Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Burning by Elana K. Arnold

title: burning
author: elana k. arnold
book birthday: june 11, 2013
rating 3.5 stars

book blurb: Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447. 

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

ok, first, the gypsies that are in this story are not like the ones on 'my big american gypsy wedding' with crazy outfits and wild dancing. lala is not allowed to show her legs at all. her family is very conservative and traditional, even an arranged marriage. 

everything about this book was appealing to me. the cover, the back story, alternating points of view, the book blurb. the time frame of it is just a couple days, which is a pattern i've been seeing lately with other books. burning is a forbidden love story. both characters are searching for something new and out of their normal. ben wants to get out of small town living, lala wants more to life than what she knows. there is an instant connection between both characters and it is obvious that lala is risking more for their relationship than ben is. 

now, why did i rate this book below 4 stars? it was just lackluster. i wasn't drawn into the story as much as i'd hoped. the characters weren't interesting in the beginning but after lala and ben met it got better. the writing was well done, but something was missing. just as i was getting into the book, it ended. i do want to know what happens next in their story, so if there ever is a sequel i will read it. but this is one that will not own a place on my shelf.

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