Archive for November, 2009

Janeal Mikkado is tired of everything; the gypsy life, of wintering in California and summering in New Mexico; the carnivals; the boyfriend who seems more attracted to her best friend than to her, and she just wants an escape.  She wants to see the rest of the world, and the only thing that is holding her back is her father, the leader of this band of gypsies, who would be devastated with the loss of another family member after a tornado took the rest just a few years before.

Little did she know of the events going on behind the scenes of the camp; of the deals that her father was making.  That is until the day Salazar Sanso walked into her life.  He made her an offer to save her father’s life and to make a little money on the side.  It was then that she realized the money that Salazar offered would be her way out of the gypsy life.  It would be her chance to explore the world, but what would she do in order to get the money?

After the loss of her friends she tries to rebuild her life and forget everything.  When her past raises its ugly head again with the fact that she might not be the sole survivor, she has to decide whether or not to go back and get wrapped up in it all again.

Burn is a story that deals with the deepest part of ourselves. What we would do to achieve what we want; what we would give up.  It is a battle between good and evil; life and death; light and darkness; love and pain.  The choices Janeal makes will decide her ultimate fate.

This is the second corroboration between Ted DeKker and Erin Healy, and it is amazing.  I was excited after reading Kiss (a story of a girl who loses her memory and wants nothing more than to remember) to hear that they were working on a second novel (in which all Janeal wants is to forget) together, and they definitely performed.  Burn is leaps and bounds better than Kiss which I thought was absolutely amazing in and of itself.

The imagery, the plot, the characters all blew my mind.  I do not think I have ever been drawn to a villain as much as I was drawn to Salazar Sanso.  Dark and mysterious, he is the perfect bad boy type that every girl dreams of, but knows that they would never be happy with.  This is a book that draws you in and holds on with a fury.  I am excited to see what Erin Healy is like in her first solo novel Never Let You Go.  These are two authors that should definitely be on everyone’s to read list.

(PS: I received this book from The Gathering this summer.  The release date is January2010.)


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My name is Marie, and on this blog, I will be posting book reviews for different books I read. The first book I will be reviewing this weekend is Burn by Ted DeKker and Erin Healy.


On a side note, I will review many books on this blog.  Some will be for Thomas Nelson, Inc. in which case that will be stated, otherwise it is just a book I read and decided to write a review on.  Thanks for reading!

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