Author: Clarissa Wild
Series: Fierce #0.5
Release Date: April 1, 2014
From an early age, shy nerd girl Autumn Blakewood didn’t know how to fend for herself. Teased and bullied her whole life, she’s withdrawing more and more. Not even her broken family can help her get through high school.
Her only friends, Brody and Evie, are both social recluses too, and they seek comfort in each other’s support. However, Autumn’s friends can’t always protect her from her malicious classmates who seem set on destroying what’s left of her heart.
When Autumn thinks her life can’t get any worse, devastating news rips her family apart. It’s up to her to pick up the pieces of her life and find a way to fix everything. Will she find the courage to fight?
Fight is a short and sweet read about some of Autumn’s experiences growing up. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from her history, but I was surprised at the range of emotions this short story sparked in me. Autumn has dealt with bullies since she was just a kid and continues to live under their judgment throughout high school. Meanwhile, her family is facing their own issues, leaving her no place to feel safe or wanted. As I read a little more of her story my heart ached for her.
“They start laughing again. It hurts so much to hear the sound. It’s like they took my heart, cut it from my chest, and stomped on it.”
This short story helped fill out Autumn’s character a lot. With this new information, I found myself much more in awe of her decisions and the loyalty that we experience in Fierce and Fury. Her friendship with Brody becomes clear and we finally get to understand why it was so difficult for her to see anything negative in him. We also get a glimpse into her friendship with Evie and why they clung to each other and how they became so important in each other’s lives.
“Each time they mention something, I question whether they are right or not. Every word they utter chips away a little, eating at my soul. Somehow, their words seep into my brain and make me believe they’re actually right.”
Overall, this was a great addition to Clarissa Wild’s Fierce series. This quick read will expand your understanding of Autumn and help you accept many of her personality quirks that may seem puzzling at times. Fight enhanced my respect for the character and grew my admiration for Clarissa’s ability to create beautifully complex and imperfect characters.
Fight was a great introduction to the Fierce series. I loved getting all this background information on the female character of Autumn to help set the scene in the books to come. It sometimes annoys me when there’s a lot of introduction in a story so I think doing this short story was the best way to handle it. I’m definitely intrigued to see how Autumn’s story plays out, as well as who her stranger is!
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Check out the rest of the Fierce Series:
Fierce (Fierce #1)
Fury (Fierce #1.5)
Flame (Fierce #2)
Filthy (Fierce #3)
Fierce Series Box Set