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Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 2.50
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Read at your own PERIL! I don't think it is spoilery but that might be because I thought it was a bit predictable, rehashing, and well not that much happened (other than Mac whining--in her head and while _______ <---bit spoilery)
First Thought when Finished: I don't even know where to start on how very disappointed I am with Burned by Karen Marie Moning.
I am going to have to write the review later when I have thought about it a bit. The rating might go up to a 3 but it probably won't.
Rating will not be going up! Still extremely disappointed. If this is the book she wanted to write, then good for her for doing her own thing. It didn't work for me but it wasn't written for me. Anytime I don't like a book, the author should not take it personally!
What you should know that impacted my view of the story:
1: I was a fan of Dani. I liked her fire, will to live, and ability to live with her choices. That character is no longer there. I am not saying how she is no longer there but let's just say that the change/disappearance was
c)not the Dani I adore
2: I don't like Mac. I started out the series liking her but by Shadowfever she was one of the most annoying lead females in UF (to me). I read in an interview that KMM said this was a combo Mac/Dani story--that is BS. This is 90% Mac and it is a LOT of back peddling. It annoyed the heck out of me. Seriously the last quarter of the book drove me insane. Really???? Just UGH!
3: I did love the Nine! In fact, if the next book is going to be told from anyone's POV let's just make it theirs. We can have 1/4 of Lor being Lor. 1/4 of R & B just being themselves, and then 1/4 the rest of them (I would like to get to know them better). The last 1/4 can be spent on the gals if you insist unless of course it is all Mac whining about how she is 23 and can't live her normal fantasy life.
4: I did love Kat and Jo so more of them would not be bad at all. In fact, they are a heck of a lot more interesting now.
5: Nothing FECKING happened! This is my biggest complaint! 3/4 of the book nothing happened. Seriously I kept thinking--oh this is going to lead somewhere---hmmmm nope. The last 1/4 of the book stuff happened but it was pretty predictable. Even that end (she usually is the queen of cliffhangers), if she hadn't put that there--I wouldn't have thought that character was gone. (not saying which or how or anything--read it). This was very much filler. Filler that took years to write? Just felt let down!
Final Thought on the book: I really hope the next book is not such a mess. If it is, I might just skim for things that say Lor and read!
Really, the book was meant for fans that hated Dani and loved Mac. It was really for those that wanted Mac/Barrons to be back in the forefront. If you are those fans then you will freaking love it. If you are not, then well grab a glass of wine and read all the Lor parts! They were fantastic!
Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross , Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
NAILED IT! Phil and Natalie just are a rocking team. They are a fantastic duo and can run the gambit of character voices. Just freaking ROCK STARS!
Please don't throw things at me---I just didn't like it
36 of 40 people found this review helpful
I loved Iced and couldn't wait for Burned to finally get released. I should have figured something was up when the release date was pushed by several agonizing months. As much as I love Mac, Barons and the entire Fever series I was really looking forward to hearing more from Dani - not Mac (or 6 other POVs). It was a huge let down not to get inside Dani's head again for this one. Even though I enjoyed the overall experience of listening to the book (thanks to Phil and Natalie) I could have left this one off the "must listen to" list. Mega disappointment.
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