Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Today on the blog I am taking part in the Burn Mark blog tour thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing. To be taken to the Burn Mark Facebook page, click on the animated banner above. To see the full blog tour schedule click here. On my stop I have my review of the book. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher for review
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In a modern world where witches are hunted down and burned at the stake, two lives intersect. Glory is from a family of witches, and is desperate to develop her 'Fae' powers and become a witch herself, though witch-activity carries a threat of being burned at the stake. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition with a privileged life very different from the witches he is being trained to prosecute.

And then one day, both Glory and Lucas develop the Fae. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together. . . .

My Thoughts

I like books about witches, so this book caught my interest. It was an interesting book, but for some reason, I just found it really hard to get into. I liked it, but it wasn't a book that really sucked me in and held me there. The characters are okay, but I never felt really connected to them. The descriptions of the setting were very in depth, so it was easy to imagine the places they are. The pace is a bit slow, but there is a lot of information that you get, so it's not like the slow pace is boring. I found the idea of the fae being their witch power quite interesting and as with "faeries" iron inhibits their powers. The book goes back and forth between Glory and Lucas's POV and on occasion their were brief moments of another one in there.

Glory is from a family of witches. She is expected to get her Fae, and they think she will get it early. Most don't get it until their 20's, but they younger you are when you do, the more powerful you are. I don't really know what to say about her character. She pretty much just wants to get her Fae, it's what she lives for. She is also a little on the prissy side, at least that is how she came across to me. She has grown up with her witch coven and they have mostly avoided being detected as having the Fae. If you are discovered to be a witch they make you wear iron bracelets to contain your magic. They still burn witches for "witch crimes" so it's best to go undetected. Her mother disappeared when she was just a child. She lives with her father, but her great aunt is more like her parent figure. 

Lucas lives with his father, step mother, and step sister. His father is the High Inquisitor as was his father, and his grandfather, and so on back for generations. Lucas has always thought that he would one day be High Inquisitor too, but when he gets the Fae all that changes. He will no longer be able to and even his father will have to resign since his son is now a witch. Lucas is shocked to find out he is a witch. His father traced his wife's history to make sure there were no witches in the family. It's not common for people with "pure" bloodlines to get the Fae. Lucas ends up working an inside the coven to try to get information about a certain case. He is undercover though, so they don't know that he is the Inquisitors son. They are trying to keep that a secret until after the case is over. Things get a bit complicated of course, because nothing can be easy. 

Lucas and Glory have to somewhat work together, but no one except her aunt knows she has gotten her Fae yet, so she is limited to what she can do to help. The Wednesday coven will want her the second they find out she has her Fae because they know she will be powerful. Lucas is also very powerful. Them both being 15 and getting their Fae, they are young for it. Glory works her magic to get through Lucas's disguise and figures out who he really is. That isn't the only secret though. There are plenty of others we discover as this story progresses. Since I didn't really have a connection with the characters, the secrets didn't have much of an impact on me. 

Overall I think this was a good book. I had a bit of a hard time with it, but I think perhaps at a different time I may have enjoyed it more. I found some things to be a bit over described, and then other things not quite explained enough. I also think it was a pretty long, and a lot of it wasn't necessary to the overall story and could have been left out. This was an interesting take on witchcraft and how it plays out in the world when they are allowed to live amongst non-witches. They are registered as a witch and have certain rules they must follow. It all seems rather political too, besides with the Inquisitors and such, with the covens. I know I haven't really gone into much about the book, but I honestly don't know what to say.  I was expecting more out of this and it just left me feeling a little meh about it. I do think that is a book that a lot of other people would enjoy, but to me it just didn't hit the mark. 3 out of 5 stars. 

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  1. Hmmm...I've seem several readers' comments about Burn Mark and most seem to feel the same as you. I feel the hardest reviews to write are about books I don't feel strongly one way or the other about.
    Nice review!

    1. It was really hard to write this review. It's not that I didn't like it, I just didn't think it was that great. It seemed to take forever to read too. I just couldn't get into it. I wasn't bored, it just wasn't capturing me. Lol!If that makes sense.

  2. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. I don't really like when books are hard to get into, so I might have a tough time reading this book as well. Also, I find myself not enjoying a book when I can't come across characters I can't connect. At least, the witch craft aspect seems fairly okay.
    I'm glad that you enjoyed the book a little although it was hard to get into. Great review, Amy. :)

    1. There were a lot of interesting things in the book, just in general it wasn't really that engaging. I have a hard time if I don't really feel anything towards the characters. They were just there, I didn't connect.

  3. I started this one and haven't gotten very far. I would like to finish it at some point though. Nice review doll!

    1. I was kind of the same, I started it, then stopped it. When I got back to it, I kept wanting to stop and read something else again. I managed to finish it, and it was okay, but nothing special.

  4. Not really a witch story kind of girl but the fae connection sounds interesting. I've also been struggling with books that have more than 2 POVs especially the random ones. Hmmmm....Thanks for the review <3.


    1. The random POV was only it it like 2 or 3 times, but as interested in the witchcraft stuff I was, the book was just lacking. There wasn't a lot of "magic" it really. It's hard to really explain without giving anything away. It was more about the issues between covens and the non witch community.

  5. I'm a huge fan of witches in all forms of media (TV) Sabrina, Charmed (Movie) The Craft, Teen Witch & (Books) SWEEP, The Secret Circle, and so forth so when I saw this book I was instantly intrigued. I'm sort of bummed out for the both of us that you didn't like it as much. We have pretty similar taste for a lot of things, etc.

    1. I think that maybe I needed to read it at a different time when I was more in the mood for this type of book. I still did enjoy it, but I wanted to like it more.


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