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Thursday, June 6, 2013

BBReview: "Star 1: The Burning Star" By Jessie Lane

Genre: Young Adult - Romance/Fantasy
Publishing Date: May 24th, 2012
Page Count: 314
Source: Sent to me by the author
Format: E-Book

Description from Goodreads.com:
*Consider yourself warned: This is a self published book that has not been professionally edited yet. It has grammatical problems. We will have a professionally edited version of this book towards the end of 2013!*

The journey of a lifetime starts in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina and continues into an unbelievable world that exists on the edges of reality. A place where myths and fairy tales are real, and in some cases, deadly. But one teenage girl named Kay will have to brave this new world if she hopes to find a cure for her terminal cancer. She’ll meet a strange, yet beautiful cast of characters along the way, and uncover truths that were long ago hidden.

Before it’s all over, you’ll find out that Kay isn't the only one with problems. Another teenage girl is fighting for her freedom – and her life.

Who will come out alive and whole in the end?


Review:
I am so happy that I finally got to The Burning Star on my never ending list of books I need to read. It was a very quick and interesting read. The beginning really draws you in and is very relate-able. Even though Kay, the main character, has cancer (which probably isn't relate-able to all) she is still a girl that you can connect with because she is young, self conscious, and has a mother worrying about her every move. Even though I got this book for review I didn't feel like I HAD to read it, I just felt like I WANTED to read it because of how light the beginning is. It does get more and more complex as the book goes on, and quick, but the beginning is a perfect calm to start.

I will admit that once I found out that one of the main paranormal creatures of this book was faeries I did take a small reading hiatus. I don't really have anything against faeries, but they just aren't the paranormal creature for me, so I did stop reading for a couple days. When I did come back and continued where I left off I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up liking this book. Faeries do play a big part, but it isn't necessarily the focus, if that makes sense. There are other things going on that really kept me interested.

The characters were very well done. There are 4 characters I want to talk about which is Kay (the main character) Kira (the second "main" character) and the two love interests Ryan and Nick. Kay was great. I absolutely loved her character. I thought she was completely genuine and very easy to relate to. I loved how she never really just went with the flow, she had to think everything through and talk it over with herself. Kira is my overall favorite character. I absolutely loved hearing her story and knowing what was going on in her neck of the woods. I wish there were more parts from her, but I have a feeling there will be more in the second book. I also have a sneaking suspicion, without giving anything away, that in more ways than one Kira and Kay's paths will cross, and I couldn't be more excited to read all about it! Finally is Ryan and Nick. I think these are two really great love interests. They have very different backgrounds, but are both kind of similar and very good guys. They don't really play TOO huge of a role in the book, so they aren't like the main focus, but they still play a good role. I will say that I like Ryan more =)

Finally lets talk about the ending. Such a great ending and a cliffhanger! I honestly thought that I would probably only read The Burning Star and then would leave the series, but after meeting Kira, getting to know Kay more, and then that ending? I have to read more from the series. Like I said I am not a faerie person, but this book has hooked me. Really great ending and it has definitely convinced me to continue on with this series.

Overall:
Really good!! I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters were excellently done and I absolutely loved Kira's character. The ending was great and it has me convinced to stick with the series. I will definitely continue on with this series and I suggest this book to fans of fantasy.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5


**The books cover, description, and info was all found and borrowed from Goodreads.com. A link back to it's Goodreads site has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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