Review: 'Burned' by Krista Lakes

*About The Book*
"Sometimes the deepest burns are hidden from view..."

All 20 year old Holly ever wanted to do was escape the boring Colorado mountain town where she was born. However, when she arrived at college, she found herself having too many wild nights. Worse yet, she had one too many mornings of waking up in an unfamiliar bed, and she couldn't keep her scholarship. Now that she's back in Conifer, she has no idea what she is going to do with her life and no hope for the future.

Andrew's father died a couple of years ago in an electrical accident, and while Andrew wants nothing more than to leave town, his mother's mental instability makes it impossible for him to go. He feels trapped in a no-win situation and his options are slipping away.

When a mutual friend has a crisis, Holly comes up with a plan that will change all their lives for the better. She knows that, despite previously being burned, all it takes to start a fire is a spark. However, she realizes that once again, she may have stood too close to the flame, and the torch she carries for Andrew burns brighter than ever.

Will Holly manage to rekindle old loves, or will the destruction fire in their hearts consume everything they hold dear?

(This book was previously sold as 'Fire Always Burns', and has received editing and some additional content.)

*My Review*
I'm not really sure how to review this book, and I actually almost decided not to - but since I've been making it my "policy" lately to review everything I read (including reviewing books that my kids read, written in their own words on Amazon), I decided to give this a shot.

Let me begin with the low points; I was surprised to see that this book had been re-edited even prior to my reading it, because I really felt that it needs more polish to find and fix errors - although the cover is really very beautiful! At the time of my reading, there were several glaring errors in the text, places where I felt that characters were horribly unrealistic and/or nauseatingly immature, and places where I felt that the story was rushed. These things left me more than a little frustrated - however, it could be argued that "new adult" isn't really my genre, and these are complaints I tend to have with any "young adult" or "new adult" book.

Which leads me to say the following:

This story was completely heart-wrenching! The author did a great job expressing the heroine's inner thoughts and feelings, and I felt like I could relate to her issues even when I was annoyed with her. I wanted things to work out for her so badly! There were places in this story that dragged streams of tears from me, and there were several places where the prose was truly beautiful. I especially loved the way the chapter introductions somehow seemed to perfectly match the deeper themes of the story while still standing apart enough to tell a story of their own.

I can't help it - errors or not, I truly loved this story, and I'm thrilled to have read it through (I almost didn't). I'll be watching for more from this author, and I've already added "Champagne Kisses" to my TBR.

Thank you, Krista, for a beautiful story of overcoming the past, moving on, and rebuilding. The deeper themes in your story were incredibly inspiring to me.

Despite the lows, this story is definitely five stars.
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