November 19, 2014

#Review of Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith

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; 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." 
 About the Author


After some disastrous stints as a waitress and a banker, I decided to become a writer. As a journalist for the UK's Financial Times, I made lunch for cooking diva Julia Child (who didn't like the blackberry dessert) and interviewed star architect Frank Gehry (who said the shopping mall across the street made him want to puke). I spent time in the Amazon rain forest with the friendly Yanomami Indians, and as science correspondent wrote about everything from space exploration to the decoding of the human genome. Now, I live in Boston with my three daughters and Brazilian husband.

Great characters, amazing plot, it will keep you on your toes until the last page.  I ate it up in one day! 

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Fast paced

"All opinions are 100% honest and my own." 

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  Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


Thais Pampado said...

It's kinda strange to see a book set in Brazil, but I'm curious to see how the author described it here.

Thais Pampado said...

Oh, and answering the question, I actually never wanted to go there. It's really far from my city, and I also try to stay as far away from forests as I can (bugs, yuck).

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