Book Review: Burn Before Reading by Sara Wolf
Title: Burn Before Reading
Author: Sara Wolf
Series: Stand-alone novel, N/A
Publication Date: May 18, 2017
Genre: Fiction, banks and banking
Format: eBook, fiction, contemporary, romance
Source: ARC, author
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
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.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
It's more precisely 2 and a half stars.
I am so disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book! This book has one of my absolute favorite hate-love relationship scenarios. Popular boy v.s Normal girl, and school hierarchy. However, the author just sort of...fail to bring the story to its full potential. The first thing I notice that I HATE about the main protagonist, Beatrix is first off - for a girl who is supposedly a strong, independent girl who wants to get a degree in psychology she is surprisingly stupid, illogical and...annoying. Even without the perspectives of Wolf from the book, it would've taken me less than a quarter to figure out that he's actually kicking out and bullying the bullies, and not actually doing anything bad. And let's start off to the second point by saying: there's a thin line between bravery and stupidity. And I think our 'brave', 'courageous', and 'strong' protagonist not stepped, but wayyyy jumped over the line. The author is trying to make her like all the positive stuff I said, but instead she made her absolute and utterly, UNBEARABLELY annoying. Half the book I'm just rolling my eyes and banging my head on the table. And the other half of the time I'm trying to reach my hand into the book and strangle her. It was actually Physically painful to get through the book.
The writing was mediocre at best (maybe slightly better), personally I think Sara Wolf did a better job with her other series. But I think the horribleness of the main character actually made her writing seem bad.
And also, personally I've never been a big fan of books with inappropriate context. Just Saying.