A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Thank You to Kristi Meyer at YA and Wine for recommending this book to me. This book was great for me.

Henrietta Howl is a normal girl. She works at a school as a teacher with an abusive principal. She tries to stop the principal from hitting the girls with his cane. She also tries to control the fire within her. After all, witchcraft is illegal. Henrietta does not want to be burned at the stake. I do not think that anyone wants to be burned at the stake. But then someone finds out that she has powers. And he realizes that she is not a witch but a sorcerer. And that she fulfills an ancient prophecy. So Henrietta is the Chosen One. So she has to learn spells and other things so that she can battle evil. But then a magician realizes that she is not a sorcerer. And it is only a matter of time before everyone else finds out too.

This book was really suspenseful. Sometimes I held my breath when I was turning a page because I was so worried that someone would find out Henrietta’s secret. I also loved Henrietta’s relationship with Rook, one of the Unclean. Which means that he was touched by one off the Ancients. He was lucky to have survived. Henrietta was so kind to Rook, even though no one else was. Blackwood was also an interesting character. I was not expecting the twist. All in all A Shadow Bright and Burning was a really good book. Five Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

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