Book 1
Fire in the Woods

September 23, 2014




Speculative Fiction
Science Fiction/Futuristic
Action & Adventure
Urban Fantasy

Fire in the Woods
by Jennifer Eaton   


When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. Her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.


"Fast paced, light read"  By JJ Smit 1 year ago

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I have to admit that I don’t usually pick up a paranormal novels that revolves around aliens. Vampires, yes. Werewolves, yes. Angels and Demons, yes. Aliens? Not so much. But FIRE IN THE WOODS might just have changed my mind, and maybe next time I won’t be so hesitant when I see a paranormal novel that features some sexy, swoon-worthy aliens.

I immediately liked Jess’ character. She’s not your average teen whose main concern is lipstick and miniskirts. She’s witty and adventurous, which is a slight problem since her dad is a Major and very protective. The only problem I did have with her is the whole ‘meet a stranger in the woods while a fugitive is on the run and take him to my home’ thing. I couldn’t help but think, ‘Um, that’s dumb.’ But other than that, I liked her.

David was a good character. I had a little trouble connecting with him since he seemed a little… well… boring. But his character did fit well into the plot, and it made sense for him to be the way he is. Yet, I still would have preferred him to have a little more spunk and confidence… just a little.

The romance between them was quite good, although I did feel like it happened a little fast. Jess sees David for a few times, talks to him for a few times and then BAM – there’s this romance thing happening. But then, this a Young Adult novel, and aren’t all teenagers that way? Fall in love really fast? So again, it does fit in to the genre well.
The author’s writing was great in terms of it being extremely easy to read, and I will definitely look out for more of her books.

Overall, FIRE IN THE WOODS, was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, light YA read.