and obviously one sided. And as the book unfolds the reader finds that Hannah’s choices that come out of that misplaced affection are almost as devastating as the wildfire. This is a tense and well written mystery and suspense novel for readers that want a young adult book with characters no longer in high school. The details and research about wildfires and their devastating potential is well done and paints an accurate portrayal. Each of the characters are well fleshed out and realistic even if I did not find them very likable. I recommend this one for upper YA mystery fans 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thank you to Penguin Books for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review! When five friends catch up at the lake one day, it’s supposed to be relaxing and fun. But one unfortunate moment turns it into a disaster. A fire starts and quickly spreads into a raging bushfire. Hannah is the sheriffs daughter and she knows how much trouble they could be facing if anyone finds out they were the ones to start the fire, even if it was an accident. As the fire rips through homes Thank you to Penguin Books for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review! When five friends catch up at the lake one day, it’s supposed to be relaxing and fun. But one unfortunate moment turns it into a disaster. A fire starts and quickly spreads into a raging bushfire. Hannah is the sheriffs daughter and she knows how much trouble they could be facing if anyone finds out they were the ones to start the fire, even if it was an accident. As the fire rips through homes, wildlife and lives, the friends are left scrambling to keep their crime a secret. I live in a fire prone area and this book was absolutely terrifying to read. The sheer panic and dread the fire caused leapt off the page in the most heart stopping way. None of the characters were particularly likeable and Hannah mooning about over Drummer made me want to shake her, but I felt like that was the way I was supposed to feel. It gave me the ‘never quite sure who to trust’ feeling about everyone in the book. The story takes place in two parts, the first in increments of time after the bushfire, showing the percentage the fire had been brought under control and the death toll. The second half is in time slots following one of the characters going missing. The entire book was intense and I was on the edge of my seat, not only about the fire, but watching the secrets and evidence fall like dominoes around the friends, as they tried to stay one step ahead. If you enjoy fast paced mysteries, make sure you check this one out!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen Cole

    Being responsible for the deaths of a number of people and the destruction of houses, tree and wildlife would mean you're a monster, wouldn't it? Well, the group of teens who start a forest fire that destroys their hometown before blazing through Yosemite National Park have collectively been known as the monsters since they were small children but it was a tragic mistake rather than an act of arson. The first part of this compulsive YA novel follows what happens after Hannah, Mo, Violet, Drummer Being responsible for the deaths of a number of people and the destruction of houses, tree and wildlife would mean you're a monster, wouldn't it? Well, the group of teens who start a forest fire that destroys their hometown before blazing through Yosemite National Park have collectively been known as the monsters since they were small children but it was a tragic mistake rather than an act of arson. The first part of this compulsive YA novel follows what happens after Hannah, Mo, Violet, Drummer and Luke accidentally start a fire when they're spending the day at Gap Lake. It's clear that Jennifer Lynn Alvarez knows what she is writing about when she describes the fire; from the terrifying speed and intensity of the blaze to the panicked evacuation and then the devastating aftermath, these scenes are dramatic and emotional. The monsters aren't bad people but they make decisions and act in ways that open them up to understandable criticism. I can fully appreciate why some readers may find them unlikeable but despite their obvious flaws, I couldn't help but sympathise with most of them. I was less keen on Drummer, however, although there were moments when I feared that his somewhat manipulative behaviour around girls would be excused or overlooked, I have no complaints about how his character was ultimately developed. The storyline is narrated from Hannah's perspective and she is a cleverly constructed character whose actions meant I changed my opinion of her time and again. As the novel progresses and the monsters find themselves under increasing scrutiny, her account of what is happening is as compelling as it is disturbing. She is the daughter of Gap Mountain's town sheriff and while her personal history explains her increasingly obsessive resolve to conceal the truth, it's grimly fascinating to see how she reacts as the net closes in on members of the group. The second part of the book explores events after one of the group disappears and by this point, the fractures between this previously tight group of friends mean these chapters feel a little like rubber-necking, watching their worst fears coming to pass. It's easy to condemn them for their choices and there is no doubt that what they do is wrong. Neither is it unfair to state that their behaviour is often toxic and dangerous but they are scared and guilt-ridden so I could empathise with them without agreeing with what they do. It's rather sombre seeing what such an immense tragedy inflicts on them all but although obviously a fictionalised thriller, I felt it was a realistic portrayal of what happens to people after a life-changing event, particularly one that means they now face potential jail time and fines of thousands or even millions of dollars. Lies Like Wildfire is an emotion-charged, atmospheric YA thriller and despite being in my late forties, I enjoyed it very much. The descriptions of the wildfire are perhaps the highlight of the book and these scenes are beautifully, horrifyingly vivid but there is much else to admire here, too. The characterisation of these imperfect, selfish, panic-stricken friends is excellent while the rising tension as damning evidence in both investigations comes to light makes for a gripping, pacy read from start to finish, and the sense of place is superb throughout. I suspect the conclusion may be a little divisive and to be honest, I'm still not quite sure how I felt about it but that's fine, as the monsters discover here, life doesn't always turn out the way you expect, so why should the ending of a book?! This is the first YA thriller that Jennifer Lynn Alvarez has written and such an accomplished story means any future crime novels are an enticing prospect, I look forward to more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    blondethrillerbooklover

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Guys- this book is really, really good! I had planned to skip it, mainly because of the plain, boring cover. The synopsis didn’t sound that great either. But my book bestie @books.cats.travel.food told me I should read it and I am so glad I did! I loved it! ________________________________ The story is set in a small mountain town in California. It is Summer, at the height of burn season. A group of teenagers are hanging out in the woods, enjoying Summer, when they accidentally start a fir ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Guys- this book is really, really good! I had planned to skip it, mainly because of the plain, boring cover. The synopsis didn’t sound that great either. But my book bestie @books.cats.travel.food told me I should read it and I am so glad I did! I loved it! ________________________________ The story is set in a small mountain town in California. It is Summer, at the height of burn season. A group of teenagers are hanging out in the woods, enjoying Summer, when they accidentally start a fire. The fire accelerates at lightening speed, roaring towards town, decimating everything in its path. Everything spirals out of control…… ________________________________ I don’t want to say too much about it, but trust me, it’s GOOD! It is definitely not getting enough attention! Give it a try!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mani

    Lies Like Wildfire follows a group of friends whose lives fall apart after they accidently start a fire. Although an accident the group are looking at possible criminal charges, and to protect themselves and each other they swear not to tell anyone and come up with a lie. But as the fire spreads and people die, guilt starts to set in within the group and the whole situation spirals out of control. The book is written well, and the story is told from the perspective of Hannah, in first person. Fir Lies Like Wildfire follows a group of friends whose lives fall apart after they accidently start a fire. Although an accident the group are looking at possible criminal charges, and to protect themselves and each other they swear not to tell anyone and come up with a lie. But as the fire spreads and people die, guilt starts to set in within the group and the whole situation spirals out of control. The book is written well, and the story is told from the perspective of Hannah, in first person. First persons perspectives can be a little hit and miss for me but in this case it worked well in telling the story. This book is well thought out book with lots of action packed moments and twists that will keep you wanting more. I have to be honest some twists were a little obvious than others, and I did work out what happens, but still wasn’t disappointed. I loved the writing style, it was easy to follow and no point did I feel bored or lost. As for the characters, well I have very mixed feelings about them. I mean I liked the other members of the group more than Hannah. I felt the others in the group came across as more realistic and I could relate to them more, out of the whole group I think my favourite was Mo. Now the character I struggled with the most with was Hannah. I wasn’t sure what to think about her. I mean yes she was loyal to her friends but I wasn’t too sure about her actions, as I felt they were more for her own gain rather than to protect her friends. I may not have been a fan of all the characters but they were well written and developed. It’s not very often I say this but I would definitely love to see Lies Like Wildfire being made into a movie or tv series!! This is a great YA debut novel. If you’re looking for a fast pace, gripping and addictive YA thriller then this is definitely one to give a go. I would love to watch a film or tv adaptation of this incredible book. Worth all the stars and more, very highly recommended and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.

  29. 5 out of 5

    SJH (A Dream of Books)

    Review to follow...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nirvana Kamala

    This book got me out of a reading slump and I didn’t want it to end! Very gripping and good plot. Not all characters were well developed and not easy to care for, although I could sympathize.

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