Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Burning BrightTitle: Burning Bright

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult

Format: E-book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book surprised me in a good way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading two of Stafford’s other books I knew it was going to be good either way.

Burning Bright’ tells the story of Sam Grey, a teenage girl who comes from a broken home with abusive foster parents who only took her in for the money. When Ben Ramirez’s family move to her town and open a cat sanctuary, she meets Solomon, the Bengal Tiger and soon finds out they have a lot more in common than people would think.

When I started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to carry on reading as I wasn’t really gripped with the story but the more I read, the more I got attached to the characters and wanted to find out what the future held for them. Sam story is a heartbreaking one and the more you find out about her, the more you feel for her. Ben was a character I was very unsure of at the beginning but the more we get to know him the more likeable he becomes and it’s clear how much he cares for Sam.

Chanda Stafford did a fantastic job of developing the characters throughout the story and there wasn’t any time where it got too much. The only thing I didn’t really like was Emily, I felt she was pointless in the story because we didn’t get much background on her or how her and Sam became friends. Other than that I did enjoy the book.

I received an e-copy of this book from Chanda in exchange of an honest review. Thank you again for allowing me to read your book.

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Imposter Review

Imposter Review

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Title: Imposter

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Rating: 3.5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: Before I get into my review for this book, I previously reviewed the first book which is actually called First and you can check that out here!

I am completely in love with this series! There’s so many dystopian novels out there that are very similar in some ways however the plot in this series is different to the majority in this genre. The story focuses on Mira, a girl who should be dead but in a huge turn of events has managed to survive. As she is forced to impersonate Socrates, the man who should have taken over her body we follow along as she tries to stand up to the government to save her people. The story is full of action and heartbreak and Stafford does a brilliant job of making you feel a mix of emotions whilst you read the story.

Like the first book, the story is told from two POVs; Mira’s and Will’s. Throughout Mira’s chapters, we face her struggles with her as she tries her best to impersonate Socrates with the help of his wife Ellie. We also see the heartbreak she faces having to see Will everyday and not being able to do anything about it as he doesn’t know it’s really her. Will’s chapters are similar in the heartbreaking department as we see him struggle to come to terms with the loss of Mira as he truly believes she died for Socrates to take over her body. At the same time we see him also come to terms with the fact he is going to become a father to another servant’s child. As much as I liked both characters, Will really made me angry at certain points in the book. I didn’t like the way he treated both Mira and Evie and there’s certain events in this novel were I felt nothing but hatred towards him because of how he acted towards Mira (who he thought was Socrates).

Like the first book in the series, there was a couple of minor similarities to The Hunger Games, one example being when Mira walks out to the rebels and tries to explain why she is doing what she thinks is right for them, her people, because that is who the rebels are. It reminds me of Katniss standing up to the Capital for people just like her. There was also the love story thing. As I said in my ‘First’ review, every Dystopian novel has a love story tied in with it and there’s always something preventing the young loves from being together. This book was no different but I do like that it doesn’t focus completely on the love story.

Mira is such a strong character and I love her! It was admirable how she managed to act like someone she had only known for a few months and even though there were some people who had their doubts she still kept the act up and never let it slip.

I honestly can’t recommend this book and series enough! I was kept up all night reading it as every time I went to put it down something exciting or interesting happened so I just had to keep going! I’m dying for a third book because this one just kind of ended and I’m desperate to know what’s next for the characters remaining in the story. I’d just like to take this moment to thank Chanda for sending me a copy of this novel to review. I’m so grateful that she has sent me copies of both books, hopefully they’ll become available in print copy in the UK soon so I can have physical copies as well as the ebooks!

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First Review

First Review

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Title: First

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis/Buy book: Book Depository

Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it didn’t have me hooked from the start. However, I kept on reading and it I’m so glad I did! This book was so good! The story was different and unexpected, the characters were likeable and there were many emotions while turning the pages.

I’ve never read a novel with the storyline this book had. At the beginning I didn’t quite get it but the more I read it the more everything clicked in to place. It is told from two points of view; Mira and Socrates, making it easier to find out what is going on in both Character’s heads. There were parts in the story that were quite similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ for example, when all children have to go and someone is chosen to be a Second but apart from that the storyline could not be more different. Mira could be a slightly annoying character at times but the more you read the book the more you like her. Socrates was a great character. He was respectful and treated Mira like she was human unlike the other Firsts.

There wasn’t much I disliked about this book apart from the love story. I feel like any teen dystopian novel includes some sort of predictable love story and this one was no different. Mira seemed to fall for Will instantly (again, similar to some other dystopian novels I’ve read). Thankfully it never took up most of the story and was only brought up every so often.

I highly recommend this book to all the teens and young adults out there who enjoy a good dystopian novel because this book is so different and unique. If at first you don’t really get it and feel like giving up please don’t! I promise you won’t regret it! I’m looking forward to reading more of this story as I know that there is a second book out. I’d just like to thank Chanda for giving me a copy of this book for a review and I can’t wait to read more of her work!