Monday, June 9, 2014

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale Review

"Enna and Princess Isi became fast friends in The Goose Girl, but after Isi married Prince Geric, Enna returned to the forest. Enna's simple life changes forever when she learns to wield fire and burn anything at will. Enna is convinced that she can use her ability for good--to fight Tira, the kingdom threatening the Bayern borders--and goes on secret raids to set fire to the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?"

Enna Burning is as amazing as The Goose Girl. In fact, I loved it as much as The Goose Girl. I think they are both great. Enna Burning portrays the consequences of talking to wind (which Ani possesses). Enna learns the power of fire speaking but with a price. If she doesn't control it well enough, she will soon burn out. I mean, burn. Literally.

Side note: Enna calls the princess Isi instead of Ani. It took me a few seconds to get used to it, but I just wanted to point that out. It is quite interesting, because The Goose Girl and Enna Burning are told in different perspectives, thus the different names of the future Queen of Bayern.

Enna is one sharp girl. She notices things more than Princess Ani/Isi. Plus, she has more friends than Isi, who prefers to hide in silence because of wind's whispers and hauntings. But she is also more daring. She walks right into enemy's territory. All of it is for her brother. Isi, on the other hand, is pregnant (squeals!).

Enna Burning is a great story. It may be of adventure and war, but it is a story about two kingdoms who hate each other so much that they want to destroy each other. It is a story about two friends who fought against each other. It is a story of true love, no matter how cheesy that sounds. Most importantly, it is the story for a cure. It is a story about forgiveness and the ability to forgive (although Enna does most of it in the next book). It is a story about friendship and about how far friends would go to save their friends.

Shannon Hale is great at keeping the reader entertained throughout the entire book. Maybe, just maybe, it might be shorter than most books, but it is perfect being like that. (You are perfect with all of your imperfections). With a fast-paced plot and storyline, Enna Burning is easy to fall in love with.

Plus, it teaches that you should never, ever, ever, ever fall in love with captors. (Enna gets kidnapped). Yes, he may be handsome and sweet, but he is a demon inside. He has people-speaking ability. He is pretty much a walking contradiction (much like Neal Caffrey from White Collar). Enna thinks she is in love with him, but is he? No, he only wants her power (and that part makes me cry! Darkling, forever!).

(Finn is the One for Enna).

Rating: Four out of Five

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