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Burn Mark Paperback – June 7, 2012
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This is one of those books I was set out to fall in love with but instead of being sucked in and finishing it in a matter of hours it took me almost a week to finish it.
The premise of the book is pretty unique and what made me want to read it. It's set in an alternate London where there are Covens which are actually gangs, everyone knows that witches exist and they are looked down upon in society, and modern day witch burnings happen in all parts of the world. Glory and Lucas are the main characters. Glory being the next in line to become the head witch of a coven and Lucas who is the son of a Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisitorial Court and finds himself to be a witch which pretty much ruins all his future plans of being part of the inquisition.
Like I said the concept sounds awesome and I really would have loved this book if it wasn't for all the extra details and info dumping that occurred. It really took away from my enjoyment of the book and I even started skimming some paragraphs because it didn't hold my interest. Another thing that was a little frustrating was the switch of point of views in the middle of the chapters. For the most part the povs alternated with each chapter but about half way the switch would come without warning and there were times I thought I was reading in Glory's pov but somewhere in the middle it became Lucas' point of view and vice versa.
Another thing that had thrown me off was that the prologue sucked me in but then after that about half of the book nothing really happened. It was just giving us details about the day to day lives of our two main characters.Read more ›
The reader will spend some time getting to know Glory and Lucas first. Glory is a lot less prickly and easier to connect to than Lucas, but Lucas will grow on the reader. The differences in their upbringing are large and it is hard to believe that these two characters could possibly both be witches. Glory learns more about her past as the story progresses and desperately wants to discover what happened to her parents. Lucas might have the answer or access to some of her questions, but how will the new information affect the pair?
Overall, this story was pretty good. The characters, for the most part, were easy to like and get to know. The plot was slow in some places, but picked up in others. This book is recommended to teen/middle grade readers.
*Received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
Lucas and Glory were brought up with very different ideas of their futures would entail and the emotions that come hand-in-hand with the development of their fae were executed well. Lucas is terrified; this is something that he's never expected, but he takes it in stride. Glory is ecstatic; she's always wanted to be a witch.
Both are developed on their own, but I admit that I was partial to Lucas's character. His whole life has been thrown off-kilter when he inadvertently works his first magic, but he learns to deal with it and develops new plans for his future with the hand he's been dealt. Glory, in contrast, could be a little grating.
But since they're from different sides of the track, so to speak, I can admit that I was partial to Glory's world. She's a member of the Cooper Street Coven, which in Burn Mark means she's a member of the MOB. Hell yes. Organized crime in the hiz-ouse!
When Glory and Lucas's worlds started to intertwine, I practically went into paroxysms of delight. We had political corruption, witches, AND a mob factor? Helloooooo, nurse.
Because Burn Mark contained many of my favorite elements, I was disappointed with... well, some of the disappointment I felt.Read more ›
This novel intrigued me with how it brings witches and witch trials to the modern era. In a world where witches are very real and present in daily life, the majority fears them and persecutes them. Law-abiding witches must wear iron to subdue their Fae (their powers), and those who don't register themselves live in fear of being burned for treason. In the UK, where the story takes place, the Inquisitors run the witch trials as representatives of the law.
The novel is told from the alternating perspectives of Glory and Lucas. I like how it gives us the viewpoints of two teens coming from very different areas of life. Glory is raised in a community of witches and has yearned to come into her powers since a very young age. Lucas, on the other hand, comes from a family with a long history working as Inquisitors and has always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. He never thought about the possibility of becoming a witch because it isn't in his blood. But then he does, and he is forced to rethink his entire life and how it'll change the way people look at him.
I found myself sympathizing with and liking Lucas more. He's not a spoiled brat despite his family's affluence. From the start, he establishes himself as an amiable, honest character with a good heart and sharp mind. His father is a righteous man unlike many of the other people he works with, and Lucas has learned from him to hold good morals and stand up for what he believes is right. Glory also has character. She's strong, courageous, and a tad bit outspoken. She has strong loyalties to the witches of her community, though she doesn't always approve of how they run things. Nevertheless, I never quite connected with her like I did with Lucas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The world building is awesome and the characters are believable. The magic system is really inventive too.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Young Gloriana thinks she has her future figured out, she will grow up and be a witch all the stigma and consequences that comes with it be dammed, and she will follow the steps of... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Lil Berry
Burn Mark by Laura Powell was a really interesting take on witchcraft that really delved into a completely new territory. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Erica
First I thought the cover was beautifull. I enjoyed this book it had very interesting characters, but at times it was hard to remember them all. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Donna Dittmann
In the Burn Mark world, being a witch means a burn appears on your body as you come of age and your powers settle in. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Amanda Miller
My first impressions of Burn Mark were a bit disturbing. I wasn't a fan of the descriptions of witches being burned alive at the stake. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by BooksAreSanity!!!
I totally dig stories set in alternative universes. There's something about it that calls to me. In Burn Mark, everything about the world is the same (facebook, cell phones, cars,... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I haven't seen very much about this book around the blogosphere, which I would say is good as it allowed me to enter this book with very little preconceived notions, prepared to... Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by bookworm1858
Burn Mark by Laura Powell is an exciting start to a new series that blends the paranormal, witches in this case, with espionage, crime and conspiracy. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Sean the Bookonaut