Review of Burning by Danielle Rollins

By: Danielle Rollins
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
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.

Final Thoughts:
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.

My April To Be Read Pile

CHello and happy April! I’m hoping this month I can get back into blogging and break my slump. I am really excited about the books I have up for this month and I’ll be attending the Texas Library Association conference mid month. This will  be my first conference so I’m so anxious/nervous/excited.

April TBR


In case you can’t make out some of those titles

Have you read any of these books? And what do you plan to read this month?

Stacking the Shelves- AHHH, Awesome Mail

I haven’t posted all this week because of Thanksgiving this past week. We had lots of family in town so I really haven’t done anything on the computer. I feel so rusty!! Even typing this feels odd. I haven’t been active on social media, my blog or commenting. I hope everyone is well and I’ve not missed anything significant. I miss everyone!

I hope all my US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did here though I’m about socialized out and think a few days of silence and alone time will do just fine for me. I say that but I imagine next week when everyone is at work and school I’ll be so lonely.

I didn’t have much time at all this past week to read but I did read Untamed (really enjoyed it) and made more progress in Their Fractured Light. I’m about half way through Frozen Tides too. I’m loving all my current reads lately.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

This week was INCREDIBLE for book mail for me! I wasn’t expecting A Gathering of Shadows and I might have cried when I opened the package.

The Books


Thank you Tor, Harper, Bloomsbury and Kaye Publicity for the amazing mail this past week.

How was your week? What have I missed with all of you since I’ve been virtually absent from the book world?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. So excited about this book haul:

For Review:
Thank you Macmillan, Disney, Random House and Two Lions

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson, Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, Burning by Elana K. Arnold, The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson, The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

The Kiss of Deception has been one of my very most coveted books coming out this summer. I was delighted to receive a review copy and had to start it immediately. I’m half way through it and really enjoying it. So far, it’s the type of book that refuses to be put down. Burning and The Tyrant’s Daughter are completely random since I’d not requested either and have never gotten anything from Random House before. I received an ARC of The Blood Guard so have made good progress in it as well. I don’t typically read MG so was a tad hesitant about reading this but am enjoying it.

I forgot to add this a couple weeks back. Thank you Macmillan!

I know nothing about this author or book but I love that cover and the summary is superb. I’m very excited to start it.

Last week’s Posts:

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