Monday, October 21, 2019

Burning Bright by Melissa McShane {Review}

Burning Bright (The Extraordinaries Book 1) by Melissa McShane
ebook, 318 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press 
Source: library
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In 1812, Elinor Pembroke wakes to find her bedchamber in flames—and extinguishes them with a thought. At 21, she is old to manifest magical talent, but the evidence is unmistakable: she not only has the ability to start fires, but the far more powerful ability to control and extinguish them. She is an Extraordinary, and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over one hundred years.

As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.

Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England’s enemies, French privateers and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena’s crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor’s ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?

My Review: 4 Stars

It's no secret that I love a good Regency story, especially one with a brave, strong female lead and Elinor is just that. She turns her back on all she knows when her father gives her an ultimatum--she has two options and she discovers a third and doesn't look back, even when times are very intimidating and scary. 

As much as I love Regency balls, teas, courting, and the ton, it's refreshing to read a story that mainly takes place on the sea, in battles, and with the Royal Navy. And let's not forget about the pirates!

An added twist to this adventuresome story is the element of fantastical abilities. Elinor can command fire and other citizens on the seas have powers to combat. This story is fun and entertaining, and definitely different than any other Regency book I've read. I was pleasantly surprised.

Content: mild+ language; mild-moderate violence (deaths, battles, etc); mild romance (some innuendo included)

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