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After over 4 years, Olena comes rocketing back into Claire's life, changing everything for the worse. Picking up the shattered pieces, Claire is not sure who to believe. Is Olena who she says she is, or is she a killer to stay away from? Leaning on her new boyfriend Steven for support, Claire is faced with the choice on who to trust: a friend she barley knows, or a historyAfter over 4 years, Olena comes rocketing back into Claire's life, changing everything for the worse. Picking up the shattered pieces, Claire is not sure who to believe. Is Olena who she says she is, or is she a killer to stay away from? Leaning on her new boyfriend Steven for support, Claire is faced with the choice on who to trust: a friend she barley knows, or a history lesson she barely remembers. Together, the three will begin a journey that will take Claire from the safety of her home to the last place she thought she would ever be: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. With the wreckage of rector four looming behind her, Claire will have to see Olena's plan through until the end if she wants any chance of making it out alive....

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locket full of secrets Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-03-08 18:43

    FREE ON KINDLE TODAY!!UK - - (Downloaded for free from Thanks Dana!)“Leaving the hospital meant that it was time to face the real world, the one where my best friend killed people in the bathroom.”This was a YA mystery story, with a bit of a different twist to it!Claire had a bit of a rough time in this book, not only did she have problems having lost her best friend, but things just got bad, and pretty quick! And then as the story progressed, she ended up in even more trouble!The storyline in this had a bit of surprising twist to it, and I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m still not really sure how I felt about this twist, but the author did do it pretty well, and it was quite a unique storyline.There was a bit of romance in this, but that also had a bit of a twist, which then turned out to be an even bigger twist than expected.The ending to this was pretty happy, and I think most people would agree that it was a pretty good outcome considering the events of the book!6.5 out of 10

  • Abbie
    2019-03-15 17:35

    I didn't love any of the characters in this.This started out okay, although after a bit I did start losing interest slightly. There wasn't really anything wrong with it though, I just couldn't get into the action much, so it felt a bit slow for me. Overall, An okay read.

  • Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
    2019-03-22 19:24

    Romance, suspense, twists, murder, and a whole lot of European history mixed all together to make this book a great YA story. I am reviewing the audiobook. I really enjoyed this narrator and found that she made the story flow nicely without sounding like she was reading the book. The author keeps the story moving at a steady pace, with twists and turns off events that I wasn't expecting.Poor Claire, she is has had a rough time through this story, meeting a great best friend in Olena, only to have Olena leave without giving her any reasons. Years later Olena is back with a ton of trouble trailing her. Pulling Claire into a whirlwind of trouble, on the run from murder and mystery men after them, they end up in Russia. Claire has a little romance thrown into this story but don't get to happy because the author throws in some twists but I did enjoy how it ended. The characters are all in college and I found Claire to be very naive, who would just up and take off to Russia with a crazy friend who is being followed by dangerous men? The history part of this story was really interesting as I didn't know anything about this event that happen in Russia. Overall I give this book a 3.5 stars out of 5. I found the narrator did a great job on the audiobook and I was engaged in the whole story. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • siobhan Quinlan
    2019-03-06 21:27

    action checkromance checkcharacters that make sense checksuspense checkThis book is full of it all. I loved how things are only learnt as Claire did. The romance wasnt that over the top and made sense.Claire and Olena are best friends one day Olena leaves suddenly leaving claire with just a birthday present and questions. Years later Olena returns and turns Claires life upside down.5 star must readyoutube video

  • Samantha Huff
    2019-03-14 23:45

    I was provided this book in exchange for an honest reviewLet me start out by saying that I don't particularly care for books related to history, I usually prefer my books to be 100% fictitious. This book is lightly based off the events of Chernobyl, which you don't realize until you get about half way through the book. This didn't bother me though, I really enjoyed Dana's interpretation of the events of Chernobyl. You can tell she really did her research for this book which added to why I enjoyed it. It was remarkable! Moving onto characters: I was SO AFRAID that Steven was going to end up being a bad guy!!! The whole way through the book I was like, "if he ends up being a bad guy I'm going to scream." I thought he might be Russian KGB but I was totally wrong! Steven was by far the most intricate and thought out character. He was also the only one with a really good character description. That was one of the only things about this book I found lacking. I didn't really know how to picture Claire or Olena, that was pretty much left open to reader's interpretation. Claire had a great attitude. If I found out my best friend was involved in something like Olena was I would have laughed and told her good luck on her own. Claire was relatable and truly a great protagonist. Olena was a character I had a little bit of an issue fully enjoying. I don't feel like her character was developed far enough. Honestly we don't get much of her dialog, just a lot of facial expressions LOL. The only other issue I had with the book was contractions. There were hardly any contractions in the dialog and it made it a little discerning. That's not how people actually talk. "I can not believe..." "I did not know..." It pulled me away from the story a lot. I know you're not supposed to use contractions in body paragraphs and developing the story but they are a MUST in dialog! I loved how this wasn't based in present time. I liked how it was in the 90's. The music references were perfection! It made me really relate to the story. This book was extremely well written, a completely original story-line, and a really quick read. It is one I'll remember for a while because it's so unique from anything I've ever read! Go Dana! Another great read!

  • I
    2019-02-28 17:22

    Locket Full of Secrets // Dana Burkey(I received a copy of this book early in exchange for my honest review)When I read the description of this book, I knew immediately that I had to read it. Honestly, I am very glad that I did. When I started to read the book it turned out that my predictions regarding the story line were completely wrong and I am glad that they were. I was expecting a "boyfriend hates my best friend" dilemma YA sob story book. I was happy that I was wrong and the book was a lot more action packed then I predicted.Besides the unique story line I also enjoyed what a quick read this was.When I say quick, I mean like QUICK.There was no dilly dally whatsoever and it was refreshing to not have to sit through boring useless details that authors often add to the book. This book and the characters within knew exactly where it was going, what it was doing and how it was getting there.I kind of hoped for a little more after the story was over as it only took me two hours to read... But on the other hand I was really getting my times worth from those two hours.The only issue I had with this book is with the main character Claire. I felt she was way too quick in making decisions to forgive Olena and go along on such a crazy journey without knowing what the hell was going on. Yes it made the story quicker but I wished we had gotten more insight to Claire's thought process and also dimension to her character.Overall, read this book when it is released it is worth the time and is a unique read you will enjoy.Read more reviews and discussions on my blog: minoaminutes.blogspot.comContact me: [email protected]

  • Grant Leishman
    2019-03-14 20:19

    Locket Full of Secrets from Dana Burkey is a well-constructed suspense, adventure, thriller that sees three people crossing the planet to solve a riddle from the past; the reasons behind the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear plant in the Ukraine. Claire, Olena and Steven embark on a mission that will see them shot at, wounded and in constant peril, both in the U.S. and later in the Ukraine as they seek to recover evidence of what really happened at Chernobyl. The story is incredibly fast-paced and the action non-stop. I enjoyed the read, but I did find myself having to suspend my belief from time to time. I struggled with the idea that Claire, a first-year College student, would so easily join up with Olena on this frantic dash across the continents. Clair was painted early on as a fairly quiet and naive young lady. I found it difficult to contrast this with the willing participant in Olena's mission, that she so quickly became. She seemed unwilling to even question Olena's decisions to head for the Ukraine. It did seem just a little far-fetched in that respect. That having been said, it was a fun read and one that I am sure a young adult audience will relish. It would probably be educational to today's youth as well who probably have little idea what Chernobyl was. A good, satisfying, four-stars read from Burkey.

  • Nora Nelly
    2019-03-12 15:40

    I received an e-book version of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It has mystery romance, and reliability (to some extent). I relate to Claire in the beginning (I also don't have any friends and am emotional too). I liked Claire, Olena was a little too stiff for me. Never showing emotions has got to be hard to do, but she to me just didn't seem genuine in caring about Claire to me. I felt like she just wanted to use her. I saw a few errors in the book. I also felt it was a little rushed and I felt the chapters were too short (that's just my opinion). But I really liked this book. I read it in a day. I would recommend this book to anyone who's into historic fiction, mystery and romance.

  • Dana Burkey
    2019-03-21 18:27

    Happy 4th of July, and happy book release day! I am happy to announce that Locket Full of Secret is now live on Amazon Kindle! This book is 3 years in the making, inspired by my love of European History as well as a friend from middle school I have never seen since the day we left 8th grade. I wrote the book during NaNoWriMo this year, and after edits and re-writes, as well as some great help from my older sister "Red" Dawn, I give you Locket Full of Secrets! The story is part suspense, part romance story, all based a historical event that has long fascinated me!I hope you will enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  • Tori Amason
    2019-03-25 17:29

    A thrilling book that anyone would enjoy reading! The author let me read this book for an honest review, and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. This book captures your attention right from the beginning when the heroine, Claire, an unassuming, quiet teen with nothing much interesting happening in her day-to-day life, is visited by her best friend from middle school. After that, this book compels you to find out what will happen with Claire, her boyfriend, Steve, and her best friend, the mysterious and secretive Olena as they flee for their lives and search for the truth.

  • Aly
    2019-02-26 22:15

    I listened to the audio book. Claire, the main character, has not had it easy in this book. Her best friend, Olena, appears and disappears in Claire's life. I enjoyed the narrator in this audiobook. It, for me, made the book come to life more in my mind. The book had some interesting twists and turns and the plot was fun to read. I had a good adventure in this book with the characters. * I received this book from the author---this is my honest review*

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2019-03-20 22:16

    I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Actual Rating: 3.1 This was an good read. I thought that the characters needed more development. Also, I found myself not relating to the characters that much either. There were some parts of the book that I wanted to rush through because they made the book boring. I wish there was more suspense and action. Overall, it was an okay read.

  • Edward Davies
    2019-03-21 23:27

    Unlike Dana Burley's 'Hearts To Follow' series, this was something of a political thriller, which came as a surprise to me. In spite of having some predictable twists, this was a gripping novel that made for engrossing reading and would appeal to fans of spy novels as well as teen romance.

  • Sharron
    2019-03-05 15:26

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Really enjoyed the story.

  • Gale
    2019-03-10 20:31

    I had forgotten that I had read this book before and submitted my review

  • Cynthia Austin
    2019-03-23 23:25

    After a five year hiatus, Claire's best friend just randomly shows up out of the blue. Moments after reuniting, a dead guy is found in the bathroom.Stabbed 23 times. And Claire's bestie is the prime suspect.From there, Claire begins a worldwind adventure unraveling the hidden secrets behind the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.Ms. Burkey did an excellant job weaving fact into fiction and I am happy to have learned about a disaster I had no idea about before reading this story. The book coud definitly benifit from a final edit, but other than that, the story was geat!

  • Paige
    2019-02-25 17:24

    I won the audiobook version from I really didn't like the narration of the book, and that probably changed by feelings about the story overall. Claire was just an awful character. The way she was narrated made her sound like a total idiot most of the time. She spoke in a shy juvenile voice when Claire was the one talking, but voiced all the other characters with strength. Maybe this wouldn't have bothered me so much if Claire has shown growth throughout the book, but she didn't. She was just along for the ride, and things just sort of happened to her, or Steven and Olena made them happen. I can't even keep track of the number of times the words "a little bit" or "a little" were used, but halfway through the story it was driving me nuts, especially because of the way the narrator said it. There were good things about this story, but Claire was a completely unnecessary character. She was the main character, yes. And the story is told from her POV, but she added no value. She was the weak link, she didn't do anything but get hurt and pass out, she didn't even know what the US Embassy is (AND SHES SUPPOSED TO BE IN COLLEGE). SPOILERS AFTER THIS: Another thing about Claire that drove me totally crazy is that just has no personality, so it's not believable that Olena was friends with her to begin with. But putting that aside, I couldn't deal with how pathetic she was every time something a little tough happened to her. She becomes listless when Olen moves away, and practically abandons her other friends, and becomes and worthless blob who sits around for four years wallowing in her sadness. Her life doesn't begin again until Olena comes back, and when we flash forward to Claire starting college shes only motivated to do things because of a cute boy. UGH! Also, how does this pathetic girl go from only being kissed once in 7th grade, to being married and pregnant in the Epilogue? Claire seems like a needy upper middle class girl who is used to being taken care of and doesn't like to work very hard. I didn't finish college, and I'm okay with that choice and happy with were my life ended up, but Claire basically gave up on College...didn't even attempt to finish or go forward because she got shot in the leg. Not in her brain...her damn leg. People work and go to school, and accomplish a great many things facing far more adversity than she did. She got a cosmetology licence instead.... how is standing on your feet for 8 hours a day easier on someone who got shot in the leg than sitting at your desk in school? END SPOILERS It's late, I'm rambling...if you read this book, DONT listen to it in audiobook form. Interesting story...annoying POV.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-19 15:44

    I received this audiobook in exchange for my review.Dana Burkey’s Locket Full of Secrets was my first audiobook in a while, and at first I wasn’t quite into it when I started it—possibly because I wasn’t a fan of the narrator, but she grew on me. Also when I did get into the book, it was difficult to stop listening.Plot Synopsis:High school senior Claire’s best friend Olena reappears after mysteriously leaving for four years with no contact. Now that Olena has returned, Claire has more questions than answers regarding Olena’s choices. There’s a small time jump to Claire being in her first semester of college where she has met this boy Steven. (Queue the obnoxious kissing noises.) Claire tries to keep her past friendship with Olena in the past, but nothing goes as planned. Together, Claire, Olena, and Steven get thrown into a whirlwind of trouble that leads them to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.Characters:Claire – Poor Claire was always so many steps behind on everything, but instead of frustrating me for her lack of understanding (my usual result with this type of character) she made me feel like I just needed to pat her on the head and tell her it would all be okay.Olena ­– Surprisingly, Olena was my favorite character. She’s strong, smart, brave, and keeps you guessing. I admired her character and how much she wanted to protect everyone no matter what the cost, even though that meant not telling her best friend what all was going on in her life.Steven – Ol’ boy had me pretty suspicious of him and his intentions early on—granted I had silly theories in the beginning—but I guess I thought he was too “perfect” of a guy in the beginning of the story for me. (Hello trust issues…) He did adorable things, he was immediately interested in Claire, and they were paced into a relationship at a really fast rate. I knew something had to be wrong with him; I was waiting for it. I thought I had everything about him pegged but then…Read my full review at

  • ✰☽✰RaeleighReads✰☾✰
    2019-03-24 18:19

    "Keeping secrets from me was keeping me safe. Well, at least safer than the alternative."Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. Yup! That's definitely true here.Locket Full of Secrets is a YA suspense novel mixing friendship, betrayal, and the coverup of the catastrophic events in Chernobyl.Claire, our main character, is good friends with Olena, but Olena always seems to be hiding something from her. While at college, Claire meets Steven. They have a connection, develop a friendship, and then, possibly, begin to develop deeper feelings for one another, but Olena comes hurtling back into Claire's life and the three go on a life-altering and life-threatening quest for truth.This is a quick, easy read. The language is light and perfectly suited for young readers -- high school appropriate for sure. That said, I grew a little weary of the clichéd writing, some plot holes, and Claire's over-all naiveté.We get it, kid. You're emotional.I also wish the book had been a little longer. There needed to be less repetition, particularly of simple phrases, and more description and development. In particular, I wish the author had taken some time to describe Kiev. Most readers will have a frame of reference for the small, generic U.S. towns in Ohio or Michigan, but most of us will not have visuals to draw on for the trios' adventures overseas.Overall, a decent YA suspense novel. Definitely check it out if you're looking for a fast-paced, action-y adventure and/or if you have an affinity for things Ukrainian.**Side-note: I finished this yesterday, around the same time this article was published. Eerie timing!**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sharanya
    2019-03-20 15:29

    Filled with Suspense!Dana Burkey’s Locket Full of Secrets is a fictional tale of mystery around the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster, narrated through the voice of two high-school friends, Claire Santori and Olena Kozak. From the day they met Claire and Olena hit it off instantly. But one day, she leaves town abruptly with her mother, offering Claire no explanation and an early birthday present. Months later, Claire opens it to discover that Olena had given her a pretty locket that belonged to her, which serves as a reminder and hopeful sign of their true friendship. Four years later, Olena re-enters Claire’s life again, albeit briefly. This brief but distressing encounter leaves Claire with even more questions around Olena and her life. After Claire graduates high-school, she attends Northwest Michigan College. She tries to put behind the stressful happenings behind her and carry on a normal life with classes and her new found beau, Steven. Just as she begins to get back to her normal self, Olena walks into her life again, and this time the stakes are much higher. From then on it is a race to the end with Olena, Claire and Steven racing against impeding threat and danger as they fly across the world to discover a secret that is worth killing for.Short, well-articulated and fast-paced, Locket Full of Secrets was an engaging read from start to end.Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Madi (TheBookNerdDiaries)
    2019-02-28 15:20

    *I received a free audiobook copy of this novel from the author and this has in no way affected my review.*This book was okay but it wasn't my favorite Dana Burkey book. My first issue was with the narrator. I didn't like her for some reason and she made it hard to tell when a chapter ended or a flashback started. She would just continue on after a few seconds from the present into a flashback and it threw me off. My next semi-issue was the whole Claire/Steven relationship. At the beginning of the book, I liked the relationship. Then, as the book went on I felt like the relationship was progressing too fast. It felt like the book only happened over a few days (sort of going back to what I said about the narrator) and the relationship went from no kisses, kisses, to getting in bed with each other. It seemed like there was no time for the relationship to actually progress like a normal one. Then after the big reveal(Steven was actually a Russian who knew Olena.) , I just couldn't stand him. Every time after that when they would have a meeting or anything romantic, I found myself screaming "NO! NO! NO!". Then, to make it worse (view spoiler)[ THEY GOT MARRIED AND WERE HAVING A BABY? UGH NOOOOOOO (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]. It was not a bad book, but it was not my favorite either. (hide spoiler)]

  • Julie
    2019-02-23 18:21

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Locket Full of Secrets is a new direction for author Dana Burkey. This NA suspense is fast paced and filled with history and international intrigue. The premise of the story is based on the author’s fascination with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The main characters, Claire, Olena and Steven are slowly developed throughout the telling of the story. I would have liked much more information on Claire as she should have been a very transparent character. Steven and Olena, on the other hand, required a good deal of mystique for the story.The plot is fast paced and never lags. The storyline does require a fair bit of suspension of disbelief. Fans of the Alex Rider series will love this book. The suspenseful caper the trio embarks on is eventful and nothing short of well-planned espionage. To keep the review spoiler-free I won’t discuss the storyline further. A 3.5 star read for me that I think young adults will find riveting.***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fan Site:***

  • Sarah Embry
    2019-03-15 15:33

    I received a free pdf version of this book in exchange for my honest review, and I am very glad I did. Going into the book I was a little wary of the book because I have never read anything else by this author but in the long run it really was a great book. The book is told from the point of view of Claire, in different parts of life, as she goes on the journey of a lifetime with her best friend and boyfriend to solve a mystery that could change the world. I recommend this book for someone new to mysteries as well as anyone else. "Locket Full of Secrets" is definitely a book you have to stay with till the very end to finally understand what all is going on. There were many times I questioned things as they happened. Such as why did Claire's boyfriend go with her even though they hadn't known each other that long? I definitely give this book a five out of five stars because of the way everything comes full circle and they way the story is told.

  • Jamie Heggan
    2019-03-07 17:18

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I am not even sure where to begin, my head is still spinning and trying to take everything in that happened in this amazing book. I am all about romance books so this is off the beaten path for me and I loved it!!!Claire is a brave young lady who is crushed time and time again!! Her bravery and courage throughout the book is amazing and I give her a lot of props!! Steven stands by her side during the twisted events and has an undying love for Claire!! I am still on the fence about Olena and her adventures. She is fierce and has a big battle ahead of her. Will everyone come out ahead and be happy at the end?? Read this amazing book and find out what secrets are hidden in the locker!!Thank you for the opportunity to get an advanced copy and step out of my comfort zone to read something new and exciting!!

  • Jade
    2019-03-02 17:44

    I've been a fan of Dana Burkey for a while and was excited for this audio book, and I quite enjoyed it. At first I found it a bit hard to get into despite the interesting plot involving Chernobyl. However towards the end of the book I wanted to listen to more and more (due to the action and answers) so that hooked me. *i guessed out something about a character before it would told I was very proud*. Honestly I preferred her romance trilogy, but maybe because I first read that and loved it and anything since cant meet that high first book. When I did get into this book I enjoyed it thoroughly But yes I would recommend it if you like fiction intertwined with history. Thank you for the chance to listen to it!

  • Asa
    2019-02-26 15:37

    Based on the description and even the first 5 chapters I thought this book was going to go one way, and instead it went a totally different way! I really enjoyed the characters and also the action that occurred through the whole story. Everyone was believable, and sounded like it could honestly happen! There were a lot of things I did not see coming, both with the plot and the characters. I think that was the thing I liked the most. The book was YA, but still gave readers more substance and action than some others i have read. All in all, I would recommencement this to high school readers who liked books like Divergent, Hunger Games, and other books like those.

  • Mayra
    2019-03-05 20:41

    So, I gave this book a rating of 3 stars because I really did like the plot of the story but there was just something missing. At times it felt like I was just "reading" a story instead of being part of the adventure. I don't know if it was the characters themselves or the style of writing, but it fell flat. I am not knocking the book down at all and did find it enjoyable especially when I felt part of the suspense in the chase during their trip in Europe. I feel like I needed the story to be more descriptive so I could visualize more of the situations while reading. I'm not going to say if I would or would not recommend this book but it was not very memorable.

  • Laura K
    2019-02-28 18:38

    I got this book from the author for free and LOVED it! I love Steven, want to be Claire, and want a best friend like Olena for sure! I feel like the whole thing played out like a movie, and it was cool to see the way the story went in so many different ways I was not expecting. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, something totally out of left field would blind side me! Super cool! I wish there was even more, but I feel like it also works out it is. The epilogue was I think my favorite part! I read it like three times! haha

  • Carol
    2019-03-05 23:32

    This book is definitely a suspense novel. From the moment I began reading to the beginning of the epilogue I was thrown into action of three young adults as though I was right by their side through all of the events. I did have have a lot of issues with Claire being so easy to go along with Olena and her decisions for the entire group without questioning, we should teach our young teens to be more assertive and not so quick to follow the crowd, but it is fiction so that will excuse it this time.

  • Carly Patterson
    2019-02-22 17:19

    I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved the Chernobyl story line in this book. I thought it was very original. The characters were interesting to follow. The one thing I didn't like about the main character though is how much she cries. It kind of got on my nerves, but I guess some people really are that emotional. I will say that I especially loved the ending. The only real flaw to the book was the spelling. There were quite a few errors, but it didn't keep me from reading the book.