ARC Review: Burning by Danielle Rollins

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Release Date: April 5, 2016

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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?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Bloomsbury USA Childrens

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • If you like Orange Is the New Black.
  • You’re all about the mystery.
  • You’re searching for a genre-bending book.

Burning is an unexpected surprise. The suspense creeps up on you. Nothing is as it seems. 

PROS:

  • The characters are intriguing. They come from diverse backgrounds. Each is unique and the Orange Is the New Black vibe is strong. That combination of crazies, druggies, weirdoes, and violent girls are all there and each paints a raw portrait of juvenile detention. 
  • Angela’s relationship with her brother is heart-warming and poignant. The way she cherishes his letters and relives memories of their times together will make you root for her. 
  • The first few pages are fantastic. I didn’t know what to expect. The secrets her father hides in the drawer, his monster stories, the dark atmosphere of Angela’s memory, it all draws you in and makes you want more. Unfortunately, some of that is lost in the many threads of the story.

CONS:

  • The pacing is slow. The periods between suspense drag on in a monotonous way without much happening. Most of the action took place in the last 25% of the story.
  • The big reveal was bizarre and felt random. It didn’t have the shock factor it should have, though the imagery is powerful. There wasn’t enough build up.
  • That sinister vibe was so spaced out that it lost some of its punch. The initial meeting of Jessica is sufficiently chilling but as the story develops, the terror evaporates and it becomes more of a super villain scenario. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Keep reading, 

Jordan

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: The Serpentine Butterfly by Addison Moore

Title: The Serpentine Butterfly (Celestra Forever After 3)

Author: Addison Moore

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Cover Design: Gaffey Media

Release Date: March 31, 2016

I thought he’d be here to love me forever. I thought he’d stand right by my side. He’d never leave me. Never betray me. I thought I could trust him—until death do us part.

Skyla Messenger’s life is changing, alliances are shifting, the Nephilim are regrouping, her family expanding.

When unexpected circumstances are thrown her way, Skyla has to draw on her inner strength for the sake of her people and her family. And when she needs them most her powers prove stronger, far more unstoppable than ever before. Tired of abiding by faction rules, Skyla learns that sometimes to survive you must defy them all.

 

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Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

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16 year-old Skyla Messenger embarks on a journey that spans time and dimensions in her pursuit to navigate old angelic rivalries. 

After the death of her father, her family moves to eerie Paragon Island where no one and nothing is as it seems.

 

Upon discovering she belongs to the most powerful angelic beings, the Celestra faction, Skyla is enthralled with her new powers and her new standing in the order of the universe. Skyla and the two handsome boys that side with her, Logan and Gage, find themselves embroiled in a faction war that tries their character and has them questioning which side of the battle line they should be standing.

 

The Celestra Series is a dizzying carousel that sends you into the fog-laden woods without any hope of ever leaving. Fasten your seatbelt. This is one wicked ride.

Angels and Fems and Sectors, oh my. 

The Countenance Trilogy

*Be sure to check out The Countenance Trilogy, a Celestra spinoff. Both series merge into the Celestra Forever After Series, a New Adult continuation of the popular Young Adult series! 

Release Day Blitz: Dead Girl by Tessa Marie

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synIf her mother wasn’t watching, Kylie Presby would punch Queen Bee, Natalie Silvers, in the face -again. But as Kylie wipes her tears away with the layers of toilet paper encasing her car, she knows she can’t retaliate like she did last time. Her dead mother wouldn’t approve. Kylie no longer cares about popularity. Invisible would work just fine.

Then the new kid, Braydon, mysterious, good looking and too clever for his own good, shows up and sacrifices his social status, becoming Kylie’s shield from the front line assault. After enough chocolate ice cream and movies it’s as if they’re best friends. Crazy, since Kylie knows so little about him.

As Natalie continues her relentless attacks on Kylie another person deals with his own line of bullies. Jack Stine was popular until his deepest secret was revealed and his friends abandoned him. Kylie and Jack bond over their tormentors and form an unbreakable friendship.

Three lost souls each with a story that binds them together, but will it be enough when the bullying goes too far and secrets are revealed?

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Tessa Marie aka Theresa Paolo lives on Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She is the author of NA and YA contemporary romances. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and the companion novel (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014. Both her books HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE and PROVE ME WRONG are Amazon bestsellers. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestselling Beds Series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s in her early thirties (very early), and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, watching Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Jordan