Watch You Burn
Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.It's something she hasn't been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?

Watch You Burn Details

TitleWatch You Burn
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781524700935
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Did Not Finish

Watch You Burn Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy is a young adult thriller about a young arsonist. Jenny has moved to be with her father to hopefully start anew and avoid an arson investigation back in Ohio where her mother and stepfather live.Jenny’s father is in the process of renovating an old roadside motel and turning it into an upscale tourist attraction when finished so when Jenny arrives she gets her own luxurious suite. It doesn’t take long though for that urge for fire to return to Jenny even in her ne Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy is a young adult thriller about a young arsonist. Jenny has moved to be with her father to hopefully start anew and avoid an arson investigation back in Ohio where her mother and stepfather live.Jenny’s father is in the process of renovating an old roadside motel and turning it into an upscale tourist attraction when finished so when Jenny arrives she gets her own luxurious suite. It doesn’t take long though for that urge for fire to return to Jenny even in her new surroundings.Sneaking out at night Jenny thinks she is find as long as her hobby doesn’t hurt anyone but she quickly finds that the small town has eyes everywhere. Jenny tries to set her sights on making friends and keeping occupied in the town but then a murder occurs too close to Jenny for comfort.Watch You Burn started off strong in my opinion, Jenny was one of those unreliable narrators that I thought the author portrayed rather well showing her addiction to fire. However, somewhere along the way the story just became somewhat confusing and dare I say unbelievable. I saw right through the whodunnit rather early and questioned a lot of the happenings but in the end I’d say this was an Ok read, not one that I will find overly memorable but at least it was creative.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "I'm not a monster. I don't hurt anyone."Do you ever just sit and read and enjoy yourself and then one moment you see the downward slope coming and all you can do is sigh?That was me reading this book. I loved the blurb, loved the cover and title. The low Goodreads rating could not scare me; I thought this was another misunderstood and secretly genius book. I really wanted it to be just that.I have a thing for anti-heroes, for unlikeable characters, for unreliable narrators that lie to everyone, "I'm not a monster. I don't hurt anyone."Do you ever just sit and read and enjoy yourself and then one moment you see the downward slope coming and all you can do is sigh?That was me reading this book. I loved the blurb, loved the cover and title. The low Goodreads rating could not scare me; I thought this was another misunderstood and secretly genius book. I really wanted it to be just that.I have a thing for anti-heroes, for unlikeable characters, for unreliable narrators that lie to everyone, including themselves. Jenny is one of those characters. And for the first 20% of the book, I was fascinated by her. That was before everything turned messy. The further I read, the wilder it got. The well-constructed story went all over the place and became less realistic by the page. Beware of spoilers, if you still want to read this book. Jenny is a pyromaniac. She moved to her father in order to be a better person and leave her arsonist past behind her. Of course, she kept setting fires. In the end, so many people knew that she was responsible for the fires all over the town, but they all kept their mouths shut for some illogical reason. There was heaps of evidence that should have led the police to Jenny, but they couldn't solve the puzzle for some illogical reason. There was even a cop who basically caught Jenny in the act more than once but still did not suspect her for some illogical reason. In the end, it was all chaos and on top of it came a plot twist that was completely unasked for and did not make sense either.And also, this is a YA novel, so where are all the queer teens? I demand more queer teens in YA novels.Overall, I acknowledge the effort but did not like the execution.Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eGalley in exchange for an honest review.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 30%I really tried with this one. This girl, right here, used to be the DNF Queen. I would pick up books left and right, and if they weren't to my liking, I would fling them to the wind, usually giving them a little jazz hand wave as they flew away. But but but I had reformed! It's been ages since this princess did her Miss America hand flutter. I had found something like, book commitment?? But this book came along and I was lost. Pros: there were interesting moments. The writing was easy e DNF @ 30%I really tried with this one. This girl, right here, used to be the DNF Queen. I would pick up books left and right, and if they weren't to my liking, I would fling them to the wind, usually giving them a little jazz hand wave as they flew away. But but but I had reformed! It's been ages since this princess did her Miss America hand flutter. I had found something like, book commitment?? But this book came along and I was lost. Pros: there were interesting moments. The writing was easy enough to get through 30% of it. I liked how the writer decided to tackle an interesting unreliable narrator who isn't the conventional YA character. She did have real psychology behind it, and definitely showcases the mind of an addict. Um, um, um, I really really really like the covers and chapter headers??? I'm so sorry. That's honestly about it.Cons: oh dear. Bullet point list format since it's mine and Sha's preferred method of rants/semi-rants. - The main character. She was just so eh. And jumped to the wildest conclusions. Example: she sees a burning cigarette outside her hotel room on the first night she sneaks out and sets a fire. So, instead of going like, oh, okay, someone clearly doesn't understand how to use an ash tray and is littering, she is immediately going, SOMEONE HAS SEEN ME. THEY KNOW. THEY KNOW EVERYTHING AND THEY MUST KNOW THAT I STARTED THIS FIRE LIKE A MILE AWAY AND ALL IS LOST. Um, okay, I'm paranoid af, but even I wouldn't have jumped to that major of conclusion. Also, in things that are majorly weird and out of the ordinary, she didn't have any sort of reaction? Example: she comes home one day and finds that there is a person in her room. Obviously and clearly, she starts reacting and freaking out (and I mean, you go girl, because you need to) and then IMMEDIATELY after, like, one sentence chills out because it's her friend who literally snuck through her window, goes to use her shower, and then just chills in her room - all without asking. And her friend? She just met her I'm pretty sure 4 days before hiding out in an abandoned no trespassing zone. The main character's main reasoning for instantly going kk sure is because she feels bad about her new bestie being semi homeless and living with a terrible aunt, even though this is weird???? If my best friend that I've known since 4th grade had done this, I still would be completely weirded out because I mean, you snuck through a bedroom window???? - I kept getting confused. There were moments that would happen that would be clear, but I really had no clue why they were happening, and then things would happen and I was just really confused by them and what was happening. The opening really perplexed me especially with the main character's description of the hotel/motel that she's living in. I literally had to read 3 paragraphs over 4 different times because I couldn't tell if they were living in a really nice, fancy hotel or, like, the seedy Bates Motel where she about to meet Norman. It might have been because I was starting to mentally check out of this book hotel, but I really don't even know how to describe what was going on in this book.- Also, I was promised a haunted town, and I got no haunts?? Like, the main character doesn't mention how she thinks this is a weird town or she's not vibing it. I thought this would really go a long way to create an atmosphere and some spookiness, but honestly, the most setting I felt was picturing it in arid New Mexico. I felt like this was promptly forgotten about?- The revolving door of male characters. There is, like, 3 men that kept popping up for no reason and I didn't fully get their purpose otherwise to confuse me on the male triangle of possible love interests??? All of these items added up to me having to call it quits despite me really trying to turn a new page in my DNF status book. It was an interesting premise, and I would see moments of that potential, but overall, it really didn't add up to me. There were too many factors that I wasn't a fan of that kept me from enjoying this one. No crowns because it was a DNF and a Snow White rating!
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    By the time I picked up this book, there were already a bunch of low reviews on Goodreads. Still, I did not let that discourage me. I went into this with high hopes and fully willing to love it. And for a moment, I think I almost did. The beginning was interesting, despite the writing style which simply wasn't for me. I was curious to see where the book was going to so. Sadly, it went downhill soon for me.Jenny is an unreliable narrator, which I love. But, she's full of terrible, illogical decis By the time I picked up this book, there were already a bunch of low reviews on Goodreads. Still, I did not let that discourage me. I went into this with high hopes and fully willing to love it. And for a moment, I think I almost did. The beginning was interesting, despite the writing style which simply wasn't for me. I was curious to see where the book was going to so. Sadly, it went downhill soon for me.Jenny is an unreliable narrator, which I love. But, she's full of terrible, illogical decisions, pyromania aside. I really liked the way her mania was described. But her mental process for everything was so incredibly frustrating. She was always either overreacting or underreacting. Also, how was it not known that she was the one setting these fires? How was that conclusion not drawn early on? I feel like there were definitely moments in which that was out in the open.Then there was the mystery. I don't read much mystery. Yet, when I do, it always manages to surprise me. I don't feel like this book did that. In a way, it reminded me of There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins in that there was build up and with an ultimately unsatisfying reveal. It also reminded me a bit of Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, where there was so much messed up stuff happening that I ended up being more shocked at it than actually impressed. In the end, I just wasn't all that into it.Overall, I have to be honest, I just felt disappointed with this book. I didn't feel as though it delivered on what I wanted. I wanted to love the charcters and I ended up not feeling attached to any of them. I wanted to be invested in the plot and I instead found myself constantly checking how much of the novel I had left, eager to be done with it. So, do I recommend it? Not really. I think that what this book tries to do, other books do better. That said, if you truly think this is a book you might like, then by all means, go for it. I do recommend reading an excerpt first, though. And if you do go for it, I really hope you like it!
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  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    January 1, 1970
    Who is Jenny?Arsonist or victim?Friend or foe?Honest or a liar?Sane or insane?You may not know until the very last sentence of WATCH YOU BURN. Amanda Searcy is back with her second consecutive home run in this psychological thriller.Jenny tells us she wants to do better from whatever (presumably arson) incident had her moving from her mother’s home in Ohio to her mostly absentee father’s place in New Mexico. They live in a motel he’s converting from a seedy flophouse to a luxurious place to stay Who is Jenny?Arsonist or victim?Friend or foe?Honest or a liar?Sane or insane?You may not know until the very last sentence of WATCH YOU BURN. Amanda Searcy is back with her second consecutive home run in this psychological thriller.Jenny tells us she wants to do better from whatever (presumably arson) incident had her moving from her mother’s home in Ohio to her mostly absentee father’s place in New Mexico. They live in a motel he’s converting from a seedy flophouse to a luxurious place to stay. New Mexico is a fresh start, where nobody knows what happened when she was seven and what that made her. Everybody Jenny meets also has secrets. Which of hers new friends and acquaintances are friends, which are sociopaths?If my daughter had the experience Jenny did at age seven, she would have been in therapy to help her recover. If my daughter was a suspected arsonist, she would have been in therapy. I certainly would not send her to live with her father without telling him my suspicions and urging him to get her help. Although, lack of therapy for surviving trauma probably made Jenny who she became.I kept rooting for her to make good choices, or at the very least, tell someone her problem, but I can see why a teenager her age would be frightened and lack the foresight of where to turn. Jenny had a conscience and balanced that with an unhealthy sense of self-preservation, made her sympathetic and compelling.WATCH YOU BURN made me long for a sequel to see the growth of these major and minor characters continue. Or not.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    Ehh... Full review to follow soon.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Searcy is back with a new novel. Watch You Burn is about Jenny, a teen that can't seem to stop the itch to make things burn. She is sent to live with her dad as he rebuilds a dilapidated motel into a fancy roadside motel. There she meets two new friends and a potential love interest. She still can't stop her urge to play with fire and trouble and murders seem to follow her. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens.Overall, I really liked this book. I had seen some so-so revie Amanda Searcy is back with a new novel. Watch You Burn is about Jenny, a teen that can't seem to stop the itch to make things burn. She is sent to live with her dad as he rebuilds a dilapidated motel into a fancy roadside motel. There she meets two new friends and a potential love interest. She still can't stop her urge to play with fire and trouble and murders seem to follow her. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens.Overall, I really liked this book. I had seen some so-so reviews of the book around so I was a little bit apprehensive but I am so glad that I decided to pick up the book. The writing is incredibly strong. It kept me hooked so much that when I decided I finally needed to sleep, I couldn't wait to pick it up in the morning. I ended up reading the whole book in just over 24 hours. The twisty mystery had me guessing and I did have a guess on the end and I was correct but it was so fun trying to figure out if I was right.If you're in the mood for a good thriller/mystery-definitely pick up this book.*Book received through the Amazon Vine program*
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  • Amy Giles
    January 1, 1970
    Searcy is a master at keeping you guessing up until the very end. Fleshed out characters each with their own flaws round out this suspenseful story. I inhaled Watch You Burn, desperate to know how it would end!
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.Normally, I'm not a paranoid person, but I was suspicious of everyone and everything in Watch You Burn. Jenny's actions made me feel anxious and unsettled, and she frequently chooses to be reckless. I wish she had refrained from taking unnecessary risks, but it did move the story along. She's struggling I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.Normally, I'm not a paranoid person, but I was suspicious of everyone and everything in Watch You Burn. Jenny's actions made me feel anxious and unsettled, and she frequently chooses to be reckless. I wish she had refrained from taking unnecessary risks, but it did move the story along. She's struggling with her addiction to fire, and it wins more often than not. I thought it was an interesting perspective, and it made me think about arsonists in a different way. I wish someone had helped her instead of letting her addiction spiral out of control.I sympathized with Jenny, but I didn't like her. I also didn't agree with most of her decisions. First of all, she was extremely hypocritical. She wanted to collect everyone's secrets, but she was unwilling to share her own. Secondly, I think she should have come clean about her mistakes and dealt with the consequences of her actions. Jenny clearly needed help, but all they did was send her somewhere else. She's also insecure, petty, and jealous. Her confidence was fleeting, and would quickly be replaced by anger and frustration.At times I felt like the story was a little slow, but the mystery kept me turning the pages. I had theories, but never felt confident about them. Everyone was hiding something, so I suspected every person she came into contact with. There were also a lot of unexpected twists that made me question everything I thought I knew, and I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. It left things mostly unresolved.Overall, it was an interesting read. However, I do wish Jenny had been more likable. I found it hard to relate to her and her way of thinking. She wasn't kind to others, and she threw money around like it didn't mean anything to her. I was annoyed when she used her parents money for stupid things just because she could. We already know about her extracurricular activities, and yet she still takes advantage of others.There were a few romantic possibilities, but ugh. I feel like the romance could have been left out. Jenny used people to get what she wanted. She only worried about herself and what would happen if her secrets were exposed. She went along with whatever Ro suggested, and didn't treat her or Kara with the respect they deserved. Her relationships with everyone felt strained and awkward, and I'm not a huge fan of her father. He should have inserted himself in her life more, but he was too busy being distracted by the woman warming his bed.I sped through Watch You Burn because I was invested in the mystery. I wanted to know what was happening and why, but also learn more about Jenny and her struggles with arson. The characters fell a little flat for me, but the story itself was okay.Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on October 23, 2018.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny leaves Ohio to move in with her dad in Arizona attempting to get herself off the police’s radar as they pursue an arson investigation. Her dad’s construction company is renovating an abandoned and dilapidated hotel into a shiny, updated new one to bring in more tourists to this tiny town. Jenny lives in one of the refurbished rooms with luxury features, but even her new lifestyle and starting at a prep school can’t suffice her cravings to start fires.Making new friends and acquiring a boyf Jenny leaves Ohio to move in with her dad in Arizona attempting to get herself off the police’s radar as they pursue an arson investigation. Her dad’s construction company is renovating an abandoned and dilapidated hotel into a shiny, updated new one to bring in more tourists to this tiny town. Jenny lives in one of the refurbished rooms with luxury features, but even her new lifestyle and starting at a prep school can’t suffice her cravings to start fires.Making new friends and acquiring a boyfriend, Jenny attempts to behave and leave her past in Ohio, but once she lights the first match she spirals back to her old ways. Now the police in Arizona are investigating the fires along with murders that suddenly crop up. Despite the heat of the investigation, Jenny can’t shy away from starting fires and eventually she starts receiving notes and pictures from a stalker.This story was a splendid mystery. The writing style was a tad difficult to get into, but as the story progressed I was so engrossed with the plot that I paid no attention to how everything was written. One small negative was how long it took for answers to be revealed, but on the plus side it made me want to keep reading. There were so many questions regarding the secondary characters, and Jenny, that weren’t answered until well over the 50% mark which was somewhat frustrating since I wanted my answers asap.I didn’t expect the twists despite my history of reading many young-adult mysteries and thrillers so that was refreshing. I was on the edge of my seat until the end, very content with the final chapter and confrontation. I didn’t know the killer’s identity until the reveal since I expected it to be someone else. Jenny was beautifully written; you experienced her flaws instead of her good traits, but deep down she loved her family and would do anything to protect them, especially her little sister. The final chapter was when we got to see the true Jenny during her clash with the killer, and I adored every second of the power she possessed and manipulated.Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.
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  • Brittany Lamb
    January 1, 1970
    *3.25 starsThank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a free advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a harder one to really put my feelings into words for. I'd say for about the first 40%, I was really bored. I honestly considered giving up on this and just marking it as a DNF. But, I held out, and it did pick up, so I'm glad I did. Right from the beginning I was excited to have a main character who is one of the bad guys. There is a lot going on here, so she *3.25 starsThank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a free advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a harder one to really put my feelings into words for. I'd say for about the first 40%, I was really bored. I honestly considered giving up on this and just marking it as a DNF. But, I held out, and it did pick up, so I'm glad I did. Right from the beginning I was excited to have a main character who is one of the bad guys. There is a lot going on here, so she's definitely not the only bad guy, but she's certainly not who I would call the hero of the story. Actually, looking back on it, I don't think that there even is a hero in this story. I don't see this often, and I felt like the author could do a lot with it. I think it turned out OK, but I was expecting more. The overall "plot twist" was one I saw coming from about the 50% mark, when things had finally started to get good. I mostly decided to keep reading this one because I wanted to find out if my guess was right or not. We've got these two big plot lines that don't really have anything to do with each other, and that makes for a pretty interesting experience. On one hand, we've got Jenny itching to start basically anything flammable on fire, and then we've got someone running around killing people. It made for a fun time trying to figure out how everything was going to tie together, but the reveal wasn't really shocking for me.The characters were interesting enough, but there were some small story lines here and there that kind of came and went but didn't get resolved. I wasn't a fan of the writing style whatsoever in the beginning, but after a while I got used to it. Overall, I don't hate it, and I don't love it. It was a fun read, but it didn't quite quench the thirst for a suspenseful mystery, in my opinion.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from Delacorte Press and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 4/5Publication Date: October 23, 2018Genre: YA MysteryRecommended Age: 14+ (arson, violence, lots of fire, mystery)Pages: 352Amazon LinkSynopsis: Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.But eve Disclaimer: I received this book from Delacorte Press and Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 4/5Publication Date: October 23, 2018Genre: YA MysteryRecommended Age: 14+ (arson, violence, lots of fire, mystery)Pages: 352Amazon LinkSynopsis: Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.It's something she hasn't been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?For the most part this book had a really engrossing plot. The plot was so intriguing that I couldn’t put the book down! I felt that the book had some really interesting characters and I liked how developed they were and I liked how the book turned out. It was a really good mystery with some twists I didn’t see coming and it certainly kept me on my toes!However, I did feel that the book was really hard to get into and it can be offputting for some readers. I think that the main difficulty of the book is that it’s really slow paced and stuff is draw out unnecessarily long in my opinion. I felt that the this book didn’t have a lot of reread potential as well and the book didn’t make sense for in my opinion for some of the things that occurred in this novel.Verdict: Twisty windy mystery galore!
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  • Mrs. Europaea
    January 1, 1970
    Aside from the twist at the end, the writing left a lot to be desired. I don't know if Searcy has ever used matches before, but by the way she describes it, I'd think not.
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: self-harm, arson, discussion of substance abuseWatch You Burn is a psychological thriller mixed with a murder mystery. Jenny has an undiagnosed compulsive tendency to set fires, and she has been exiled by her stepfather to stay with her father so that she doesn't harm her younger half sister. Here, no one knows her past, really, and she is trying to be better, only the 'itch' to be scratched in less harmful ways. However, soon, her actions are about to throw the town into conflict, as Warnings: self-harm, arson, discussion of substance abuseWatch You Burn is a psychological thriller mixed with a murder mystery. Jenny has an undiagnosed compulsive tendency to set fires, and she has been exiled by her stepfather to stay with her father so that she doesn't harm her younger half sister. Here, no one knows her past, really, and she is trying to be better, only the 'itch' to be scratched in less harmful ways. However, soon, her actions are about to throw the town into conflict, as her illness entangles with the new friendships she is making. Jenny's perspective is troubling, with destructive thoughts circling and guilt from her past actions as well as her inability to contain her urges, swirling into a mixture of paranoia and scheming. She wants to keep her activities on the down low, but also gets a high whenever she sees the destruction her fire sets. When she is close to being suspected, her adversaries are taken of, which is a touch troubling to her. Along with that, escaping from the shrewd eyes of her friend, as well as her dad's girlfriend has her constantly on the edge, which feeds the urges. Meanwhile, there's the fact that her father's business depends on the current job being done successfully, and there is opposition to that which puts her life in danger. The identity of the killer wasn't really a surprise, because they were blatant clues in the text, so the mystery wasn't as exciting as the anticipation of how it would all be revealed. On the relationship side, Jenny has a very superficial connection to people in her new life. Her friend is a little too clingy, but she is also heartened by her support. While she keeps people at a distance, Jenny also wants to know everything about them, which in some cases leads to her butting into things are not her business (particularly when it comes to a recovering addict who has asked for space). She is unlikable in that aspect, always looking for an in, seeking to be close to a person, almost to be point of feeling entitled to their secrets. She is also ruthlessly manipulative when push comes to shove, knows how to use her privilege to her advantage, and yeah, some things can be taken as her just trying to survive but she is not above throwing someone else under the bus. I kept wanting her to wake up and realize she needed real help, but she was so fearful of the criminality of her actions and the mounting strikes against her, as well as disappointing the people in her life (okay, that part is relatable) that she never considers it. In short, a gripping plot with a sympathetic but also unlikable antihero. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Delacorte Press, via Netgalley.
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  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon
  • LittleDeadRedGoddessPersephone
    January 1, 1970
    First off I want to thank NetGalley and Delacorte Press for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel for a full and honest review.This was a 3.5 stars read for me. This was my first Amanda Searcy book and I did enjoy it quite a bit. The novel had the feel of the old school YA mystery/thrillers that I used to and in reality still do really enjoy reading. It had the feel of Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine (Not Goosebumps R.L. Stine but the YA version). The novel begins with Jenny arriving First off I want to thank NetGalley and Delacorte Press for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel for a full and honest review.This was a 3.5 stars read for me. This was my first Amanda Searcy book and I did enjoy it quite a bit. The novel had the feel of the old school YA mystery/thrillers that I used to and in reality still do really enjoy reading. It had the feel of Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine (Not Goosebumps R.L. Stine but the YA version). The novel begins with Jenny arriving from Ohio where she lived with her Mother, Step Father and half sister Hailey after an unfortunate incident. to a small town in New Mexico to live with her Father. Shortly after she arrives a slew of fires begin to appear within walking distance of the Motel she is staying in. There is no point in hiding the fact that Jenny is the one starting the fires as it is revealed very quickly. We also find out quickly that she was in a fire herself as she has a burn that is an itches whenever she has a desire to light a fire. As Jenny tries to settle in to town and her new school she makes some new friends and that is when we get hints of what is to come in the novel.I have to admit that it did take me a decent amount of time to really get into this novel. I think I was at about 45% on my Kindle when the book finally started to hook me. I never thought about not finishing it as I would never not finish an ARC. That just does not seem right but it did not hold my interest for a good amount of the beginning. The reason for the 3.5 stars? When the book picked up it really did pick up. All of the sudden things really begin to happen. You start to see the deep cracks in each of the characters that come in Jenny's life. Everyone is broken in some way, shape or form. Some you really love and some you begin to suspect have very shady motives almost immediately. I thought the character of Ben was extremely well written. In fact I thought he was actually the best written character in the book. There is a classic whodunit and though there are plenty of suspects I think the guilty party is pretty easy to figure out. Thi is not a book where everyone gets a happy ending, in all honesty there is no real, true happy endings but there is a an ending that I felt was very fitting for the novel. I wanted to love this book but I think I kind of just liked it. I did enjoy Amanda Searcy's writing and will be picking up another novel by her.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really interesting read. There are tons of mysterious circumstances scattered through the plot that constantly made had me trying to piece them together.We follow a main character who has had a pretty traumatic history surrounding fires which quickly turned into her obsession. And it took me about halfway through the book to figure out what was going on. She's now living with her father, who she hasn't seen in years, which in and of itself is unique. She's literally living in a fantas This was a really interesting read. There are tons of mysterious circumstances scattered through the plot that constantly made had me trying to piece them together.We follow a main character who has had a pretty traumatic history surrounding fires which quickly turned into her obsession. And it took me about halfway through the book to figure out what was going on. She's now living with her father, who she hasn't seen in years, which in and of itself is unique. She's literally living in a fantastic, remodeled suite in the middle of a run down motel, which is also in the middle of nowhere.I felt like going into the story, there was a lot that I had to try and piece together before I had a solid understanding of where everything was going. But I wouldn't say that it's a bad thing. Because this is a mystery thriller novel, and a decent one at that. Once the plot thickened, I could tell that this was going to be a book that would leave tons of questions until the last chapter. And it was.The characters were all over the place for me. The main character, Jenny, is struggling with her past and the threats that her burning obsession may lead to in the present. Discovering her history with the fires and her burning itch was one of the aspects that kept me reading, trying to understand where she was coming from. She's unpredictable, but she doesn't necessarily want to give in. She meets some friends that bring their own pasts to the table, and there's even a romance snuck in there.Overall, I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the tense moments and the plot twists that squeezed in during the second half of the book. Even though there is a lot of stuff we are introduced to in the first half with a slower pace, once I got through that fog, I was able to really enjoy the story itself and rush to the end. This was a really well developed mystery that created a maze of possibilities. I couldn't stop reading it until I figured out how it all pieced together!A great book if you're looking for a lighter, thriller novel for the Fall season!
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    It’s sad when a mystery/thriller set around fires leaves me feeling cold. “Watch You Burn” sees Jenny relocated to Arizona following a suspicious fire back home in Ohio and it doesn’t take long for her to give in to her urges and start lighting matches again. When she makes friends with some new people in town she finds that her secret isn’t the only one out there causing problems for those who wish they’d stay hidden and if she’s not careful she might end up getting burned. First off sorry for It’s sad when a mystery/thriller set around fires leaves me feeling cold. “Watch You Burn” sees Jenny relocated to Arizona following a suspicious fire back home in Ohio and it doesn’t take long for her to give in to her urges and start lighting matches again. When she makes friends with some new people in town she finds that her secret isn’t the only one out there causing problems for those who wish they’d stay hidden and if she’s not careful she might end up getting burned. First off sorry for the fire puns. Okay so this one of those books that stays pretty much one note for the entirety of the novel which is sad considering it contains arson and murder. It sets itself up for a darker twist than what it delivered which is disappointing and the overall reveal was somewhat random and equally upsetting. Not to mention there were a few big plot points that were left unresolved or forgotten once they served their purpose in setting up the bait and switch and instead of being cleaver it comes across as lazy. I was really excited for an unreliable narrator/anti hero and instead we got a dud. There wasn’t really anything keeping me invested in Jenny’s story and with such a compelling idea and history I should have been on the edge of my seat trying to see what happens next but instead I was watching the clock on my kindle waiting for it to tell me I was finished. I wish I could say something positive about this but unfortunately I’m at a loss. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Jodi Gallegos
    January 1, 1970
    WATCH YOU BURN is about Jenny, a teen with a bad history related to fires--as in she has a tendency to start them. Jenny has just been sent to live with her dad, a contractor who is renovating an old motel in New Mexico, because there's an arson investigation back home in Ohio, and things have gotten a bit, er...hot.Even though she has the best of intentions, Jenny can't fight the "itch" to start fires. One little fire, what could it hurt? Unless someone saw her. And now, that someone is lurking WATCH YOU BURN is about Jenny, a teen with a bad history related to fires--as in she has a tendency to start them. Jenny has just been sent to live with her dad, a contractor who is renovating an old motel in New Mexico, because there's an arson investigation back home in Ohio, and things have gotten a bit, er...hot.Even though she has the best of intentions, Jenny can't fight the "itch" to start fires. One little fire, what could it hurt? Unless someone saw her. And now, that someone is lurking outside her room at night and Jenny is sure it's just a matter of time until she's turned in. But then the man she's certain witnessed her starting a fire is murdered. And another murder follows, and soon Jenny realizes she's surrounded by people she doesn't really know and everyone is a suspect...including her dad. WATCH YOU BURN is a deep, dark descent into the world of girl who is deeply troubled and finds herself in a bad situation. There were so many red herrings that, even when I was certain who the "bad guy" was, I kept doubting myself. It was an intriguing book that kept me turning the pages, anxious to find out what would happen next. I can't say I liked Jenny, but I empathized with her enough that I wanted to know what would happen. Overall, a good read.Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read WATCH YOU BURNI received an ARC of WATCH YOU BURN in exchange for an honest review of the book
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  • Rosie Rizk
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book because I have a fondness for fire (from a safe distance), and reading about an arsonist scratches my itch. The book didn't spend too long on the beauty of fire and other pyro favorites. What it did have, was deep twisted characters, with a whodunit running throughout. Every character was messed up to some extent, with their own releases, be it drugs, alcohol, or setting fires. The characters were very well drawn out. I'm not sure which one I felt sorrier for. The worst part, tho I got this book because I have a fondness for fire (from a safe distance), and reading about an arsonist scratches my itch. The book didn't spend too long on the beauty of fire and other pyro favorites. What it did have, was deep twisted characters, with a whodunit running throughout. Every character was messed up to some extent, with their own releases, be it drugs, alcohol, or setting fires. The characters were very well drawn out. I'm not sure which one I felt sorrier for. The worst part, though, is that there was no clean conclusion. Yes, we find out who was behind it all, and why, all of which was very nicely done, but Jenny, the MC, ends the book with the very same issues that plagued her at the beginning. Actually, if anything, her life is even more messed up at the end. I might've rated this higher if it had a better ending. The way it is, it feels like there should be a sequel, or that the author was leaving it off that there are no nice happy every afters in real life. That most people remain messed up unless they taste serious steps to change their lives. But still, I wish Jenny would at least get some therapy. Something. Anything. Disclaimer: I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Texan Holly Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Watch You Burn is the story of a young teenage girl trying to escape her past while dealing with the present that threatens to bring the past into the mix. First off, this book was set in New Mexico in which I once lived in that great state so I just understood this book from where it was coming from and plus, I loved the fact that the Author brought in the whole Bosque always being on fire. That alone made this book even more special for the way that it just fits in with this story! I don't wan Watch You Burn is the story of a young teenage girl trying to escape her past while dealing with the present that threatens to bring the past into the mix. First off, this book was set in New Mexico in which I once lived in that great state so I just understood this book from where it was coming from and plus, I loved the fact that the Author brought in the whole Bosque always being on fire. That alone made this book even more special for the way that it just fits in with this story! I don't want to spoil too much about this book but it's a book that will grab your attention from that first page until that last paragraph!! I wasn't expecting to like this book with all the bad reviews that it seems to have but for myself, this was a book that made me stop everything and read the entire book in a span of three hours!! I could see why people didn't like this book with all the little inconsistencies but once you look past that, this was a book with a thrilling mystery to solve that doesn't end like you think it should. Thank You to Amanda Searcy for this great book that I can't wait to see what is next from you!!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from RockStar Book Tours!
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  • Katherine Downey
    January 1, 1970
    Watch You Burn is about seventeen year old Jenny who has just relocated. Jenny moves away from her mother, step father, and little sister and in with her dad at his new job site, a run down motel that her dad is restoring. Jenny is running from her dark past and the fear that her addiction may one day hurt her little sister. Her addiction isn’t one we see much of in books, but it’s an addiction nonetheless; Jenny has a love hate relationship with fire. She wants to create it, control it, and us Watch You Burn is about seventeen year old Jenny who has just relocated. Jenny moves away from her mother, step father, and little sister and in with her dad at his new job site, a run down motel that her dad is restoring. Jenny is running from her dark past and the fear that her addiction may one day hurt her little sister. Her addiction isn’t one we see much of in books, but it’s an addiction nonetheless; Jenny has a love hate relationship with fire. She wants to create it, control it, and uses it when she feels like things are out of her control. But fire is also what left her scarred. As Jenny is meeting new people and making friends, she starts to think that she has her problem under control. But as soon as she’s found real friends, she loses one of them. Now, Jenny is receiving threatening messages; someone knows her secret. Will Jenny be able to find out who is taunting her, or will they all go up in flames?
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  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    The best kind of book should do three things: entertain, provide an escape, and force you to share the emotions of its characters. Watch You Burn checks all of those boxes. It’s clear from the beginning that the narrator, Jenny, has some pretty big secrets. But she’s not the only one with something to hide. Each character’s backstory is fully fleshed and complete with a sordid secret which makes them all viable suspects later on. It’s easy to completely lose yourself in paranoia that jumps off o The best kind of book should do three things: entertain, provide an escape, and force you to share the emotions of its characters. Watch You Burn checks all of those boxes. It’s clear from the beginning that the narrator, Jenny, has some pretty big secrets. But she’s not the only one with something to hide. Each character’s backstory is fully fleshed and complete with a sordid secret which makes them all viable suspects later on. It’s easy to completely lose yourself in paranoia that jumps off of the page.The only area in which Watch You Burn falls short is the ending. It was abrupt and didn’t provide enough closure. I feel like there is more left to Jenny’s story and her struggle with pyromania. Perhaps this is just the set up for a sequel? If so, I would definitely read it.[Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free advanced copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.]
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  • Megan Worley
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a fan of the antihero, for a narrator that you can’t really trust or a main character that just isn’t really that likeable then this might be a great book for you. It was not a great book for me. I also felt like the story just wasn’t believable for me. The police should have figured out what was going way earlier for example. The book felt surreal to me. That being said, it was really well written, had an interesting mystery element and made me want to get to the end. Unfortunately o If you are a fan of the antihero, for a narrator that you can’t really trust or a main character that just isn’t really that likeable then this might be a great book for you. It was not a great book for me. I also felt like the story just wasn’t believable for me. The police should have figured out what was going way earlier for example. The book felt surreal to me. That being said, it was really well written, had an interesting mystery element and made me want to get to the end. Unfortunately once I got to the end I was disappointed. The book wrapped up too quickly and didn’t truly feel finished to me. Overall an intriguing book that just wasn’t for me.
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  • Shreya
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Disjointed is probably the best word to describe the book and its characters. I liked the concept of the plot, and I could have gotten into the characters, but I felt like Jenny's problems suffered from a lack of connection. I also don't think I received enough background on what she had or hadn't done in order to feel properly sorry for her or sympathetic to her case.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I really liked this book. It’s pretty rare that you see a female that commits arson. I’ve never read a book from this point of view before so I really enjoyed that. I wish Jenny got some help in the end, she definitely needs some therapy! Other than that, this book was awesome. I’m happy I got an early copy!
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  • Madi Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this novel for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book ended up not really being my style. The story was okay, but it was a little predictable, and the characters were all pretty bland. It had potential, but it just didn't make the mark.
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  • Celinda Reyes
    January 1, 1970
    For my full review of this book please check out my blog site here “http://celindareyesblog.com/2018/10/m...“
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what an interesting book that dealt with fire and alcohol. Messed up family relations and crazy friends. Some romance but more on the girls friendship.
  • RI Bochord
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this novel for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Did not finish this read as it was predictable and a bit "by the numbers" for today's YA readers.
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