Nothing Left To Burn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today I'm thrilled to host one of the stops in the Nothing Left To Burn by Patty Blount blog tour!  Nothing Left To Burn is a YA contemporary novel, yet Patty Blount is also promoting her adult romance His Touch, so be sure to check out a few of the other tour stops to learn more about that book. But while you're here, read my review of this YA book and enter below to win some awesome prizes! Thanks so much for stopping by!
About The Book:
Nothing Left To Burn
by Patty Blount 

 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
August 4, 2015, Pages: 336
Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda.

Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse is the only place that feels like home. She agrees to help Reece, but falling for him wasn’t part of the deal. And when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, their relationship could go up in flames.

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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Nothing Left To Burn turned out to be an interesting read. I enjoyed that it made me ache for its characters (not that I enjoyed their pain, just you know, connected with them for a bit) and that it had an unusual playground that was entertaining to read about. 

This book is told in dual POVs. First we have Reece Logan who is struggling to lead a normal life after his brother's death in a car accident he is supposedly at fault. Then, there's Amanda who only wishes to have a real family and a place to call home. Their fates intertwine when Reece goes to the firehouse where his father and Amanda volunteer at in hopes of getting his father to really look at him. To somehow keep his last promise made to his brother. But he has to overcome the anger and distrust everyone, including Amanda, have towards him.

Is this book emotional? Yes, I believe so.Well, it depends on the reader. I'm such a cry baby and I felt the tug of my heartstrings when I was reading Nothing Left To Burn. I was too invested on how unfair Reece's situation was. I mean, I understand that in a way, it was his fault that his brother died in that car accident because he was the one behind the wheel, but it's the kind of fault that doesn't make the subject guilty. It was an accident. A bad luck something that happened. But everyone turned their backs on him. No one thought about helping him grieve his loss. That angered me so much that it made me shed a few tears.

Despite being told in dual POVs, I felt that this book was more about Reece than Amanda. I guess because Reece's problems were a bit more dramatic. However, Amanda's story was important as well. I think it's the first time I read a book where the character isn't completely repulsed by the idea of foster care. It was enlightening to learn more about the ways of this system and have a character that was considerate and keen on aviding its rules. If only for a bit.

And speaking of learning, Nothing Left To Burn has lots of good info that I think is accurate. It was entertaining to learn about how fire stations work and how working/volunteering in there is no easy work. It certainly made me appreciate this service a lot more. Way to go, firefighters!

Now, what I'm really not that sure about is the romance of this book. I love romance but Reece and Amanda didn't strike me as a great couple. I think that their actions were a bit too rushed/forced. Oh, and Reece's mom rushing into dating that fast? Also weird. 
Nothing Left To Burn wasn't the perfect read that I was hoping for but I'm glad I got the chance to read it. It's a good YA contemporary book with some good old firefighting action and a few twists around the corner to keep the reader entertained. Definitely worth the shot.
About The Author:

Powered by chocolate, Patty Blount is the award-winning author of novels for teens including Some Boys (2015 Firecracker Award winner, 2015 Rita Award Finalist, 2015 Bookseller's Best Award Finalist), TMI, and SEND, as well as contemporary holiday romances, A Match Made at Christmas and its sequel, His Touch.

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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely post and review, Melissa! xx


  2. Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

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  3. Sounds interesting... and I feel for Reece just reading the synopsis. Poor guy.

  4. I think I might really like this one! Nice review :)