[498]: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Avon | Kindle, 400 pp.
October 28th, 2015
Series: Hidden Legacy, #1
Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I’m sure many of you have read this book already and might have even shared the same opinions about it. I, on the other hand, as per usual, am late in the game – not just with this series, but with these authors in general. Nowadays, I follow so many readers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. I knew it was only a matter of time before I’m convinced to try their cookies. 🙂

Before this book, I’ve only ever read one of Andrews’ books. It’s the first Kate Daniels series. I liked it well enough, but at the time, I wasn’t all that interested to continue. After an overwhelming fantastic feedbacks for this book, however, I just had to see what the big whoop was about. Well, this book was everything that everyone claimed it to be plus a bag of chips.

In a way, the world reminds me of Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series. The characters has abilities like that of superheroes. But while the powers in Reckoners were extraterrestrial by origin, the powers in this book come from a combination of magic and genetics.  Societal hierarchy is also dictated by a caste system dependent on your power.

Mad Rogan reminds me of Victor Vale. He is the type of hero who straddles the fine line between good and evil. I feel like he can go either way. Not to be outdone, Nevada Baylor gives credence to strong female characters usually found in this writing tandem’s books. She uses what she has to go toe to toe with the lot of them. She is witty and funny and fear is not in her vocabulary. I adore her! This is my new favourite couple. Though the romance in this book was not really the forefront of the plot, I’m looking forward to seeing how Mad Rogan will convince Nevada of his er, intentions. Whatever that may be. Either way, I’m chomping at the bits.

This introduction to a brand new series left me a little out of breath. A well-imagined world, immortalized through this duo’s writing prowess, topped off with a couple of unforgettable characters. For someone who’s not a reader of this genre, Burn for Me was the perfect bait and hook to get me visiting the UF/PNR aisle more at my bookstore!

  • This series really started off strong, and I loved this story too. I never did get around to writing a review (too lazy I guess). I can’t wait for the 2nd book! Don’t you think Nevada must be a prime and doesn’t know it? Thus the series name “Hidden Legacy”?

    Kate Daniels first book didn’t completely impress me either, but trust, the series gets so much, much better.

  • I’ve seen this book doing the rounds, but I haven’t read it either. Your great review has given me the final Push Joy! I will read it! :]

  • Don’t worry, you are not the only one who is seemingly late to every party of hyped up book ever >< I feel so behind on them all! But I definitely want to try reading this book, I love the sound of it. I am all for superhero powers and that is one of the kinds of books I love reading. And then it seems s if the characters are intriguing as well and that it is written beautifully! I look forward to trying out this author 🙂

  • Glad you enjoyed Burn for Me despite your lack of interest in the Kate Daniels series! I need to read this one myself… soon I hope!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • This one reminded me of a more adult Reckoner’s series, too! Glad to see someone else who noticed the similarities. I liked this one a lot especially because the family dynamic, but I’m not sure I like the love interest too much… he seems way too alpha for me O.O

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • Wohoo! I’m so glad you took a bite out of the UF cookie jar! This was such a great read – I need more. And, you mentioned they reminded you of The Reckoners and they really do have those cool kinds of powers. I hope we see even more of it in the next book. I eat up that stuff as much as swooning for the romance.
    Great review, Joy. 🙂

  • Yes, yes and yes! You should have continued with the Kate Daniels series too, because the books get better, but so glad you liked this, great review!

  • Christy

    I would’ve questioned your sanity if you hadn’t liked this. Seriously, this book rocked hard.

  • I haven´t read it either, so far I´ve only read the first book in her Kate daniels series.

  • Yay, does sound like a great world. I havent read any by her, but have heard a lot about her books

  • Shit! I’ve forgotten about this book! I intended to read it last December. Never got round to it. My March calendar is packed! Shit! April it is then… I hope

  • I still wanted more from it, sigh

  • Amazing review Joy 😀 So glad you enjoyed this book. Not my genre, not yet, but hopefully one day 😀 So glad this book was all kinds of amazing for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3

  • I really enjoyed this introduction to a new series from Ilona Andrews too! It has their tell-tale wit and humor, not to mention sexual tension, so I can’t wait to see how this series progresses. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • This was one of my favorites from last year and I’m so glad you loved this one too!!! I’m dying for the next book…like DYING. And I really loved her KD series a lot but I I know I might fall in love with this series even more! Here’s to a new fan of Ilona! *clink* 🙂

  • YAY! You finally got to this one and you liked it! Wohoo! 😀
    “I’m looking forward to seeing how Mad Rogan will convince Nevada of his er, intentions. ”
    Haha, this made me giggle! I’m looking forward to this as well. They’ve got an interesting dynamic and I can’t wait to see it be explored in the rest of the books. Also, Nevada’s family was awesome. G
    Great review, Joy!

  • So many people have loved this, if you liked it too then I am just going to need to add this to the good ole TBR pile.
    Wonderful review!

  • This is one of those books that I’ll be buying on Kindle, I mean, that cover looks like a bodice ripper and doesn’t do the storyline any justice does it. The key point for me is that romance isn’t the central storyline, that’s almost an automatic winner in my book. Usually storylines get lost within the romance and glad to see this isn’t the case. This is soooooooooooo not my usual read, I know you like the hot steamy reads Joy 😀 So going to give this one a go.

    But on Kindle. There’s no chance in hell I’d let anyone see that cover in my hands.
    Noooooooooooooooo way 😀
    Brilliant review Joy, just searching for it on Amazon now <3

  • I’m so glad you did try this one and enjoyed it. I really loved it and I’m so curious for more now! Great review!