Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?
The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.
Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.
Let me start this off how I usually end my reviews. This gets 5 baskets from me. Immediately. And I am stingy with that 5th basket/star. It isn’t like I have a list, that if all these criteria are met, a book gets a perfect score. It is more about the feeling I get when reading. More importantly, the feeling that stays with me when I can’t read. Like how today at work all I wanted to do was read because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I cared about the characters.
Kay has been dealt a lousy hand. She has moved around a lot, and at 17 is dying from cancer. All she has is her mom, and like any normal teenager there is some resentment there. After a typical spat, she goes for a walk in the woods, only to stumble upon the most gorgeous man she has ever seen, being attacked by … something. He convinces her it is a dog, but she knows something isn’t right. Ryan, that’s his name, asks her out for the following day.
Of course then she meets Nick, who also asks her out. Kay goes from never having a date, to having two guys basically fighting over her in less than 24 hours. And she thought that was strange …
The Burning Star moves around to several different character POV’s giving you a clearer picture into what is going on. To be honest, if it was all from Kay’s view, I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much. I like the “behind the scenes” if you will that different points of view give. I enjoy the inner workings of the lead man’s head. (There may be two, but there is no mistaking there is a lead man here)
There were a few twists I saw coming from a mile away, but then a few that caught me by surprise. And the way it ended … you better believe I will be begging for book two. Like now. Maybe even yesterday. I wish I could point to one thing that is making me go all “fan girl” for this book, but you just have to trust me. It is a combination of good writing, well thought out characters, a believable world, and a few surprises.
Just read it. Then come tell me if you agree or not. But I bet you will.