Amazon Burning

Victoria Griffith
Amazon Burning
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Astor + Blue Editions, LLC
Release Date
November 2014
Young Adult Romance

When 22-year-old aspiring journalist Emma Cohen is forced to flee the comforts of her NYU student life, she maneuvers an internship from her father at his newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. There, Emma is immediately swept into a major news story—and a life-threatening situation—when a famous jungle environmentalist, Milton Silva, is mysteriously murdered.

Emma must now enter the Amazon rainforest with her father to investigate, where she is both awed by the enormity and beauty of the Amazon and appalled by its reckless destruction. Not only will Emma have to brave the primal world of the Amazon, she must fight to survive the kidnappers, villains, corrupt activists, and indigenous tribes that lay in wait along the ever-twisting trail of the murder case. Stretched to the brink, it's up to Emma, her father, and the dreamy news photographer, Jimmy, to unravel the mystery and live to tell the tale.

Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith is a spectacular debut Young Adult novel. Griffith's powerful rendering of the Amazon rainforest forms the perfect, wildly exotic backdrop for this extraordinary tale of a young urban woman coming of age in the midst of intense conflict.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Nov 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
104 people found the following review helpful
Victoria Griffith takes readers on an adventure deep into the Amazon jungle in AMAZON BURNING.

While trying to keep a low profile after a sexual harassment incident, Emma Cohen wants nothing more than to avoid any drama. When her father gets the chance to cover an international story in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the budding journalist begs to tag along. There she finds herself paired up with photographer Jimmy Feldman.

As they get deeper into the story surrounding the death of an environmental protestor, they find themselves picking up some formidable enemies. In a race against time, they struggle to put the pieces together and escape the Amazon alive.

As a new adult romance, I found the storyline to be interesting and quite vivid with the descriptions of the dangers in the Amazon. The adrenaline-fueled scenes are complete with mudslides, random shootings and perilous airplane rides.

When it came to the love scenes, I felt that the author included too many euphemisms rather than simply keeping it more natural. For example, I stumbled over phrases such as "samba of bliss" and "fountain of pleasure into her vessel." While these phrases might be appropriate for a younger audience, they seemed out of place.

It wasn't until the end that all the missing pieces were finally put together, providing an interesting read full of drama and intrigue.
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