By: Danielle Rollins
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Print ARC
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?
I’ve never seen Orange is the New Black so that aspect of the description comparison didn’t draw me in but the summary and promise of a creepy 10 year old did. Overall I thought this book was mostly entertaining but I did feel it wasn’t nearly as creepy as I expected and there really wasn’t a definitive conclusion.
I really enjoyed the start of this book- I felt the writing was strong and I loved getting to know the main cast of characters. Each felt like they had a great amount of depth and backstory. I found Angela a great main character and I enjoyed reading the story from her point of view. I liked that she was a well rounded character.
The setting was unique since the majority of the book took place in a juvenile detention center. I felt that the author did an excellent job transporting the reader to the cold and depressing halls of Brunesfield.
Once I started getting a grasp (about 100 pages in) of where the story was headed I have to admit I was a tad disappointed. I sort of wanted more from it? I’m not sure what I expected but the way things played out wasn’t what I was necesarly hoping for. All in all though I think, if there is a sequel, things played out fairly well. Honestly though I’m not sure I’ll be rushing out to read a sequel just because I can tell the tone of the story would change drastically.
There was an unexpected romance in Burning that I wasn’t expecting. I actually liked these two together though I feel like their attraction was rushed. I’d have preferred for it to be more detailed and grow slower. I think the romance seems to imitate the book in how it progressed by it starting out wonderfully and the slow building up were great. But somewhere around 3/4ths in things started to feel rushed and it felt to me less care was given to building depth.
I really enjoyed the care the author took with the secondary characters. I was really taken with Issie, Cara, and Jessica. I found myself worrying about their outcomes so I feel that was very successful.
My expectations of the type of book Burning would be didn’t match completely with how this book ended up being. I found it to be far less creepy than I expected and the ending left something to be desired. I felt that some questions weren’t addressed and things didn’t feel nearly as tightly woven as they had in the beginning.