Monday, May 22, 2017


"Burn Before Reading is a spirited, unique look at teen angsts, love and life. It held the best kind of heartache with one delicious, tension filled moment after another." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Burn Before Reading
AUTHOR: Sara Wolf
AGE GROUP: Young Adult
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PRINT LENGTH: Approx. 626
RATING: 5 Stars!

A girl meets a wolf.
And a wolf meets his match.

Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan;

1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship
2. Study like crazy
3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrink

Nothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notorious Blackthorn brothers. Not Fitz Blackthorn, with his flirting and his elite computer hacking, not Burn Blackthorn, with his intimidating height and emotionless face, and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it. 

But when Bee stands up for a student, she pisses off Wolf, and he's suddenly itching to pull her scholarship from underneath her. To keep it, Bee strikes a deal with the devil - father Blackthorn himself; spy on Mr. Blackthorn's sons, become friends with them, and learn their secrets in exchange for staying at Lakecrest.

Betraying the Blackthorn brothers' trust is supposed to be easy. 

Becoming friends with the Blackthorn boys makes it hard.

And falling in love with Wolf makes it impossible.

REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 Blackthorn Brother Stars!
Addicting and emotional! It brought all the feels! 

The Review: 
This book! This book had all the feels! From start to finish, I was spellbound! Wolf, Burn and Fitz were unique, layered, complicated and complete bad-boys to the core. Bee was a fresh dose of awesome! Her character was the perfect mix of quirky, beautiful and determined.

Burn Before Reading is a spirited, unique look at teen angsts, love and life. It held the best kind of heartache with one delicious, tension filled moment after another. Coupled with smart, lively writing, this is a must read!

Beatrix Cruz is in over her head. Deciding that her father's illness is all on her to make better, she gives up her dreams of becoming a writer to join the elite and over privileged populace at Lakecrest Preparatory, in hopes it will appeal to NYU, where she’s set on getting her psychiatry degree. Making excellent grades and towing a straight line are just two of the things she needs to do in order to keep her scholarship. The other? Don’t get on the bad side of the Blackthorn brothers, which is hard not to do when she sees Wolf bullying her new friend, Eric.

Burn, Wolf and Fritz Blackthorn rule Lakecrest. They walk the halls, passing down judgment to those they think need it. But not all is what it seems, especially when one scholarshipper butts in and puts Wolf in his place.

Oh these characters! Where do I even start in describing how much I loved each and every one of them!

Let’s start with the boys. Burn, Wolf and Fritz were so incredibly amazing. Each brother stood out and was unique with their own set of qualities and traumas. Each one handled the pain of their past a little differently. Burn masked his pain with avoidance. Fritz masked his pain with good times and sarcasm. And Wolf... oh my precious Wolf. He masked his pain and trauma with asserting control where he previously had none. They were flawed, damaged, a little bitter, too old for their young age and absolutely beautiful, both inside and out.

Bee was so much fun! I just loved her. She was quick witted, intelligent and I loved her one-liners. Her altruistic motives pulled my heartstrings in every direction. I could feel her desperation and her loneliness pouring off the pages. She wanted so desperately to help her dad, that she lost sight of who she was. Wolf, through his own traumatic past, could see that and though he went about it the wrong way, he tried to pull her from that self sacrificing ledge.

Mistakes were made, on both sides. Emotions were explored. And we got a close look at the damage words and actions can cause, when careless. Everyone was dealing with their own pain and some were smart enough to see that, learn from it and grow.

The Wrap Up: 
This story didn’t wrap up with a pretty little bow, spelling out everyone's HEA. It wasn’t perfect, but it was life. And that pretty much sums up this story as a whole. It was about... life... and everything that can get in the way of living it, if you let it. Or how you can find your own kind of happy if you cherish yourself and those around you and just let yourself ... be.

I’m aching to reread this one! I loved it. And like I said, these characters were damaged, a little bit broken and with the excellent and entertaining writing, this book brought the feels. If you read only one young adult novel this year, it HAS to be this one!

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