Burn Mark (Burn Mark #1)
I’ve had trouble with paranormal books before and I often avoid them like I would avoid a zombie. Or you know, minus the hysterical screaming and basically causing a nuisance to everyone who is involved. They’re just not my thing. But something about this book really interested me. Witches, in London? ...more
The story is about Lucas and Glory, two teenagers who live in a world filled with witches. Witches are liked by some, hated by others and there are some who would do anything to become one. Glory and Lucas each have their secrets and these secrets take them into the heart of the Inquisition, a police like organization that tries to keep all bad witches ...more
*Gizmo's First Thoughts*
Gloriana Starling Wilde is a 15 year old teenager who, as the book opens, is having nightmares about the burning times. *The burning times is in essence the same as our Salem Witch trials which happened in both the UK and the US, and are still happening today in small countries in Africa.*
She believes she is seeing things from her mothers prospective. She knows that her mother disappeared without a trace when she was 3 years old ...more
Laura Powell had taken on three different topics at once: witchcraft, alternative history/alternative world and the underground world of organized crime, and guess what? She made it. She has passed the tests.
The world of Burn Mark is an alternative version of the modern United Kingdom, people in this alternative world l ...more
First off, 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, politicians, etc), except that witches are truly known to exist and have been. Witchy powers, known as the fae, are persecuted, just like the suspicion of them was in history. Powerless people fear the fae, and hate what they fear. Set in Britain, Burn Mark portrays the life of a witch ...more
Burn Mark is the story of a world in which Witchcraft exists. Those with witch abilities are treated as second class citizens and generally seen as a scape goat for all that is wrong in modern society. The story focuses on two teenagers as t ...more
Following my success with witches in the Winter Trilogy, I braved another witch based book. I’m so glad I did.
Burn Mark is set in modern day London, with one big exception. Witches are very real, and live among us. They have been instrumental in every major even as far back as history records go, from the wars to the plague, sometimes not on the side of ‘good’. There are a multitude of organisations set to control the witche ...more
Burn Mark is the first in a contemporary fantasy series by Laura Powell. It is set in an alternative London in which witchcraft is real, and although only those who break the law are punished by death, witches are distrusted by most people. However, for the young Glory, who comes from a family of witches, fae-magic is what she wants most in the world. Her classmate Lucas, in contrast, comes from a family of witch-hating inquisit ...more
Every since I heard of Burn Mark, I knew it was a book I had to read bec ...more
"An action-packed drama full of East End gangs, witches, and a modern day Inquisition.
In a modern world-where witches are hunted down and burned at the stake-two live interact. Glory is from a family of witches, and is desperate to develop the 'Fae' and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition and his privileged life is very different from the witches he is being trained to prosecute. And then one day, both Glory and Lu ...more
I really like the cover. It has this powerful meaning to it. Or it just looks pretty, one of the two. It reminds me a lot of the cover of Divergent by Veronica Roth because of the flame behind the fireball. I mean look at it! ...more
The novel is told from the alternating per ...more
Laura Powell’s recently released Burn Mark is a book that seems to tick all the right boxes. The premise is solid and intriguing, the world-building is rich and believable, and the characters realistic.
And yet I found it disappointingly bland. Perhaps it’s that my paranormal palate has been overwhelmed over the past few years. Perhaps I’m just a grumpy old contrarian. But somehow, I simply couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for this on ...more
Didnt really take to the characters or the gang angle
This book gives a really interesting slant on witchcraft. How would you feel if there were people in your neighborhood with extraordinary amounts of power at the fingertips, literally at their fingertips. Would you be scared or envious, would you treat them differently. This book gives a unique perspective of the divides in society. Witches are portrayed as poor, often the scum of society, kept in ...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 larg ...more
I had such high expectations for this book, I don't know where to begin with how underwhelmed I'm feeling after reading this!
It had such a good plot and blurb witches set in modern day times,gangs and witches are burned at the stake publicly. Sounds cool right? WRONG!!
Nothing really happens I kept waiting for something big to happen it never did. Like the cover makes it look epic too I feel really let down. It has took me weeks to finish this as I was so bored but kept with i ...more
I am reminded of Kate Griffin’s Mathew Swift Series, in both tone and setting. This isn’t the usual paranormal fare of tight-jeaned, tattoo flashing, sassy ‘insert flavour of the month paranormal here’ heroines. No, Burn Mark is undeniably gritty, understated and British in the best sense of the word.
Powell is a YA writer but Burn Mark, by virtue...more
The tale begins when we meet fifteen year old Gloriana Starling Wilde. She is having a nightmare about a woman being burned as a witch. She has had this dream since her mother disappeared when she was just ...more
I found the idea of it fascinating so that's why I got it at the conference, but with all ARCs there were errors. For instance in the description I the book the main female characters name is Cleo instead of Glory, which really threw me when I started reading it.
But aside from that t ...more
Laura Powell grew up in rural Wales and now lives in West London. She wrote her first book while studying Classics at Oxford and worked in publishing for five years before leaving to concentrate on her writing.