16 Jun 2012

Book Review - Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . .

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Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Release Date:  19th June 2012 
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My Review:    9/10

All I had to hear was the word 'witches' and I knew I was definitely wanting to read this book as soon as possible.  I absolutely love witch stories and this one definitely did not disappoint.  Immediately I was catapulted into a world where witches were second rate citizens below humans.  In this new world, you have witches and humans without powers are split up into different communities and very much keep to themselves.  If you are a witch, you have a 'devil's mark', which I can probably best describe as a birth mark but more distinguishable. 

Glory was born into the witch community and very much wants to be a witch but unfortunately her powers have not shown up yet, despite the fact that she very much wants them to).  She is in a tough situation though because there is a hierarchy in the witch community, which a member of her extended family heads (just like a mob family) and if she does come into her powers, that member of the family will want to use her powers for his own purpose, not for good.  

Lucas was born and raised in the human community.  He comes from a very very very long line of witch hunters and there are certainly expectations.  When Lucas develops the devil's mark, he cannot hide it for long and he is soon recruited by his father.

There is a lot of build up and introduction to characters at the beginning of this book, which I thought was great as it helped me fully understand this new world and really get stuck into it.  Although this story was very predictable, for me this story was more about the journey of Glory and Lucas, what was happening to them and the secrets they would discover along the way. I believe this may be the first in a series so I am definitely looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Best wishes


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