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Burned up all the heart
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2008
I wanted to like "Enna Burning". I truly did. I feel that Shannon Hale is a fantastic writer with a beautiful style and I did enjoy "The Goose Girl" and "Princess Academy". I was especially thrilled in hearing that this was something of a sequel/spin-off of "The Goose Girl".
And it's not to say that Hale does not bring out a great idea. I'm as much as a pyro as the next girl who's worked at a scout camp and I'm all for the magic of burning things. After all, the first book of Bayern informed us of this section of magic.
However, it all comes down to Enna burns things and feels bad. Which is not a bad thing. That sounds like a great plot to me. However, in all the midst of wars and fire and action and plot Enna and her moral dilemma never became real to me. And I have to care about the person before I care about their pyrotechnics.
This all said... I still believe that the right audience would enjoy this book far more than I. There is a lot of action going on here, and the person wanting some action-fighting-burning enjoyment would appreciate this. And if Hale does nothing else, she writes with a beautiful choice of words.
I believe these are all qualities to get three stars.
I just couldn't care past that.