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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Amazon Burning Book Review


When 22-year-old aspiring journalist Emma Cohen is forced to flee the comforts of her NYU student life, she maneuvers an internship from her father at his newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. There, Emma is immediately swept into a major news story—and a life-threatening situation—when a famous jungle environmentalist, Milton Silva, is mysteriously murdered.

Emma must now enter the Amazon rain forest with her father to investigate, where she is both awed by the enormity and beauty of the Amazon and appalled by its reckless destruction. Not only will Emma have to brave the primal world of the Amazon, she must fight to survive the kidnappers, villains, corrupt activists, and indigenous tribes that lay in wait along the ever-twisting trail of the murder case. Stretched to the brink, it’s up to Emma, her father, and the dreamy news photographer, Jimmy, to unravel the mystery and live to tell the tale.

I received an E Book of Amazon Burning at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

This book is an intricately woven mix of love, adventure and murder. The thrills come pretty quick and last throughout the book. This story was written and edited very well. The story is intriguing, fast paced and very easy to follow, even with all the twists and turns that come at the characters. The characters are really well developed, you feel like you are getting to know and befriend them as you read. This story is set in the unique setting of the Amazon rain forest. The descriptions of the setting and surroundings are really great and you can close your eyes and picture what is being told. There is a love story here, but the story is still tame enough for YA readers. The murder mystery is set up perfectly and keeps the reader guessing. This story is an experience and it was a great one for me! 

About the Author

Victoria Griffith is the author of the award winning non-fiction picture book The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams, 2011), which won numerous awards, including the prestigious Parents’ Choice. The book was recently translated into Portuguese for the Brazilian market and was also released in audio book version.

Before becoming a full-time author, Victoria spent twenty years as an international journalist, fifteen of those years as foreign correspondent for the UK’s Financial Times. During that time, she had fun writing on a wide range of topics, including Brazil’s Yanomami Indians, architecture, space exploration, the human genome, and the growth of the Internet. She even managed to fit in some children’s book reviews. Her most terrifying assignment was preparing lunch for Julia Child, who praised the Brazilian fish stew but refused to touch the blackberry dessert. Victoria lives in Boston with her husband and three daughters.


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