Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Burning Star (Star #1) by Jessie Lane

Title:  The Burning Star (Star #1)
Author: Jessie Lane
Published:  May 24, 2012
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble

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.

I am really loving author duos lately! I can’t imagine writing a book with someone else - I don't always play well with others. I think it is such an accomplishment that two people can achieve such a thing.

The Burning Star follows the life of Kay, who was diagnosed with cancer and whose mom has relocated them from a busy city life to the boondocks of North Carolina. She is surrounded by boxes that she wishes would magically unpack themselves. I love this quote and, in light of my recent move, found it to be very comforting:

"However, a small voice whispered in the back of my mind
that the country might be different and soothing. 
Calming in a way that my soul never knew I needed."

Deciding to take a break from unpacking, she takes an afternoon walk in the nearby woods and runs into a handsome stranger fighting a ghastly and ghoulish…monster-dog? Hell beast?? Is her imagination playing tricks on her? Are the medications she is required to take causing her to hallucinate? After the stranger denies it being anything other than a dog, she begins to wonder. Then, there are the wolves she spots outside her house, the incredible-looking satellite cable provider with a secret of his own, and the stranger from the woods who wants to see her again. Now, the girl who has never had a date in her life has two, which has Kay thinking that, maybe, moving to the country won’t be so dull after all! Secrets, glamours, mystical beings, sworn enemies, and a world she never knew existed are suddenly revealed and Kay is at the center of it all. 

I always enjoy reading about the Fey. The Burning Star has a great premise and is full of magic and endearing characters. The multiple POV’s are a lot of fun, and the way it all ties together in the end was not only unique, but also very absorbing.

I did struggle a bit with conversations between a few of the characters, which didn’t always flow easily and, at times, may have been a bit juvenile for older teens. That could be my age coming into play, since, as some of you know, I haven’t been a teen for *ahem* a long time. There are some grammatical and typographical errors, but the authors are aware and are working diligently to correct those errors and make The Burning Star the best it can be. That aside, this series has so much promise!

While I adore Nick and the sacrifice he made for Kay, my favorite character soon became Kira. She was an added bonus and surprise gem. Her POV quickly became my favorite. Her story is riveting and I love how strong and determined she is. Her life is full of heartbreak and the things she has had to endure may have hardened her, but have also made her into a fierce warrior. I am anxious to see what will become of Kira and learn more about this amazing character and her possible relationship with the intriguing Kane. The Frozen Star is book two in the Star series and I look forward to reading more about these characters.

Thank you to the authors for providing a copy of The Burning Star in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Great review, Michele! This sounds really good! it always amazes me too when authors write a book together, and it seems like it was written by one person. I could never do it! :P

  2. This cover draws me right in! It sounds like such a fascinating book! I am definitely curious to read it and I like that there are different POVs- just to switch things up. Kira sounds like a character I will like. Thanks for your wonderful review. :)

  3. Such an interesting cover. I agree, I have had some good experiences with a duo author team. I am glad to gear they are polishing out the errors. Thanks for the input, we all know that normally I would be getting this, but I am practicing restraint these days!

  4. I'm always curious about author duos, because I'm the same way. I'd rather work alone. This sound goods, and I'm always down for a good alternating POVs. :)

  5. Great review. This sounds interesting. I'm adding it to by ever growing TBR pile.

  6. Awesome review and wow that cover really grabbed my attention. I have enjoyed a few books with dual authors and this had gone on my wishlist.

  7. These books have nice covers :) I enjoyed your review and this definitely sounds like a story I would like. i'm glad the authors care about editing the errors, that is very important and makes me respect them more. I just added this to my TBR :) Thanks for sharing the review :) <3


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