Playing With Fire review and blog tour

Welcome to the last stop on the blog tour for PLAYING WITH FIRE by April Henry and hosted by Terminal Tours!


PUBLISHER: Henry Holt & CO

Release date: January 19th, 2021

Rating: 5 stars

Hiya! This is my stop for the book tour of PLAYING WITH FIRE! I was so happy to be part of this tour, and could not be more grateful to Henry Holt and Co and Terminal Tours for the chance to review it and feature it today! Check out the tour schedule here

The Story:

When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.

But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a footbridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.

My review:

Natalia’s first time hiking goes horribly wrong when a fire breaks out and strands her, her date, and a group of hikers. With zero cell reception and no way out, they team up to find another trail of escape. But outrunning a deadly forest fire isn’t the only thing thwarting the hikers. The threat of wildlife, raging rivers, and heaps of other medical problems hinder the group, and soon Natalia has to overcome her past to save herself and the others.

This book had everything to set one’s anxiety into a full spiral. One thing after another goes wrong, and the group has to work together, pulling their knowledge and skills to save one another. it’s teamwork times a thousand when you’re being chased by a wildfire. I loved the setting. I live in the PCW so any book set there has my heart. Natalia was a strong and fierce heroine, despite her heartbreaking past, and gosh did this book have me in tears. This intense, heart-pounding book kept me up in the wee hours of the morning. Not only that, but it’s based a true story.

This book is perfect for fans of thrillers, and contemporaries.

Five big fat stars for April Henry’s newest book available on January 19th wherever books are sold.

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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

When I was 11, I sent a short story about a six-foot-tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He took it to lunch and showed it to the editor of a British children's magazine - and she asked to publish the story! (For no money, which might have been a warning about how hard it is to make a living writing.)

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years - when I wrote a book a year, worked full time, and had a baby - are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 20 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been chosen for IndieNext, translated into eight languages and won awards in a dozen states. And Face of Betrayal, which I co-wrote with Lis Wiehl, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks.

I have also reviewed literary fiction, YA literature, and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

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