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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  855 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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 ...more
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Published April 5th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Aug 23, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, horror
As much as it pains me to say this because I really love The 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. ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Mar 26, 2014 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: arc
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 i
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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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 th
Cameron Chaney
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2016, series, sci-fi

Burning 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
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). 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 b
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc
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This 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 i
K.A. Linde
Apr 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: dystopian
An urban fantasy thriller that reminded me of Girl, Interrupted meets Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds! Very different and interesting! ...more
rachel ☾
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,
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

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

One in this case is obviously me (and could also be you, IDK how you feel) and I was really excited about this book. The excitement paid off because Burning is a really fucking good book. It is delic
Paula  Phillips
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ov ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
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 o
Lyn *GLITTER VIKING* 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.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

**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 mu

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 h
Jenni Frencham
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 impend
Jan 20, 2016 marked it as dnf
This review was originally posted on Novel Ink

Note: 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

Jen Ryland
Mar 30, 2016 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
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.

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Fatima mehjabin
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Paula  Phillips
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 o
Abby Lewis
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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 to
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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;
Adrianna Baehman
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Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars.
I’m not really sure why this book has got such mixed reviews because I really enjoyed it. Granted, I picked this book up on a complete whim and didn’t look at the reviews at all when I read (my opinion wasn’t influenced) but I was surprised to see how many people couldn’t get through this book.

- I thought the concept was unique and the setting was an interesting one. I enjoyed the character development, especially Angela’s.
- I thought Jessica was interesting but I wish we got more of
Leslie Valle
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angela who has been in juvie for the past three year is so close to being free. That is until she attacks an inmate which causes her 3 months left to be 9 more months of juvie for. There she had her friend Koleen which she mostly had lunch with.After a Month there was a new inmate Jessica which was only ten. Everyone in the facility wanted to know why she had so much security watching her. In the facility Dr.Tempka asks and wants to know the real reason to why Jessica is there. Angela and Jessic ...more
Hazuki Bacon
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Burning was a little weird to be honest and it’s ending was a little disappointing. I thought Jessica and Angela would have finally gotten they’re revenge. This book has a lot of cliffhangers and adrenaline rushing scenes and I recommend it to anyone who likes horror.
Syl Kitten
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Margot McGovern
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
What a way to kick off my 2 Spooky Months 2020! (A challenge that nobody asked for and nobody but me participates in, and yet I am repeating again because it's fall and also I do what I want around here.)

This is one of my favorites since Survive the Night. Once again Rollins' sense of place rules, with the juvie center feeling almost like its own character. The scenes in the maximum security block, although few, give me major Silence of the Lambs vibes. The characters all have great chemistry, w
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