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A girl meets a wolf.And a wolf meets his match.Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan; 1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship 2. Study like crazy3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrinkNothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notA girl meets a wolf.And a wolf meets his match.Beatrix Cruz - Bee for short - has exactly one goal; kick her dad's severe depression in the ass. She's got a foolproof plan; 1. Get into the elite high school Lakecrest Preparatory on a scholarship 2. Study like crazy3. Graduate into NYU and become a shrinkNothing can stand in her way - not even Lakecrest's rich, hot, and notorious Blackthorn brothers. Not Fitz Blackthorn, with his flirting and his elite computer hacking, not Burn Blackthorn, with his intimidating height and emotionless face, and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it. But when Bee stands up for a student, she pisses off Wolf, and he's suddenly itching to pull her scholarship from underneath her. To keep it, Bee strikes a deal with the devil - father Blackthorn himself; spy on Mr. Blackthorn's sons, become friends with them, and learn their secrets in exchange for staying at Lakecrest.Betraying the Blackthorn brothers' trust is supposed to be easy. Becoming friends with the Blackthorn boys makes it hard.And falling in love with Wolf makes it impossible.((This book contains language and situations that may be inappropriate for younger readers.))...

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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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burn before reading Reviews

  • Aya Hamza
    2019-03-10 07:24

    Update:Dec 8, 2017I can't believe I enjoyed this book!!!!Review to come...___________________________ Update:Dec 5, 2017"Currently reading"THIS IS HAPPENING! Finally I can read it. :D___________________________ Update:Sep 23, 2017*Reading the synopsis*Hmmm.. this sounds familiar.. HANA YORI DANGO aka my-favorite-manga-of-all-time.. ha?!!!!Nonetheless, I am intrigued!!Hope it is not just another copy of Hana Yori Danga . Some creativity please!

  • Nastassja
    2019-03-20 08:24

    If I was writing a summary what would I say about this book?A story about a bisexual boy with a phobia (which kind of phobia is a spoiler) trying to overcome his past abusive relationship with another boy and, at the same time, fighting tragic memories of his mother's death, and a book loving girl who wants to help her father cure chronic depression by giving up her dream of becoming an author and instead becoming a doctor. Add to that two sexy brothers of the hero: one is an addict and another one running from problems with reckless speed (literary, he is driving like crazy). The setting is a prestigious private school where (surprisingly) not every one is an asshole. It seem like a lot of issues for one book, and, of course, when I started this book I didn't know all that. I just saw Sarah Wolf and new book and it was it. I was a huge fan of her Lovely Vicious series in all its silliness and absurdity managed to pull me in with not so trivial plot, humor and likable characters. Well, I don't know if I'd like that series now years later, but back then it was a thing for me.Burn Before Reading in some ways similar to its predecessor, but in some it suppresses it. I found it more mature, more thoughtful, not so erratic. Maybe it was not the best written book I've read recently, but it managed to caught my attention and even days later I still remember my feelings while reading it.If you are looking for something light - and it is a light and hopeful story despite the premise I gave you - to pass the holidays, you might consider reading this book. Merry Christmas, my friends!

  • Christine Alibutud
    2019-02-26 07:45

    Note: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest book review....and certainly not sinfully handsome Wolf Blackthorn, who hands out 'red cards' to students who displease him, and expels the ones who keep doing it.Okay guys, please tell me I'm not the only one who thought of Dao Ming Si from Meteor Garden?? If you guys share the same sentiments with me and is familiar with this Taiwanese drama, well then, let's bond over books and amazing Asian dramas, soul sister!So I'm not sure if our lovely author here got inspired by the said Taiwanese drama, but nonetheless, Burn Before Reading was still definitely a laugh-out-loud and very "Sara Wolf-ish" book if you ask me! In a typical Sara Wolf fashion, Bee, our female MC, feels like she's cut out from the same cloth as our Isis firecracker, who we've all grown to love on Love Me Never. I love how Beatrix, much like all of Sara Wolf's heroines, is tough as nails and stands up for what she believes in. Beatrix, or Bee as everyone calls her, is probably the most selfless person, especially when it comes to her father who suffers severe depression. She basically mapped out her life in a direction that was all for the wellbeing of her father, even sacrificing all her personal interests. If that doesn't scream selfless daughter, I don't know what will."I think that’s what hope is – not a fancy light, or a bright, positive feeling like they make it out to be in the Disney movies. It’s not some noble trait only heroes and Good People™ have. I think it’s just moving forward when all hope is lost. Hope isn’t some grand and mysterious motivation like love; it’s just never giving up in the face of hopelessness. When everything is lost, when you can’t physically go on one step further, but you choose to keep moving forward anyway? That’s hope. Hope isn’t a thing. It’s something you do when you can’t do anything else.So I’ll keep on hoping." Entering Lakecrest with a scholarship and a grab-the-bull-by-the-horns kind of attitude, Bee was bound to clash with the school's loved notorious Blackthorn brothers. There's 1) Burn; mega-tall and stoic, 2) Fitz; charming to the nth degree and master hacker, and of course 3) Wolfgang; drop-dead gorgeous and gets on Bee's nerves. Of course, to spice up the story with a little love-hate relationship, we witness the endless clashing of Wolf and Bee. But come on, we all know what happens when you "hate" someone a little too much.His hand started to close, and I darted out and met his palm with mine. Wolf’s face looked shocked, completely thrown off. “Just one last time,” I repeated, hard, like it would make it real and final. He grinned.“One last time.”The sun said its final goodbye and the moon said its first hello. Wolf curled his fingers, hesitantly, slowly, between mine, the two of us fitting together like the pieces of a puzzle. It was cliché. It wasn’t right for enemies to do this. There was a hundred things wrong with it, and yet it felt absolutely perfect.Being me, I'm all for the whole love-hate trope! I mean, who can resist a good friction between two characters, and ends up creating something much more different than what was intended?“This time I’m the one who gets to ask if it’s alright to touch you,” He says, voice rumbling in my chest.I can’t help my laugh. It bubbles up from me fast and true and bright. I lean up, his mouth tantalizingly close, our fingers and breaths intertwining.“It’s more than alright.” And obviously, I'm a fan of the Blackthorn bromance. I just love how their personalities couldn't be more different, but they still manage to mix well. Sure, their bromance wasn't purely evident at first, but I'm glad we get to witness it.I won't go and spoil all the good stuff, but I just love how we get to see each character's relationship with another. My favorite would have to be Bee's relationship with the three brothers, especially because we get to see how perspectives change and how old (and even new) wounds are put to healing. Personally, it was very painful to read Bee's moments with her father, and even her mother, but at the same time, it just helps in proving that mental health is a real thing and should never be overlooked."He taught me it’s alright to burn. He taught me that fire doesn’t only destroy – it reveals the new, tiny sprouts lying in wait to grow; sprouts you would’ve ignored, sprouts that would’ve died otherwise." Although I love this book, I had an issue with Mr. Blackthorn. He seemed like a very complex character, and I just wished I discovered all of those layers to better understand why he comes out as a certain way but acts differently. Also, I wish to get to know Mark better, as to why (view spoiler)[Wolf has grown to be in love with him. (hide spoiler)]. Apart from these issues, I still loved this book. Also, I think I smell a separate story for Burn and Kristin...hmmm...WELL I HOPE SO!4.5 stars!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Anne (The Reading Life)
    2019-03-13 10:38

    I received a free copy for an honest review.It's more precisely 2 and a half stars. I am so disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book! This book has one of my absolute favorite hate-love relationship scenarios. Popular boy v.s Normal girl, and school hierarchy. However, the author just sort to bring the story to its full potential. The first thing I notice that I HATE about the main protagonist, Beatrix is first off - for a girl who is supposedly a strong, independent girl who wants to get a degree in psychology she is surprisingly stupid, illogical and...annoying. Even without the perspectives of Wolf from the book, it would've taken me less than a quarter to figure out that he's actually kicking out and bullying the bullies, and not actually doing anything bad. And let's start off to the second point by saying: there's a thin line between bravery and stupidity. And I think our 'brave', 'courageous', and 'strong' protagonist not stepped, but wayyyy jumped over the line. The author is trying to make her like all the positive stuff I said, but instead she made her absolute and utterly, UNBEARABLELY annoying. Half the book I'm just rolling my eyes and banging my head on the table. And the other half of the time I'm trying to reach my hand into the book and strangle her. It was actually Physically painful to get through the book.  The writing was mediocre at best (maybe slightly better), personally I think Sara Wolf did a better job with her other series. But I think the horribleness of the main character actually made her writing seem bad. And also, personally, I've never been a big fan of books with inappropriate context. Just Saying.

  • Priscilla Garcia
    2019-03-20 13:39

    First and foremost I have to say I loved reading this book, But is a Sara wolf book. I love her books so me loving this book is not a rare thing. Her writing style is just amazing. This book was just up my alley. I have to start by saying that this reminded me of a Japanese manga and its drama adaptation Hana Yori Dango. The whole boys rule the school, they are handsome and most admired and feared guys in school. If you get in their bad side you gets a card in your locker. They will make your life living hell, and people won't step in to help you because they fear what they guys would do to them. But than one day this scholarship girl comes in and challenges the lead guy and boom he falls for her hahah This book is different in many ways Wolf did things because at the end of the day he wanted to do good. Wolf background story was so sad and depressing. His brothers story too. Burn and Fitz were amazing I seriously I loved them, even more than Wolf. Our lead girl Beatriz,Bee for short was a great lead girl but did somethings that weren't acceptable. She was blinded by the necessity to help her dad. I'm glad she was help by certain events to see you don't have to lose yourself to help your love ones.I don't know if I am going to be the only one to say and think this but I shipped Burn more with Bee. I love to read about leads who fall in love and they are so different. Burn was older and quieter which I loved , bee was a chatterbox and will speaker her mind when she need it too. Both were like day and night and I loved their scenes together. I love the build up towards Bee and Wolfs romance. The excitement of him not being to touch but when he did, I got chills all over my body. The reason I didn't give this five stars was that the finale felt to rushed. I don't know if this means we are getting more of our boys on future books. But if this is the case I can't wait to read about my one true love Burn hahah please pair him with a shy girl who turns out to be this sassy chatterbox when you really meet her. Someone that will suprise my baby burn. "I received a ARC from the author in exchange of a fair honest review"

  • Chanpreet
    2019-03-12 15:46

    When it comes to books featuring multiple characters, it's easy to pick favorites. There are always ones you love more than others. The ones you connect with tend to stand out, while others fade into the background. In this case, I absolutely loved Beatrix/Bee. I mean she's uber focused on her goals and finds herself standing up for those who seem to be cowed and terrified of the Blackthorn brothers. I, like her, wasn't very impressed with them in the beginning. However it didn't take very long for me and Bee to realize there was more than met the eye when it came to them. The Blackthorn brothers are complex. They're handling things in their own ways, separately yet still somewhat together. While I learned about Wolf, Burn, and Fitz and what made them who they are, I couldn't help but fall in love with them, and I think Bee did too. Bee not only had chemistry with Wolf, but also with Fitz an Burn. It was easier for her to form a bond with Fitz and Burn, but watching Wolf and Bee try and figure out what it was about the other that drew them was entertaining and fraught with tension. I mean the pull between them was almost palpable. And I loved being in Wolf's head. I really feel like that made the story all the more powerful and special. I devoured this book in a couple of hours and want more! I would to love to read more about Burn and Fitz Blackthorn, and especially more Bee and Wolf! However, I find this typical of all the Sara Wolf books I read. She has this way of writing characters that are complex and flawed, yet so likable and easy to relate to. I haven't read many books still set in high school lately, but there is something in this book that transcends the ages of the characters. I know in today's current environment there will even be some middle-schoolers who can relate, but as an adult, this book had a lot of themes that resonated with me. Besides the themes this book deals with, I loved how caught up in it I got. The book pulled me in from the very first page and I didn't put it down until I was done. And how I was not only eager to read every word, but how I was on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding for a lot of the book. I can't really describe how much of an experience reading Burn Before Reading was. There is going to be nothing like picking up this book and reading it for yourself. I do want to give Sara Wolf kudos. She wrote this amazing story with elements that will touch everyone. And I hope you have the same wonderful reading experience with laughter, tears, and heart pounding adrenaline I did. I really do need more. I need to know how the Blackthorn brothers handle the changes Bee (Beatrix) brings into their lives. I need to know how Bee handles being herself and not so-giving of herself and if things at home change. I need to know what if anything happens between Keri and Fitz and Burn and Kristin. While I loved this book, I am hoping the sort of open-ish ending leaves room for all of the burning questions I have to be answered. Regardless of what Sara Wolf writes next, I know I'll be reading it. She doesn't just write stories, she writes unforgettable experiences.

  • Leila bibliofagos
    2019-03-08 12:42

    What the HELL happened? Cause I don't know. I really don't.I thought this was gonna be funny. I thought this was gonna be sexy. I also thought I would fall in love with not only the hero but mostly the heroine, because that is what happened when I read 'Lovely Vicious'. But noooo. Let me introduce you to Hana Yori Dango. Except with ridiculous characters, whiny heroines and no kissing.This could've been SO GOOD. Except the author decided to make the characters one dimensional and they are all very speshul yet they're all so tragic and shit. Ugh. If you can't tell I'm rolling my eyes. Fuck My LIfe.

  • Iphigenia
    2019-02-18 09:46

    god sara wolf makes me love every fucking character she writes and feel as much pain as they do i fucking hate her

  • Bella
    2019-03-20 11:35

    ★3 Stars★This book mostly caught my eye because of the funky cover and the title (which reminded me of the similarly titled film Burn After Reading). I was also drawn to it because it sounded like a mix of several other high school books I have read, which for the most part it was, but there were definitely things that made this book unique.Thumbs UPI expected this story to be very YA, and though it was more YA than anything else, there were some serious themes in this story I didn't expect.(view spoiler)[The heroines father suffered from depression and her mother was becoming increasingly withdrawn from their family. The brothers had virtually no relationship with their father, and their mother died in a horrible accident. (hide spoiler)] Bisexuality and homophobia were also featured in the story, which I don't recall coming across in similar stories before. Also, blackmail, drugs, drinking, date rape, and an entire school of snobby bullies. This book was not short on drama.I liked the relationships that grew between Bea and each of the brothers. Well... 'relationship' may be a stretch when it comes to Bea and one particular brother, but there was something else growing between them entirely (I'll bet you can't guess what?!)I really liked each of the brothers. They were all very different from one another and each were dealing with their individual issues, but together they were a unit. They had each others backs and they knew each other inside out, but their relationship felt more real than many others I have read about. These were guys who needed their space and weren't immune to fighting, but cared for each other in their own ways.Thumbs DOWNI thought the 'red slip' thing was all a bit ridiculous and laughable.The guys father blackmailing Bea was also ridiculous to me. Just... everything about it. But it also made the story predictable, because it was obvious what the fallout from that was going to be!I am not homophobic - AT ALL - but I was definitely taken aback by Wolf's bisexuality. For me it took away some of his appeal. (view spoiler)[I personally like heroes that veer on the alpha-male side, and his backstory blew all those alpha fantasies to smithereens (crushing on a guy who bullied him - that's no alpha). Not only that, I feel like in reality he would have had a harder time being the supposed school leader if the other students knew something like that about him. Sorry, but kids can be assholes (especially at that age), and I can't imagine a world where the fact he was bisexual and had been with another guy wouldn't come back to bite him at some point. And finally, I feel like it's in vogue at the moment to have gay/bi, m/m storylines or characters, and I'm just over it. (hide spoiler)]Final ThoughtsThis wasn't a story I would go back and re-read, but I am happy I gave it a chance. It was an entertaining read, I just didn't love it.

  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    2019-03-09 12:39

    Originally posted at Booklovers For LifeI loved Sara Wolf’s Lovely Vicious series, so when I heard she was releasing a new book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Her writing is meaningful yet infused with so much humor – I don’t know how she does it, but I hope she never stops writing! Her books always make my heart ache while laughing my butt off at the same time. Burn Before Reading was no different – it’s an excellent enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s more YA than NA, which isn’t something that I generally read anymore, but I adored it all the same.My name is Beatrix Cruz, and no matter what anyone says, no matter what happens tomorrow, this was the story of how it went down.This is how Lakecrest ruined my life.This is how Wolfgang Blackthorn destroyed me.Beatrix “Bee” Cruz is set in her goal of graduating from the elite Lakecrest so she can go to NYU and become a psychologist, one that can help with her father’s depression. Her scholarship to Lakecrest means everything, and she’s not going to let anything jeopardize it – especially not the Blackthorn boys, who rule the school. The oldest, Burn, is big and intimidating; the youngest, Fitz, is charming and sly; and the middle one, the one that gives her the biggest trouble and makes her feel things she has no business feeling, is Wolf. With his father on the school board, Wolf can have him revoke Bee’s scholarship in a snap. But Bee protects herself by making a deal with their father to spy on the boys for him.What starts off as playing pretend for Bee turns into so much more as she delves deeper into the Blackthorn boys’ lives – and she finds out that despite their being rich, they have just as many problems as she does. They’re human, just like her, and they grow to be people she cares about deeply. But what happens when they find out that she’s been spying on them since the beginning?The only girl I’ve ever wanted.The only girl who will never want me.I adored Bee so hard. I love feisty heroines, and Bee was that in spades. She’s lovable and flawed – she does the right things for the wrong reasons. She makes snappy judgments about the Blackthorn boys, especially about Wolf, but they end up teaching her so much about life and love. She is HILARIOUS – I don’t think Sara Wolf can write a heroine who isn’t funny. Bee and Wolf were great together too – I loved the fiery tension between them, though it was a little tamer than I’m used to.If you’re looking for an addicting read that will have your heart invested in the characters, I highly recommend you give Burn Before Reading a try. It was hilarious yet heartbreaking – two words that don’t usually go together, but Sara Wolf made it work. I seriously enjoyed reading this book!Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change in the final version.Amazon Ebook: this review? Subscribe to Booklovers For Life for more!

  • [michele]
    2019-03-05 07:24

    DNF @ 10%. This is like really bad fanfic of Erin Watt's The Royals series. Really bad. Fanfic. Crappy dialogue, no depth, inconsistencies and discrepancies. So disappointing.

  • Anna Aurora
    2019-03-08 14:26

    3,5/5 stars

  • Mo
    2019-03-05 12:24

    Burn Before Reading I liked Beatrix. The book's ending felt a little bit rushed considering all the subplots going on and I still don't know how they tied up because it was never written. Wolf is still a confusing person for me to truly love. I still don't know the essence of him as much as I do Fitz and Burn. I'm glad Beatrix's dad decided to leave because depression is something that affects everybody and he saw it so that means he wants to get better if possible. I think the writing of this book should have either tied things up a little bit better or segued into a book 2. I don't think I would have purchased this book had I known how the ending was going to be. It's a decent read but it's very convoluted at the same time. Bisexuality and domestic violence was skimmed across by the author. Either one of those subjects is a heavy topic to address. The author did not. Don't buy it unless you want to feel let down at the end. Happy reading!

  • Gladys Turner
    2019-03-02 11:41

    I liked this book.However there was missing connection so I could not get fully into it :(

  • Monique V
    2019-03-14 12:44

    I am sara wolf trash!!!

  • Raven_Blake
    2019-03-03 09:23

    Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsThis was quite an entertaining read. I always enjoy reading Sara Wolf's books and when I saw the blurb of this book, I was over the moon. I loved the enemies to lovers trope in this book and it's also one of my top favorite tropes. I'm actually not a fan of the cover and this book really deserves a better cover. The plot is pretty much enjoyable. Some parts of the story kinda reminded me of my favorite taiwanese drama Meteor Garden aka Boys over Flowers in Korean version but they are totally different plots. The characters are so much fun to read especially the main female lead Beatrix Cruz and I enjoyed the Bromance between the three Blackthorn Brothers.Beatrix Cruz joins the Elite Preparatory High School and she's the only scholarship student in the entire school for the rich kids. Her main goal is to study hard and graduate from NYU to become a shrink so that she could help her dad who is fighting with depression. During her first week, her path crosses with the notorious Blackthorn Brothers. Wolf Blackthorn is the handsome leader of the group who gives red cards to whoever displeases him. When Beatrix sees him giving a red card to a sweet guy, she interferes by standing up for him and calls him a bully which instantly makes her a social pariah in the whole school. Later Wolf warns her to pull off her scholarship if she doesn't stop interfering with his business which makes her worried. Luckily, she meets Mr. Blackthorn, the father of the blackthorn brothers who offers her a unresistable deal. In order to save her scholarship, she needs to work for Mr. Blackthorn by spying on his three sons. In desperation, Beatrix agrees to the deal. She knows Fitz Blackthorn and Burn Blackthorn are easy to approach but getting close to her nemesis Wolf Blackthorn is pretty much impossible. With each day, she's getting closer to the brothers her guilt for betraying them is killing her inside. She finally understands the three brothers and realizes they aren't as bad as they seem. She never thought that she would get attracted to her enemy. When Beatrix's betrayal is finally revealed, it's going to be a pretty much disaster.All the characters in this book are flawed and complex. I loved Beatrix! Though her actions might seem stupid sometimes, I really enjoyed her character. She's fiesty, stubborn, clever and so much fun. I felt very sympathetic towards her situation and I admired her love for her father. It's one of the best things that I loved about her. She's willing to sacrifice her own dreams in order to save her father. Wolf Blackthorn is a intriguing, swoon worthy and also a bisexual character. I really loved the diverse aspect of this book and I haven't read any books with a bisexual male lead so this was very refreshing to read. Wolf is kinda jerk towards Beatrix at the beginning but after learning what he has gone through in his previous relationship, I felt sad for him. The hate to love relationship between Beatrix and Wolf reminded me of Isis and Jack from Lovely Vicious series. I enjoyed the chemistry between Bee and Wolf but I was little bit disappointed that there's not even a single kiss in the entire book. Still, I enjoyed their slow burn romance, the banters and the sexual tension between them. If you're fearing there's going to be a triangle in this plot then rest assured there is isn't any love triangle in the story. As for the other characters, I also liked Fitz Blackthorn and Burn Blackthorn. Each Blackthorn brother has their own individual personalities. After losing their mother in a car accident, each of the blackthorn brothers are coping with the loss in their own way. Fitz Blackthorn is a genius hacker and also a fun character who likes to flirt, hack and doing drugs. Burn is the oldest of the three brothers who has a thing for adrenaline rush. He is bit strange though, he barely shows any emotion, doesn't talk much and always keeps to himself. Mr. Blackthorn is a pretty hateful guy and one hell of a S.O.B.I loved the plot! It was fun, emotional and very addictive. I was hooked to the story from the start and it was hard for me to put this down. The pacing is perfect and I enjoyed every aspect of this book. This book is not your typical YA contemporary romance. It also deals with so many things like family, friendship and love. All the characters in this book are well written and well developed. I enjoyed the friendship between Bee and the blackthorn brothers. The relationship between Bee and her mentally ill father really tug at my heart strings. I loved the witty and addictive writing style of the author. I'm fan of First Person POV and I'm so glad it was told in dual first person POV's.Overall, I loved it! It doesn't have a perfect ending but I'm not complaining either. It's a stand-alone book but I'm hoping there's going to be another separate book with Burn and Kristin as the main leads.

  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    2019-03-16 13:42

    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.5 Blackthorn Brother Stars!Addicting and emotional! It brought all the feels!The Review:This book! This book had all the feels! From start to finish, I was spellbound! Wolf, Burn and Fitz were unique, layered, complicated and complete bad-boys to the core. Bee was a fresh dose of awesome! Her character was the perfect mix of quirky, beautiful and determined.Burn Before Reading is a spirited, unique look at teen angsts, love and life. It held the best kind of heartache with one delicious, tension filled moment after another. Coupled with smart, lively writing, this is a must read!Story/Characters...Beatrix Cruz is in over her head. Deciding that her father's illness is all on her to make better, she gives up her dreams of becoming a writer to join the elite and over privileged populace at Lakecrest Preparatory, in hopes it will appeal to NYU, where she’s set on getting her psychiatry degree. Making excellent grades and towing a straight line are just two of the things she needs to do in order to keep her scholarship. The other? Don’t get on the bad side of the Blackthorn brothers, which is hard not to do when she sees Wolf bullying her new friend, Eric.Burn, Wolf and Fritz Blackthorn rule Lakecrest. They walk the halls, passing down judgment to those they think need it. But not all is what it seems, especially when one scholarshipper butts in and puts Wolf in his place.Oh these characters! Where do I even start in describing how much I loved each and every one of them!Let’s start with the boys. Burn, Wolf and Fritz were so incredibly amazing. Each brother stood out and was unique with their own set of qualities and traumas. Each one handled the pain of their past a little differently. Burn masked his pain with avoidance. Fritz masked his pain with good times and sarcasm. And Wolf... oh my precious Wolf. He masked his pain and trauma with asserting control where he previously had none. They were flawed, damaged, a little bitter, too old for their young age and absolutely beautiful, both inside and out.Bee was so much fun! I just loved her. She was quick witted, intelligent and I loved her one-liners. Her altruistic motives pulled my heartstrings in every direction. I could feel her desperation and her loneliness pouring off the pages. She wanted so desperately to help her dad, that she lost sight of who she was. Wolf, through his own traumatic past, could see that and though he went about it the wrong way, he tried to pull her from that self sacrificing ledge.Mistakes were made, on both sides. Emotions were explored. And we got a close look at the damage words and actions can cause, when careless. Everyone was dealing with their own pain and some were smart enough to see that, learn from it and grow. The Wrap Up:This story didn’t wrap up with a pretty little bow, spelling out everyone's HEA. It wasn’t perfect, but it was life. And that pretty much sums up this story as a whole. It was about... life... and everything that can get in the way of living it, if you let it. Or how you can find your own kind of happy if you cherish yourself and those around you and just let yourself ... be.I’m aching to reread this one! I loved it. And like I said, these characters were damaged, a little bit broken and with the excellent and entertaining writing, this book brought the feels. If you read only one young adult novel this year, it HAS to be this one!

  • Courtney
    2019-02-24 08:32

    The last book I read, I mentioned to never judge a book by its cover. Well, I am saying that again, but for a different a reason. The other book was more than its cover and this book, well the cover just doesn't do the book justice at all. The title is perfect, but the cover, it could use a do-over. Anyway, I recently got to read Sara's Lovely Vicious series and really enjoyed it so when I saw she was releasing a new book, I jumped at the opportunity to read this one. Her books are YA and I feel she has a good niche in this genre. She writes some great characters and knows how to make them real - not acting too old or too young. I definitely sense a theme when it come to her heroines - strong yet a little mousy with a lot sarcasm splashed in. And I find them quite endearing.On to the book - Burn Before Reading is about Bee who gets a scholarship to enter a Lakecrest - a high school Prep school for spoiled, rich brats. One thing that surprised me about this school was the lack of female degrading and cliques - not that I am complaining, but being the new scholarship kid at a snotty school, that tends to lead to said person being picked on the elite cool clique. But we avoided that altogether. Instead, we got the three brothers who ran the school - all the students feared them for different reasons and the teachers just ignored their antics. None of them were flat out bullies, they were just feared because if you stepped out of line, you got a red card and then you were pretty much ignored by everyone in the school.I enjoyed the plot of this - I won't rehash it- you read the blurb so you get what goes down. Bee is quite the witty and sarcastic newbie and doesn't back down from either of the brothers, even when she knows it's probably the best idea to do so. It was interesting watching Bee get closer to each of these brothers in different ways. I did find it odd that one person, a newbie, was able to so easily whittle her way into these brothers lives so fast and none of the other students were able to even figure out how to talk to them. It could be because she was new and had no knowledge of them so it was easier for her to find niches that others would overlook, but the brothers never once batted an eye at how quickly she was inserting herself into their daily routines. Regardless, it did make for an interesting story.I enjoyed Burn Before Reading - it was nice change of pace from the suspense and drama of the others book I have been reading. It's has a little bit of angst in it, but it's definitely more of a easy YA read. I can't really say that it's a romantic book either because the majority of the book is watching Bee form bonds with these brothers and also balance her home life. I enjoyed reading about Bee and her relationship with her parents. Her father was recently diagnosed with depression. Sara did a great job of intertwining this subplot into the book. It's a subject that is hard to discuss because it can affect everyone differently. Watching Bee go through everything, it added another layer to the book and to Bee as a person.If you enjoy a good YA read with a really good story line, you will absolutely enjoy this book. The setting is set in high school, but the themes of this book are easily relatable as an adult. Sara knows how to write interesting characters and well written plots that leave you thinking a littler harder about life. Both young and older readers will enjoy this book.

  • EscapeNBooks
    2019-03-06 11:25

    4-4.5 starsBurn Before Reading by Author Sara Wolf is a Young Adult, enemies-to-lovers novel."My name is Beatrix Cruz, and no matter what anyone else says, this is how it went down." Beatrix has just started attending Lakecrest Preparatory. She has no friends and, quite frankly, prefers staying to herself. The Blackthorns, the so-unreal-they-are-sexier-than-gods, are students who rule Lakecrest. They are the school's main attraction, and Beatrix is on their radar."Hope isn’t some grand and mysterious motivation like love; it’s just never giving up in the face of hopelessness. When everything is lost, when you can’t physically go on one step further, but you choose to keep moving forward anyway? That’s hope. Hope isn’t a thing. It’s something you do when you can’t do anything else. So I’ll keep on hoping."There were many things about this novel that reminded of Author Sara Wolf's Lovely Vicious series. The snark, humor, and teenage angst were all writing qualities that I have come to treasure with this author. However, it was great to see that Bee had her own twist that was distinctly different from the heroine in the previously mentioned series. Her family dynamics and thought process were two things that intrigued me most. Her heart was also a unique universe to which not many were privileged to have journeyed. I felt such pride for Bee, but also sadness. Her life's plate was completely full to over-flowing. Yet she kept on, managing to balance all of the things and people in her life.“I think…I think the most important things in life, the things worth doing, are always scary. At first.”There is nothing like being able to sink into a great story line and feel like you're at home. The character interactions and layers of deception and reality in Burn Before Reading made me hang on every word. And the words. I LOVED the words. All of them! They made me feel sorrow and joy, pain and longing, regret and hope. I was taken by surprise in the way that this book challenged me to stop and listen, take note, be aware, be human."He taught me it’s alright to burn. He taught me that fire doesn’t only destroy –it reveals the new, tiny sprouts lying in wait to grow; sprouts you would’ve ignored, sprouts that would’ve died otherwise."Author Sara Wolf once again sucked me into her YA world. Burn Before Reading wasn't just a story. It was a journey. A journey through pain, defeat, anger, hurt, affection, friendship, and family.

  • Autumn
    2019-03-04 11:42

    Beatrix Cruz isn’t like all of the other students at Lakecrest. She’s not one of the precious moneyed students that crowd the campus. She’s what’s known as a “Scholarshipper” and no one likes to remind her of that fact more than the Blackthorns.Bernard, Fitzwilliam and Wolfgang Blackthorn haunt the halls with their beauty and their arrogance. But it’s the one that everyone calls “Wolf” that makes her heart race and her blood boil.“Where the hell was I? Oh, right. Wolfgang Blackthorn, and how he ruined my life. And my heart. Let's start at the beginning. My name is Beatrix Cruz, and no matter what anyone else says, this is how it went down.”Wolfgang Alexander Blackthorn is just as pompous as his name. With his dark hair and ever knowing gaze, he’s out to make Bee’s life a living hell. Standing up to him was her first mistake and then daring to fall in love with him was simply unforgivable."Why are you acting like this?” I asked. “Why do you give a shit at all? I'm just the scholarshipper to you." Wolf stood up again, and moved towards me. He hovered there, inches away, his voice low and gravelly. He smelled like wine and wool and something distinctly boy - spice and sweat. The cuffs of his sweater hiked up, the gauze on his knuckles showing.   "Because I was you. Once upon a time." I didn't dare look up at him. He laughed, the sound black with despair and rumbling in his chest. He spun a ring around his finger faster. "I tried to save someone, too, no matter what it took. And what you see is everything that's left of me, after it all came crashing down."Burn Before Reading is so much more than what we expected from just a YA book. Sara has delivered a darkly luscious and heartbreakingly poignant odyssey with characters so layered that you can’t wait to discover what’s hiding right under the surface. You will lose yourself in the dreamlike imagery and tender love story only to find yourself wide awake in the end…

  • Zili
    2019-03-19 12:31

    Part Gossip Girl, part Pretty Little Liars and another part Fallen Crest High, Burn Before Reading has all the drama. Despite the wolfy description it has nothing to do with werewolves or anything paranormal.Being the new kid at school is always tough, but when Beatrix 'Bee' Cruz starts at the super swanky Lakecrest Prep as the only poor kid, she finds herself thrown into all kinds of angst and drama! Wolf, Burn and Fitz have it all. Looks, talent and money; they're the ultimate power teens. Combine the authority of the Kade brothers with Chuck Bass and you're in the right ballpark for how the Blackthorn brothers rule the school. They reign over their fellow pupils. Bee isn't prepared to put up with this and rashly challenges Wolf. What she doesn't expect is the force of the backlash and huge consequences of taking him on.I liked Bee and felt bad for her pretty rubbish situation (don't worry no spoilers) but I REALLY wanted her to stand up for herself, to think about what she wants rather than whats best for everybody else.I'm still not sure how I feel about Wolf. I really wanted to like him but I to be honest he didn't entirely win me over. His story is really sad and took numerous unexpected turns but I did find him intriguing. I liked how the brothers pulled together to take on the world and protect Bee. Fitz made me smile and Burn is the perfect protective big brother.I'm going to put a trigger warning on this one and advise that some of the issues are more mature YA and may not be suitable for younger readers. I enjoyed the plot twists but would have liked a more developed ending and resolution.4 Stars in my Sky!I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

  • Nina
    2019-03-21 14:42

    I really enjoyed this book! I loved that it doesn't pull any punches and shows what - at least some - teens experience during high school. Parties, sex, drinking, drugs, cursing, false friends. Sometimes the author might have gone a little over the top (Bee's school is extremely fancy and the students have money. Lots of it. That opens doors to things and activities that might have been a little too much for us mere mortals) but I really didn't mind. I also loved the diversity. All characters are deeply flawed but no less likeable and have to work through a lot of issues. I absolutely adored all three brothers and can't decide which one I like best. It's also the first YA book I read with an openly bisexual main character and I loved that tidbit. The only two things that didn't make this book perfect for me where Bee's extreme confrontational behaviour and her over the top effort to sound quirky in the beginning. It got a lot better later in the book though, so she made up for a lot by the last page. I really really hope there will be books about the remaining two brothers. Not only because I love both of them to bits but also because there were quite a few open ends that I'm really curious about.

  • Leanne
    2019-03-16 09:39

    This book was like crack to me. I started it last night when I really should've been going to sleep, and then it kept me up late, occupied my time at the gym, occupied my time on my lunch break, and occupied my time immediately after work until I'd devoured every last word. This hits a lot of my catnip areas: - Bisexual main character- Honest portrayal of teen problems- Honest portrayal of school My only complaint is that I wish there had been more girls-supporting-girls. But there were interesting and complex relationships that just didn't quite get developed as much as I'd hoped. Otherwise, the main friendship and love interest involving the Blackthorn brothers was pretty awesome.This book reminded me a lot of Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken trilogy (or whatever it's called... sorry, I am terrible at telling those three titles apart). Lots of quippy dialogue paired with heart-wrenching moments of very real emotion and so. Much. Drama. There was slightly less drama in this. But it was perfect for that. Just the read I was looking for to pass the time. Only it took even less time than I thought because . . . crack.

  • Thera
    2019-03-18 10:16

    Knížky Sary Wolf jsou... jiné. Aspoň na mě tak působí. První co musím okomentovat je to, že za celou dobu si hlavní protagonisté vlastně vůbec nedají ani pusu (view spoiler)[(CPR nepočítám...) (hide spoiler)]. A to je pro mě v young adult romanci nečekané. Nutně netvrdím, že to tam chybí, Bee a Wolf mají spoustu jiných chvilek, jen to pro mě byla po dočtení taková do očí bijící změna :) Další věc je, že už od začátku příběhu Bee čtenáře varuje, že se něco hooodně pokazí a (ačkoliv to je zápletka všech romanťáren), tentokrát mě to víc drželo na trní, pořád jsem si jen říkal, "teď už?" A když už jsme u toho, fakt jsem si nemyslela, že (view spoiler)[se z jejich otce vyklube takový *** (hide spoiler)]. Každopádně všechno dopře dopadlo a jen z toho důvodu tyhle knížky čtu, takže jsem spokojená :D

  • Mandi
    2019-02-18 10:36

    The Lovely Vicious series by Sara Wolf is one of my all time favourites so as soon as I saw Burn Before Reading I knew I had to read it. This book had some similarities but I'd say it was a lot more light hearted compared to the darkness and angst of LV. Burn Before Reading was a pretty straight forward read but if I'm honest I did miss the mystery and the twists and turns of LV. I had hoped it would be the start to another series but with Wolf and Bee's story wrapped up I'm guessing and kinda hoping we get Fitz and Burn's stories next.

  • Ankita
    2019-02-24 13:16

    Loved it. 💜

  • Raísa Suares
    2019-03-05 09:20

    A Sara Wolf tem um jeito com as palavras que sempre me cativa e as personagens femininas dela têm uma personalidade maravilhosa.Adorei esse livro :)

  • Sarcastic
    2019-02-22 08:43

    5 Love and Friendship Stars!After having gorged myself on YA books, I had lost any and all interest in them, seeing as how monotonous and overly dramatic they had become, so one can only imagine the absolute reluctance with which I came to my decision of reading this.But can I say how right that decision turned out to be.Bee was a blast. Her verbal diarrhea, her gives-no-fuck attitude and her self sacrificing nature made her a very unique character to follow as she made her journey through the hallways of Lakecrest Preparatory High. Having been a book lover, she'd already made quite an impression on my literature addled brain and what can I say? We became best friends. The way she held up the entire household on her young yet strong shoulders and made not even a peep about it, broke my heart but also made me give her a mental standing ovation. Her selflessness towards her Dad as he battled with his depression was for me, the highlight of the entire book. Wolf too, but that daughter-father bond shined bright throughout.The best thing about Bee was that she didn't want to fit in. She knew how overrated it was and she followed that to a T. Even when she was struggling with her problems, her mind invariably went in a direction, that was so frickin' relatable that it was kind of uncanny.But anyway, enough of Bee worshiping, lets get to the other reason that left my emotional state, quite literally, shook. It was Wolfgang. Surprised? I guess not.He was my first bisexual hero/heroine who was a main character in a book and can I take this moment to send out a prayer to all the others out there, suffering exactly like him, in a society that needs to wake the eff up and get straight to realizing that these are actual "people" we are talking about here? His story, explained in one word: Brutal.Imagine going up to your crush(irrespective of gender) and admitting that you have feelings for him/her and then having that thrown in your face and taunted with mercilessly as they threatened to expose some of your biggest secrets and on realizing that you wouldn't stay, threaten to kill themselves? Seems dramatic? well, it's not. It's how a majority of all abusive relationships begin, and if you're like Wolf, who's too kind and sweet to harm anyone intentionally, then you know exactly where you'd be. Right next to the abuser. Wolf's inner strength shined so bright, even when he was acting like a prickly a-hole and trying to keep Bee far, far away from him that you couldn't help but want to wrap him in a blanket and feed him marshmallows. He watched his most beloved Mother die in a horrible car crash as he sat beside her in the very car. Then had his Dad act like the biggest S.O.B in creation as he spouted B.S about bisexuality being something unnatural, a disease only freaks have. And then came Mark, his first love, his first everything, and he ruined it. Ruined Wolf, ruined his self-esteem, his dignity and what did Wolf get out this shit? A phobia for touch. Accompanied with the intense aversion from letting anyone getting close.His brothers, Fitz, the youngest and Burn, the oldest found different ways of dealing with the sudden and horrifying death of their favorite person. But they still cared. It's just that it was more subtle than normal. They each had their vices, one more dangerous than the others but something that made them the people they were. The Blackthorn brothers ruled the school and slowly but surely they ruled my heart. And as Sara's way of writing made those black words into a movie, something to cherish, I fell more and more in love with The Blackthorn Brothers and their Bee. Their friendship was more than its weight in gold and I couldn't have been more thankful of having found this book after the horrible dry spell I was going through.So, Sara, pretty please bless us with more of The Blackthorns and Bee and also make sure that the S.O.B Mr. Blackthorn, that parades himself as their father, gets his frickin' due.

  • Kristina Snyder
    2019-03-03 08:36

    Burn Before Reading is the first book I have read from Sara Wolf, and I absolutely loved it!! I will definitely be checking out her other books!!! I am huge fan of YA!!! When I heard about this book, I had to check it out. I was instantly intrigued with the synopsis. The cover is also unique!! This book I had to read!! I was not disappointed in the least. This book was so unlike others that I have read, and that gave it huge bonus points from me. The uniqueness of this book makes it even more special. Bee is a beautiful person inside and out. When the Blackthorn brothers were issuing their red cards, she was always there facing off with the brothers and defending those that needed it. She was very tough and yet sensitive. She always put others before herself. She gave up her dreams to go to a school that would get her into an expensive school to help her father. That was her main goal. But the Blackthorn brothers made it very hard on her. With Wolf threatening to take away her scholarship, she in turn does something that does not make her very happy. She makes a deal with the devil.Wolf is a very passionate character. There are many layers to Wolf. He loves with his whole heart. But, what appears to be isn't with Wolf. Gosh, I thought he was such a jerk at the beginning of the book. But, he has his reasons for what he did and they were noble reasons. Wolf was so stubborn though. I loved the tension between him and Bee. They wanted each other one minute then appeared they hated each other the next. The banter and fights were hilarious!! Wolf was hurt so bad in the past. His feelings for Bee he constantly fought because of this. I fell in love with all three of the Blackthorn brothers. I really, really want to see more of Wolf and Bee!! The story ended so quickly for me. I didn't get to see any of them together at the end after everything went down. Well, I got to see a second it felt like, but I wanted more. Burn and Fitz I fell in love with as well. Each brother is so different. And all three have struggled and coped in different ways. After one mistake with Fitz's drinking and drugs he never looked back. That one horrible mistake completely haunts him. Burn was never there when his brothers needed him, but he ends up doing the unthinkable when it counts most. I feel so bad that he had to make that decision and the sacrifice he had to make, but I believe it will all work out for him. I am really hoping we get more of Burn and Fitz as well. I am wanting to see what happened to these characters after everything went down. Did everything turn out they way they planned? The family dynamics really intrigued me. Bee had the perfect family until her father got sick. Suffering from depression put a strain on her family and on Bee alone. Bee was constantly worried that her dad would end up hurting himself. I couldn't imagine living that every day. The constant worry. But, Bee is tough and brave. She took care of her father since her mother was never home. The Blackthorn brothers had it tough as well. Their father was just absolutely horrible. He had everyone fooled. Those poor boys have suffered with him ever since their mom died. Father Blackthorn couldn't even accept Wolf for he truly was. He couldn't accept any of his kids.Burn Before Reading was an enthralling read that made me feel so many feels. I loved everything about this book. I felt the pain, the love and the devastation. This book was so real and raw. I wanted to reach in to hold and hug these characters. This story has really touched my heart. It was simply beautiful and unforgettable. This book is a MUST read!!

  • Ashley Gill
    2019-03-13 09:39

    Beatrix Cruz better known as Bee is the smart mouth, fast talking don't take crap from anyone scholarship student at Lakecrest Prepatory. She is the one student who isn't afraid to stand up to the Blackthorn brothers . What makes them think they can run over Bee...........oh right their father has the ability to stop her scholarship. This scholarship means everything to Bee, she lives and breathes studying about mental health. Her father suffers from deep depression and Bee will do anything to help him, including studying her ass off to get into NYU and giving up her real dream of becoming a writer.The powerful Blackthorn brothers have taken over the school, they're rich and powerful. They hand out red stop cards to whom they belive to be harmful to the school. Bernard Blackthorn aka Burn for short is the oldest, hes quiet and more often than not he's alone. He's known as the bear because of his size lucky for him, it intimdates others and helped with his prefrence of not talking.Fitzwilliam Blackthorn aka Fitz for short is the most likeable of the brothers. He's usually the life of the party with his booze and drugs , he's also known for his hacking abiliteis . He can get any info on any student at Lakecest Prepatory for any of the Blackthorn brothers needs.Wolfgang Blackthorn aka Wolf for short is the most powerful Blackthorn brother of them all. He came up with the red card system to restore order back into the school. He doesn't like to be touched ... ever. Wolf has the ability to end your school career at Lakeland Prepatory and right now he wants to end Bee's... but what has Bee done? Burn was the quiet one, Fitz was the flirty one, and Wolf was the nasty one. Everyone knew that.Burn Before Reading is a story about enemies turned into lovers . I knew the moment I met Beatrix Cruz I would love her, Sara Wolf is known for writing strong female leads with witty dialogue . I enjoyed the growth of all the characters and how Bee's relationship with each individual brother tied together. The Blackthorn brothers indured a lot of pain within their lives and all had their own coping mechanisms to handle the loss of their mother and their painful relationship with their father.Burn Before Reading played like 90's teen movie in my head, the characters came together beatufitully and the dialogue was flawless. Sara Wolf earned the title "Queen of YA"in my book.