Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review - Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount

Title: Nothing Left to Burn
Author: Patty Blount
Pages: 368
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 4th August 2015
Blurb from Goodreads:  
Dear Dad, I promised Matt I'd do this-become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn't let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too "different." So, just in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you'll miss me.

Reece's words make her ache. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse where she volunteers is the only place that feels like home. She wants to help Reece, but his dad is her boss. And she won't risk her place as a Junior Cadet-it's all that she has. But when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, her whole world is about to go up in flames. And the only way to save themselves is to risk getting burned.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Ever since Reece's brother Matt was killed in a car accident with Reece behind the wheel, he has been attempting to write a letter to his father to fulfil Matt's dying wish - that Reece improves his relationship with him. Reece was always on the outside growing up, always wishing he could join in with Matt and their dad.
Reece signs up as a junior cadet at the fire station where his dad, who has left him and his mum, is a Lieutenant. The angst between them is noticed by Amanda, a foster child who needs to stay away from drama if she's got a chance at staying with her current foster parents, the best home she's had since her mother went to prison when she was nine.
Amanda finds herself falling for Reece but one of the rules she has to follow is 'no boys'. Can she stay away from him?
Who is the arsonist that is burning down homes?
Will Reece repair his relationship with his dad?

Nothing Left to Burn was an enjoyable read.
I liked Reece and Amanda and felt sorry for them both. I found them relatable and wanted them to have happy endings.
The romance wasn't a huge part of the book which I liked as it was quite sweet and not over the top.
The plot was interesting and you could tell that the author had really done her research.
The writing style was easy to follow and I wanted to keep on reading but I wasn't gripped.
I did guess the identity of the arsonist early on.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.