Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1) by Mary Taranta

Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-h...

Details Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)

TitleShimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)
Release DateAug 8th, 2017
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    Wow! I have no words for how fantastic this was! There was something very Maria V. Snyder-esque in the world building and story. And the Magic and swoons! OMG!!!! I need book 2 now!!!
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    Gah this was so good! But I was a little confused by the many, many plot twists. xD I think I have to reread this ASAP in order to review it properly. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK!
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.... love this book with all my heart. This book needs more hype. This book deserves more hype. Apparently the original title was, Until Our Blood Runs Clean. THIS title says a lot. I won't say how or why because I want you guys to read this book but this title says a lot. This book exceeded my expectations. What I loved most was how real and raw the characters were. North, t...
  • mith
    you can find my review on my blog as well! "My mother tried to kill me the night the guards arrested her." Y'all. I'm speechless. This is a book I picked up on a whim, at 3 AM, because my friend couldn't pick a book for me and I was desperate. So I randomly picked a book with my eyes closed and it was the best. Decision. Ever.I was hooked from the first line of this book. And that doesn't happened often. I mean, how can you not be hooked by that?...
  • Sheila {}
    This full review can also be viewed on my blog along with others at: on my TBR for #ARCAugust tag.I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Wake up, I think helplessly, but she needs magic for that, and the king keeps it all locked in his castle. Faris is a girl who knows how tough life can be. Growing up in the slums of Brindaigel, she learned to fight, and defend her fam...
  • Rachael (RedRchlReads)
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 StarsShimmer and Burn was an intriguing fantasy debut, that was action packed from first page to last. There was a lot to like about the story, including the worldbuilding and everything about the magic system. The author is clearly a talented and creative writer, who thought through every aspect of the world she created, with special emphasis on the main focus of ...
  • Emily
    Abandoned around 31%. This book plays YA fantasy trope bingo, which creates a mishmash of bad plotting and characters who make unbelievably dumb decisions. There are lots of good fantasy words - the slums are the Brim, the merchants live on the Ridge - but this feels like window dressing rather than a real world inhabited by real people. Nowhere is this more apparent than the first chapter, where the author tries to spin up this crazily intricate...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    Shimmer and Burn was such a delightful surprise. I went into this book not knowing what to expect, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I actually ended up reading this book in one sitting because it became very addictive very quickly. I thought the plot of Shimmer and Burn was creative and captivating. This was a story I never wanted to end! I loved the fantasy elements of this book. The author created such an enchanting and me...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Another grand slam in YA fantasy debuts, Shimmer and Burn is the third release of the year in this genre that I absolutely adored (see also Song of the Current and  Caraval ). With a unique take on magic and fantasy kingdoms combined with characters you'll love to, well love (and also hate), this book was such a fun read and I flew through it in record time.Y'all, I need the sequel. Now please?First, there's Faris. Not your typical heroine....
  • nick
    YA fantasy used to be one of my favorite genres in the past, but lately, I haven’t been meshing well with it. But still every time that I hear about a new fantasy book releasing, my interests piques. Shimmer and Burn was one of those books that tickled my fancy. Then I took a closer look at the book summary, and the minute I found out the plot was centered around the relationship between two sisters, I was more than in. I’m thrilled that my g...
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    “What if after all this time, it wasn't the beast in the dungeon I needed to fear, but the beauty who lived in the castle above him?” An entertaining debut fantasy novel that isn't without its flaws, but keeps one reading nonethless. The storyline was intriguing and I was definitely hooked from the start. The main character was all right, North was a great love interest - the romance overall was enjoyable and I'm interested to see where it's ...
  • Hadeer
    I should have liked this fact, from the very first chapter it felt different than most YA fantasy. Faris, a motherless young woman, already has a love interest. They are both trapped in the country of Brindaigel (which gave me serious Brigadoon vibes) by their king, who claims to be protecting them from a magical plague in the neighboring kingdom. Tragedy strikes fairly quickly for Faris and her beloved, and she ends up being blackmaile...
  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    "A weak heart breaks, a broken heart bleeds, and blood can be poisoned."4.25/5Why does this book have such a low rating?? It's original, unputdownable and it also has an amazing female lead and morally grey characters!I'm honestly so in love with the story and the magic system, if you need me you can find me hugging my copy with a smile on my face
  • alice (arctic books)
    This really exceeded my expectations; I loved this one a whole lot. Trigger warnings for violence, drugging, mention of self-harm. Full review to come!
  • Take Me Away To A Great Read
    Shimmer and Burn by Mary TarantaPublished by Margaret K. McElderry BooksRelease Date: August 8, 2017Rating: 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced review copy of Shimmer and Burn for an honest review.Shimmer and Burn has swoon, magic and heart-break, while on a journey to discovery what is really important and worth fighting for. This book is seriously one of the best books I have read in so long!!! I am hopi...
  • Plot Monster
    Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta has 336 pages and was published in 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.Shimmer and Burn is a fantastically creative and unique story.  It is filled with so many plot twists it is guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seat.The writing in this novel is superb.  Taranta does an amazing job of telling Faris's story.  The plot is fast-paced and full of twists and turns.  Her style of world-building is ...
  • Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
    One of the best premises that I’ve read about it in a very long time. Definitely adding this to my ‘holy-grail-shelf’. I loved every absolutely everything about this book and I am dying to read the sequel.
  • Hetal
    To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog hereShimmer and Burn was everything I wanted and never knew I needed. Bryn: A villain you love to hate but isn't what you expected. Faris: A female protagonist who knows you must live to fight another day and that some battles must be lost. She has lost many. Many battles, Many people, and many parts of herself. North: A boy who is more-so much more- but pretending ...
  • Aoi
    Antenna wave theory is much more easier to follow than the convoluted magic systems present in Shimmer and Burn. The plot points and 'world building' are just window dressing to a second-hand, hastily assembled junkyard of a shop. After some time, I tend to care a rat's ass about the protagonist and her whiny-sorry excuse of a sister. Barely survived, but lived to DNF @20%
  • Katrin D
    When you wonder why they changed the original title into such a generic one...
  • TheYALibrarian
    Rating 2.5 starsWell this book took me ages to finish. I honestly wasn't very invested in the story after the first chapter. At least not until the very end. I'm usually not one to be against depressing plot lines or even be bothered by them. I'm all for YESSS MAKE THE MAIN CHARACTER SUFFER MWAHAHA!!! but it was too much for me that Thaelan ended up dead and Cadence a puppet. Yes it really moved the plot forward in Faris's revenge but jeez that w...
  • Bright Star
    What a book! Shimmer and Burn was such an incredible reading! We have political intrigues (which were never boring), strong characters, slow burn romance and plot twists! Fortunately, it didn't end with a strong cliffhanger, but you want the second and final book right now anyway!
  • Iryna Khymych
    Disclaimer - I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher - thank you publisher.Shimmer and Burn was completely not what I was expecting. The book follows a story of Faris, a young woman whose mother tries to kill her when she was eight years old. It is set in a kingdom that has isolated itself because of "the plague" that ravages the neighboring kingdom of Avenia where magic has gone putrid and kills those that come in contact with it. Howe...
  • Lisa
    Talk about a dismal existence, geesh!! This was pretty cool, magic could be and was a poison and man if it wasn't just creepy and having hold your breath moments. Theres some good twists and turns. This story is just getting started and I will happily be reading the next. I loved Faris and North and pretty much most of the people in this but the princess, what a heartless and cruel bitch, karma needs to visit her and the punk ass king!! Obviously...
  • Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
    pooled ink Reviews: Oh. My. Word. I am not a huge fan of the cover, but the story???? I NEED the next book and I NEED a happy ending. NOW. Shimmer and Burn is not just another fantasy tale. It’s a story both dark and alluring that will sink its claws into you, dragging addiction into your veins until you’ve devoured the book whole and cling to the edge needing to know more. Absolutely captivating, thrilling, hellish, and delightful, this is a...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4 1/2 stars TOP PICK