Burn by T. J. Klune

Title: Burn

Series: Elementally Evolved 01

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Length: Super Novel (370pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6th February 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 – 4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Set in a world that closely resembles our own, Burn is a story of redemption and betrayal, of family and sacrifice, which leads to the greatest question of all: how far would you go to save the ones you love?

Fifteen years ago, Felix Paracel killed his mother with fire that shot from his hands. Since then, he has hidden from forces bent on exploiting him and his fire and wind Elemental abilities. But Felix’s world is about to change, because he is Findo Unum—the Split One—and his coming has been foretold for generations.

Though Felix’s arrival brings great joy to the Elemental world, it also heralds a coming darkness. No one knows this better than Seven.—Seven, the mysterious man who rescued Felix from that horrible fire years ago and then disappeared; Seven, who has returned to claim what’s rightfully his: Felix’s heart. But even as Felix begins to trust Seven and his feelings about his place in the world, the darkness reveals itself, bringing consequences no one could have predicted.

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Review: Felix/Addy is an Elemental and not just any Elemental, but a duel Elemental.  The only one in the world… he has been kept hidden… he knows nothing of his fate… and he is in grave danger.

When I finished this book I was in two minds, did I like it or not? And I still can’t tell you because even though the story-line and plot was mind-blowing, the detail incredible, the supporting characters great, the fight scenes epic and the sex hot, I wanted to smash the two main characters heads in, stomp on their faces, drop buildings on them and set them on fire.

When the story starts we get a clip of Felix when he is nine, as the story progresses, we learn more of his life which is interesting and I had high hopes for his character.   Well, I did until he met Seven again and he turned into a pussy.  Seven is an overbearing oaf who believes that his word is law and the way that he keeps things from Felix ‘for his own good’ got right up my nose. These two characters were great when they were apart, but together, because of their connection they changed into vomit-inducing wimps.

I know a lot of people will be going “but they were great.”  Well, I challenge you by saying really!! Every time Felix grew a backbone and was going to challenge his father/the council/Seven for answers he’d back down in seconds usually because of something that Seven said or did. Seven would usually cave in to what Felix wanted unless his safety was in question. Now the other characters in this book were brilliant and I loved Tick and Tock they were just… special.

This story is not some romantic light and fluffy read, it’s dark and gritty and there is no happy ever after or happy for now ending, what you have is two men’s hearts breaking as they separate because they have no choice. There is no real romance in this book just an expectation that they will be together and the bonding forcing it.  Seven sleeps with a woman for a number of years even though he knows that Felix is male.  it would have been more realistic if Seven had slept with a man but hay-ho.

This story is actually really well written and although for me the two main characters fell flat this is still a very enjoyable read. I will give a warning though, if you think that you are going to read this book in a few hours then you are sadly mistaken.  anyone who reads this in less than 12 hours is skipping and not taking the story in at all and the story-line deserves better than that.

Now this book has to be recommended on the story-line alone because the romance between Felix and Seven doesn’t feel genuine or real.  So, I recommend this for the violence, fights, explosions, the secrets, the great story-line, the supporting characters and the promise of more to come.

P.S. And just a quick question for the author, if the Scared King got to ‘you know who’ wouldn’t the Scared King have also got to ‘you know who’ as well because they were always together?




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