5 stars from The (Mis) Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year-Old Girl: "You know when you get a book, and it's much better than you thought it was going to be? Ruby's Fire was definitely one of those books! I absolutely loved it... What an amazing plot! Also, there is a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming."
Books for YA: "Astounding creativity and unique world-building."
Words Create Scenes: "I can't even begin to tell you how smoothly the writing flows. It's perfect. No joke. I went into this book not knowing what to expect and what I got was an amazing storyline."
Seeing Night Reviews: "Romance, betrayal, secrets, great world-building!"
YA Between the Lines: "With the rest of her world coming down around her, Ruby must choose. Blane or Armonk? Blissful Oblivion or painful memories? Ruby can choose to wield her inner fire, but she has to be careful not to get burned."
Book Luvver: "Ruby's Fire combines beautiful, arresting language with fully fleshed-out characters, a richly detailed post-apocalyptic setting, and fast-paced, surprising story turns."
Fluttereal Flight: "Full of creativity, imagination & original concepts."
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 swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to both YA and a general audience.
Ruby’s Fire, a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie awards and an Amazon bestseller, is the companion book to Fireseed One, but can be read as a standalone.
5 stars from Teen Blurb: “A world full of magic, and unexpected romance!”
5 stars from The (Mis) Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year-Old Girl: “You know when you get a book, and it's much better than you thought it was going to be? Ruby's Fire was definitely one of those books! I absolutely loved it… One of my favorite reads of 2013. What an amazing plot! Also, there is a fantastic twist that I didn't see coming.”
5 stars from Books for YA: “Stine continued to amaze me in Ruby’s Fire with her futuristic world. She made me believe that it was real, and that hybrid-species were possible. I really enjoyed her characters especially Thorn. He's such an intelligent little kid whose heart is huge. Also, if I could have my own friendly Red, I would be the happiest person ever.”
"With an astounding creativity and unique world-building, Catherine Stine created a futuristic adventure that will surely keep you turning the pages until you beg for more." -Books for YA!
“A thrilling adventure led by an exciting cast of characters, and the romance is really well handled.” -YA’s The Word
“Gripping and addictive, Ruby has imagination packed into every page and scene! Unexpected and original.” -M. Pax, author of The Backworlds series
“A heart-pounding tale of deception and danger set in a futuristic world teetering perilously between metamorphosis and destruction.” -Ciara Knight, author of Amazon bestsellers Weighted and Escapement
“What’s revealed is even creepier than expected in a world already steeped in exotic technology and bioengineered strangeness. Great science fiction imaginatively told, Ruby’s Fire is a wonderfully crafted story that will make you think.” -Susan Kaye Quinn, author of The Mindjack trilogy