General Rating: (Um. Really Jenna?) This is the most unusual, weird story I couldn’t put down. I told myself I didn’t like it and yet I read the entire book in three days.
Favorite line: None.
Skip factor: 8%, which mystifies me more. I loved the fire children and often rushed through a portion of the story to read more on them.
Who should read: If you like weird books AND if you use the “F” word fluently and don’t take offense to others doing the same, this is for you.
Summary: Lillian and Madison are roommates at boarding school. Lillian is on scholarship and Madison is filthy rich. When Madison is caught with drugs in her room, her father pays off Lillian’s mother to tell authorities the drugs were Lillians. Hence, Lillian’s only chance to claw her way out of poverty is gone. She is expelled. (This possibly made me angry enough to continue reading.)
Lillian works odd jobs and smokes weed in her mother’s house until one day, Madison offers Lillian a job caring for her husband’s children by his first wife. The problem? They catch on fire.
Characters: I loved the children and couldn’t wait to read more of their story. That’s why I continued to read. (I think.) Here are the main characters.
Lillian is the main character. My apologies to the author. I couldn’t get past the male voice and the swearing. Her gruffness hid her kindness, and while I hated her voice, I grew to like her in the end. (Sort of.)
Madison is the rich roommate. She is bland and has no personality in the beginning, but is drawn out a little toward the end. She is Senator Jasper Roberts second wife.
Senator Jasper Roberts – The typical politician you love to hate.
Bessie – Is Jasper’s daughter who catches on fire. I liked this character so much that I kept reading to see what happens. She and Roland are the children of Jasper’s first wife, who committed suicide in front of them.
Roland – Is Jasper’s son who catches on fire.
Carl – Is the grumpy right-hand man of Jasper. I sort of liked him. No clue why. (This review is turning out to be as strange as this book.)
Mary – Is the cook and I liked her. Thought there might be substance to her. But no. There wasn’t.
Storyline: Quirky story. Strange, weird tale. I didn’t love this book nor did I understand it.
Writing: The writing was easy.
Read this author again? Um. I have no idea. This was the most confusing book I’ve ever read. Should you read it? That’s on you.
CJ Zahner is the author of The Suicide Gene, a psychological thriller, Dream Wide Awake, and Project Dream, two thrillers that carry a sixth-sense paranormal element, and Friends Who Move Couches, women’s fiction. These last two novels were inspired by Zahner’s own experiences. See the video of her own paranormal experience, a premonition of 9/11 here. Download her Beyond Reality Radio podcast here. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, or LinkedIn. Purchase her books on Amazon.