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Burning || Danielle Rollins


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Danielle Rollins

RRP: $17.99


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 her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

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It seems as if I’m the only one who really enjoyed this book. Oh well. Black sheep pride!!!

What I enjoyed about this novel: the juvie setting, the originality, the overall creepiness and the side plot romance. I did not expect myself to stay up so late finishing this book and I no doubtedly want a sequel NOW. Thanks for the open ending Rollins, really gave me anxiety there.


The beginning did begin slowly, giving me time to get to know all the characters. Angela’s love for her brother, Cara’s sassiness, Issie’s sweetness, Peach’s craziness, guard Brody’s merciless nature and guard Mateo’s general hotness. I loved reading the dynamic that happens inside Juvie even though a lot of it did infuriate me. Let’s just say that A LOT of human rights are being breached inside there. Education is not taken seriously by the institutions and they’re simply treated like slaves. CHANGE NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

Okay, back on the book.
Angela isn’t the most vivid character, yes but the highlight of this book for me was the plot. We don’t know how exactly she got to juvie, we know she has an uncaring mother and a very much caring younger brother but other than that, Angela is sort of a bland character. When Jessica enters the facility, crazy stuff happens and it’s pretty obvious from the start that she’s the spotlight of the story. She has some sort of unnatural power that had some deadly consequences – WOO HOO!!! It made the story so much more interesting that I wanted more Jessica and less Angela. Soz Ang. But with Jessica’s arrival comes the arrival of creepy Dr Gruen with a seemingly good proposition for the girls in the facility: a science program. I did not trust her from the very beginning!! She’s very interested with Jessica in the I-want-to-destroy-you-or-use-you-as-a-weapon sort.


Angela soon attaches to Jessica, protecting her like an older sister. It’s very much sweet and heartwarming to read about. Though inevitably, the complication of the plot progresses, placing  danger on everyone in the facility. Some psychopathic stuff happens and all hell breaks loose. I enjoyed the fast paced action combined with the twists and turns – it not only kept me wide awake but also on the edge of my seat. Mateo’s hotness and the girl’s banter added some lightness to the story but overall, it is very dark and creepy. Just my kind of book.

Burning is an original and entertaining book about a hopeful teenaged girl and a misunderstood little girl coming together to find a second chance. It’s dark, mysterious and at the same time deals with juvenile detention issues that need to be addressed.




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