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Enigma Black

(Enigma Black #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens' life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country. Struggling with picking up the pieces, she's haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 22nd 2012
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I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

For some reason, I'm having trouble coming up with the right words to describe this book. I definitely enjoyed it, despite having to put it down during some of the more detailed scenes of the bombings. I just couldn't stop thinking about what happened at the Boston Marathon and kept comparing the two. Imagining how scared everyone must have been and how so many people came together and helped out those in need. I guess it just sort of hit
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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All I can say is wow! This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end and I'm glad I received the professionally edited copy so I could read it without any trouble. This book is faced paced, action packed and took me on an emotional ride.

I loved Celiane, she had a dry sarcastic sense of humor which I adored and made me laugh on occasions She was also strong willed and determined but Sara cleverly
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just begin by saying that I loved this book. I've haven't read a book that touched me so much in a very long time. "Enigma Black" was a brilliantly woven story that sucked me right in. The interplay between the first person narrative and the third person narrative kept us in loop with all the characters. A mix of thriller, suspense, sci-fi and a dash of romance kept me up all night.

Some of the scenes were so strong and touching, I
Ok, I had a very long review written that I decided not to post because it was just mean... The bottom line is that indie authors should be willing to shell out a few bucks to have their work edited prior to publication. Too many errors and poor turns of phrase will ruin a good story.
K.M. Galvin
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. So GD original! HOW have I missed this book?! Its a hybrid book, which threw me for a minute because how in the world would all these genre's mesh? It's science fiction, dystopian, romance, and political thriller all rolled into one. And guess what? It was awesome! I'm so glad Sara asked me to read this because I was getting seriously desensitized by the whole dystopian genre. How does it work in the literary world again? Oh yes, something gets
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Obviously - given my rating - I love this book. I was torn between a 4 and a 5 star.

I am leaning toward a 5 star but there were a few issues for me that made it a 4 star. Mind you - I LOVED the story overall.


The plot was brilliant, and totally sucked me in. I love stories that are pure escapism - and this was one of those. There were plenty of twists and turns (which I love) . Some were predictable but others weren't. I was not expecting what happened in the last few chapters at all -
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Ms. Burr, for providing me a copy in exchange for a review.

Enigma Black is mysterious and filled with action and suspense. The blurb Goodreads has provided doesn't do this book justice. The blurb tells you nothing about what's going on in this book or what the real idea is. When I was reading, I realized that I didn't know what direction the book was going so that left me a bit wary and unsettled. I like to have an idea of what I'm gettinginto before reading, and the lack of
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‘Enigma Black’ by Sara Furlong Burr is a high-powered urban, science fiction story that includes romance, heart break, action and even cause to stop and think. Just how easily would Americans give up their freedom if they thought it were the price they had to pay for safety?

Set in a future time when a series of horrific terrorist attacks wrack the nation, Celaine, the survivor of one such attack, is given the opportunity to actually achieve the vengeance she promised the rest of her family after
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for giving a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

This book was really different, and I mean that in a good way. It was part sci-fi, part dystopian, and part romance. I love how cleverly all those genres were mixed almost seamlessly into one book. It made for an action-packed, intense, and interesting story that won't be forgotten any time soon.

The main character, Celaine, was pretty awesome. I really liked her, and she's one of the few female
Colleen Bratley
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sara created a character that even when she exasperated you, you're admiration and hope for her was not deterred. The story was drawn to keep you wanting to know what happened next. It is a can't put it down just yet book, until you get to the end, which obviously won't be until the sequel is in your hands and read.
The story line is interesting, intriguing and emotional. The characters give an emotional connection whether it's dislike, love, or hatred. You become invested in what they are
Matt Holgate
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
‘Enigma Black’ REVIEW - A Solid Start to a Super-Hero Tale

You don't have to like super hero books to like 'Enigma Black' by Sara Furlong Burr - it's a solid read whether it's your genre or not. (It's barely a hop, skip and a jump from the fantasy and horror genres I like, so I'm all in.)

I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. At its heart, this novel asks you - via likable protagonist Celaine Stevens - the question: What would you do if you were given a choice to right the
Shaun Lehmkuhl
An unlikely heroine. A mass murderer who's frustrated the President so effectively he greenlights a decision that would (if publicly known in our world) create national panic, not to mention having a moniker so ominous it becomes a parallel for his taste of art. Wise-cracking, techie virgins and the perfect balance of human tragedy and triumph. That's Enigma Black for you, and Sara Burr whips up a story where diverse characters and situations can thrive. Enigma accomplishes an appeal to many ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Action, political conspiracies, and romance. An excellent read!

I'm not a big fan of superhero stories, but I really enjoyed Enigma Black. As I read it I found myself very engrossed in the story in a way that I felt a connection with the characters and cared about the fate of each of the them. The author did a great job of character building and moving the story along.

Even if you're not into superhero stories, like me, if you enjoy action, romance, sci-fi, conspiracies, humor, or all of the
Justine Winans
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning of the novel, Enigma Black will have you captivated, at the edge of your seat, desperately and continuously reading the pages until you reach the end. The story is well-written, action-packed, and heart-wrenching, and I couldn't have asked for more.

Not many times do you see characters this well-developed. Celaine is the kind of character that the reader can connect to. That you might think wow, that sounds like something I would say, which allows you to connect to the
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I learned about this book through the Read it and Reap program, and I’m so glad I did! I am a huge fan of dystopian books, and Enigma Black is a great addition to that genre. As I was reading the book, it dawned on me that this could actually happen to a country or group of people; that freaked me out! The plot kept me interested, and I kept telling myself one more chapter…that didn’t end well when I was still up reading at 3am. I connected with the characters and was sad when the main ...more
After a somewhat slow start, by Chapter 3 this book became engrossing and I got caught up in the adventure. Celaine is easy to like, and I had no difficultly relating to her, even with the heart-breaking decisions that were forced upon her. The secondary characters interacted with Celaine in believable ways, adding greater depth to this story of revenge and retribution. Determined to follow-up on a pledge made years earlier on the darkest day of her life, Celaine adopts a whole new persona and ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Think sci-fi, lost romance, and lots of fighting sequences mixed together to create an action packed dystopian novel. Starting as a normal, spoiled teenager, Celaine Stevens' life ends at 17 with the death of her family. Years later, she is faced with leaving the love of her life or getting revenge on the mad man who killed her family; the mad man who continues to wreck havoc in the United States with terroristic bombings and killings.

The novel follows her choice and its consequences. After
Karen Perkins
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
There has been a series of bombings across the USA, perpetrated by 'The Man in Black', and Celaine's family has been caught up in one of the most devastating, changing Celaine's life irrevocably. This is powerful and emotive storytelling and we are drawn into Celaine's world from the start as she tries to put her life back together.
The trauma to Celaine's life is mirrored in the changes to the USA as the country and all it stands broken by these relentless attacks and the USA descends
Sharon Stevenson
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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'Enigma Black' is the story of Celaine, a young woman who must leave behind her friends and the man who loves her to avenge the loss of her family at the hands of a mass-murdering villain.

This book tells a classic superhero tale, with major sacrifices being made by Celaine on her way to becoming a hero capable and strong enough to fight the man who killed her parents. I was quickly absorbed in the story and found the main characters easy to like. There were some good twists and turns throughout
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Actual rating: 3.5 - 4

I received an ecopy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you.

First of all I would like to praise the writing style. It flowed so perfectly and the pace was fast (just how I like it) and the writing was entertaining and GOOD! So I was very pleased.

The story was very interesting and it kept me guessing throughout the entire book.
I actually liked the science fiction aspect of the book .. which surprised me a lot, because normally I’m not a big
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. It tells the story of a girl who lost everything in the devastation occurring in our country. Ten years later she leaves what she's managed to gain back in life to seek vengeance for her family. This story had me captivated from the prologue and kept my interest throughout. Ms. Burr wrote this book at a fast moving pace and tied in politics and aspects of society seamlessly, keeping everything packed with either action or heart wrenching scenes that will make you feel ...more
Kevin Berry
I liked the sound of Enigma Black and it lived up to the promise. It's a nicely-paced action story that kept me turning the pages. The main character, Celaine, from whose point of view most of the story is told, is likeable and believable as a character. Having suffered much personal tragedy with the deaths of her entire family at the hands of the terrorist The Man In Black, Celaine rebuilds a perfect, happy life, before being offered an opportunity to join a group committed to stopping the ...more
Selina Liaw
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Enigma Black is a fast, heart pounding story.

It started out nice and easy but in the end, it was explosive!

A truly great read. I am so glad that I passed up the opportunity of a movie night for a book night. :D

There's elements of political struggle, conspiracy theories about the government, romance and death.

I really got attached to the main character, Celaine because she has been through a lot. I really admire her strong character
Kathryn Romeo
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was truly blown away by Enigma Black, and cannot wait for the sequel! Dystopian stories are by far my favorites, but this one made stood out as a new favorite.

Sara Furlong Burr's writing is wildly imaginative and filled with snark and wit. The characters are brilliantly developed throughout the story making them come alive in settings described with such imagery that you feel a part of the story. Enigma Black is filled with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the way until
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enigma Black is aimed at the YA market and I'm far past that, but I really enjoyed it. The characters are well drawn and I liked the heroine and her friends (and co-workers). It's science fiction with political intrigue and a love story. All through the book, I wanted to know what happens next. In fact, since it's a series, I want to know what happens in the next book. Enigma Black is a book with a lot of excitement and a lot of heart. Even if you're not a 'young adult,' you should check it out. ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really like this book and it kind of reminded me of V for Vendetta and i loved that movie. I thought that it was well written and i really like most of the characters. I was really sad when (view spoiler) i did not want that to happen at all i wanted him to get together with Celiene. There was also some funny dialogue and cam was funny in his chessey way. I was also sad at the end but i cant wait for ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was the perfect book to kick off my summer! Fun, not too heavy, and with a strong female lead.

We meet Celaine just before her world is turned upside down, and then we follow her as she grapples with a less friendly environment. Who is The Man in Black, the world's terrorist? What is his agenda? Is the President making the right calls as personal freedoms are curtailed? Celaine is pulled into protecting her country, community, and loved ones in this fast-paced YA thriller.

If you like
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite some grammatical issues, Enigma Black is an easy read steeped in timely political drama. With an apocalyptic theme, Enigma Black tells the story of Celaine Steven's quest for revenge on the man who murdered her family. The writing sometimes slows and it can be difficult to stay focused. I began to care less about Celaine and more about her partner in retribution, Blake Cohen. Celaine often comes across whiny when she's trying to be witty. However, I have to give Ms. Burr props for ...more
Maggie Thom
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book that makes you wonder what you'd give up for revenge. Celaine chose to give up everything for payback for those who killed her family. She goes on an interesting journey whereby she gains some superhuman skills. It is a story that is a slow burn that keeps you guessing where it's heading. The plot had some interesting twists and didn't generally go where I had predicted. Celaine becomes this kick-ass woman that gave up so much just so she could keep a ten year old promise but ...more
Eileen Thornton
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Celaine is a child her family are killed in a terrorist explosion in a shopping mall. Ten years later, she still hasn't come to terms with her loss. Therefore when Celaine is given the opportunity to avenge their death, she doesn't hesitate even though she knows her life will never be the same again.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was hooked from the first chapter, wanting to know how Celaine was going to cope with her new life, away from her friends and the wonderful man in her
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Sara Furlong Burr is an award-winning author of contemporary, dystopian, and young adult romance filled with angst and wit. Sara was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Labrador, lively corgi, three judgmental cats, and a guinea pig named George. When she's not writing, Sara enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her ...more

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