Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Review: Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Title: Burn Mark
Author: Laura Powell
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Genre: Paranormal
Source: Blogger Event from publisher
Format: UK Proof
Publication Date: USA:June 19th 2012|UK:June 7th 2012

Tell Me About It
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 . . .

My Thoughts
Gloriana starling Wilde says one prayer, one that she has said since she could remember
"Please, God...when I'm grown up, make me a witch".

Burn Mark begins with a great prologue that jumps us straight into the action with a witch being burned.  We soon find out it is a nightmare that Gloriana is having, one that she repeatedly has, about her Mum who disappeared when she was a baby.Lucas is the son of Ashton, Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisitorial Court.  Both Gloriana and Lucas live their life like every day before until they both come into their powers on the same day.  Event unfold that leads this duo together, and eventually has them working alongside each other to infiltrate a powerful coven.

Burn Mark is told from both points of view from Gloriana and Lucas and we get to see both sides of the coin and the inner workings of not only the covens, but also the courts.  We get to know each character as a person and individual, what makes them tick, and when this duo are combined they are a force to be reckoned with.
Gloriana is stubborn, but this helps her when she has things to solve, like finding out the real identity of Lucas, and doesn't let anything get in her way of finding out the truth, even if it means hurting those close to her to get some closure in her own life.  Lucas was a character that I originally didn't think much of.  I thought he was a rich Daddy's boy used to getting his own way, but when he stands up to his Dad and demands to be allowed to help infiltrate the coven I was surprised but also excited to see what he could do with his powers.

Although Burn Mark took me a long time to read, over a month, I really enjoyed it and loved how the individual threads of background events all worked themselves together to make a great plot for me to get lost inside.  I enjoyed getting to see how they work banes and what 'ingredients' they use to make them, although some of them do sound gross.

By the time I was near the end of the book I was emotionally invested in the characters, and after their investigation was complete I wanted them to remain friends and find other ways to work together.  Although Burn Mark doesn't end the way I want it to, Lucas does help Gloriana find some sort of belief in herself and gives her something to hope and hold on to.  I would love to see what happens next with this duo and I hope Laura has plans to expand on the world she has created.

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