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review 2018-03-10 14:19
Book Falls Apart
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

 I have to say that this one didn't work for me at all.


I think the main issue is that there are way too many plot elements going throughout this book. I also don't think that the main character Abby Williams was that engaging at all. I kind of ended up disliking her and her indifference to her father just turned me off. Her also being obsessed with a childhood friend that's been gone didn't didn't ring true. The whole  book read like a Lifetime murder mystery.


"Bonfire" is about an environmental lawyer named Abby Williams that returns to her small town of Barrens, Indiana. Abby's returns home to lay some ghosts to rest and also to see if a big chemical company (Optimal) in her town is behind a recent rash of people becoming sick.  While there though Abbey starts looking into the disappearance of a former friend of hers that was never seen again after senior year.


Unfortunately I don't think that the character of Abby was very developed. I think that most of this book was a lot of "tell" not show and the secondary characters never really come alive. I also was able to figure out who the guilty party was because there's very few people in this book so you know it's not that hard to figure out who the guilty party(is) are while reading this.


The writing at times was really clunky. Ritter is also little bit repetitive, actually I'm going to say it, she's a lot repetitive. Be prepared to read about crows. l also think that the writing was hampered by the lack of flow. This book just stopped and started in a lot of awkward places and I think ultimately the mystery of Kaycee and all of that just didn't work along with everything else that was happening in this book.


The setting of Barren's is a small town with a lot to hide. It was interesting to read about what was going on underneath the surface of the town, I guess part of me just didn't think that something like that could be kept hidden for as long as it was especially in this day and age and with how much kids talk and social media these days. That part of it didn't really work for me and it didn't help that Abby is given a pretty big clue in order to figure things out. I rather she had realized it instead of her fumbling along with things as she did. The whole collar (Abby's dog) explanation equaled zero sense. I had to re-read three times and just didn't buy it. There's a lot of moving parts that Ritter tries to force fit. 


The ending was not good. It honestly doesn't make any sense to me like the decisions that's Abby is taking feels like she's just going to force herself to be alone and sad just because she definitely seems to want to still be seen as a victim to me. I don't know if Ritter has plans on continuing with this character in a future series, but I definitely hope that Abby gets developed a lot better than she was in this book.


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text 2018-03-09 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 288 pages.
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

Huh. Technically the hardcover I have is 276 pages. The chapters are moving pretty quickly. I think the flow is off though. Ritter isn't allowing me a chance to get settled. We seem to move from one terrible incident after the other with the main character recounting to us how bad the small town she is from was when she was a kid. And seriously this place sounds awful. 

The main character (Abby) seems hell bent on proving something is wrong with Barrens (she is now an environmental lawyer) since she wants the town/people to pay for what happened to her as a kid. She also is haunted by a childhood friend who turned enemy that disappeared when they were seniors. I honestly don't get why she cares about this person (Kaycee) since she sounds just as bad as anything.


Not really getting a feel for the secondary characters at all. The setting of Barrens is very well done though. 


I am happy to say that this book fits two things on this card. It takes place in a small town and a father is one of the characters in this book. Abby's father (very religious) is in this and now that the man is now older seems broken. 


Will see if justice appears in the text. I think it has to be considering the themes in this book. 

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text 2018-03-08 02:19
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 288 pages.
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

Reading this for:



This book is a mystery so it counts towards the first part of the card. 

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text 2018-03-01 23:54
February Recap
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land
White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller - Jane Robins
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar
Twelve: The Naturals E-novella (Naturals, The) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A sorta slow reading month for me...but I've had a lot going on, and I'm going on Vacation in 6 days.  After I get back from vacation I'm only working 5 more days and I'm having surgery on my foot.  That means at least 8 weeks off work and lots of down time...so, translation...lots of reading time.





(Audiobook) UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Finish Date:  02/04



(Audiobook) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Finish Date:  02/07



(Kindle eBook) Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  02/10

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-


(Reread on Audio) Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  02/10



(Audiobook) Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Finish Date:  02/16

☆2.5☆ STARS - GRADE=D+


(Audiobook) White Bodies by Jane Robins

Finish Date:  02/21

☆2.7☆ STARS - GRADE=C-


(Audiobook) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Finish Date:  02/24



(eBook) Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Finish Date:  02/24



(Kindle eBook) Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  02/27

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-


9 Books Total, 6 (1 a reread/listen) Audiobooks,  & 3 eBooks

2,825 Total Pages (including Audios)


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review 2018-02-25 17:40
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter







It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  


But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.


Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.


With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?






Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, wrote a novel.  It's not bad, either.  Bonfire is compulsively readable or listenable, considering I did listen.  The mystery is atmospheric and layered.  The characters are clearly flawed.


On the surface, it reads like another small town girl who was tormented in high school returns home to face her enemies and bring down the company that is her hometown's savior…Erin Brockovich style.  Then somewhere along the way it turned into something much more lascivious and diabolical than poisoned water. 


While not without its flaws, and despite my confusion with the MC's constant state of drunkenness and her dreamlike memories that come to surface whenever she is in this state (it seemed to me that she never remembered how she came to be drunk in the first place), I found this to be an engaging read.  After my last two Audiobooks, I needed something that I would like, and this stepped up to the plate.  











Plot~ 3.9/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ I like it…it goes well with the story

Narration~ My Grade for the narration by Karissa Vacker is a B+, I found her voice is easily listenable.

Setting~ Barrens, Indiana

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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