Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters. Part of the Certain Point of View network.

Highlight 21: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

September 12th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn. Unusually for us, we have just one main topic where we discuss how the deaths and absences of several characters’ mothers are handled.

  • TITLE: Legendborn

  • AUTHOR: Tracy Deonn

  • PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

  • YEAR: 2020

  • LENGTH: 511 pages

  • AGE: Young Adult

  • GENRE: Fantasy

  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for discussion of slavery, discussion of sexual assault, discussion of colonization, grief (graphic), racism, sexism, kidnapping, child abuse (backstory), blood, violence, gore (graphic), torture, car accident, animal death, parental death, major character death. Harry Potter reference (brief).

Main Discussion: Death of Parent. Begins at (1:35), CW for abandonment, neglect, memory loss, alcoholism (brief mention), parental death, death.

Promo for CPOV - Reignite; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (30:50).

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Highlight 20: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

July 4th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. This is speculative fiction so good it made Robin rethink how they read the closely related but distinct genre of dystopian fiction. 

  • TITLE: The Marrow Thieves
  • AUTHOR: Cherie Dimaline
  • PUBLISHER: Dancing Cat Books
  • YEAR: 2017
  • LENGTH: 240 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Speculative Fiction
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for sexual content (brief), cursing, ableist language (brief), alcohol (backstory), alcoholism (backstory), drug use (backstory), dug abuse (backstory), kidnapping (graphic), confinement (backstory), starvation (graphic), genocide (graphic), sexual assault, rape, child abuse, physical abuse, excrement (brief), vomit (brief), violence, gun violence, cannibalism, animal death, parental death (backstory), child death, murder, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Food Scarcity. Begins at (1:35), CW for food scarcity,

Topic 2: PTSD. Begins at (10:37), CW for ptsd, food scarcity.

Topic 3: Cannibalism. Begins at (21:45), CW for cannibalism, murder, death.

Promo for CPOV Autographs; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:12).

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Highlight 19: Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim

May 2nd, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Scavenge The Stars" by Tara Sim. This is the first half of a duology retelling "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.

  • TITLE: Scavenge The Stars

  • AUTHOR: Tara Sim

  • PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion

  • YEAR: 2020

  • LENGTH: 352 pages

  • AGE: Young Adult

  • GENRE: Fantasy, Retelling

  • RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for grief, ableist language (brief), kidnapping (graphic), alcohol (graphic), gambling addiction (graphic), drug use, child abuse, slavery, terminal illness, medical content, excrement, vomit, blood (graphic), gore, violence (graphic), gun violence, child death (graphic), parental death, murder (graphic), death (graphic).

Topic 1: Debt Slavery. Begins at (1:35), CW for child abuse, slavery, death.

Topic 2: Betrayal. Begins at (13:10), CW for betrayal, terminal illness, death.

Promo for CPOV Autographs; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (27:36).

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Highlight 17: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

March 7th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Batman: Nightwalker” by Marie Lu. This is part of the DC Icons series, where each book is written by a different author.

We discussed this Batman novel as part of #DarkKnightFortnight from Certain POV. You can find all the Certain POV shows which participated on this page.

  • TITLE: Batman: Nightwalker
  • AUTHOR: Marie Lu
  • PUBLISHER: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • YEAR: 2018
  • LENGTH: 288 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy
  • RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for blood (graphic), fire (backstory), domestic abuse (not depicted), violence (graphic), gun violence (graphic), sexual content (not depicted), sexual harassment, car accident (graphic), parental death (not depicted), suicide (not depicted), murder, death.

Topic 1: Richard - Emotional Abuse. Begins at (1:30), CW for emotional abuse, death of parent.

Topic 2: Cameron - Medical Trauma. Begins at (13:46), CW for medical trauma, murder, death.

Topic 3: Bruce and Madeleine - Death of Parent. Begins at (25:06), CW for violence, murder, death of parent, death.

Promo for CPOV - RobCast; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (36:09).

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Stand-Alone 17: Cemetery Boys - Aiden Thomas

February 21st, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas. Yadriel gets a bit more than he was expecting when he summons the wrong ghost.

  • TITLE: Cemetery Boys
  • AUTHOR: Aiden Thomas
  • PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
  • YEAR: 2020
  • LENGTH: 344 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy, Romance
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for cursing, ableist language (brief), grief, racism (brief), transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming, alcohol (brief), blood, self harm (brief, religious ritual), domestic abuse (backstory), child abuse (backstory), gore (brief), violence (graphic), medical content, parental death (backstory), murder, major character death (graphic), death (graphic).

Topic 1: Child Abuse. Begins at (1:35), CW for child abuse, physical abuse, fire/fire injury (burns).

Topic 2: Transphobia. Begins at (11:00), CW for sexism, misogyny, transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering

Topic 3: Murder. Begins at (21:30), CW for murder, blood, death.

Promo for Farragut Forward IndieGoGo; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:00).

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Highlight 14: Iron Widow - Xiran Jay Zhao

January 10th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “IRON WIDOW” by Xiran Jay Zhao. This is book one of a planned series.

Wu Zetian wants to assassinate her sister's murderer, but finds herself in a string of mech battles working alongside Li Shimin, the strongest pilot in Huaxia. Told in Third Person with Single POV.

  • TITLE: Iron Widow
  • AUTHOR: Xiran Jay Zhao
  • PUBLISHER: Penguin Teen
  • YEAR: 2021
  • LENGTH: 400 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Science Fiction
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for grief, misogyny (graphic), sexual content, alcohol, alcoholism (graphic), medical content, injury description, pregnancy (backstory), blood (graphic), vomit, suicidal thoughts, domestic abuse, child abuse, violence (graphic), torture (graphic), murder (graphic), parental death (backstory), major character death (graphic), death (graphic).

Topic 1: Forced Alcoholism. Begins at (1:35), CW for alcoholism, torture, death.

Topic 2: Death Machine. Begins at (10:00), CW for sexism, misogyny, death.

Topic 3: Invasion. Begins at (21:15), CW for death.

Promo for RMC vs CG; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (31:25).

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Series 9, Episode 3: Wayward Witch - Zoraida Córdova

December 27th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Wayward Witch” by Zoraida Córdova. Heather joins us once again to wrap up the excellent Brooklyn Brujas trilogy.

  • TITLE: Wayward Witch
  • AUTHOR: Zoraida Córdova
  • PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
  • YEAR: 2020
  • LENGTH: 239 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for kidnapping, confinement, emotional abuse, animal death (not depicted), excrement (brief), vomit, blood, gore, body horror, violence, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Nadira - Deadly Journey. Begins at (0:55), CW for death.

Topic 2: Rose - Memory Loss. Begins at (13:30), CW for memory loss, abandonment.

Topic 3: Rose - Abandonment. Begins at (27:05), CW for memory loss, abandonment, parental death, death.

Promo for CPOV Reignite; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (41:00).

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Series 9, Episode 2: Bruja Born - Zoraida Córdova

December 13th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Bruja Born” by Zoraida Córdova, the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. Heather joins us again on this episode!

TITLE: Bruja Born
AUTHOR: Zoraida Córdova
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 352 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Fantasy
RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for ableist language, vomit (graphic), fire, blood (graphic), gore (graphic), violence (graphic), pregnancy (not depicted), medical content, medical trauma (graphic), cannibalism, child death, death.

Topic 1: Casimuertos - Cannibalism. Begins at (0:50), CW for Cannibalism, undead, self-aware zombies

Topic 2: Lula - Survivor’s Guilt. Begins at (9:30), CW for death, bus crash.

Topic 3: Lula - Life Drain. Begins at (22:45), CW for mention of gore, death.

Promo for Fun and Games (CPOV); Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:57).

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Series 9, Episode 1: Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Córdova

November 29th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Labyrinth Lost” by Zoraida Córdova, book one of the Brooklyn Brujas series.

TITLE: Labyrinth Lost
AUTHOR: Zoraida Córdova
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
YEAR: 2016
LENGTH: 336 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Fantasy
RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for bullying, child abuse (backstory), blood, violence, panic attacks, missing parent, animal death, death.

Topic 1: Kidnapping. Begins at (1:35), CW for mention of torture, betrayal

Topic 2: Family Rejection. Begins at (11:00), CW for abandonment, mention of drug use. 

Topic 3: Misplaced guilt. Begins at (23:00), CW for missing parent, discussion of divorce, discussion of death.

Promo for ComicsQuest from CPOV; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:40). 

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Highlight 13: Graceling - Kristin Cashore

November 15th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “GRACELING” by Kristin Cashore. This is the first book of the YA fantasy series, Graceling Realm.

TITLE: Graceling
AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin
YEAR: 2008
LENGTH: 471 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance
RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for sexism, misogyny, sexual content (brief), sexual assault (not depicted), kidnapping, child abuse, animal cruelty, medical content, blood, vomit, violence, torture, animal death, parental death, child death, murder (graphic), death (graphic).

Topic 1: Leck - Gaslighting. Begins at (1:35), CW for Murder, torture, animal cruelty, death

Topic 2: Katsa - Coercion. Begins at (13:00), CW for Violence, death, coercion

Topic 3: Bitterblue - Death of Parent. Begins at (22:10), CW for Murder, death of parent, child abuse

Promo for CPOV - Another Pass; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (29:15).

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