Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1)
by Caitlin Sangster

Hardcover400 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1481486136

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

Last Star Burning was such a delight to read! This book was a nonstop adventure that I couldn't stop reading! Sangster created a gripping and addictive novel full of action and mystery. There wasn't a single moment in this book that bored me. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!! I seriously stayed up so late finishing this book AND I HAVE ZERO REGRETS!!!

The dystopian world the author created in this novel was so immersive and unique. There were so many interesting elements to the world that kept presenting impossible obstacles for the characters and gripping mysteries. I loved the political intrigue and web of lies that the characters got tangled in. I never knew who to trust and I constantly was on the edge of my seat. THERE ALSO WAS SO MUCH ACTION THAT I LITERALLY WAS BITING MY NAILS OUT OF FEAR. This book made my heart race and constantly fear for the lives of the characters. IT WAS BRILLIANT. I was fascinated by the world and the plot of this story.

The main character, Sev, was a brilliant main character. Sev was hilarious, clever, resourceful, fierce, and loyal. I LOVED HER SO MUCH. She grew so much throughout the book and learned so much about herself. I loved watching her go on her personal journey. I also loved all the interactions she had with other characters in this story. Sev was such a dynamic characters that any conversation she had was brilliant. I NEED MORE SEV IN MY LIFE. 

There was some slight romance in this book, but it never was a huge plot point. The romance was a slow burn that was full of sassy banter that created some great tension. I loved that the romance was presented throughout the story in little moments that never overshadowed the dangers and mystery that the characters should have been worried about. I SHIPPED THE ROMANCE SO MUCH, BUT I HAVE SOME CONFLICTING FEELINGS. THERE WAS A LOT OF TENSION AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. I NEED THOSE ANSWERS ASAP!!!!

Overall, this book was an utterly captivating and mesmerizing novel. This definitely is one of my favorite dystopian novels out there! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a high-stakes dystopian novel with plenty of mystery and brilliant characters!


5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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