Published by Bloomsbury USA on April 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Social Issues, Friendship, Law & Crime
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Tucked away, deep in the woods, Brunesfield Correctional Facility's cold walls and empty hallways keep dangerous girls away from the world . . . girls like Angela Davis, whose fate was determined by one bad decision.
After a few years in juvie, Angela is finally close to her release, but everything changes the day a new warden with dark plans takes over. Angela knows evil when she sees it, and as strange disappearances and frightening incidents happen more and more frequently, it becomes clear that Brunesfield could be the end of them. Angela and her friends must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves from very place keeping them locked away?
From the author of The Merciless comes an atmospheric thriller rich with secrets and conspiracies that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Burning by Danielle Rollins takes place in the Brunesfield Correctional Facility, which houses dangerous girls who aren’t sentenced to prison. Angela Davis is one of those girls, except she’s scheduled to get out in three months. Until Brunesfield receives a new occupant. One with strange and deadly abilities. The race is on to see if Angela will make it out alive. There’s actually a lot more to the story, but revealing it would ruin the surprise. Rollins weaves a lot of suspense in this horror yarn, that it would be a shame to spoil it. However, I discuss how well it was written.
Rollins weaves together a strong horror story mixed with suspense, mystery, and lots of interesting characters. Plus, the fact that the story takes place inside a correctional facility added to the horror. I love the doubt Rollins plans in the reader’s mind about whether this story is about a monster, a person, or something else strange. Not only that, but this isn’t just a story about weird goings on at a facility. At it’s heart is a mystery surrounding the strange events, and how they may be connected to the new girl. I love a good mystery, and the many twists and turns of the story kept me riveted.
As for the characters, I really thought Angela was a strong protagonist. Angela was also a mystery, as the reader’s learn more and more about her story as the plot moves forward. Still, despite not knowing as much about her as some of the other girls, I thought Angela came across as highly complex. With only three months to go until her release, I kept rooting for her to stay on the straight and narrow so she didn’t get her release date postponed.
At this time I don’t know it this is a standalone story or part of a new series, but the ending is a cliffhanger, and leads me to believe this will be a series. I sure hope so! Burning hooked me immediately, and the big reveal about what was really happening left me wondering what will happen next. Not to mention the cliffhanger. The last thing I need is to begin another series, but this is one I’ll definitely keep an eye out for.