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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 andAfter 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?...

Title : Burning
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ISBN : 9781619637382
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Burning Reviews

  • Laura
    2018-07-26 17:39

    As much as it pains me to say this because I really loveThe Merciless, but I just can't with this. I've stuck it out for 139 pages. It's just not pulling me in the way I need a book to right now. I might try again later only to find out what happens in the end. I could already tell it wouldn't be more than 2.5 for me anyway. At least for now...DNF.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2018-07-16 21:08

    This book is a crimey-paranormal-horror-thriller-sci-fi....I think. A book with an identity crisis? It's just WOAH we were cramming all the genres in here! It's set in Juvie, with sci-fi conspiracy theories, and paranormal superpowers. For me, it was too much without enough detail to anything specific. BUT HEY. At least it was creepy! I WAS CREEPED SEVERAL TIMES. And that is a definite win.Basically the story is of Angela who is in juvie and gets manipulated into taking care of this 10-year-old creeptastic girl Jessica who may or may not be setting things on fire. WITH HER MIND. As you do. Does Angela freak out over this? A little. Does she accept it pretty fast? Definitely. (ANGELA. WUT ARE YOU THINKING.)The biggest problem I had was that it's uber super slow. I mean, it's a thriller, right?!?? With all the mundane details about kitchen duties and the cliches with the crabby guards and the evil scientist lady....I was pretty bored. Even creepy little Jessica couldn't save it for me because WE DIDN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER. I thought the book would be full of burnings and murderings. But it was a lot tamer than that.(Or I am a slightly psychotic little reader freak wanting it to be darker and omg send help.)Also I was really disappointed with Angela's backstory. She narrates in 1st person and is lumped in with the "dangerous/high security girls" and is like "i'M NOT TELLING YOU WHAT I DID TO END UP IN JUVIE AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME." Well obviously the truth does come out and it's incredibly tame. (view spoiler)[She did some robberies and accidentally pushed a woman down the stairs. Ah...huh. (hide spoiler)] She ended up as the sort of "misunderstood and well intentioned" heroine all the while CLAIMING to be a monster. I just...no. Sit down. Plus we won't even talk about the random romance with the guard that made no sense, with no chemistry, and just...yep. Moving forward."Okay, grumpy guts, is there anything you liked?" you say. Well yes, yes there is. I'm glad you asked.L I K E S:• Despite not being creepy enough, Jessica (the 10yo burning girl) still had some creeptastic moments! And she was cute! And psycho! SO YAY.• There is a pretty cool friendship dynamic between Angela and her two roomies: Issie and Cara. Gooooo awesome friendship.• Plenty of characters of colour.• Angela had dyslexia! I don't often read about that!• Juvie is always an interesting setting. Reminds me why I'm a super good person and always keep on the right side of the law. (Except for that library fine that one time...)• The author's note was freaking fantastic. I KNOW THIS IS NERDY. But I just love acknowledgements!! And she talked about gifs and ugly crying and just general excitement of being an author and I think that's adorable.• I just wish I'd liked the book more tbh....ALL IN ALL:It's not a bad book by any means! It's more of a "hello my name is anti-Sci-fi-contemporaries" (it reminded me of Because You'll Never Meet Me in that regard). I just never seem to get on well with them? You have to suspend SO MUCH DISBELIEF. And I struggle with that! I do! Plus I just wish the book had been more creepy and faster paced. And like, it would've been nice if more stuff burned down. #justsayin' But Angela was still an interesting narrator and the ending was a WILD RIDE. Now omg I must figure out where to shelve this because what even the heck genre is it??????

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    2018-08-07 16:47

    Gave up 212 pages in. Props for having a majority-WOC cast, but I was surprised to see no mention or discussion about how children of color end up in facilities like Brunesfield inordinately more often versus white children.I gave up because the novel is too obvious in its attempts at horror. For instance, Jessica's eyes turn fully black when she's struggling with her power to start fires with her mind. We all know about the black-eyed children and the mental visual is creepy, but I would find it scarier if her eyes didn't change at all. Then the characters have no way to know whether Jessica is in control of her powers at any given moment, which creates more tension and requires the characters to get to know her better in order to understand her little tells.It's also made very, very obvious that Dr. Gruen and the SciGirls are evil, so I can't take them seriously even when they're doing "good" in Brunesfield. The woman obsessed with a pyrokinetic ten-year-old runs an organization of science-minded girls dedicated to her? Of course they're her army! (Plus SciGirls sounds like PsyGirls, aka Psychic Girls. Like Jessica.)I've learned from YA and comic books that only wheelchair-bound men named Xavier are genuine when they say they want to help people/children with paranormal powers. Everyone else is plotting something evil.

  • Kristen
    2018-08-14 16:51

    This and other reviews can be found on my blogMy Friends Are FictionMy 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.

  • Cameron Chaney
    2018-07-16 17:52

    MILD SPOILERS AHEADBurning by Danielle Rollins, author of the dark YA horror series called The Merciless, is being compared to the likes of Walter Dean Myers' Monster, Orange is the New Black, Stephen King's Firestarter and Carrie. Sounds like pretty high praise if you ask me. As a fan of Stephen King and someone who thinks there is nowhere near enough horror in YA today, I was very interested to see where this story would go. By the synopsis and prologue, Burning sounds like the chilling gritty story of a juvenile delinquent center, but with a supernatural twist. Is our main character a teenage girl with a dangerous power? Is the Brunesfield Correctional Facility really harboring girls with supernatural abilities? Are there really monsters wandering the woods bordering the building?The answer to all those questions is a big fat no. Instead, we get a rather predictable story about an ordinary girl named Angela who is doing time in a completely ordinary correctional center. There are rumors of monsters in the woods, but it’s obviously just talk. When a young girl named Jessica is brought to the facility and is labeled as being very dangerous, the inmates begin to wonder what she did to be admitted. Shortly after, a program called SciGirls starts taking over Brunsfield. When the president of the program asks Angela to keep an eye on Jessica, Angela finds out Jessica has the ability to start fires with her mind. But is she really as dangerous as the SciGirls program is making her out to be?What is really at the heart of this story is Angela taking strides to do the right thing and help Jessica, even if it means never leaving juvie again. While this could have been a touching aspect of the story, it just didn’t make me care much about what was going to happen. The relationship between Angela and Jessica never got to the point of feeling as sisterly as the author was aiming for. Overall, I wanted to care but it didn’t stir up any of the feelings I have for my own siblings.Angela is pretty generic as a character. She talks many times about how tough you have to be to survive in juvie, but none of the girls seemed to be that ruthless. At all. I kept forgetting they were in juvie and not some high school. My high school was far scarier than any of this. Unless I really was in a juvenile delinquent center and no one ever told me…Anyway, I wouldn’t classify this as a horror story. It’s a supernatural thriller. I like supernatural thrillers, but since I was expecting a horror story, it left me in a ‘meh’ state. Also, I didn’t know this was the first book in a series until I finished it. Will I read the next book? Blah, I don’t know. We’ll see. Still, it’s a fast read and entertaining enough. Buy it if you want, but it isn’t a must.2.5 stars

  • Bridget
    2018-08-08 20:49

    A perfectly creepy thriller. The characters are incredibly well drawn, and the claustrophobic prison-style setting is just right for a story that mixes realism (view spoiler)[and the paranormal (hide spoiler)]. The slowly building danger and tension pairs beautifully with the reader's growing affection for the characters. A great choice for a book you won't want to put down. I'd love this to be the first in a series, but even if it isn't, it's still a satisfying read.Also! It's great to read a book featuring such a diverse cast of characters. Almost none of them felt like stereotypes, and all of them were interesting enough to carry an entire book on their own. The quiet, day to day moments of the story were just as interesting as the more creepy, tension filled parts, and I think this is because the characters felt so realistic. To sum up: you should read this. It's really good.ps. Issie is my favorite. And a single spoilery thing that bummed me out about the story: (view spoiler)[one of the lesbian characters dies. I really don't like it when one half of a lesbian couple ends up dead at the end of a YA book. It's such a pervasive trope, and seeing it in YA is just EXTRA AWFUL. YA authors, please just kill your straights off instead. (hide spoiler)](NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children's provided me an ARC for review.)

  • Tabby
    2018-08-04 15:06

    Received from: Bloomsbury USA Children's BooksReceived Via: NetGalley.com THE REVIEWWhy this book?It seemed interesting What I thoughtThis book was not what I expected. I expected something dark and ominous but that was just not the case. On Netgalley it did say Orange is the New Black meets Carrie. I got the whole Orange Is the New Black vibe but the Carrie part is what confuses me. I didn't find this book creepy at all. Sure Jessica can start fires with her mind, which is cool and yeah maybe in some cases deadly but not scary. With that Said this was a page turner and kept me wanting more. The characters were likable and none of them felt like stereotypes. We also get a little romance which I wasn't expecting at all. All in all a satisfying read.

  • rachel • typed truths
    2018-08-01 18:01

    3.5 stars Straight after finishing this book, I couldn’t help but smile. I loved how original and different the story had been and was sure that it had made a lasting impression… but it’s a couple of days later and I’m rethinking that train of thought. While this book was undeniably unique, enjoyable and downright clever at times, it was also a little slow and lacking that intangible quality that makes books truly shine. I don’t know what it is, but it wasn’t there and the more I think about it, the less I can truly say that this book was a standout. Pros: Subtle diversity - which is my favourite thing of ever, if you didn’t know. Angela, our protagonist, is dyslexic so for someone who has dyslexia running in their family (aka me), it was refreshing to see that incorporated into a YA novel. I don’t think I have read a story with dyslexic characters before (apart from Percy Jackson, but that hardly seems to count). The female friendships. It is always an amazing addition to a book when female friendships can be included and done well. For some reason, YA contemporaries often portray female friendships as toxic or unhealthy, but the bond between Angela and her cellmates made me smile. It was done with such sincerity, and it really added an extra layer to the story.The writing was on point. You know that I’m a sucker for good writing and Danielle Rollins has this really simple but addictive style. It was kind of like Colleen Hoover meets Stephanie Oakes. If that makes sense. It let you really get into the head of the characters but never lacked the urgency that the plot needed. It balanced the character-driven moments and action pretty darn well… which leads me to my next point:The suspense! This book is pitched as a horror story and why it isn’t exactly scary, it still had this deliciously creepy vibe. It was suspenseful as hell, and I loved the way the plot just gently crept up on us. The pacing was just perfect too. However, my favourite aspect of this novel was - without a doubt - the setting. Juvenile detention! Ever since I read The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly earlier this year, I’ve been eager to read something similar and this definitely gave me the same vibes. I don’t know what it is about juvie - maybe the isolation? - but it’s the perfect environment for fascinating character-driven stories IMO, and this definitely delivered on that front.Cons: My first complaint is a biggie: there were no explanations! We have no answers to well, anything, and that is quite annoying to put it lightly. We spent a fair amount of time building up to this dramatic and undeniably well-done climax… but then, the book just with literally no answers. I am not okay with that! I need answers. I wanted to know more about Jessica, more about SciGirls and more about everything in general. I won’t say too much because I want to keep it vague, but there were certain aspects of this story that deserved some further exploration.I’m also a little (read: a lot) pissed at the opening ending. I know that I usually say that I’m one of the few readers who are okay with open endings, but this time it just didn’t work. I know there’s a companion/sequel coming out next year but the whole book led to this big ending and then the book just finished. It wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I needed more answers and a more fulfilling conclusion. Like a lot of other reviewers, I did find Angela a little bit dull. I don’t know what it was about her, but the secondary characters were so well done that she paled in comparison. Her “badassery” was also played up a little bit. I just wish we had gotten to see more of her… which makes no sense because she’s our protagonist! But somehow she just felt absent from the story. I also didn’t understand how easily she accepted certain reveals throughout the story. These are the sort of major reveals that would have made you question everything you thought you ever knew but she just accepted it without much fuss. It didn’t feel realistic. Overall?I did really enjoy this book, but I didn’t think that the protagonist was a little bit lackluster and the open ending kind of dragged the story down. The setting and plotline - for the most part - was engaging. I adored the characters and definitely got creepy vibes from the writing. I’ll be picking up the sequel/companion as soon as it comes out next year to hopefully get the answers I need, and I look forward to more of the author’s work. A solid novel, but not a standout.Review copy provided by the publisher for an honest review.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-08-12 14:47

    Angela grew up in a household where her father taught her that monsters were more interesting than heroes and soon she fell into that monster category by getting into trouble and mischief. One thing led to another, and she ended up in juvie and behind bars. Things have been going as well as they could in juvie and Angela has her two best friends Issie and Cara. With only three months left until her release, Angie is trying to be on her best behavior. However, things are going to get cray-cray over the next course of her remaining months as a new girl has been transferred to the prison and is awaiting trial. The new girl Jessica looks like an Angel but holds a deeper dark side to her that if the others aren't careful is about to cause a whole lot of damage. Another thing is that the prison rules are getting stricter and more girls are being reprimanded for the littlest of things. Once Jessica arrives, you get a feeling something odd is about to happen, and a few things do but in a way it was quite gentle compared to what I had expected - more Green Mile than Carrie. During the course of the novel, we are also introduced to a programme called STEMGirls and at first it seems innocent enough but what happens when Angela does some digging and discovers that all is not what it seems at the prison and that she and her friends are in danger ? Burning was a good fast-paced read and if you love teen Prison novels with a hint of the paranormal and a mystery factor to boot then Danielle Rollins book is for you.

  • K.A. Linde
    2018-08-04 17:02

    An urban fantasy thriller that reminded me of Girl, Interrupted meets Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds! Very different and interesting!

  • Rashika (is tired)
    2018-08-03 21:55

    ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoWhen 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 ;) Note that I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    2018-08-12 20:53

    I really liked the first half, but after that it started to get all "trying too hard". I wish the story was toned down because the characters were very strong and carried the story without all these weird twists.Just before Angela's scheduled release from juvie, THINGS start happening. First, a 10-year-old girl (Jessica) is brought in under high security. Then, a new program called Sci-Girls is causing a major stir among the inmates. There's something about Jessica, Sci-Girls, and the director of Sci-Girls (Dr. Gruen) that freaks Angela out. Weird things begin happening, and soon it becomes clear that there's evil in this prison that has nothing to do with the girls who are serving sentences.My Thoughts:You know how you read those books where you're just EXPECTING the twist at the end to be incredible? You're expecting it to be something you would never see coming and could never come up with yourself. Maybe even something you've never read about before. THAT'S what I wanted from this book... but it didn't happen. It's sort of the same thing that I had going on with the Mara Dyer series. It's all built up with this creepy-vibe, but the ending didn't live up.The First Half: LOVED!! The characters, the writing, the atmosphere.... it all sucked me in. I felt bad for little Jessica. How does a little 10-year-old girl wind-up in max-security?? I also was really intrigued by Angela and her 2 bunkmates' backstories. I wanted to know why they were there and when they would get out.When it became clear where the story was actually headed: UGH. Part of me liked the creepy/paranormal element, but part of me just felt blah about it. It definitely wasn't the thing that kept me reading. I stayed reading because I CARED about Issie, Angela, Cara, and Jessica. I cared abut their families and what happened to them.The Villain and The Ending: I thought the ending was shaky. I mean, parts were explained and explained, and parts were left so muddled and confusing. It left off so that it's probably going to be a sequel. Maybe things will be better explained in that book. I'm not hopeful. Also, I thought the villain was a tad TOO villainous. It was too dramatic and I just didn't think that drama was necessary when the setting and characters were so strong.There is a romantic element to this book, and all I have to say about that is PUKE!!!It felt like Orange Is the New Black (the TV show) and The Walls Around Us had a baby, and that baby turned out not to be able to live up to his/her parent's spotlight. Sort of like when 2 celebs have kids and none of them have that "it" factor.OVERALL: It was OKAY. The problem with that is-- okay isn't really good enough for me. I want more than okay, I want AMAZING. It's creepy, it has strong characters, but the over-the-top villain and the ending weren't for me.My Blog:

  • Lyn *GLITTER VIKING*
    2018-07-29 15:45

    I.....wow. I have a lot rolling around in my head. If you are looking for something different, here is your book! I am just sorry to see a rushed ending and skimmed over world building. I can see some potential for future books in this one.

  • Tammy
    2018-07-20 15:45

    **U.S. readers, don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this review!The nitty-gritty: A suspenseful young adult tale with awesome female friendships and an intriguing supernatural element.A couple of years ago I read and loved the dark and violent Merciless, written under Rollins’ pen name Danielle Vega. And so when the author offered me a copy of her latest, I was looking forward to more of the same. But as much as I enjoyed Burning, it turned out to be much tamer than I was expecting, and while that’s not a bad thing, it did throw me for a bit until I realized this story stands well on its own, with its own charms and strengths. That’s one reason, I suppose, why authors decide to use pen names in the first place, to distance their “name” from a particular book or writing style, so that they can strike off in another direction without fear of being labeled. Burning is mostly a thoughtful drama about minors who have been incarcerated and how they deal with and survive prison life, but there are also some thrilling supernatural moments as well, although for me, these were not the main focus of the story.Angela is doing time in the Brunesfield Correctional Facility for theft. She’s been trying to keep a low profile by following the rules, and she’s only months away from being released. Waiting at home for her is her little brother Charlie, who continues to write her letters. Angela longs for the day she can go home. But two new arrivals at Brunesfield shake up the inmates’ day to day life, and suddenly Angela isn’t so sure she’ll be released any time soon. First, a young girl named Jessica arrives but is immediately put in segregation due to her “dangerous” nature. Shortly after, a scientist named Dr. Gruen visits the girls, explaining that she’s starting a group called SciGirls which will help them prepare for jobs outside the system. These two events are related, but it isn’t until strange things start happening that Angela starts putting the pieces together.It turns out Jessica is in Seg Block for a good reason—she can set things on fire with her mind. After Dr. Gruen asks Angela to befriend Jessica, she suspects that Dr. Gruen might be up to something. The mystery of Jessica and her strange ability slowly builds as Angela gets to know the frightened girl, and Dr. Gruen starts convincing all the girls at the facility to join SciGirls.Because I’m a fan of everything speculative fiction, it surprised me how much I enjoyed the relationships part of the story over the horror parts. And while I liked the idea of a little girl who has a genetic condition that gives her the power to start fires (and yes, I had flashbacks to Firestarter!), the scenes involving Jessica trying to control those powers weren’t my favorite. I was much more interested in the friendships between Angela and her roommates Issie and Cara, and the tension between the guards and the inmates. You know, the real life stuff! Angela is dyslexic, and has a hard time reading, and so when she gets letters from Charlie, Issie reads them to her. It was so nice reading about a friendship between teen girls who actually help each other out. Of course, there are plenty of mean girls at Brunesfield, and some of the scenes are somewhat violent (but in more of a PG sort of way), but I like that Rollins gave many of her main characters the ability to empathize.The other thing that Rollins does really well is to create a wonderful sense of tension. There are several mysteries going on in this story. There’s the mystery of Jessica and her origins, and exactly how her strange abilities work. Then there’s the diabolical Dr. Gruen, a smooth talking woman who is able to convince many of the girls at Brunesfield to join up with the suspect SciGirls organization. She reminded me of a cult leader whose evil nature hides behind charm and charisma. We don’t find out until nearly the end what’s up with SciGirls, so the reader is kept guessing for quite a while. The last quarter of the book is high on action and that’s when Rollins pulls out all the stops. She definitely knows how to write a page-turner!I was completely surprised by the twist at the very end, which is the best kind of twist, right? I almost felt as if the author was setting things up for a sequel, but it’s one of those endings that works well either way. I personally made peace with the ending, but some readers may be frustrated by the dangling thread at the end. (Note: I did just check out Goodreads and I see a book called Breaking that could very well be a sequel.)My only complaint with Burning would be that at times it just felt a little too sweet and nice, especially considering the prison setting. I have to admit it was hard not to compare it to Fellside at times, a very different prison story, even though the main idea is basically the same (a female character winds up in prison for the wrong reasons and encounters a supernatural presence.) Yes, there were some violent moments in Burning, but I never really felt shock while reading them. (Compared to Fellside, where I cringed the entire time I was reading the book). Obviously it’s not fair to compare the two, because one is clearly aimed at the YA market, but a touch more grittiness would have been fine with me.But Danielle—both Vega and Rollins—knows how to craft a well-written story. For YA readers who like a mix of drama, action, a smattering of romance and a touch of the supernatural, Burning has something for everyone.Big thanks to the author for supplying a review copy.Danielle was generous enough to provide a signed, finished hardcover for one U.S. winner! I'll be randomly selecting a name on July 1, good luck!a Rafflecopter giveawayThis review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  • Figgy
    2018-07-23 20:51

    The buzz surrounding Burning suggests it’s a cross between Orange is the New Black: Juvie Style and Firestarter, and there are elements of both of these to be sure, what with the girl who is connected to fire-related events, and all the inmate stories.But, unfortunately, the story delivered doesn’t quite match up to what is promised in the blurb:- For starters, the blurb begins with the line “After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is now months away from release” while the Angela of the book has been in juvie for just eighteen months.- Angela was super gullible/ignorant and had to see things many many times and then have them spelled out for her by another character before she “worked out” what was going on. While the reader was able to figure it out by the second mention, if not the first.- In terms of pacing, though Jessica arrived at the facility on page eleven, and though some events happened in between that hinted at a little something creepy, nothing really began to escalate until almost two thirds of the way through the story.- At some point it stopped feeling like a prison story, and started feeling like a story set in a kind’ve strict boarding-school for only-a-little-bit-difficult girls.- It wasn’t scary. Not even a little bit.The girls in this prison had no street smarts, they didn’t look suspiciously at a situation that was too good to be true, and pretty much every single one of them fell easily into a cult-like study group. With the exception of a couple of fights or arguments, there was really nothing here to suggest that many of these girls grew up on the rough side of town or committed terrible crimes to end up here, though it is stated that they did.The rest of this review can be found HERE!

  • Jenni Frencham
    2018-07-31 21:39

    A eerie, spooky story that would fit right in as an X-Files episode.Rollins, Danielle. Burning. Bloomsbury, 2016.Angela is so close to getting out of juvie, she can almost taste freedom. Just a few more months toeing the line and she'll be out in the world again. Then Jessica arrives. Jessica is ten, the youngest of the inmates, and there are all kinds of wild rumors circulating about what she did to earn her sentence. Angela is tasked with befriending the young girl as a condition of her impending parole, but when she finds Jessica setting fire to her teddy bear in the middle of the night, she realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. This book is equal parts spooky and mysterious, with just enough of a paranormal element thrown in to hook even the most reluctant of teen readers. I could easily pair this book with viewings of X-Files or Orange is the New Black. Because I imagined this book as a paranormal television show, it was easy to guess at the ending, but guessing it early did not spoil it for me. For all the teen readers who want the next scary book, Burning is highly recommended.Recommended for: teensRed Flags: language, violence - the story takes place in a prisonOverall Rating: 4/5 starsRead-Alikes: Juvie, Daughters Unto Devils, I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purposes of review.

  • Christy
    2018-07-18 19:51

    This review was originally posted on Novel InkNote: This review is based on the 44% of the book that I read.This review is very painful for me to write.  If you saw THIS post then you know that Burning was a book that I was REALLLLLYYYYY looking forward to.  As a huge fan of Orange is the New Black, I was definitely intrigued with the fact that this book was compared to it, and adding a little mystery to that?  I was sold.  Unfortunately, it didn't work well for me.I think the main problem I had with this book was that I really didn't care about any of the characters.  Angela was ok, but there was no connection there.  Jessica was interesting enough, but I was expecting some heavy duty creepy on her part and from what I read, it was just ehhh. "Monsters are more interesting than heroes." Another issue was boredom.  It felt like everything was dragging on and eventually I was forcing myself to pick up my kindle and read.  When it comes to the point of forcing, that's my clue that it's time to DNF.  I'm still curious about the mystery behind Jessica and why Angela is in Juvie, but my curiosity wasn't enough to make me finish the book.Burning was a book that I had high hopes for, unfortunately it didn't measure up.

  • Jen Ryland
    2018-08-13 16:05

    DNFing for now.I'm pretty sure I did request this - I haven't yet watched Orange is the New Black which this is compared to - but after a few chapters I'm just not feeling this one at all. I usually love dark stories set in psychiatric hospitals, etc. but not connecting with these characters at all. Maybe I'll try the show and then come back and give this a try? I was dead-set against watching Breaking Bad too and then of course I loved it.Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on BloglovinThanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.

  • Veiledhorizon
    2018-07-16 21:52

    Diversity bingo 2017: Black mc(sadly it's not own voices)lots of diversity(mc is African-American and has dyslexia esp) but underwhelming as a thriller.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-07-23 18:52

    Angela grew up in a household where her father taught her that monsters were more interesting than heroes and soon she fell into that monster category by getting into trouble and mischief. One thing led to another, and she ended up in juvie and behind bars. Things have been going as well as they could in juvie and Angela has her two best friends Issie and Cara. With only three months left until her release, Angie is trying to be on her best behavior. However, things are going to get cray-cray over the next course of her remaining months as a new girl has been transferred to the prison and is awaiting trial. The new girl Jessica looks like an Angel but holds a deeper dark side to her that if the others aren't careful is about to cause a whole lot of damage. Another thing is that the prison rules are getting stricter and more girls are being reprimanded for the littlest of things. Once Jessica arrives, you get a feeling something odd is about to happen, and a few things do but in a way it was quite gentle compared to what I had expected - more Green Mile than Carrie. During the course of the novel, we are also introduced to a programme called STEMGirls and at first it seems innocent enough but what happens when Angela does some digging and discovers that all is not what it seems at the prison and that she and her friends are in danger ? Burning was a good fast-paced read and if you love teen Prison novels with a hint of the paranormal and a mystery factor to boot then Danielle Rollins book is for you.

  • Abby Lewis
    2018-08-10 17:03

    Goodreads Giveaway Win!Wow. what a story this was. I loved every second, grasped me completely and I couldn’t put it down... I’m hoping for more though on Angela! Please do! :)

  • Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
    2018-07-19 13:52

    DISCLAIMER: I got this eARC for free from NetGalley. Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.It's been a while since I checked out NetGalley. Until one day, I randomly found myself on the site and this was one of the titles on the front page. Hey, it was a new year, new reading goals, so I decided to sign up for it.The blurb says it's like Orange Is The New Black but I don't have Netflix (I have Hulu Plus) so I'm not familiar with it. The setting is pretty interesting too. A juvenile correctional facility? Wow, it's not a place where most YA authors would want to set their stories. And the protagonist of the story is incarcerated for something awful. Such a far cry from the goody-two-shoes kind of perfect high school girl. Angela was just living her everyday life, as much as she could in jail, keeping her head down and doing her chores. She has 3 months until her release and all she needed to do was to wait it out. Until another inmate join them, Jessica, 10 years old. Dangerous. Jessica was initially sent to Segregation. Angela finds herself connecting with Jessica and eventually, joins her, Issie, and Cara in one cell. With Jessica comes a new team of people seemingly aiming to help the facility as well as educate the girls. But instead of good... strange things began to happen upon Jessica's arrival.Monsters are more interesting than heroes.LOVE that quote. And there is some truth into it. Some heroes are so bland with no personality that it makes it so easy to react to the villain. I've read some stories where I don't care much for the protagonist while either I absolutely hate the antagonist or at least pay attention to him/her more. Case in point, Harry Potter. Harry, to me, was so boring. I connected more to the most minor characters and the villains. But that wasn't the case here. I liked Angela. I thought she was a strong character with a good head on her shoulders. She made the most out of the crappy situation that she was in. Her romantic moments felt natural and age-appropriate. Almost shy at times. Jessica is just a sweet little thing. It was hard to have ill feelings towards her. Whether she's a hero or a monster, I will let you find that out yourself. Either way, she and her situation are very interesting. Another thing I liked about the author's character building was it didn't play the cliche card. Yes, Angela and her friends were in prison for something wrong they did but really, they weren't bad people. They were actually pretty nice. Scary at times... and of course, once you know what they were in there for but with each other, they're pretty normal girls with crushes and insecurities.The build-up was paced well. It really felt like the reader is living each day alongside Angela. Each "day" felt long and full and because of that, the conclusion felt oddly satisfying. I felt like it ended the way it should, where it should. The final scenes were pretty intense and dramatic. The ending was a nice set up for the next book. Clearly, this is going to be a part of a series. There's an epilogue and it got me so excited for the sequel... only to realize that this book isn't even officially released yet. Oh boy, be on the look out for this one when it does.Rating: 4/5. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. What's going to happen to Angela?

  • Sandy
    2018-08-14 18:52

    I loved the way the author set this novel up. I knew there was something sinister about Jessica the minute that she was introduced but I just had to wait as I let the author slowly and meticulously let the novel run its course. Jessica seemed like a typical teen on the outside. It was the way that she was handled by others and how they treated her that made me suspicious. She appeared to be small and fragile amongst the other prisoners in this correctional facility as she was brought in and for that, I felt that she was hiding a secret that others knew nothing about. A secret, which landed her amongst these offenders that, would soon bring about havoc. Placed inside isolation the minute upon her arrival, the other inmates had no chance to lay their claims on her or the opportunity to speak with her so, when Davis returns from bringing down her food tray with burns on her hands, the rumors begin. How could she suffer burns from delivering a food tray? Davis only has three months left on her sentence and it’s her brother that she misses the most while locked away. These three months and this attachment become obstacles for Davis as the correctional facility is challenged by science. A new doctor and her assistance arrive at the facility, reaching out to the immates; these ladies are looking for volunteers for the SciGirls program. This opportunity excites the inmates, giving them hope for a better future but they all must take a test to join. SciGirl program, they came to the facility the same time that Jessica was brought in – this seems too much of a coincidence to me. Life inside the facility is still typical of a correctional center, some girls abusing others, some just surviving and others trying to stay on top. Davis is asked to mentor Jessica as she is the only girl Jessica has taken an interest in. People have been avoiding Jessica as too many strange circumstances have been occurring around her and Davis is not sure about this new request. If she doesn’t accept this responsibility, the opportunity to see her brother is going to be cast off farther into the further. I enjoyed the sci-fi twist on this novel, I could see things unraveling before my eyes even read the text. I imaged different avenues this novel could have taken to heighten the dramatics of it but all-in-all, I enjoyed it. Davis made a great character portraying a great friend and someone who would go the extra mile for you. I enjoyed the mystery elements of the novel and the intense moments, the author did a terrific job releasing portions of the novel bit-by-bit and not informing the reader of all the facts at once. It kept me on my toes and the pages of the novel turning. 3.5 starsI received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Erin Cataldi
    2018-07-25 20:02

    Stephen King's "Firestarter" meets teenage delinquents in juvie. This young adult novel was creepy and compelling and kept me guessing. Angela is just biding her time until she gets out of Brunesfield Correctional Facility for Girls, she and her bunk mates get along fine but things get weird when they bring in a young girl by the name of Jessica. Weird things happen around Jess, people get burned, freaky fires occur, and a new group of people start working at the facility. Most of the girls at Brunesfield are a little dangerous, but someone seems to be more dangerous than the rest. Also, who are the new people, why are they there? Is there an experiment? Angela has to stick to her guns and get to the bottom of whatever is going on. Freaky and fun, I really enjoyed this book. Plus the ending is pretty badass!

  • Gabby
    2018-07-27 16:46

    4.5 stars! Such a fun and interesting read. I loved the different aspects of mystery, thriller, fantasy, friendships, and a smidgen of romance. Like the back of the book says, it reminds me of Carrie and Orange is the New Black.Full review on my blog to come soon; gabbytheblogger.blogspot.com

  • Amanda
    2018-08-14 17:04

    DNF - I could tell as soon as I started this that it wouldn't be for me. The way it's told bothered me immediately. All tell, no show. Ableist language: dumb, crazy, spaz.

  • Jennifer
    2018-07-18 19:06

    omfg... what the hell! ben? issie? cara? uggghhh jessica! jsiqoefodkjabeief

  • K. O'Bibliophile
    2018-07-26 19:54

    So this started as mildly creepy, took a turn into a much creepier territory tinged with paranormal horror, and then ended in an over-the-top blaze of disappointment. Boo.The BeginningWe're introduced to Angela and her friends (Cara, Issie) at a juvenile correctional facility. The trio make up the high-security, violent-offenders group, which seems mostly like an excuse for there to be only 3 of them (there are more lower-tier offenders). Angela isn't the most interesting protagonist I've read, but she's a decent narrator.The facility is abuzz when a new, tiny 10-year-0ld girl arrives and is immediately put into the Segregation block, the highest level of security. Girls in Seg don't get to leave their rooms, and Angela explains they are the most dangerous, girls that should really be in a mental hospital instead. As the story progresses, it becomes clear to Angela that the little girl, Jessica, is somehow able to set things on fire with her mind. Also, her eyes go completely black when that happens, which is horror-story shorthand for BAD CREEPY THINGS HAPPENING.At this point, the story is decent. Slow, you can tell it's building up to something. Some scientist arrives to recruit for an apparently-prestigious program called "SciGirls." Angela is talked into befriending Jessica. Dangerous things are hinted at.The MiddleThe book doles out answers sparingly, always giving you just enough to convince you to keep reading. Why is Angela in juvie? (view spoiler)[She accidentally knocked a woman down the stairs while she and her boyfriend committed burglary. As a reader I couldn't tell whether the woman died or was just badly hurt. (hide spoiler)] What's up with Jessica? (view spoiler)[The doctor-scientist wants to study her because she can't figure out where Jessica got her powers. Scientist knows how to induce powers in the actually-evil SciGirls program, but Jessica wasn't part of that. Scientist gets progressively more desperate, culminating in multiple murders. Jessica is in custody for killing her foster parents--intentionally killing the dad, so it sounds like there was abuse involved. (hide spoiler)]What's the secret of Angela's family? (view spoiler)[Her mom doesn't want her home, and if a family member doesn't sign her out, Angela (as a minor) is stuck in custody until she turns 18. (hide spoiler)] Cara's secret? (view spoiler)[She and the scientist's assistant, Mary Anne, are hooking up after lights-out. (hide spoiler)]The tension keeps going up as things become more dangerous, and it becomes clear that the scientist has her own secrets, so it makes you think that the ending will be really goodThe EndingThe ending ruins the entire thing. Ugh. First, (view spoiler)[almost all the girls in the facility disappear because they were "accepted" to "SciGirls," and they're never heard from again. Then, Mary Anne is murdered and they think Jessica did it, but it turns out it was the scientist, who also has the magical fire powers. (hide spoiler)]So the girls (view spoiler)[finally escape and eventually find a cabin that's stocked with food and has a working phone and is entirely too convenient and exists only as a place for the final showdown. The door isn't even locked. Evil fire-magic scientist shows up, Cara and Issie escape, Angela stays behind with Jessica to fight. The scientist reveals no one from the juvie center was ever going to live, sets it aflame with her magic (presumably killing all the remaining guards and girls inside), gets wounded by Angela, the cabin catches fire, Jessica dies and Angela is seriously burned. Book ends with the revelation that Angela has caught the fire-magic. (hide spoiler)]We don't learn (view spoiler)[anything else about the evil SciGirls or the scientist, who steals Jessica's dead body. We don't learn if Cara and Issie make it away safely. We don't learn the fate of the juvie center and its inhabitants. We don't learn what Angela thinks she can do, as she's burned and still technically a fugitive from the juvie center. AUGH. (hide spoiler)]WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THAT? A crappy one. It almost feels like it's setting up for a sequel, but by all indications it's a standalone book. And it feels like a standalone, except for the ending where SO MUCH is unresolved and messed up. If it weren't for the end, this would have been a great book. And if I was mid-teens or younger, I probably would have loved this, but at this point it's just too easy to see its flaws.

  • Lectito
    2018-08-04 19:00

    Angela Davis is just three months shy of getting out of juvenile detention and being reunited with her little brother. And she’s determined to stay out of mischief for fear of delaying her release. However, the Brunesfield Correctional Facility has a new inmate, ten-year-old Jessica, who sparks trouble wherever she goes. Ever since her arrival, strange things have begun to occur, and she’s taken a particular interest in Angela.But Jessica isn’t the only new arrival at Brunesfield. The enigmatic Dr. Gruen shows up with her research assistant soon after Jessica and begins recruiting inmates to join her mysterious SciGirls program. Almost overnight, underfunded Brunesfield becomes a heavily guarded, state-of-the-art facility and inmates start receiving severe reprimands for even the most minor infractions. Anglea knows something’s suss and suspects that SciGirls is not the innocent enrichment program Dr. Gruen wants the girls to believe, but she knows Dr. Gruen has the power to stall her release and isn’t sure who she can still trust.Burning (Bloomsbury, 2016) is a taut and creepy thriller championing the idea that ‘monsters are more interesting than heroes.’Most of the YA I read is of the contemporary coming-of-age variety, and it was fun to read something a little less earnest. The female correctional facility setting makes for a highly controlled environment that forces Angela to be stealthy and take risks if she wants to make sense of the strange occurrences, which makes for tense reading.Anglea and her close friends, Cara and Issie, are a sympathetic trio. While they may have earned their place at Brunesfield, in private, they’re not half so tough as they’d have everyone believe, and Angela, in particular, is determined to avoid past mistakes when she rejoins the outside world.In fact, Rollins takes great pleasure in demonstrating that first impressions often prove false. Jessica, one of the smallest, and most fragile-looking ten-year-olds Angela’s ever seen is powerful and perhaps even dangerous beyond measure. Dr. Gruen is sleek and beautiful and appears to have the inmates’ best interests at heart, but it’s clear to Anglea at least that her real motives are far more sinister. Even the inmates in Segregation aren’t the monsters they initially appear. I love a complex character and did a quiet little fist pump to see Rollins take up ‘monsters are more interesting than heroes’ as her key theme. I only wish she’d taken this further. Her so-called ‘monsters’ are soon revealed as heroes in prison uniforms, while the real monsters remain somewhat two-dimensional.I also found the plot a tad predictable. Even though Rollins creates a sense of mystery and intrigue around Dr. Gruen’s work and the SciGirls, it’s pretty clear that they’re up to no good. At one point Angela mentions that she’s a big fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and, indeed as winter closes in and new resources begin to arrive, Brunesfield bears increasing resemblance to Bolvangar. There are also striking similarities between Dr. Gruen and her SciGirls and Mrs Coutler and the Gobblers.From the way the story ends, it appears there’s more to come, and presumably, Burning will be the first in a series. There are some loose threads for Rollins to pick up in the next book, although I’m not fully convinced that she’s laid enough groundwork in Burning to support a series. That said, I found Burning fast-paced and entertaining enough to see where Rollins takes the story next.If, like me, you’ve been spending the winter binge watching Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things, Burning makes for a fun and thrilling read.Thank you to Bloomsbury Sydney for providing a copy of Burning in exchange for an honest review.For more bookish bits, head on over to Lectito, or get the latest Lectito reviews delivered to your inbox.

  • Stacey Kym
    2018-07-18 15:49

    ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia in exchange for an honest review.Review'Burning'... Hmm... How to describe it? At first it seemed just like any other novel about a girl locked away in juvenile prison where things were about to get real nasty, real quick, probably scare the BEJEEBIES out of me, and leave me forever grumpy, depressed and add one more reason to my long list of why I don't read crimes/thrillers. Yep! It was definitely not a happy start for me with this novel.But let me tell you why it changed my mind and how I learned to love it.The beginning was certainly unappealing. I kept picking it up, putting it down, and then leaving it to go do something else. Why? Because I was so certain I knew what to expect from the story and because it made me want to run away from it as far as possible. I was NOT in the mood for a random, demented girl who – to be very harsh/frank/a little cruel/judgemental – was stupid and idiotic enough to land herself in prison because she couldn't control herself for whatever reasons and excuses she made which I haven't discovered yet. And I certainly didn't want to hate this novel at first, but STRONGLY dislike it, I did.After labouring through the first initial pages, the novel started to change in my eyes. I didn't feel so far away from the main character, Angela, and I started to understand the life she led before landing herself in juvie. She transformed from yet another teenage statistic to a real, breathing person. She had a bad family: her dad left her, her mother hated her, but she had a younger brother whom she loved very much, and I could FINALLY, FINALLY connect myself to her.There's definitely a bit of sci-fi in this! Fire-wielding little children who grew up and were dubbed pyretics? Guys, you're in for a treat.I felt the conclusion was justified, but I certainly wasn't happy with it! I wanted to know what would happen next and most importantly why the author decided to close the novel in such an abrupt way! I wasn't happy with all the deaths and sorrow that happened. There was too much creepiness and fear for me. I was angry and raging but also grieving and sad.So, okay... Once I calmed down a little, I realised how great this novel was...and admitted to myself that I liked it a LOT!And that creepy little girl Jessica who made such a fearful, turmoil-filled entrance in the start? Well...you'll have to read the novel to find out. *laughs evilly*Congratulations to Danielle Rollins on publishing a fantastic YA debut?! Rating Plan1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!