Sunday Street Team| Review + #Giveaway: A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess

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Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning 
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Author: Jessia Cluess
Publisher: Random House
Release date: September 20th, 2016

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I? 

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?

I received this galley from SST in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to SST for the egalley.

While this book has a gorgeous cover, it didn't reflect what was inside. For me, this fantasy book felt lacking and it felt like too many other fantasy books I've already read.

But even though I had various problems with it, some things interested me in the end. Like the monsters. We didn't have a lot of information about them, but their uniqueness made me really intrigued, I wanted to know more about them. Why were they called that way? Where are they from? Is there a parallel universe somewhere in that world? The descriptions of each monster is really great and there are even poems/songs about them? It's like La Llorona or the Boogeyman for that historical time in this particular story.

I'm sure the story will only get better from this book. If you aren't too familiar with fantasy books, I would recommend to start with this one. But like me, who is such a die-hard fantasy fan, this book just wasn't for me. 

JESSICA 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.

Contact: Website | Twitter | Tumblr

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