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review 2016-04-14 10:46
"We are witnessing something beyond what we've been taught to imagine."
Burning Kingdoms - Lauren DeStefano

I will gladly admit that this second installment was better than the first book. I really enjoyed reading on with the story of Morgan and her friends, as they try to find their place on the ground. It was really funny reading about their reactions to things we all consider normal, like rain. Living in a floating piece of earth had its privileges after all!

There is no train framing this city. There is no limit. It could well go on forever, to a horizon it would take ten lifetimes to run to.


So, "Burning Kingdoms" picks the story from the end of book one, with our survivors landing safely into the strange world of "the ground". However, they are soon disappointed, when they find out that the people there are no less cruel and oppressive than their own. That world felt relatively close to our modern society with cars and planes, cinemas, hotels and amusement parks, with the exception of royalty. The people from "the floating island" were welcomed on the ground, even though they arrived in the middle of a war. New relationships are formed and we find out more about the now familiar characters of Morgan, Lex, Pen and Celeste. The friendship between Pen and Morgan is one of my favorites on these series and I like the way DeStefano plays the romance card: it's subtle and not annoying. The hinting of a potential love triangle is a bit worrying but I trust it will work itself out in the end.


I already picked the last book of the series and I don't like the foreshadowing break of the china couple on the cover..

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review 2016-04-12 04:14
From Internment to Havalais...
Burning Kingdoms - Lauren DeStefano

Burning Kingdoms is the second book in The Internment Chronicles series. It starts off where Perfect Ruin ended with some of the characters from Internment attempting to fly below the wind barrier to reach the ground, which they've been never been allowed to see. To say anymore then that would give to much of the plot away so I'll just say if you like the first book in the series, you should really enjoy this one. There isn't any second book syndrome going on with this one. If anything, I think this second book was actually better then the first. Where Perfect Ruin has a slow building plot with some dead spots and a few grammatical errors, Burning Kingdoms plot is action packed and the writing is a lot more polished. The world building though is what really hooked me to the series in the first place. The floating city and the world DeStefano has a built around it, is pretty cool and very unique. Also, I'm normally not real big into the romance portion of stories but I actually really enjoyed the romance/relationship that's played out between Morgan and Basil. They just also happen to be my two favorite characters so I'm looking forward to seeing what the last book, Broken Crowns, has in store for them.

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review 2015-03-26 18:00
Burning Kingdoms - Lauren DeStefano

Two worlds. One in the sky, one on the ground. Each with their problems, their wars.

Can they help one another achieve peace, or will one destroy the other.

Morgan sets in motion a collision course of the two kingdoms while discovering what the ground has to offer. 

Discovering flaws, pain and love in both worlds leaves all the Internment refugees wondering which life, given the choice, they would live. On the ground. I the sky.

It may not be up to them in the end. 

Book three can't come soon enough!

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review 2014-02-09 00:00
Burning Kingdoms
Burning Kingdoms - Lauren DeStefano If a book ever needed a 'previously on...' section, this was it
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