Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

This was a total cover buy. I came across it at the bookstore and I found myself picking it up and reading the synopsis three times before I actually grabbed it. There was something about this book that kept pulling me in. Usually with teen novels I end up purchasing because I read all about them on Instagram and I take the plunge when I can get them for a good deal (and it sounds like something I would read) but this one wasn't really being mentioned when I bought it.

I guess there are some mixed reviews out about this book but I don't think that should deter you from reading it if you find it interesting. As a reviewer of books myself, I know it sounds counter productive to tell you to ignore reviews of a book, but I don't want to sway you any specific way with my reviews. I just want to tell you my thoughts and feelings and let you make your own decision. The decision you make doesn't affect me in any way, either. I just review books because I love talking about them! The point is, I wouldn't take someone's review as a guarantee of what you might feel about a book. It's all relative. 

I liked this book. It wasn't superb or amazing but it was good. By the end I was glued to the page to read more. In fact, I hope there are more in this series coming out because I really want to know what happens next. It may not have blown my socks off but it's keeping me coming back for more. Bit of a mixed bag of emotions from this one. 

I found parts a little slow, like I was hoping for more character development faster than the book was giving it to me. The basics of the story have also been done many, many times before and I did feel like we were being handed bare bones with a new dress on them to dress them up. The dress though, was one hell of a dress.

No complaints about the end and the twists to the story, it was interesting. I actually did like this book. It felt simple at times but it was good.

Recommendation: If this book interests you, then read it. I don't think you'll be

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