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With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet ...
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn't the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.
Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.
Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira's master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?
WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.
Posted June 2, 2014
I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review:
This was a very fast and fun YA read. With fairies, werewolves, and all kinds of fun creatures. It's full of romance, mystery, and suspense.
I really liked all the characters in this. It switched POVs nearly every chapter, so it was fun to get insight into all of them. I really loved Kay and Kira. Kay never failed to make me laugh and I really liked how strong and determined Kira is.
I saw the ending coming a mile away but it was still a really fun read. It does end on sort of a cliffy so you'll definitely want book 2 handy.
I look forward to reading more in this series.
Posted March 25, 2014
I don't do spoilers, so if the synopsis alone doesn't make this book a must read for you, read through the reviews posted here, I'm sure it will make your decision to buy much easier!
I don't generally enjoy YA books, but this one drew me in and kept me hooked until the last page.
The plot line is creative and keeps you guessing, there are a few twists and turns along the way and an ending I never saw coming.
I cannot wait for the second book to jump right back into the story and see where it goes from here.
I did find myself becoming quite attached to secondary characters as well, not just Kay, Nick and Ryan, I'm waiting for more Kira & Kane as well.
Posted September 1, 2013
I was immediately drawn into this book by the blurb. The main character was seriously ill. It was something I hadn't experienced much in the books I normally read. I really appriciated the fact that the author broke off from the YA norm. This MC wasn't perfect.
Still, even with the illness, I thought Kay handled herself with surprising grace. She just wanted to live life for as long as she could and I really admired her for that. I could also really relate with how she was feeling in the book when she was around Ryan and Nick. She wasn't confident and sure of herself. She was a little shy and nervous about what they would think of her and I thought that was great. In a story with a lot of craziness and magic, it was nice to have some normalcy with things like the character's love life.
I enjoyed her relationship with the other supporting characters. The love triangle between her, Ryan, and Nick played out well though I did feel like the story could have done without it. Still, I was torn between both boys while reading, something that doesn't normally happen with me. Usually, I love one guy and hate the other but with this book I was completely undecided. Besides the love interests, Kay had a great relationship with Brendan, too. He was a great secondary character and I loved every scene that he was in!
I wasn't totally crazy about the writing style. I felt like it could have used some more editing and development. I caught a few grammar and spelling mistakes throughout. However, those small mistakes didn't make the story line confusing. Everything was still clear.
The plot line was interesting and I was really excited about the twists Jessie Lane put on faeries and the creatures that come along with them. I thought that the twists really made this story unique.
With an exciting take on faeries and an interesting plot and good female protagonist, this series is one I will definitely continue. I'm excited to see where the author takes Kay and the gang next.
Posted June 6, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2012
I have to admit, the biggest reason I chose to read this book is the cover. I am a cover whore and I absolutely loved the cover. I am not a fan of fantasy, but figured there was enough realness to the story I would be okay.
I loved the beginning when Kay meets Ryan and the mysterious surrounding exactly what she saw in the woods. Oh and then she meets another young man the next morning, Nick, and is finding herself booked with dates. I enjoyed the idea of the other world and how it fit in with Kay and what she had been experiencing in her own life prior to coming to Asheville. As the story unfolds, it does fit nicely together and keeps the momentum going.
My least favorite characters were Kira and the Cat. I just couldn’t get into them and wasn’t sure how they fit in the story.
Overall it was a good story. I would recommend this to older teens as there is some foul language, but not too over the top.
Posted November 3, 2012
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I feel like a fan-girl, but I am adding Jessie Lane to my authors to watch list.
We jump right in getting to know Kay from the beginning, but it’s not too descriptive. Lane shows and tells us necessary information but she found the perfect balance. At first, I thought The Burning Star might fall into the cliched boy meets girl, instant love, etc…but the author broke that mold quickly.
Kay has cancer and she and her mom have just moved, again. Kay tries to hide the pain from her mother; she puts on a brave face so as not to worry her mom. Kay is not a cliched lead character. I appreciated her strength, sarcasm, and realism. I love knowing what’s going on in her head because it’s usually damn funny. She’s a self-deprecating spitfire who won’t take crap from anyone.
There’s a lot going on in Kay’s new world. She meets Ryan and Nick right away, having no idea that they are not what they seem. Once she meets them it’s as if her world goes on fast-forward. She learns about beings she’d only previously read about. Kay is being given so much information about herself and the “other” world, it’s overwhelming. She held her ground, took things in stride. I felt she handled it well, considering her foundation was knocked out from under her.
Kay carefully considers her choices. They weigh on her mind as she tries to understand the far-reaching affects her choices could have on others. She shows a great deal of maturity in how she considers Nick’s offer of protection.
Lane keeps the reader’s attention with her clever plot twists and her vivid imagery. Lane lays out the world of supernatural beings and their customs. I think this might be the best book I’ve read describing the other realms and races of supernatural beings and their ancestry. I especially loved the back-story of the wolves.
The points of view change frequently but not in a confusing way. I felt the character development was heightened by being in their head. It also allowed us to know what the enemy was up to. Kay is the lead character but we get to know Nick, Ryan, Kira and Kane as well.
In fact, I’ve become attached to Kira as well and cannot wait to know more of her story. Kira’s story is sad and one I understand well as I dealt with an abusive parent. Her strength of character was impressive. She manages to go on despite not having any kindness or love in her life.
I would suggest this book to everyone because it has a bit of everything. There’s enough male humor for the guys and just enough femininity for the girls. It’s a well written book with a solid story line. In my opinion it’s a must read. I intend to make sure I follow the series.
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Posted September 22, 2012
If you are in the mood for a YA book that has fairies, werewolves, romance and mystery then you have to read The Burning Star by Jessie Lane. This wonderful story has a thrilling plot with many twists as well as characters that are just magical.
Kay is sick and is dying from cancer. Her mom and her move around a lot, looking for a cure for her. With only a few months left to live they move to Asheville, NC. While on a walk Kay sees a hot guy getting attacked by a strange wolf. Soon she finds out that her meds aren’t making her crazy. She really is a kidnapped fairy princess and that there is a whole new world out there that is waiting for her return.
The Burning Star has a cliffhanger ending and leaves you with so many questions. The good news is that the sequel is coming out very soon! I know I can’t wait to see how the love triangle is played out!
Posted August 28, 2012
Kay is used to moving around every few years to different big cities
looking for doctors that will offer her a cure. But with a few months to
live they move to Asheville, NC where her father was from with hopes of
finding that cure. Kay is determined to fight this cancer to the end and
survive to see her 18th birthday. Who knows, maybe she can even talk her
mom into sticking around here for a bit. But when she comes across a
gorgeous guy getting attacked by a mutant looking wolf the crazy just
gets crazier from there. Now there is talk of faeries and
werewolves...maybe her cancer meds are making her crazy. Or maybe there
really is a different way of life for her with powers she only read
about in books. The Burning Star was such a wonderful read. But even
with the edited version I was given I still had a hard time following
the dialogue between characters. It just didn’t flow together well in
certain areas. I had found myself having to reread sections just to make
sure I understood who was talking. And there was still a few spelling
errors throughout the book. Ok, with that aside…I loved the whole Faery
story. There is just something so neat and magical about Faeries and
this story was right on target with them. The authors made sure they
kept to legends and even added their own little touches to the story.
There is even a story inside of the story with The Burning Star. Yes we
get Kay’s POV and some from Nick and Ryan…but we also get Kira’s POV. At
first you don’t think much of her part; it just seems she is summoned to
track down Kay. But soon we start getting more and more of her story…and
in the end it all ties together nicely while still leaving us with an
enticing little clifferhanger. I think fans of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron
Fey series and Carrie Jones’ Need series will really enjoy The Burning
Star. There are lots of hidden secrets throughout the book and gorgeous
faeries and weres to keep the readers interest. So pick up The Burning
Posted August 24, 2012
Awesome Story I received a copy of this book from the authors in
exchange for an honest review. I read this book a couple of months ago,
but before I could post a review, the authors contacted me to notify me
they were editing the original copy. This is a review for the newly
edited copy, which was much much better and I’m happy to have been able
to review the second version. The first book was riddled with errors,
such as switching from third person to first person and a lot of
spelling errors that were hard to ignore over time. Aside from one
sentence and a couple of words, these errors were completely fixed. This
version was much easier to read and enjoy and I’m glad I got a chance to
read it! This was a great story. It was fast paced, action packed, and
full of interesting twists and turns. The book begins from Kay’s point
of view, but occasionally switches to other characters. Kay, who is
dealing with cancer, moves to Asheville, NC with her mom and meets Ryan,
a handsome stranger, in the woods. She patches him up before her mom
gets home after an encounter with a dog. The next morning, she meets
Nick, a handsome satellite installer. I have to say, I’ve never once had
a satellite dish installer be as nice, good looking, and compelling as
Nick, but I suppose this IS fiction. =) When Ryan picks her up for a
date, things take a dramatic turn. The story switches points of view
from Kay, Ryan, and Nick. Then, we meet Kira. I don’t want to give any
of her story away, but it’s incredibly interesting and I enjoyed this
part of the book. Kira isn’t introduced to Kay at all in the book, but I
suspect there will be a introduction in the next book of the series.
Kira gives her story from her point of view. The entire premise of the
book is completely original to me and it captivated me at once. I loved
Kay’s character. She was charming and funny. I liked the slight
competition for Kay’s attention by Nick and Ryan, who were both
completely different. I liked them a lot. Kira might be my favorite
character because I found her so intriguing. She was incredibly
perceptive and I hope she is a major part of book 2. This book has
fairies, angels, werewolves, sickness, destiny, fate, drama, love, and
mysteries. Such an incredible premise and all these elements were woven
together quite well. The reason I didn’t rate this higher is due to the
writing. I thought the dialogue was incredibly weak and unnatural
sometimes. It irked me how often the characters called each other by
name. I didn’t expect this to change in the newly edited version and it
didn’t, but it’s something I’ve thought about ever since I read this
book the first time. I didn’t want to be too harsh, so I started paying
attention to dialogue in other books and my own dialogue in life and I
realized that we don’t typically call people by their names frequently
in conversation. The characters in The Burning Star did this so much, it
was ridiculous. Much of a dialogue began with “Well to be honest” or
“Well, (insert name here)” and things to that effect. The writing
overall felt really raw. While it’s certainly not terrible writing by
any means, I think there is tons of room for improvement. If the
dialogue flowed more naturally, I don’t know that I would have any
complaints about the writing. Also, while I liked that the story
switched points of view, sometimes it made me stumble while reading.
Certain parts didn’t seem to flow as well as others and I had to start
chapters over again and really get back into the character who was
narrating. Other times, this effect was kind of cool, though. I thought
the story was full of potential and it really interested me. I loved how
it ended and it made me want more immediately. I will definitely read
the second book. I would also recommend this book to others.
Posted July 11, 2012
A thrilling adventure that will make you believe in miracles.
Kay was told that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday, but her mother is determined to save her. When they move out of Ahseville, NC to try a new set of cancer specialists Kay finds something that may be able to help her. What she finds in the woods outside of Asheville and a mysterious boy named Ryan may prove to be her one chance at seeing her eighteenth birthday. However the journey is not over yet and her mother has secrets of her own that will change her world forever.
The imagery was breathtaking and imaginative. I had no trouble getting lost in this intense and exciting new story. It was an excellent coming of age story because Kay is still discovering herself and who she truly is. While on her journey she will discover things about her life that she never would have dreamed and she will learn that not all things are what they seem.
The romance was sweet and I really wasn’t sure which character I liked best.
I loved the mystery and suspense in this story because it kept me guessing until the very end and it was written very well without giving too much away, but leaving hints along the way.
Kay was a fun character to get to know. She was easy to relate to and I believe many kids her age can identify with some of the things she was feeling, even though some of her experiences are a little more bizarre than normal. I also enjoyed seeing her grow as a character throughout the story.
Ryan was definitely a mysterious and yet intriguing character. I’m sure every reader will love getting to know more about him like I did.
This was an exciting story filled with mystery and romance that you will want to read again and again.
Posted July 9, 2012
This was a really interesting & unique story, a great combination of some of my favorite paranormal characters. Definitely lots of excitement as Kay begins to realize everything around her is not as it seems, including her own life. I actually thought I had the story figured out a few pages in, but man I was in for a surprise! There are several good twists to keep things interesting. And there’s no shortage of paranormal hotties, either! Although it didn’t take me long to decide which one I was rooting for! Don’t wanna spoil the story for you so let’s just that this is definitely a book I would recommend & I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens next!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2012
[I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review]
This is a DNF review. Below you will find the reasons I could not finish this book.
The main reason I stopped was because of technical errors. This book is full of missing commas, incorrect idiom, typos, and bad sentence structure. The very first paragraph of the book, for instance, is written in both third and first person, and has a typo where “exorcise” was mistaken for “exercise.” Not the most promising of starts, all told. In the following chapters, Lane flip-flopped between third and first person narrative, inccorectly punctuated her dialogue, and ignored the very useful and important comma. A copy-editor is in order, in my opinion.
Another huge reason I quit was because of “show vs. tell.” I don’t think that this mentality works in every case, nor do I think that it is a hard and fast rule. However, I would much rather be shown how a character acts and what her past is than have the narrator tell me all about herself in a very awkward breaking of the fourth wall type of narrative.
I will say, though, that The Burning Star has potential to be a good addition to the YA paranormal genre. There were some spots where I could see the promise of a good story, but stale characterization and sub-par writing kept me from getting to the meat of the story.
In the end I read the first 15 chapters of The Burning Star, stopping just past the halfway point. Because I didn't finish, my opinion may be worth nothing to you, and you should probably take it worth a grain of salt.
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Posted July 5, 2012
I’m not a big fan of young adult reads, and too keep my attention throughout it has to be rather brilliant, and I am happy to say this read was just that, brilliant. It surpassed my expectations and took me by surprise. I didn’t see the angle with Kay’s mother Carlie, I thought I had it pegged at Carlie stealing Kay when she as a baby or something along those lines, but I stood corrected. I loved how this story twisted and turned as the truth of Kay started to unfold, information and detail wasn’t thrown at you in large volume which really helped with keeping track of each of the characters and understanding their role in the book.
I love a good love-triangle and I have to say even though Ryan and Kay have great chemistry I can’t help but be on Nick’s team, there is just something about that werewolf that I keep getting drawn back to. The only negative I have is about the parts of the read with the Kira character, which didn’t keep my interest until towards the end but with that being said, she is one kick-ass character. The ending, to put it mildly was a real cliff-hanger. I was left wanting more, needing more, I have to know what happens next! All I can say is that the next installment of this series is going to be action packed and I can’t wait to see where this goes.
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Posted July 5, 2012
The Burning Star hooks you quick, like by the end of chapter 1 quick. I love to read, but I will only continue if it starts off running, and this book does! It has everything I love in books, mystery, love interest, the supernatural, and suspence. Just as your figuring one part out, in comes something else , and just like that, your still hooked. I cant wait for the next book in the series, and more titles from Jessie Lane!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2012
I have never been so involved with a book since Harry potter and the twilight series . The Burning Star is an action pack adventure that takes you on a journey of a life time. I fell in love with all the characters and can't wait for next book of the series to come out. The story line flowed easily from reality to fantasy which transported you right into the action with Kay. This is must read book and I can see this story line becoming a movie later on down the road. I just want to say I have read a lot of books and this book is right up there with the best. Bravo to the authors. PatWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
I love mystery, fantasy, and romance novels but have never been able to find a book to adequately combine all three, until now that is. The Burning Star by Jessie Lane is just that and more! What starts as a simple mystery, turns quickly to romance and then to mind blowing fantasy and does so all before the end of chapter 2. It definitely grabs your attention and holds it completely from the start of Kay's adventure until the end of the book, leaving you desperate for more. I am well versed in all three types of novels and this one by far takes the lead as my personal favorite and I cannot wait til Kay's adventure continues! I am looking forward to more great things from Jessie Lane.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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