Burn

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Book One of the Elementally Evolved series

Set in a world that closely resembles our own, Burn is a story of redemption and betrayal, of family and sacrifice, which leads to the greatest question of all: how far would you go to save the ones you love?

Fifteen years ago, Felix Paracel killed his mother with fire that shot from his hands. Since then, he has hidden from forces bent on exploiting him and his fire and wind Elemental abilities. But ...

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Overview

Book One of the Elementally Evolved series

Set in a world that closely resembles our own, Burn is a story of redemption and betrayal, of family and sacrifice, which leads to the greatest question of all: how far would you go to save the ones you love?

Fifteen years ago, Felix Paracel killed his mother with fire that shot from his hands. Since then, he has hidden from forces bent on exploiting him and his fire and wind Elemental abilities. But Felix's world is about to change, because he is Findo Unum-the Split One-and his coming has been foretold for generations.

Though Felix's arrival brings great joy to the Elemental world, it also heralds a coming darkness. No one knows this better than Seven.-Seven, the mysterious man who rescued Felix from that horrible fire years ago and then disappeared; Seven, who has returned to claim what's rightfully his: Felix's heart. But even as Felix begins to trust Seven and his feelings about his place in the world, the darkness reveals itself, bringing consequences no one could have predicted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613723555
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Series: Elementally Evolved Series
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,110,665
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    I’ve been thinking about Burn for several days since I fin

    I’ve been thinking about Burn for several days since I finished reading it—and when I think about a book for days, that’s something I make note of. I loved this story and the characters: main, secondary and tertiary.

    Why have I been thinking so much about Burn? Well, there are several reasons actually.

    I’ll start first with the premise. A sentient being/tree creates the four elements: earth, air, water and fire. The elements in turn create the world, sharing with some of the humans a bit of their magic. An interesting premise and it’s original. How cool is that?

    Then there are the characters. Felix is our main protagonist and narrator. Despite how others have viewed Felix’s cynical and sarcastic personality, I like him. The guy had a rough start. Betrayal, fear and anger helped shape his personality. Throw in a healthy dose of survival instinct and you’ve got a character filled with conflict.

    Next we meet Seven. Yep, that’s his real name. He’s a huge kid that turns into a giant of a man. And he has to be big and strong in order to protect his heart mate Felix. Seven is smart, driven and totally in control of himself and everything else he can organize to the nth degree. Since he has to be to keep his heart mate safe, I’d say he’s the perfect guy for the job.

    My favorite secondary characters are of course Jason, Otis and Amy. (I so totally want to be a badass chick like Amy when I grow up!) They are all good friends, and prove over and over the depth of their loyalty. The tertiary characters add to the story as well. Tick and Tock are hilarious, sometimes in a “you’re a funny pain in the neck” kind of way. Felix’s dad, the council, even Ned and Kammy all served specific purposes during their time on the page.

    So, let’s discuss another element that readers are of a divided mind over: the romance. Is it necessary? Is it an integral part of the storyline? I thought so. When characters make me believe the relationship is real, emotionally it comes from the heart, the author’s established a visceral connection with me and I’ll gladly follow along for the ride.

    And let’s not forget the ending. The final hours/pages where Klune pulls every foreshadowed event, miniscule bread crumb trails and dangling threads together in a brilliant ah-ha, holy-freaking-wow-I-did-NOT-see-that-coming conclusion. Major kudos for doing the near impossible.

    Now where does this book fit as far as a genre? I don’t know. Klune combined all of these elements to create one heck of an urban fantasy with romantically erotic elements. Is that a category? Can it be a new category? Sometimes thinking outside the box pays off, and it did in this instance. Burn works for me no matter the genre it’s placed in.

    I bet you’re asking, if I’m shouting this loud for this long, why only 4 stars instead of 5. The answer is execution.

    While I loved each of the different elements I described above, there were moments along the way that could have been written better or completely left out. Take Seven’s description, for instance. We learn early on he had ocean blue eyes. Unfortunately, we read that over and over and over.

    Then there’s the alpha, seriously dominant side of Seven’s personality. That didn’t bother me as much as the constant high intensity nature of his demands. Seven was too intense the entire book. There needed to be some moments when he wasn’t in order to offset the emotion.

    Plus, any time Felix was more than five feet from Seven he freaked out. I don’t know about you, but that would drive me bonkers—and in the totally opposite direction just to get a little peaceful space. Were there reasons for each of these specific personality traits? Absolutely. But I think they could have been shaped a little more to give the story better flow and pacing.

    Seven’s other sexual exploit surprised me. It was a good twist. I even mostly understood the reason behind it and the connection to the story. My problem was actually with Felix’s sexual exploits—of which there were many. I got that, but what bothered me was the fact that Felix never once recognized, vocalized or even apologized to Seven for hurting him—unintentionally as it were. Maybe it’s my romantic heart feeling for Seven, but there it is.

    Will any of the things that bothered me keep me from reading Mr. Klune’s next installment in the Elementally Evolved series? NO freaking way! I can’t wait to read what happens next for Felix and Seven and the rest of the gang. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait long!

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

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    What drew me in was the supernatural premise but the story turne

    What drew me in was the supernatural premise but the story turned out to be epic. This is a great book for anyone who like a little fantasy to accompany their thrill rides.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Wonderful in concept and execution.  Tough book to put down. I

    Wonderful in concept and execution.  Tough book to put down.
    I wish there had been more in the story about Felix's mother and interaction
    with his father.  But, hey....  It's only the first in the series.  To understand
     the love story of this book you must allow yourself to believe in a love similar
    to love at first sight.  Can't wait for all the books to follow!  Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Must read

    I have read hundreds of books and yet TJ Klune's stories remain indelible in my mind. Sooo good. The writing is real and every word reaches out and grabs you. I was unsure before reading but am so grateful for giving this a go. I'll come back to this tale again and again. Innovative, this and his other stories are truly some of the best in this genre yet i feel it unfair to limit these stories to any genre. Heart pounding. Riveting. Just read Burn and when you get the chance try Into This River I Drown

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