It’s my stop on the Into the Fire book tour. I had the opportunity to read and review this one. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Into the Fire
By Charles Soto
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
And the flames are getting hot…
ARLETA ROSE: Poverty, persecution and an alcoholic mother stand in the way of a young, naive girl who dreams of a better life. When she is encouraged by a childhood friend to try out and compete on a popular television talent show, the world soon discovers this peculiar girl has a powerful and gifted voice. As Arleta rises to become one of America’s most iconic recording artists, she soon discovers fame comes at a price and fortune destroys trust as she struggles with new temptations and a past that has forever changed her soul.
DAHL RICHARDS: A music mogul legend who is recognized worldwide. He is the creator of the hit show, The Vocalist, and founder of Rich Records. His gift was discovering talent, and he lived for the chase. Owning and controlling superstars is what he is known for, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A vindictive man to cross and an even harder man to beat, once Dahl set his eyes on Arleta Rose things would never be the same again.
I must admit, contemporary fiction is not my go-to genre – as you can tell, I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. However, the synopsis of Into the Fire had me hooked, immediately, and I knew I needed to find out what happens to Arleta Rose.
The premise of this novel is really interesting. With all the talent shows that are on TV, I found this really relevant. Many of us glamorize the lifestyles of the famous, but forget the pressure these people are under, and are surprised of the tragedies we hear about celebrity overdoses and suicides.
I love Arletta’s story. She grew up in a horrible environment with a mother who drank too much, yet she always stayed grounded in her faith and determined to live her life. After her best friend convinces her to try out for The Vocalist, her life begins to change. It was really emotional to watch her ups and downs as she navigated her way through her new life.
Dahl Richards is everything you could want in a villain. He’s charming and manipulative, and holds dark secrets. He has tunnel vision, and all he can see are dollar signs with no regard for the chaos he causes.
I loved the wrap up at the end of the novel, but the story felt a little rushed. I felt like we could have used a couple more pages, just so it didn’t seem like the book was ending too quickly. That might just be because I didn’t want it to end though.
Overall, I’m really impressed with Into the Fire. It flowed really well, and it kept me interested the entire time. I loved the overall character growth of Arletta and the novel’s close was very satisfying.
About the Author
Charles Soto is an unconventional fiction author of four novels and the ghostwriter of the autobiography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went). Along with being a multi-genre author, he is a talented sculptor, painter, and decorator.
He was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.
Visit Charles at AuthorCharlesSoto.com, or you can find him on:
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