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Amazon Burning

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
When 22-year-old aspiring journalist, Emma Cohen, is forced to flee the comforts of her NYU student life, she maneuvers an internship from her father at his newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. There, Emma is immediately swept into a major news story--and a life-threatening situation--when a famous jungle environmentalist, Milton Silva, is mysteriously murdered.

Emma must now enter
Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 11th 2014 by HighLine Editions
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Dec 19, 2015 marked it as dnf
Recommended to TL by: FirstReads Giveaways.. saw the summary and took a chance:)
Received this via Goodreads FirstReads in an exchange for an honest review.

Tried but just wasn't my thing unfortunately:( The mystery/thriller part was good but didn't care for the romance *shrugs*

Devi Nair
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, kobo
A mystery which keeps you going, a book which you cannot keep down unless you finish it: this is what I can say about this book. Victoria has given an amazing story line and has maintained the story till the very end to ensure absolute interest in the entire story.

Read on at Amazon Burning
Natasha Householder
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book kept me riveted! A great story set in the backdrop of some of Brazil's great cities and of course its magnificent rain forest! A great mystery that kept me guessing until the very end, and all the while I felt embraced by the glory and the peril of the rain forest, its denizens, its advocates and its enemies....a GREAT read.

Review at: One Night Book Stand

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Astor + Blue Editions, LLC & Victoria Griffith for the opportunity!

I love reading NA books . But, Unfortunately, the genre is full of garbage. Yet, I still read, search and hope to find the gems in the genre. Because when I do find it's always worth the trouble. Amazon Burning is one of the good ones and I'm so happy I didn't pass up the opportunity. It was an amazing read and so, ver
It’s been some time since a book has taken me to Brazil. Many people aren’t aware that when all the trees are logged out of the Amazon jungle, there will be no topsoil left. The entire area will become a vast desert. Stripped of the jungle’s resources, the Brazilian economy will collapse. Even worse, global warming will become irreversible. These are the reasons why the struggle of the heroic central characters of Griffith’s book is so urgent. I consider Amazon Burning a very timely red alert. I ...more
Jessica Bronder
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Emma has had some trouble at NYU and has to leave. She decides to go to Rio de Janeiro and intern with her father at his newspaper. While there, environmentalist Milton Silva is murdered and Emma travels to the Amazon with Jimmy to figure out who did it. Along the way, Emma gets mixed up with kidnappers, indigenous tribes, trafficking exotic animals, and other adventures.

I liked the mystery of who killed Milton Silva. There were some good red herrings that kept me guessing until the end about wh
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An extremely well written and enjoyable novel, especially for a new author. The characters are well defined with great personality traits. The story is about a young lady called Emma, an intern for her dads newspaper. She is immediately thrust into a large story involving a mysterious murder. She travels to the Amazon looking for answers where her nightmare begins with kidnappers and all kinds of mayhem. The backdrop for the Rainforest is well depicted with beauty that surpasses gorgeous scenic ...more
Richard Voorhees
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Victoria Griffith’s new mystery novel, "Amazon Burning," offers readers a marvelously unsettling ride—richly imagined, sexy, suspenseful, politically engaged, tragic, paradoxical. The story’s protagonist, Emma Cohen, a young and relatively naïve journalist, is both gutsy and endearingly vulnerable. (The girl can’t help it. And neither can the boy.) As for the author, she clearly takes great pleasure in leading her heroine thousands of miles off the beaten path… from New York to Rio de Jan ...more
4.5 rating
Got introduced to the Amazon with this mystery thriller.

From the city locals to the indigenous people of the Amazon described, you can get a sense of the culture and lifestyle. Although, this story leans towards the darker and sad side of things.

The main character, Emma, starts out as a strong and spunky character and continues to grow into a stronger and mature young woman due to life threatening experiences and exposure to the ugly side of life in this story.
Angie Hilbert WanderLit
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wanderlit-2014
This book convinced me that I like the "new adult" genre.
Now that the weather is getting cold, taking a literary trip to Brazil was the perfect getaway!

You can read my full review on WanderLit here:
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My mom's book coming out soon!
Andrea Hussey
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of this review.

Amazon Burning
by Victoria Griffith tells the thrilling story of aspiring journalist Emma Cohen and her journey into the Amazon to uncover the truth behind the death of prominent environmentalist Milton Silva. Emma is in Rio de Janerio interning with her father when news of Milton's death reaches them. Hopping aboard a plane with her father and newspa
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I actually wasn't as impressed by this novel as I was hoping to be. It's somewhat misleading in its plot and can be a bit boring at times too. Which means that this just isn't my type of novel at all, and I was so hoping that it would be. However, the genre just wasn't what I thought it be and the cover is at fault for making me believe in such.

After a mishap in New York Emma is advised to make herself scarce. A task that Emma is all too glad to do if it means getting away from the press. So whe
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
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First things first, I love the Amazon Jungle. I’ve even written a few essays about Indigenous people. And of all the years I’ve been reviewing books, I’ve never once been asked to review one set in the Amazon Jungle. So needless to say, I was really happy when this arrived in my inbox.

The plot for this story is unique and intriguing. And, of course, the setting was one of the highlights for me. There’s a murder mystery going on amongst a ton of
Sherre Copeland
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Amazon Burning was a fast paced book filled with Amazonian adventures, new adult lust, and intriguing characters. It was certainly a wild ride.

Our main character is Emma, a 22 year old, wannabe journalist with somewhat uncontrollable sexual tension and a need to keep that tension under control. She's running from a sexual harassment/rape case against her college professor in New York where she's been perceived as the one to blame, and thus, she must become the definition of innocence. Her mind t
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued from the beginning with the mystery of who killed Milton Silva, the environmental activist with a lot of history fighting for the salvation of the Amazon Rainforest. The story takes you on the heart pounding adventure of an aspiring journalist, Emma, who after some trouble at her school, NYU goes to live with her father, a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When the news of Milton’s murder is released she accompanies her father to the small town of Boa Vista in the Amazon to r ...more
Amazon Burning is a murder mystery set in the jungle with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I was actually a little surprised after reading it and then seeing the description again saying it is a YA book. I did not get that impression while reading it at all. I would definitely classify it as an adult novel as it has a lot of violence and some heated romance. Plus I don't feel like any of the characters are 'young adults' either.

I did enjoy the story in this one but the writ
Katie King
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Victoria Griffith’s new young adult novel is how brilliantly she weaves colorful and precise detail about Brazil into her tale of murder and suspense. While the plot makes this a fantastic page-turner, descriptions of the places, people and issues giving readers a glimpse into many aspects of this fascinating country. The story is about a young American journalism student who is spending the summer with her reporter father in Brazil. He takes her along to cover the shocking sto ...more
David Mcmullen
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting look at the Amazon and how the ecological habitation is affected by corporations that wants to destroy the environment and how some people who falls in love with each other tries to put a stop to the actions that is destroying the environment. Pretty good love story about the ecology and Amazon as well as how it affects people when greed of money overrules common sense.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written and great story line and perfect young adult fiction. Characters were very realistic and just enough drama to keep one interested. I would love to see some adult fiction from this writer - have her dig deeper and make the intrigue and drama a little more.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-readers
I was thrilled to have won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

A great mystery book with several red herrings. My knowledge of the Amazon Jungle is very limited, and I can now say that I know a lot more than I did. Hope to read more books by Victoria Griffith.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Won this book in the first read giveaway. Loved it!
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An action pact murder mystery set in the amazon with some romance the character are like able. An enjoyable read thanks to goodreads first reads for the free book
Jennifer Spencer
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
thrilling YA debut that is hard to put down, expert detail that takes you right into the Amazon for a wild ride
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I was captivated from the beginning and enjoyed reading about Emma and her journey to the Amazon and career as a journalist.
She flies to Boa Vista with her dad and she's glad she doesn't have to stay with his wife!
She meets the photographer Jimmy who works with her dad. Will they get along??

There researching a story on how Milton Silva was shot. It's a dangerous story to follow and has a lot of mystery and action and keeps you wondering what happened to him.

Will t
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I signed on to read this book because it was pitched as a YA mystery / thriller which was what initially piqued my interest. In reality, I'd say that it would be more accurately described as a romance (cue cheese) with undertones of mystery and intrigue. There were lots of references to "warmth in her belly" at the "touch of his thigh" and "lingering glances at droplets of water on her chest" that really just made me groan, they were so awkward, so typically "romance-novel". I have never heard a ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is different from what I usually read. I usually only read paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi books. The only realist thrillers I’ve read recently were murder mysteries or about hackers. In Amazon Burning the main character Emma is an aspiring reporter and is interning with her reporter father in Brazil. I really enjoyed the setting in this book. It was the most appealing thing and the reason why I said I was interested. The different animals and plants that I’ve only seen in picture or in ...more
Christine Staszko
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Based on the cover and the title you might, like I did, assume this is just some romantic chick lit book chronicling the many "burning" sexcapades of the main characters in the Amazon. Well sir or madam you would be mostly wrong. There are some steamy scenes, I will admit, but that is not at all what holds this story up; it merely adds a little bit of extra spice! The murder mystery, Emma's sticky situation back at NYU, and the twisted characters of the underworld of Brazil are what keep you rea ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this, because it was pitched as being more of a mystery/thriller than the standard contemporary NA novel. I have mixed feelings about this. It's definitely action-packed with lots of twists and turns, but the execution was a little awkward. I think this is because the writing was a little stilted and clumsy at times.

I also have some other reservations:

- While I thought the plight of the Amazon rainforests was well-presented, I was a little uncomfortable with the
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New Adult Book Club: #25/15 ~ Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith 16 61 Sep 03, 2015 09:55AM  
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After some disastrous stints as a banker and a waitress, I decided to become a writer. For many years, I was a journalist. I had lots of fun cooking lunch for Julia Child, hanging out with Yanomami Indians in Brazil and following the space program. Now, I'm a full-time author.
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“We’d better let Emma get in the front,” Jimmy said to Mike as he took Carlos’s place behind the wheel.
Mike looked surprised at this suggestion. “She’s got shorter legs than mine. I think she’s fine.”
“I can’t ride Sao Paulo style, Mike. I’m from Rio.”
To Emma’s surprise, Mike conceded.
“In Sao Paulo, they put men in the front, ladies in the back,” Jimmy explained, offering Emma one of his full-face smiles as she switched places with her father. “In Rio, we know better.”
“So it looks like I’ll be stuck hugging a photograph.”
“I’m sorry,” Emma said. “No, that’s not true. I’m glad. I want you to miss me desperately.”
“I think you’ll get your wish,” Jimmy said. “When will you come back?”
“Next summer, definitely, whether Dad wants me to come or not. I’ll be an independent girl with a college degree. Maybe some paper like the Miami Herald or the LA Times will offer me a job. In the meantime, we have the National Geographic piece to pull together. We can still be a team.”
“Be warned that I may come after you.”
“If you do, there’s something I want you to bring me.”
“Sure. Anything,” Jimmy said, “as long as it’s not some kind of exotic pet. What?”
“This.” Emma took Jimmy’s face in her hands and looked straight in his eyes. She then placed her lips on his and gave him a kiss. It was a kiss that erased the pain and eradicated the bad memories, a kiss that left nothing but joy and a promise for things to come.”
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