Burning Bright by Chanda Stafford
|*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*|
Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.
Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home is Alegria, Arizona. The she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She's hesitant to get close, terrified he'll learn her secret.
When Ben introduces Sam so Solomon, a Bangal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she's strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon's life, but her own. And to do that, she'll need to tell Ben the truth.
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Hey everyone! Today is basically my review day. I have so many book reviews to type up, so you guys will see just a mad rush of posts coming up from me! Today's Friday, but I'm off of school because it's a teacher work day where they put in last minute grades before the next quarter starts. Yay for an extended weekend :)
Burning Bright is a story you'll never forget. I never will, at least. It's about a girl, Sam, who is haunted by her past and now lives with crappy foster parents (I mean, you read the synopsis, right?) They foster parents are so bad that she decided to live in a tent outside of the house... yeah.
I love this book because until others, it really shows you from the protagonist's present POV the physical and mental abuse a person is going through. Most other books tell it from a past-tense "this happened to me" but this book is in present tense "this is happening to me" and it just really hits you how terrible some people can be. How this could be happening to someone right now. And that's sad to think about.
I also really like the tiger idea. It's so different from what I've read and I liked how she had someone (something..?) she could relate to, because then she didn't feels so alone.
What I didn't like was Ben's... hesitancy. Argh it's so arduous to try to explain something without giving it away. Anyway, I'm always against disloyalty and I just felt like he if he wanted to go towards another... path, he should make it clear the other path is no longer going to be taken... I feel like Chanda is reading this right now, laughing at my struggle to explain this xP
I also wish there was more of a suspense with finding out Sam's past. You don't know until the end, but during my reading, I sometimes forgot about her past because at times, there wasn't anything to remind me of what she's been through. I wanted more hints here and there to keep me guessing.
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It really sticks with you.