Author: Melissa McShane
Date of Publication: 15th August 2016
Synopsis: 1800’s daughter of overbearing Father develops Extraordinary Scorcher talent (ability to create and snuff out flames). Given the choice between marrying a wealthy creep or living with her parents forever she chooses a third option; the Royal Navy.
This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. My thanks go to Melissa McShane, Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley for the opportunity.
There are times in which a book leaves me at a loss as to how to review it. This could be because a book is incredibly good, or incredibly bad. It can also be when a book is, extraordinarily, both. In this case, Burning Bright manages to somehow achieve the latter of those three things.
One moment, I would be reading at what felt like a snail’s pace, wondering how much closer to the end each page would bring me. All of a sudden, a well written character interaction or a sizzling action scene would cut in and my attention would be captured, pages flashing by. Then, all too soon, the plodding returned.
In the end, I think it all comes down to pacing and length. Burning Bright is a good fifty pages too long and there are times when it shows. Often the added padding is unnecessary and the over-arching plot isn’t all that engaging. However it’s saved by some vibrant writing and some good characters (however there are a fair few interchangeable side characters which could have been done without).
Overall, this is a good concept and there are parts which are very well executed. However if you persevere with the whole, then it’s ultimately worth the effort.