Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne | Review

Title: Brightly Burning

Author: Alexa Donne

Publisher: UK – Titan | USA – HMH

Published: June 12th 2018 | May 1st 2018

ISBN: 9781328948939

Series: Standalone

Pages: 394

Edition: Hardcover

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this copy myself and all opinions are my own.

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.

I was hyped up for Brightly Burning when it was being released back in 2018, I bought myself a paperback copy but hadn’t picked it up and then I got my January Litjoy Crate and it had the absolutely gorgeous hardback edition of it and it was on my TBR for January but wanted to wait until I had the hardback to start it which didn’t arrive until the end of January so I then read it in February!

All I knew going into this was that it was “Jane Eyre in space” but that also mention nothing to me as I’ve never read Jane Eyre… 😅 therefore I cannot comment on the comparisons as I don’t actually know what they are!

I really enjoyed reading this book, it wasn’t overly gripping or exciting as there wasn’t really any action in this book, so this is more of a romance book, they’re in space as Earth was going through an ice age which meant for the time being it wasn’t inhabitable and they’re set to survive in space among different fleets and spacecrafts. Our main character, Stella, is originally from a spacecraft that was to learn about farming so that once the Earth became habitable once again there were farmers who knew what they were doing. But Stella wants off of that ship and to be a teacher and out of three she applied for only one accepted her, The Rochester, whose Captain is Hugo Fairfax, he’s a drunk, moody and only 19 years old. But when he’s with Stella, she see’s an entirely different side to him.

There’s mysterious things happening upon the Rochester and Stella can’t figure out what it is, she hears laugher outside her door but when she looks there is nothing there and she’s convinced that there’s a threat on board of the ship but she can’t figure out who it is.

I managed to read this book quite quickly, I really got stuck into it and just ended up completely devouring it! I really enjoyed reading about the characters and I thought that it wrapped up really well.

I’m really looking forwards to Alexa Donne’s next book, The Stars We Steal, which is out in 2020 which is a companion novel set 40 years before the events of Brightly Burning!

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