A Burdened Novel - Book 1

Young Adult - Paranormal
426 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2014
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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In Burdened, the first book in a New Adult series by Peiri Ann, eighteen-year-old Tracey is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, until she quite literally bumps into the man of her dreams. But Nathan isn't all that he appears to be and though there is quite an attraction between them, he constantly pulls away, worried that their love will end in tragedy because he is a Sephlem and a descendant of demons. It's up to Tracey to show him how much she loves and trusts him and how he needs to trust himself as well if they are going to work together and survive against people who seem to be doing everything in their power to tear them apart.

Burdened by Peiri Ann was an interesting novel and another entry in the burgeoning world of New Adult, a genre that hopes to create a space between YA and adult. Since Tracey is still in high school, Burdened does have a YA vibe, though I suppose several intimate moments push it towards the realm of Upper YA and thus New Adult. Despite the ambiguity of the genre placement itself, Burdened was an enjoyable read, the character interactions were entertaining, and the antics of a certain interrupting cousin were amusing. The romance between Tracey and Nathan was all consuming, so much so that they felt pained if the other was nearby, great for readers looking for a passion that leaves them breathless. All in all, I found myself, along with Tracey, being drawn into the fascinating world Ann has built.

Susana Pena

Burdened by Peiri Ann is a paranormal love story. Tracey Warren is a typical teenage high school girl who has a best friend named Glen Richards, and they like to hang out and go to parties. Then one day, Tracey gets hit by a car, and the person who crashes into her is a guy named Nathan Newcomb. Tracey falls madly in love with him, but he is not who she thinks he is. When he reveals his deep dark secret to her, Tracey still accepts him for who he is. The two of them share an unbreakable bond, because they truly love each other. They both can feel each other’s pain and suffering, they can heal each other’s wounds, and they also can communicate telepathically. Danger follows them and it seems that everyone is out to kill them. However, their love keeps them united, and they protect each other from evil beings.

I enjoyed reading the love story that unfolded between Tracey and Nathan. They literally could not live without each other, and their love showed through as being very strong and pure (even though it happened at a very fast pace). I liked Tracey, but I didn’t love her character. She seemed very selfish at times when it came to someone “stealing” her time away from Nathan, or when she would get annoyed at Glen just for “speaking directly” to Nathan, that seemed a little too much. I also thought that some of the scenes were not very believable, like her mom not noticing that Nathan was spending the night at her house, or how Tracey just calmly accepted who Nathan was when he told her his deep dark secret, and she didn’t get freaked out. Overall, Burdened by Peiri Ann contains a great love story, with a paranormal twist.