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Burning by Danielle Rollins

After three yeburningars 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 sent an ARC of this book by Bloomsbury in exchange for a fair review. This does not in any way affect my thoughts or opinions of the book.

I have to admit when I first picked up this book, I was extremely hesitant as to whether I was going to like it or not. The blurb on the back says it’s “Orange is the New Black if it were written by Stephen King”. I love Orange is the New Black and I love Stephen King, so I didn’t really want this book to ruin either experience, and I can safely say that it didn’t. I will recommend this book if you are a fan of both those things, because I loved this. It reminded me of OITNB that I imagined that Brunesfield was Litchfield, other than that there was no other comparisons really. There was definitely a Stephen King element, but not to the point where it was too dark or creepy, or that I thought that Stephen King was writing this.

I loved that this was set in a prison–in fact, I do believe that this is the first book that I have read that was based in a prison, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were superbly written, each with their own diverse personality, and I would love to know what happens next to Angela. Without giving away any spoilers, Danielle really leaves us wanting more and I think that another book could be written with Angela’s story!

If I were to nitpick at something that I didn’t like about this book, I think it would have to be the relationship between angela and Officer Mateo. The story could have easily done without it, as it was originally Cara who had the love interest with Mateo, and then all of a sudden, it was like the author went: you know, I think Angela and Mateo would be better. The love interest story between Cara and Mateo was dropped then until the end of the book where Cara “confronts” Angela about it, and more or less just brushes it off. This really annoyed me, and I felt that it could have been done a little better.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has watched Orange Is The New Black, and loves some of the darker elements that can be shown in the show. Fans of Stephen King will certainly enjoy this also, whilst it might not be as dark as the usual Stephen King book. Even if you don’t watch OITNB or read Stephen King, I definitely recommend you check this book out as it is a very entertaining read, and it certainly left me wondering with possibilities of what could happen next!

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