ARC Review: All That Burns by Ryan Graudin

ARC Review: All That Burns by Ryan Graudin
All That Burns
All That Glows #2
by Ryan Graudin

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: February 10th 2015
by Harperteen

Format: eARC


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In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Hey y’all! So today we’re having my good friend Dyan to guest review All That Burns for us on the blog! *applause*

All That Glows was a particularly memorable read for me since I couldn’t stop squealing the entire time I was reading it! The chemistry between Emrys and Richard was explosive. So, I was obviously excited to read the sequel. Even though All That Burns is far from being the best book I’ve ever read, it was pretty good considering sequels usually ruin the entire series.

Out of all the elements, the plot was my absolute favorite. The main story line was amazing. There were twists and turns around every corner that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Although, there was also a tiny bit of predictability that I can’t really explain. It was like I had a vague sense of what was going to happen, but I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. Anyway, I also loved the world building. Graudin incorporated a lot of different myths and legends in her novel, while also adding some very original and cool creatures.

I didn’t love Emrys in this book. I felt that her emotions were too all over the place. I mean, I understand that she’s going through a rough time and all, but pull yourself, together, woman! I felt that during most of the book, Emrys was just wallowing in self pity when she could have been focusing at the matter at hand. However, I think that Graudin made up for her through Annabelle. Annabelle was a fantastic supporting character! She was very intelligent and resourceful, not to mention being a complete badass towards the end! Richard was an okay character, I guess. He wasn’t horrible, I just didn’t really get a feel of him in this book.

The romance was lacking. In my opinion, the book would have benefitted Graudin exploring Emrys and Richard’s dynamic more. Few books don’t gain from tooth-rotting fluff. True story.

Everything considered, All That Burns is a book that’s a little bit above average.

overall rating: 3.5 stars

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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    I really wish you could have enjoyed this one more Aimee! I’m not a huge romance person but when romance is in a book I prefer it to be fully present and highten my reading experience, you know? I’m sorry you found it lacking. Hopefully you enjoy your next read more.
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  2. says

    To be honest, I’m not all that interested in this series at all. I remember stumbling across the first book a few months before its release, and I read the initial blurb which mentioned a “Kate Middleton-esque faery,” and that put me off for good. Not that I hate Kate Middleton; I think she’s effing gorgeous, but I just hate it when fantasy books have references to real-life pop culture. If that makes sense? xD And from your review, it sounds like the sequel wasn’t bad, but wasn’t that great either.

    Swoon-worthy romance — it is so hard to find these romances in YA books nowadays, so ehh, it’s disappointing that the author didn’t explore the romance as much as in the first book here. I think I understand how you felt about Emrys, though… While it’s great to have an emotional story and characters to relate emotionally too, going overboard kind of makes things more dramatic than necessary. And yep. Self-pitying heroines don’t sound nice to read about.

    Thanks for the informative review, Dyan! I think despite the cool-sounding plot (excluding the “Kate Middleton-esque” bit, I mean ;P), this is a series I can afford to miss out on, eheh.
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  3. says

    I’m glad to see that you were still able to enjoy this one Dyan. I can’t stand characters who self-pity all the time, so I can see why you would find Emrys a bit annoying at times. But I’m glad that another character in Annabelle was able to come through for you. Thank you for the lovely review!
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