SST – A Shadow Bright and Burning review + giveaway

SST – A Shadow Bright and Burning review + giveawayAuthor: Jessica Cluess
Published: September 20th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Format: ARC, paperback
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Rating: four-stars

I am Henrietta Howel.The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.The prophesied one.Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

I received this book for free from SST in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank to SST for giving me a copy of this book.


So I’m sitting here the night before this post is suppose to go up. And I’m kinda stumped about what to write for this review despite the fact I have bullet points of what I liked and didn’t while reading the book (which I read like 2-3 months ago). So here’s the notes I wrote as a bullet point review.

  • liked the writing style
  • very little romance + it was lowkey – but so many potential love interests
    • i kinda feel like it could have been done with; except for many one scene that kinda needed it – but some other could have made that scene happen
  • tiny hints of mystery
  • the mc is poc(?); she has dark skin
  • the mc is pretty kick ass despite the fact most of the time she’s wearing victorian clothes (ie corset & dress)
  • I kinda want book 2 now
  • i wish there were more women in the story – that were super prominiate like Henrietta
    • but also it makes sense that there aren’t; this is set in a victorian london
  • did remind me a lot of harry potter (i mean look at the mc’s name…i’m pretty sure that most genderbend fics I read for hp; harry ends up with the name harrietta)
    • but it still was it’s own book (unlike a certain book *cough*carryon*cough*)
  • not much plot in this book – it’s mostly set up for the rest of the series

Overall I really enjoyed this book but there were a few things that felt a bit lacking.

About the Author:

Jessica CluessJESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.







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