August 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Burning by Elana K. Arnold – Review with Giveaway

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Burning by Elana K. Arnold

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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.

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Burning by Elana K. Arnold
Publication Date:  June 11, 2013
Publisher:  Delacorte Press

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MaryAnn NewBurning by Elana Arnold is a wonderful story of star crossed lovers.  It’s a story that I had a difficult time putting down.  It had me really hoping for the a happily ever after for this unforgettable character.  It opened my eyes to a whole different way of life when it came to the traditions and beliefs of gypsies, and it gives the reader a real inside look at what happens when a town is dying and the effects it has on the residents.

The story follows main characters Ben and Lala.  Ben is on his way in starting a new chapter of his life.  Leaving his hometown that is soon to be a ghost town after its main resource is no longer valuable, Ben has a free ride to college.  But Ben is not as excited as he should be about leaving.  Sure, he’s leaving behind his best friends and he can’t help but feel guilty for what fortune lands in his lap.  He also won’t be able to protect his brother from college.

Lala and her family make a living off of telling fortunes to strangers.  The life of a gypsy is one that not everyone understands, but it’s all that Lala knows.  An arranged marriage to her sister’s husbands brother, Lala’s future is pretty laid out.  But a chance encounter with one, Ben Stanley, alters everything.

As a farewell gift, Ben’s buddies buy him a Tarot card reading from Lala.  But when Lala reads in Ben’s cards not only affects him, but has her rethinking what she thought her life should be, and starts to think about what life would be like…especially with Ben.

But with a strict upbringing with equally strict traditions, will the stars align for Ben and Lala?  Or will everything fall apart before it even had a chance to grow.

Sweet, romantic, and full of hope is what I would describe Burning by Elana K. Arnold.  I loved the meeting between Ben and Lala.  I loved how the chapters are told in the voice of Ben and Lala.  It really helped me connect with these characters.  I thought it was really fascinating to read about the gypsy culture and what they believed.  It totally blew my mind what they think of women, especially during that time of the month.  All I really know of the gypsy traditions is what I’ve seen in “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”.  I found it totally fascinating.

In true Romeo & Juliet style, we are introduced to a couple who, I felt, need to be together!  Without a doubt!  But don’t even get me started on the ending!  I believe my exact words were “What?!!!”  Yah, you’ll have to read the book to see why…

It broke my heart to see how the effects of a dying town.  To read about the different families that are packing up and leaving the only home they’ve known.  To watch relationships/friendships come to an end because of this change.  My wish is that Ben and his best friends can withstand this big change, and remain close friends.  Because honestly, I loved their friendship.

Fans of contemporary reads and stories about star crossed lovers will completely eat up Burning by Elana K. Arnold.  It really is a story that readers won’t forget.

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ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.

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  1. Sounds like a good book for the classroom!

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  3. Summer

    Romeo and Juliet and gypsies, and such a beautiful cover. I have to read this one.

  4. Caroline

    Is the giveaway correct? It says to make the cover of a different book your Facebook pic and the twitter post is for a different blog tour. I’m not really sure who to mention that to so I figured I’d comment about it here. Lol. Awesome review! I really want to read this one!!


    Thank you Elana for the donation to the book tours! I definitely want to read this book of yours! The cover is lovely ^_^

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