Burning by Danielle Rollins
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on April 5th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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?
I was half way through this book before I found out that Danielle Rollins was Danielle Vega, the author of The Merciless and Survive the Night. While that was interesting to learn, I will be honest – it made me hesitate for a minute. I wasn’t exactly the hugest fan of The Merciless. I think it was a bad case of over-hype, and as an obsessive fan of horror, I held onto that hype, but alas, in the end I was let down. There were some things that aggravated me. But overall I will admit it was the first horror of it’s kind for YA (as far as blood and gore levels go, in my experience), and I actually find myself anticipating the next book in the series. It’s so strange. So I had no idea what to expect or how I was going to feel about this book by the end.
Burning was a surprisingly easy, quick read. The setting – a girls juvenile prison- was very interesting. I don’t recall reading a book set in such a place. I really liked the main character, Angela, though strangely, looking back, I feel like we didn’t get her whole backstory…. hmmm. I also really liked the love interest, though I don’t think it was totally necessary. Like the book sill could have been equally as good without it. But he was adorable, so I’ll take it. He is another story line that didn’t exactly wrap up… hmmm.
The paranormal aspect was pretty great. But again, there is so much unanswered in regard to that situation.
I feel like the author has definitely left these story line and the ending open to leave the possibility for a sequel of some kind. It has too be. There are just too many unfinished, unanswered things (this is what actually made me see the similarity in writing style to The Merciless).
I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely be open to the idea of a sequel. I need answers!