Burning Bright

Author: Melissa McShane

Date of Publication: 15th August 2016

Genre: Fantasy

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.

Rating: 3/5

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.

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