Review: Burned by Ivy Simone

Posted August 26th, 2014 in book review / 12 comments

Review: Burned by Ivy SimoneBurned by Ivy Simone
Publisher: Self-Published on April 15, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves
Pages: 210
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Twenty-two-year-old Willow Donnelly can’t stop catching things on fire. When she’s enticed to come to the small town of Shadow Hill, she thinks she’s going to get answers about her new powers as a witch. Instead, she’s stalked by a vampire and a shapeshifter tries to run her out of town. She doesn’t think things can get any worse until she realizes she’s part of a decades old spell that makes it impossible to leave town. Not only that, she’s falling for two paranormals, and one of them isn’t telling her the truth.

Sexy and dangerous vampire Logan wants her to end the spell, and quiet and steady shapeshifter Ryan will do anything to protect her from Logan—and from undoing the spell. Willow is torn. Try to keep the spell intact and save her friends and the town from chaos, or end the spell and get answers to all her questions about her own powers.

At A Glance

I enjoyed it for the most part but the ending, WTF?

The Good

Let’s bullet point it out!

– The characters kept my interest. Logan was my favorite. He was a little bad, a little good, and a whole lot sexy. Ryan was the silent, brooding, and sweet type. Probably the better choice for Willow, but crazy Logan was totally my man-candy for the evening.

– So much drama. I wasn’t expecting how far some of these characters went to get their way. Burned definitely surprised me a couple times.

– The writing was good. A lot of great details and descriptions.

– A good balance of mystery, romance, and suspense.

– The storyline was pretty unique. We had our favorite supernatural creatures present but not in the traditional way. I don’t want to reveal too much but I can say that one spell can really make a difference in Simone’s world.

The Bad

There was definitely some slow parts. I just wanted to get on with it.

– Willow had someone after her and even though he got to her once, she kept insisting that she could take care of herself and kept going outside on her own. And guess what? The bad guy kept going after her every time she stepped out alone. DUH! Saying you can take care of yourself does not make you strong and independent, making smart decisions does.

-That ending. What the hell was that? It wasn’t even an ending, it just stopped in the middle of the story. And it wasn’t even a cliffhanger like it tried to be. I was literally listening to this book on my kindle and I thought it skipped a page or two by accident, but no, that was the end. Bonkers!

The Snuggly

– There is a love triangle which didn’t bother me too much, but the insta-lust was a little much.

– There is some sex so Burned is for an adult/new adult audience.

Final Thoughts

Even though I enjoyed some of this book, I honestly don’t want to continue this series. That ending really put me off. But I think others could really get into this series. Kind of recommended.


I step from the door when the lock clicks. He walks in, a syringe in hand. “Now, be good and sit down.”

“What the hell is that?” And where’s a weapon when I need one?

“Something to help you calm down.” He moves toward me. “I need to go to town for a bit, and I can’t have you plotting your escape while I’m away. Besides that, you need to rest. Get some sleep tonight and then we can get to work on the spell tomorrow.”

I hold up a hand to ward him off. “I’ll get some rest. I promise. You don’t need to do anything.”

“Why don’t I believe you?”

Maybe because I just swung a book at his head. Maybe because I kneed him in the balls back at the car. But still, he’s a vampire felon-it was justified.

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12 Responses to “Review: Burned by Ivy Simone”

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Too much lust for sure! The ending wasn’t as shocking as it was stupid!

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