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Burn

(Four Sisters #2)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  70 reviews
As a child, Elanor was stolen from her parents, stripped of her magic, and kept prisoner in the Wicked Queen’s tower. After being rescued by the rebels, Elanor dedicated her life to abolishing the Wicked Queen’s power once and for all.

Now things are changing in the rebel camp. Elanor’s friends are leaving—giving up the fight and going to live peacefully on the northern bor
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I know how to fight.”




This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as Stray.

I was quite surprised when I realised that this book followed Elanor rather than Aislynn, and I actually had to go back to the first book to try and work out who Elanor even was! (She was one of the orphans that Aislynn helped rescue). I found it quite difficult to warm to Elanor though,
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Alyssa
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Burn by Elissa Sussman
Book Two of the Four Sisters series
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Gifted ARC

Summary (from Goodreads):

After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secr
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Candace Robinson
At first I was disappointed to know Aislynn wasn't going to be the main character in this book, but I still really enjoyed it. This one definitely felt more emotional than stray, and I really need to know what happens next!
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Burn (1)

An interesting story following a girl named Elanor, part of a group of Orphans living in a mountain, who wants more than anything to see the Wicked Queen gone from power. I never read the first book, thought I owned it, I never got around to it. I enjoy fairy tales, so I was actually a little bummed to find out I missed out on the first book, thought all was not lost, that just means I will now need to actually read it.

I was glad that Burn could read as a standalone, though I must admit, reading
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Shelley
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Burn is the second installment in the Four Sisters series by author Elissa Sussman. While the first novel in the series featured Princess Aislynn, Burn features one of her rescuers, Elanor. Elanor is a study in contrast from Aislynn. Taken away from her parents at a young age, she was thrown into the Wicked Queen's service for the next 5 years. Later she escaped, and joined a group known as the Orphans, who are
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Sara
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I give you exhibit A, my fawning review of Stray, the exquisite broken fairy tale told by the super talented Elissa Sussman. Please note my adoration for her writing style, amazing world building, and awesome story telling talent. Observe my longing for the second book in this series, my salivating, insatiable greed to have the next book in my hands.

Now observe my heartbreak and crankiness over this book sucking a giant egg.

It's made worse by the beauty and myste
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Ruthsic
After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away. With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, an ...more
Nara
Burn was, unfortunately, quite the mediocre read. There are a lot of things I didn't like about it and very few things I enjoyed.

One of the biggest problems was that I honestly felt like I didn't get to know the characters at all throughout the novel. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but the character development seemed extremely poor, and I just felt nothing about any of the characters. (Except the pet fox. So adorable.) Even when there were big twists that seemed to shock the characters, I ju
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Quina (A Pretty Story)
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Burn revolves around Elanor, a trained Orphan, who appeared in Stray as a helpful rebel to Aislynn. Her background is as opposite as opposite gets compared to the princess. She is haunted by her intertwined past with Queen Josetta and lives as a courageous, cunning warrior who is an expert with a bow and arrow and dagger. Quite different, indeed. She meets Matthias during a rescue mission, and events begin to unravel... Unlike Thackery and Aislynn's slow, innocent connection, it went pretty quic ...more
Andrea Wright
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the series and it took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on. This story is based on one of the other characters point of view that I was not expecting when I started the book. I actually grabbed the first book Stray and skimmed the last chapter to refresh the story in my mind. The concept for the story is great and the writing is easy to read, but this is the second time that the story ends and I feel unsatisfied. Not sure what it is with the way she ends the books. I ...more
Brianna
I have no idea how to feel about this book. When I look back on it I think it may have been better than the first book in theory, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I think this is probably because it was the wrong type of book for what I needed at the time. I gave it the "it was okay" rating because that accurately describes my overall enjoyment, but if you liked Stray, or are a younger ready looking for an entry-level YA novel, be sure to give this a shot :)
Alyson Kent
3.5 again. Enjoyed this one more, though it still had a bit of a jumbled feel to it similar to the first book. But I'm anxious to learn more in the next few books and see if I'm right about a few things.
Cynthia
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to get into, but once I did it was pretty good. I kinda got lost at the ending too.
Fallon
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hope there is a third book!!! Such an amazing world Elissa Sussman has created
Sarah
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I expected that this would pick up where Stray left off....and it did sort of - but it followed an entirely different set of characters. I warmed to Elanor, though at first she was hard to relate to. She's tough and focused on her goals and unapologetic about her rough edges. I loved that she was Bi and eyed up the pretty women and handsome men around her with equal interest. (view spoiler) I liked the plo
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Rachel
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the depth of this book better than the first, though the fairy tale aspects were less present. I thought the way this book tied back to the last one was very good, and I was satisfied with the twists and surprises. There were a couple places where there was a big deal made of events that never come back around in the story, but I also know this is only book 2 of however many there will be. Hopefully, some of those loose ends will be tied up. It wasn't super tight as far as plots and mo ...more
Amanda Bradburn
After loving the first book in this series so much, I was pretty disappointed in this one. It was kind of like when Ms. Sussman wrote Stray, she chopped off the last 300 pages to make Burn. It has been awhile since I read Stray, and I had no idea who people were since the only character I remember from the first book wasn't in this one until halfway through. I couldn't remember any of the characters, what their roles were, what they were fighting against, and where they were. These things weren' ...more
Sarah
Nov 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book said that it was a companion on the cover, not a sequel, so I assumed I would be fine not having read Stray. That was wrong. I was confused about the multitude of useless characters, and even after I figured most of it out, the plot got confusing. However, I couldn't bring myself to care. Further, there are some very adult themes contrasted with extremely childish language.
Jesheckah
A cute book set in an interesting world. I felt like it was missing quite a bit, even if you take the other book into account. The ending wasn't very satisfying either. Still, good writing, it meets my expectations for a basic YA book.
Rin
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing. filled with raw emotions that will both make your head spin and your heart ache.
Leticia
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I can't wait for the next one in the series. I hope it this year. Thank you Elissa Sussman for writing this wonderful stories.
Amanda
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the books that I actually enjoyed reading this year!
Leni Kadali
Not as strong as the first entry in the series and not as satisfying either. A pity, because I was excited to see what would happen in this world.
Kate
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Stayed up late reading; liked almost as much as the first. Hope the contract didn't run out (hate when they do that!).
Brianna Machado
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what the heck was this ending? this book could have been way better tbh.
Katelyn
TW for child abuse. some mentions, realistic portrayal of lingering psychological damage.
Carina Olsen
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I have been waiting for this book for a long time now. Ever since I read Stray just before it was published. I'm so glad to have finally gotten to read this book. And so happy to say that I liked it a whole lot. But three stars for this one. And I have so many thoughts and reasons for that. Shall try to share all of it.

I found the writing in this book to be stunning. Lots of love for it. And the story is pretty exciting too. And I liked this book at all times. But I also had a few issues with th
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: I had really high expectations for this because I loved the first book so much, but unfortunately, I was really disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was still an okay read, it just wasn’t great like the first book.

Opening Sentence: Elanor’s shoulder was bleeding.

The Review:

Elanor is an orphan and her parents were murdered by Josetta, the evil queen who rules their kingdom. After her parents were killed Elanor was forced to work for the Queen
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Nicole Lyon
I was so disappointed that Burn follows Elanor, a character we barely met in the first book of the series, instead of Aislynn. While Aislynn was the main character and sole focus of Stray, we don't even hear her name until 25% of the way into Burn. I wanted more Aislynn; I wanted to pick up on her story.

Elanor's feels like a detour. It feels like more questions than answers. To be fair, we're completely removed from the world of the royals so the academies and fairy godmothers aren't mentioned a
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JoLee

Review first published on Intellectual Recreation.

Burn, the second book in the Four Sisters series, is more of a companion novel than an outright sequel. Stray, the first book in the series, also made my list of favorite debits of the year in 2014. It's a twisted fairy tale with a feminist flare that gives us a new take on fairy godmothers. I eagerly awaited the next addition to this world, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

In Burn Elanor, one of the Orphans who helped Aislynn esca
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