Shimmer and Burn

Shimmer and Burn

by Mary Taranta

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Shimmer and Burn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: an exhilarating fantasy that finds secrets in its darkest depths Oh. My. Word. I am not a huge fan of the cover, but the story???? I NEED the next book and I NEED a happy ending. NOW. SHIMMER AND BURN is not just another fantasy tale. It’s a story both dark and alluring that will sink its claws into you, dragging addiction into your veins until you’ve devoured the book whole and cling to the edge needing to know more. Absolutely captivating, thrilling, hellish, and delightful, this is a fantasy fresh with creativity and magic just waiting to be read. **Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Another grand slam in YA fantasy debuts, Shimmer and Burn is the third release of the year in this genre that I absolutely adored (see also Song of the Current and Caraval). With a unique take on magic and fantasy kingdoms combined with characters you’ll love to, well love (and also hate), this book was such a fun read and I flew through it in record time. Y’all, I need the sequel. Now please? First, there’s Faris. Not your typical heroine. She’s tough because she has to be, she steals and lies and fights because she has to. Every action, every decision she makes, there’s a clear reason driving her forward and overall, she’s pretty selfless. Faris puts herself in danger time and again for her loved ones despite the risks. She’s chosen but she’s not the Chosen One. A bit of unlucky genes and she just happens to run into the wrong people. Faris is the kind of girl that you can’t help but root for, the underdog who could rise to greatness. And then there’s Bryn. FINALLY a realistic princess who isn’t good at everything, who was pampered based on her station and therefore not prepared to run across the country. Bryn was fabulously ruthless and ambitious, and I couldn’t have loved/hated her more for it. I mean, she’s absolutely a terrible person and definitely full on villain by the end, but I liked her for the role that she played. I don’t think her motivation was as fleshed out as Faris’s but you still basically knew why she was making the calls that she did. Then there’s North. Who, okay, so his secret I guessed fairly early on BUT it was still a small shock to have it confirmed later on. It’s a fantasy thing but one trope that I happen to quite enjoy. I also liked the way his character acted as a balance between Faris and Bryn. They needed that steadiness to keep moving forward so the three of them (and his apprentice) working together made for a well-matched adventure group. Plus, swoon-worthy magician? Mmm yes. Clearly there was a LOT of character development but the story was just as good. I’m a sucker for fantasy quests and this one was no different on that front, filled with unsavory characters and increasingly difficult obstacles along the way, complete with a big reveal and cliffhanger to lead into the next book. Except, I didn’t like that cliffhanger because this book isn’t even out yet and I would very much like the next one before the wait drives me crazy! To be honest, I TOTALLY thought this was a standalone since no series was listed but there’s absolutely no way that it isn’t the first in a series after that ending. Also, I do want to mention that this isn’t exactly a light fantasy. It drifts into the realm of dark fantasy fairly often and Taranta doesn’t hold back on the blood and gore. But I think that made it better for me, because I felt more immersed in the story. Shimmer and Burn was a fantastic start to what I see as a highly promising YA fantasy series! If this book isn’t on your radar then you need to fix that ASAP! An absolute must-read!
Aeranthae More than 1 year ago
Another grand slam in YA fantasy debuts, Shimmer and Burn is the third release of the year in this genre that I absolutely adored (see also Song of the Current and Caraval). With a unique take on magic and fantasy kingdoms combined with characters you’ll love to, well love (and also hate), this book was such a fun read and I flew through it in record time. Y’all, I need the sequel. Now please? First, there’s Faris. Not your typical heroine. She’s tough because she has to be, she steals and lies and fights because she has to. Every action, every decision she makes, there’s a clear reason driving her forward and overall, she’s pretty selfless. Faris puts herself in danger time and again for her loved ones despite the risks. She’s chosen but she’s not the Chosen One. A bit of unlucky genes and she just happens to run into the wrong people. Faris is the kind of girl that you can’t help but root for, the underdog who could rise to greatness. And then there’s Bryn. FINALLY a realistic princess who isn’t good at everything, who was pampered based on her station and therefore not prepared to run across the country. Bryn was fabulously ruthless and ambitious, and I couldn’t have loved/hated her more for it. I mean, she’s absolutely a terrible person and definitely full on villain by the end, but I liked her for the role that she played. I don’t think her motivation was as fleshed out as Faris’s but you still basically knew why she was making the calls that she did. Then there’s North. Who, okay, so his secret I guessed fairly early on BUT it was still a small shock to have it confirmed later on. It’s a fantasy thing but one trope that I happen to quite enjoy. I also liked the way his character acted as a balance between Faris and Bryn. They needed that steadiness to keep moving forward so the three of them (and his apprentice) working together made for a well-matched adventure group. Plus, swoon-worthy magician? Mmm yes. Clearly there was a LOT of character development but the story was just as good. I’m a sucker for fantasy quests and this one was no different on that front, filled with unsavory characters and increasingly difficult obstacles along the way, complete with a big reveal and cliffhanger to lead into the next book. Except, I didn’t like that cliffhanger because this book isn’t even out yet and I would very much like the next one before the wait drives me crazy! To be honest, I TOTALLY thought this was a standalone since no series was listed but there’s absolutely no way that it isn’t the first in a series after that ending. Also, I do want to mention that this isn’t exactly a light fantasy. It drifts into the realm of dark fantasy fairly often and Taranta doesn’t hold back on the blood and gore. But I think that made it better for me, because I felt more immersed in the story. Shimmer and Burn was a fantastic start to what I see as a highly promising YA fantasy series! If this book isn’t on your radar then you need to fix that ASAP! An absolute must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dark fantasy that follows the story of Faris, as she survives, by whatever means possible, to fight another day. An underdog, harsh at times, Faris is fierce in her drive to save her sister, but a bit overdone in her constant self-loathing. In a land where magic is dark and unfortunately confusing, the magician, North felt like the only light in a sinister and brutal world (although the insta-love trope was frustrating). The incredible villain, Bryn had an air of confidence, ambition and cruelty that stole the spotlight. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review