Blog Tour – Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. Please also note, the below post contains spoilers for the first book in this series, Sky Without Stars.**

I’d like to begin by thanking The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Simon Pulse for choosing me to be a part of this tour. Please check out the other stops along the tour for other reviews, playlists, and other fun posts about this book and the authors, Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody.

Check out the full tour schedule here!

Virtual Book Tour:

Title Between Burning Worlds (System Divine II)

Author Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Release Date March 24, 2020

Publisher Simon Pulse

Description from Amazon

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian.
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny…

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate.

Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences.

Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde.

Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general.

Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon.

But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.

Initial Thoughts

I was super excited to be part of this tour. I pre-ordered a copy of Sky Without Stars last year but didn’t end up reading it (a total mistake, as I realize now). Signing up for this tour was my reason for finally diving in and I’m so glad I did!

Some Things I Liked

  • French history retold. This is by no means historical fiction, but I absolutely love the way elements of the French revolution are woven into this story. The character names are perfect and I especially loved the introduction of Maximillienne Robespierre.
  • I had so many theories going into this book and I just loved that I was correct on most of them. Joanne Rendell and Jessica Brody are excellent at crafting their plots with subtle clues that are hinted at and then returned to later. I was so happy that I picked up on most of these. Please note, these are not obvious hints but the writing style is filled with subtlety and I just loved it.
  • #teamChatine. I have written about this many times, I don’t like love triangles. And, I especially don’t like it when the pair that I don’t ship makes any progress. I’m so glad that Marcellus really only felt any romantic feelings toward Chatine in this book. His relationship with Alouette is still there, but I was glad to see it take more of a backseat in this book. It’s not that I don’t like Alouette, I just liked Chatine and Marcellus better. I hope Alouette finds someone nice in the next book (not Marcellus, he’s Chatine’s).
  • Star Wars vibes. I loved that this story felt like Star Wars. From the setting in outer space to the intricate political plot, I was all about those Galaxy Far Far Away vibes.

Series Value

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Sadly, nothing has been announced yet about it. But, when it is, I’ll be there! Because of the amazing foreshadowing and subtle language used, this series also has very high re-read value. I would definitely, happily, re-read the first two books before starting book 3.

Final Thoughts

I loved this book. I liked Sky Without Stars a lot, but I loved Between Burning Worlds. It had everything I wanted in a sequel.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman – if you liked the idea of society after a “great change” – and you like sci-fi, try this series.
  • Untitled System Divine Book III by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell – if you liked this series, definitely add the next book to your TBR.
  • The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant – if you liked the Les Mis vibes from this story, definitely check out this May 2020 release – it’s another Les Mis retelling filled with historical fiction, assassins, and more.

Author Bio

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
Joanne Rendell is the author of four novels and holds a PhD in English Literature. She teaches fiction writing to teens and kids, as well as online writing classes at and Joanne is a board member for the youth Shakespeare company, New Genesis Productions. With her husband and son, she divides her time between New York City and New Paltz, New York




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