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Everyone in Grey Hills knows about the fire that burned down the old high school fifty years ago. Macy Pierce grew up hearing horror stories about the students who burned alive inside it. It was a tragic accident...right? After Macy's brother dies over the summer, she doesn't expect the first day of her junior year to feel normal. But when she starts seeing things - includEveryone in Grey Hills knows about the fire that burned down the old high school fifty years ago. Macy Pierce grew up hearing horror stories about the students who burned alive inside it. It was a tragic accident...right? After Macy's brother dies over the summer, she doesn't expect the first day of her junior year to feel normal. But when she starts seeing things - including a teacher bursting into flames - she begins to question her own sanity. Now, she sees signs of the dead everywhere, and she and a group of new friends may be all that stands between the new high school and a doorway to hell....

Title : The Burning
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ISBN : 9781680760293
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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The Burning Reviews

  • Leigh Collazo
    2019-06-18 06:18

    More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.WHAT I LIKED: The story begins quickly and is easy to get into, which will help encourage reluctant readers to keep reading. The plot is easy to follow and suspenseful. For about the first half, I enjoyed the story and looked forward to reading.WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: So much profanity. If you have read my reviews before, you probably know that profanity does not much affect whether or not I purchase a book for my school. After working with middle and high school students for many years, I know that my students, even the most innocent of them, have heard profanity at school, in public, and often, at home.Rather than picking apart every swear word in a book, I look at the purpose of profanity in the story. Does it help define a character? Does it make a setting or social environment more realistic? In the case of The Burning, the answer is a resounding NO. This book has so much unnecessary profanity. F-bombs are all over the place, and all the characters speak as though the F-word is part of their everyday repertoire. Profanity is way overused here and adds absolutely nothing to the plot. I did not connect with any of the characters. Macy just seems mean to Jackson, who is the only character I sort-of liked. And where are Dom, Sam, and Trev's parents? These three self-described "ghost hunters" are still just high school students. Where do they live? How do they buy food? Who bought Dom's car? Do they have medical and car insurance? So unrealistic that three teens could bounce around the USA solving ghost mysteries without gaining any attention from children's services. Finally, we get to that abrupt ending. What happened there? Is my ARC missing a chapter? I reread the last chapter and still didn't "get" the ending. It just STOPS.THE BOTTOM LINE: The Burning has potential, but it does have its issues, too. Better in the first half than the second. School librarians need to be aware of excessive profanity.STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Due to excessive profanity and abrupt ending, I have no plans to purchase this one.READALIKES: Creepover series (Night)RATING BREAKDOWN: Overall: 2/5Creativity: 2/5Characters: 1/5Engrossing: 3/5Writing: 3/5Appeal to teens: 3/5Appropriate length to tell the story: 3/5 CONTENT:Language: extreme--nothing is off the table here (60+ F-bombs, 23 shits)Sexuality: mild; unwelcome kiss; "pawing" at jeans Violence: mild; past suicide, arson/murder and attempted murderDrugs/Alcohol: mild; Macy's brother was killed in a drunk driving accident

  • Meg
    2019-06-01 07:39

    Very compelling ghost story with intriguing characters, definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I read most of it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.The author did a great job building tension and moving the story forward. I loved the characters and I think the author successfully captured the way teenagers - especially teenagers in a difficult situation - speak. The end was abrupt but that is pretty standard for books that are part of a series.I loved the book and can't wait for the next one.

  • Nikki Gomez Hatake
    2019-06-27 06:14

    I love this book, I think it's interesting. I would love to keep continuing reading these books. This book was about a girl named Macy and her brother had recently passed away and she can also see ghosts, she also has recently met new friends and they are kind of ghost hunters...

  • paula
    2019-06-25 06:13

    Gr 8-Up -- Macy Pierce starts her junior year of high school isolated and grieving after the death of her older brother Nick in an alcohol-related car crash. Nobody knows what to say to her, least of all her former friend Jackson, who is living with grief of his own. And when she freaks out after seeming to hallucinate a teacher burning to death in front of the class, tongues really start to wag. Fortunately, she makes some new friends - Trev, Sam, and Dom. Unfortunately, the three claim to be itinerant teenage ghost hunters, and soon they are giving Macy more bad news - ghosts are all around, they’re dangerous, and the danger seems to be converging on her high school. Smartmouthed, realistically profane dialogue enlivens this Pacific Northwest page-turner. Printed in large type, it is a fine choice for hi-lo readers who like a good scare. —Paula Willey

  • Hhslibrary
    2019-06-27 06:12

    Macy has enough to deal with as she returns to school after the death of her brother, without also seeing horrifying images, including a teacher bursting into flames at the front of a classroom. Living in Grey Hills, everyone is aware of the legend of the old high school that burned down and took many lives with it. Is there a connection between Macy's fiery images and the old high school? Strange and dangerous things start to happen at the high school, and only a few students seem to be able to see the truth. Can Macy and her friends stop a plan to open a gate to hell on their campus? This is a fast-paced story that ends leaving you hungry for the next book in this series.

  • Winnie
    2019-06-04 09:39

    Macy new to a town discovers that her high school is haunted through horror stories and starts to question her sanity once she starts seeing things. I was not really into this book as much. I stopped reading for a bit. I want to try and finish the book and continue with the series some time this summer. I recommend this book to readers who are interested in horror type of books.

  • Rachelle Ballinger
    2019-06-10 08:17

    Read this book is about 2 hours. Was quick and engaging. Loved the story.This young girl has to find a way to learn how to deal with her new ability to see ghosts and what is happening around her. I won't give a lot away but I recommend it to anyone who likes a not too scary ghost story, but an intriguing storyline.First of a 6 book series.

  • Kirsten
    2019-06-03 12:34

    It's rare to read a thriller written for a YA audience with such a perceptive sense of character and such wonderful descriptive writing. I found myself snickering at the wisecracking, acerbic characters, particularly Macy. Of course, these high schoolers are much cooler than I was in high school...they're more like the high schoolers I *wished* I could be. I found myself very drawn in by the eerie tone of The Burning and its accelerating sense of danger lurking ahead. The paranormal touches were handled extremely well and in the genre of "kids who see ghosts," I found this real-but-not-quite world to be fresh and surprising. I actually usually avoid genre fiction, but am so glad I gave this series a chance. I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens at the end of the series, and what dark secret lurks in the town of Grey Hills!Also, one more note--I notice some of the other reviewers mentioning swearing. I felt like the author struck the right balance and represented the tone of how teenagers *actually* talk. It did not bother me at all and seems fine for the intended age group and up.Lastly, I think this book might be a source of solace for young adults who have experienced grief and loss--the writing was very sensitive on this.

  • ~*~Meg~*~
    2019-06-14 10:15

    Not a bad read but not that great either. I have to ask though. HOW THE HELL IS THIS A MIDDLE GRADE BOOK?!?!?! There are so many curse words used in this book it should have a picture of a sailor on it. Or maybe a trucker. Aside from the major use of profanity I had other issues with the book. I mean, it's only 216 pages long. How many issues can a short book have? Plenty.I won't list them ALL but I will mention the biggest issue. How is this not almost totally not like The Legion series by Kami Garcia. Or even like Supernatural but for kids? I don't know. It felt weird and awkward to read to me. There are redeeming qualities to the story though! It wasn't all complete garbage. The characters are interesting. The idea of how and why people start 'seeing' ghosts was an interesting concept. The plot lacked some kind of spark though. Almost like it needed to have more thought put into it. There are going to be 5-6 books in the series? So I may possibly read the rest some day. Will I go out of my way to demand the books as soon as they are released? No.Read it anyway and find out if you like it for yourself. Who knows? You might.

  • Alicia
    2019-06-04 07:33

    This high/low read filled with unnecessary cursing and plenty of white space to encourage readers to invest themselves in a mystery of a burning school that killed many students and faculty fifty years ago is not stellar. Trying to keep pace over a few days to countdown until the fifty year anniversary which coincides with the senior sleep-in in school isn't tense and there really doesn't seem to be a reason for a true mystery to be solved with a creepy crew of three teenagers who are supposed to travel around, ferret out ghosts, and send them packing along with identifying where the ghostly doors are. So, I'm not a big fan of this ghostly mystery because it lacks any substance or suspense to make anyone invest their time.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-23 05:30

    A compelling and suspenseful read that had me looking for the second volume as soon as I finished! Beautifully evokes its northwest setting and believably captures what it's like to be a teenager, from the language the characters use to the evolving and sometimes awkward relationships with childhood friends and parents. Although the plot is supernatural, the depiction of collective and individual trauma is realistic. I can't wait to dive into the next one!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-30 11:30

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up this book. But what started as a plan to read for a few minutes, quickly turned into me finishing the book in a single read. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out, so that I can find out what happens to Macy and the rest of Grey Hills.

  • Tori
    2019-06-17 08:09

    Hmmm, this novel seems like it could be a hi/lo read. I would guess it to be at about a 3rd or 4th grade reading level. I guess I would give it 2.5 stars. I think some low level reading students might find it of interest.

  • Rianna Priest
    2019-05-28 13:14

    an interesting idea for a series but ill have to read the next book in order to figure out if i really like it.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-19 05:35

    A lot of unnecessary use of the F word!

  • Lora
    2019-06-27 08:10

    Not bad for hi lo. The goggle guy was creepy. The kids should like it anyway. But....series.

  • Michele
    2019-06-20 12:37

    Love this series read them all back to back

  • Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
    2019-06-12 13:11

    When I saw this book in the library, I didn't even have to read what it was about. The cover alone made me know I HAD to read it. So I got home and that's exactly what I did. And I quickly realized this book should not be in Middle Grade/Young Adult section. It should be in Mature YA/Adult. As much as I really want to give this book 5 stars, I can't. The Burning has potential. It really does. But there is just a lot that really ticked me off. Such as:-the profanity. It's was unnecessary. I could understand a few, but this went way over the limit and were placed in ways that made me think the author had no idea what to say or put, so she just threw those in. They cussed so much that by chapter 2 I decided to keep track of all cussing. By chapter seven, I could no longer put my pen down because they came so often. *Shit-23*Fuck-54*Hell-3*Ass-3*Damn-2*Bitch-2*Bastards-1***I'm sure I missed a few, so there are probably more. ***The other problems I had with this book was all the drinking and yet no adult noticed at all. Seriously? You gotta be kidding. And they just did it nonchalantly. And also there was a scene that was clearly an assault yet it was just brushed off like it was nothing which REALLY pissed me off. And lets not forget how Claire WANTED to make someone have PTSD. Like that's just some big joke. OR later when we learn that Macy once tried to hurt herself by cutting........ With a freaking butter knife. Are. You. Kidding. PTSD and cutting are not JOKES! They aren't somthing you just take lightly. And in this book they were unnecessary and uncalled for. Now the story itself? Oh man it was so amazing and creepy. I mean if the cusswords were removed thus book could have easily been a 5 star book. I didn't see that ending coming at all. And the ghost dude scared the crap out if me. Lol. Every time he popped up, I looked around scared because it just FELT like he was there. Mega creepy. LolThe characters are interesting. I'll give them that. I got book 2 and 3 when I grabbed book hopefully it gets better and they chill out with the cussing.