Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Welcome to our tour stop for BRIGHTLY BURNING hosted by Rockstar Book Tours
Brightly Burning 
Title: Brightly Burning
Author: Alexa Donne
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover,
Pages: 400
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

This Jane Eyre retelling in space was so surprising to me with its twists, mysteries, and relationships and I absolutely adored it. There are so many space books these days and with Brightly Burning, the sci-fi elements were delicately balanced with a grounded feel at the same time. And if you're looking for the FEELS, this one brings them on at every turn.

Stella is young and antsy about working on the Stalwart, a run-down spaceship which has been floundering for a while. She's put in a couple of applications to work on another ship and when the story begins, we get a good grasp of the friendships she's created with people on the Stalwart - including a friend she's been crushing on for a long time. She's both an engineer and a teacher. As the main character, I fell in love with Stella right away. She's smart, sweet, and caring. That's why it's bittersweet the moment she finds out that she has to leave when she's hired by the Rochester, a ship that is the complete opposite from the Stalwart.

The Rochester, from the moment she steps on it, is full of mysteries and there's also a spark between her and the captain, Hugo Fairfax. Hugo is the young captain of this ship and possesses many qualities which could have come off as unlikeable, but didn't because he was so layered and complex. He's all over the place and definitely gives Stella many mixed messages which I could understand because he is, on a lot of levels, naive and lost, and carries a heavy responsibility on his shoulders. The sparks between these two were absolutely awesome!

Keeping her teaching role, Stella acts as a governess to Hugo's younger sister and the relationship between the two was one of the sweetest of the book. Stella also slowly becomes friends and respected by her other shipmates, which made the plotting all the more urgent and special with all the twists and turns.

This book is an incredible debut by such a talented author! Alexa Donne dispenses tons of writing and writer community via her channel on YouTube. I highly recommend watching her videos if you haven't checked them out, just as much as I recommend this beautiful, fun, intriguing, and well-written book!

Happy reading!
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. Brightly Burning is her debut novel. Alexa is represented by Elana Roth-Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of BRIGHTLY BURNING, US Only.
Good luck!

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5/1/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Review
5/2/2018- BookHounds YA- Interview
5/3/2018- Book-Keeping- Review
5/4/2018- Novel Novice- Guest Post

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5/9/2018- JustAddaWord- Review
5/10/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
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