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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Also! It's great to read a b ...more
Received Via: NetGalley.com
Why this book?
It seemed interesting
What I thought
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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...more
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...more
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 ...more
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...more
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
Full review on my blog to come soon; gabbytheblogger.blogspot.com
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 ...more
But Jessica isn’t the only new arrival at Brunesfield. The enigmatic ...more
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 ...more