ARC Review: Burning by Danielle Rollins

ARC Review: Burning by Danielle Rollins
by Danielle Rollins

Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: April 5th, 2015
by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Format: ARC


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

When a book’s tagline is “Orange is the New Black with a twist,” one cannot help but be drawn to the book. When the book also has a creepy cover and a REALLY cool premise, one feels the need to get one’s hands on it as soon as possible.

One in this case is obviously me (and could also be you, IDK how you feel) and I was really excited about this book. The excitement paid off because Burning is a really fucking good book. It is deliciously creepy (pretty sure I’ve used this phrase before to describe a good horror-y book, I CANNOT HELP it okay, I am not that great with words) and it made my heart pitter patter. I’ve also admittedly be in a reviewing slump and Burning just made me feel better about everything. It was the kind of book that as soon as I finished it, I wanted to yell at the world and tell everyone that they needed it in their lives. Burning is the kind of book you really want everyone to know about in case it completely slipped their notice. IF IT SLIPPED YOURS, PLEASE GO ADD IT TO YOUR TBR.

Okay, I think I’ve done enough ‘vague’ fangirling and perhaps it’s time to actually mention what it is that I like about this book.

For starters, I absolutely love the world. The author does such a fantastic job with building dynamics between various groups in the novel. Most of these relationships are horrid, but within all the badness, there is some good. We have some fantastic friendships and an interesting budding romance (which I am not sure was needed, but the love interest was super cute SO YAY.)

Angela is also a great character. She makes mistakes, I did yell at her a bit, but she is so well rounded. It is easy to slip inside of her head and understand how her desperation to get out of the correction facility affects her decision making skills. Her backstory also comes to us in bits and pieces scattered throughout the novel. It makes it easy to sympathize with her and wish Angela could just get the fuck out of there.

The author also does a great job of including diversity in the novel. Given the setting of the novel, I think the diverse aspects are important and really help understand the various dynamics with groups and also help us better understand the power dynamics at play.

The best part about this book is its plot. There are twists but they aren’t surprising. I am not sure they are meant to be surprising either. They work in that they read like pieces of a puzzle coming together. You see the general picture but the little pieces help make the image clearer. As the novel progresses, we get more paranormal elements come out and play and add to the creeptastic atmosphere of the book. All the conspiracies floating around and the growing desperation of all the characters adds to the intensity of the book and everything comes to a conclusion with a big bang.

So the ending… For those of you who absolutely despise cliffhangers, this book has one. I also do not like cliffhangers but I don’t think there is any other way for this book to end. The book ends on a very high note and all I want right now is a sequel. *makes puppy dog eyes*

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book and think that everyone should read it. After all, monsters are more interesting ;)

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1
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  1. says

    Niiiiice!! I cannot wait to read this one!! I loooove Danielle’s books! If you didn’t already know, she writes under Danielle Vega as well! She has two other horror stories out, The Mercliess–which will get a sequel this summer!!! YAY! And Survive the Night which was beyond creepy and mysterious and oh so weird but in a fun way! Or really…messed up fun way. I’m weird, so I say the bizarre-ness was fun! LOL! When I realized that this was that same author but writing under a new name, I immediately picked it up. I haven’t read it yet, sadly, but hope to soonish! Glad to hear it was enjoyable, but not glad about the cliffhanger, because cliffhangers are the devil (no pun intended!)! LOL!

    See this bizarre humor I have comes from loving books so much and finding other people who love these books too! I didn’t have that growing up, so I’m making up for lost time! Haha! ;)

    And if I hadn’t already said it, Great review!!
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  2. says

    I’m glad to hear your reviewing slump is over, Rashika. I’m so familiar with that feeling when you loved a book so much that you want to push it to all your friends and yell from the roof to everyone. Such a great feeling. But I’m not sure this book is for me. I’m not a fan of creepy. Also I can’t deal with cliffhangers. Wonderful review!
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  3. says

    I’m so excited to read this one, even more when I realised this was Danielle Vega’s pseudonym! I have to wait until July though because that’s when the Kindle/Paperback is released and I’m absolutely dying for it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
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