Burning by Danielle Rollins- Book Review


After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl must be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

Initial Reaction:

I believed this book, at first, to be very boring. Lacking in-depth relationships between characters, mysterious interaction between the characters and a minuscule plot. It felt like each chapter was a filler chapter for the main plot- which was very small. It included no sub-plots and I felt like I wanted to put the book down three chapters in. But, I pushed through it till at least halfway through and… it was still boring. It lightened up slightly, with the plot coming into play, however, it still felt like almost every chapter was a filler chapter or the author was uncertain about where they wanted to take it. As if they hadn’t a clue about the plot they wanted to create, just the environment. And from that, they let it run.


This book was not what I was expecting. Straying outside what I assumed the book was about. However, with this being said, it was not a terrible book- it wasn’t overly great, and could’ve been written better, but it wasn’t bad. It, in my opinion, was decent. Average.

On a positive note, this novel included in-depth character backgrounds and personality, and the six characters that were feature were brilliantly created.

Despite this, the novel felt rushed. Pushed where it shouldn’t, and unnecessary. Sections and entire chapters added as a filler- to give the book the extra pages. Because without it, the book would’ve been over in 20,000 words. If that is, the author pushed it. It needed more plot, subplots and character relationships and better interactions as every interaction they had were bland. Not unique, it felt like the characters had in-depth personalities, but identical interaction with the main character. What kept me reading were the plot twists in the main plot. The subtle reveals and new information that was added at a gradual pace or just at the right time. Which, in my opinion, is difficult to write.


In a juvenile detention centre, the main character Angela is scheduled for her release soon, her back rigid as she attempts to maintain her good behaviour record when a new juvenile is brought into the detention centre. Bound and shackled with armed guards, she is escorted in. Mystery and rumours follow her in- ‘Why is she here?’; ‘What did she do?’. A new program opens shortly, causing an excited stir to break-out throughout the centre- Sci-Girls, a program conducted by the director called Dr Gruen. Angela begins to get suspicious, as weird things start occurring in the late of the night, and it soon becomes evident that there is something wrong with this new juvenile, and it is connected to the Sci-Girls program.

Final Thoughts:

The ending- without spoiling it- was… odd. Not what I was expecting in the slightest, but alas, it was a good plot twist. For that, I award this novel 3.5/5 bookmarks instead of the measly 2/5 bookmarks I had originally thought it deserved.

The plot twist was shocking, with everything coming together in the end with a twist. The ending itself, however, was subpar. I truly felt like it needed something more. It felt like something was lacking, like the final twist wasn’t enough. It just… ended. It ended with a reveal- yes, but it still ended. Just like that. It didn’t leave me sitting on the edge of my seat, like in comparison to other novels. It didn’t leave me urging for a sequel or answers to the unanswered questions. It just ended as it started. Bland.

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