Futuristic Friday review: The Burning Island by Hester Young

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Burning Island

Summary: When her work on a high-profile missing child case exposes her fragile secret to the world, Charlie Cates is forced to flee the spotlight.

On Hawai’i’s Big Island, Charlie can escape the past whilst gazing out at breath-taking sunsets and sparkling sea.

But in spite of its beauty the island is harbouring a dark secret of its own, and people who will do anything to protect it.

The more enchanted Charlie becomes by the island’s mysteries, the bigger the theat she poses to its tranquillity. And the closer Charlie gets to uncovering the truth, the less likely it seems that she will ever leave the island alive…


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

After reading and LOVING The Gates of Evangeline (I still re-read this one a good bit!) and The Shimmering Road, I had to know what Charlie was up to in The Burning Island. And she did not disappoint.


What I Liked:

The evolution of Charlie. Charlie, as a character, has been through much in the 3 books. We’ve seen her resent her gift. We’ve seen her at times almost relish her gift. But, I believe, in The Burning Island- we’ve seen her understand her gift- her place and purpose.

The cover. Hester’s covers have a spooky-ish side to each of them, eye-catching, but if you look closer, you see the secrets and the depth to the covers.

The ending. I have been sad to know that this was Charlie’s last book, but Hester wrapped her storyline up nicely- not a perfect, story book ending- because that is SO not Charlie; but an ending that is befitting for a woman who is as complex as she is.


Bottom line: If this series is NOT on your list, fix that pronto. This is a series that I highly recommend folks to read!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.* 

*The Burning Island is a Futuristic Friday February 2019 selection of Traveling With T’s.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

4 thoughts on “Futuristic Friday review: The Burning Island by Hester Young

  1. Susan says:

    I haven’t heard of this series before thanks for the recommendation. I will check to see if my library has the books and try to read them in order.

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