Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell

Publication Date: March 13th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill 
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
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Synopsis: The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.

Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
A dangerous wildfire has started in Orange County, California. Audrey only has twenty minutes to gather her and her families belongings before she has to evacuate her family home. As the days events play out, Audrey looks back on the past three months to the events that have lead her here.

Audrey is a very captivating main character. She really knows how to tell a good story both from the past and the present perspective. Audrey calls herself a loner. She prefers being alone rather than going out to parties and socializing like most teenagers her age. It isn't until her best friend Grace introduces her to Brooks, that she is able to step out of her comfort zone. Brooks is a loner just like Audrey, and they are able to find comfort in one another. There are crazy rumours going around Audrey's school about why Brooks switched schools in his last year, and what is the reason behind his scar. Even though most people are afraid of Brooks, Audrey isn't because he has shown her a side of him that he hasn't to anyone else.

Their romance was absolutely crazy. I don't want to give you any spoilers, but just know that things aren't always what they seem. I am really happy with how Audrey chose to act in this book regarding the romance. Yes she made some mistakes, but no one is perfect, and she eventually learns her lesson. This is a reason why I love Audrey, because she always tries her hardest and ends up doing the right thing when the time comes.

The pace of the book was alright. At first I was a bit confused with how the book switches from present to past tense when Audrey reflects on the past 3 months, but eventually you get used to it. The book started off slow, with Audrey's life and how she meets Brooks, and ends up picking up around two thirds of the way into the book. 

I absolutely loved the setting of this story. The author did an amazing job describing all the different setting that the characters were in. I could picture the scene very clearly and the author uses the perfect amount of descriptions to make it feel real, but not enough to make it boring.

Overall, I loved the main character and I found the story very intriguing. I was a little thrown off by the way the story was written with past/present tense at first, but eventually I got used to it. The pace was alright and the setting was perfect. I will definitely read this author's future books, and I definitely recommend this book to all YA contemporary fans.

Happy Reading,

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this, and am even more interested in the romance, because of the things you mentioned (and didn't mention). Great review!


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