Burn Mark (Burn Mark #1)
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*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
"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
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
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
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
Sometimes in the story when it is having flashbacks, especially in the beginning it is difficult to tell when the time changes between the past and the future. Especially when talking about the Starling girls since Glory is one and she is alive.
But a thing I don't get is the whole relationship thing. It seemed like ther...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
The Bad: This book needed a better editor; not just in terms of odd punctuation issues (sentence splices abound) but also the decision to market this as teen and not just general fantasy/paranormal fiction. Consequently, there were several plot points I just couldn't get passed. For example, the head-honcho inquisitor allows...more
Actually, there's not much action either, until 200 pages in. The alternatate England with legal witchcraft was very interesting, and the discriptions about how the chracters using their fae powers to work spells was factinating. So I d...more
First Impressions: I fell in love with both the cover art and the synopsis of Burn Mark. While the synopsis is short and sweet, I was interested in reading a story about witches in an inquisition-like setting. I actually haven’t read too much about witches surprisingly, even though I think they are fascinating. My husband and I even went to Salem, Massachusetts on our first wedding anniversary (which is totally appropriate since we...more
"Fae runs thicker than blood, quicker than water, and wild as wind."
Lucas Augustine Stearne is the son of a twelfth generation witch inquisitor, the witches' mortal enemy. Lucas lives a proper and privileged life, and he is going to school to become a prosecutor like his father.
Gloriana Starling Wilde is the unlawful granddaughter of the Starling twins, two famous female troublemakers in the 1900s....more
Review: I don't know what it was exactly about this book but I just couldn't get into it. The plot sounded interesting enough but when I sat down to read it I...just didn't like it.
I'll admit: I really feel in love with the cover. Of course the plot sounded just as good but it was the cover that really made me want to read this book. So maybe I'm a victim to judging a book by its cover. But the thing is, the plot was good but boring at the same t...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
Glory is from a family of witches. Witches that live outside the law and practice their magic freely - and she cannot wait for the day she comes into her powers.
Lucas, the son of the son of the Chief Prosecutor for th...more
In this reality, there are basically two factions---those that abide by the law and those that don't. Lucas is the latest (hopefully) in a long line of Inquisitors. For generations, his family has hunted unregistered witches and made sure that they don't harm others. Glory is essentially his exact opposite: the latest in a long line of unregistered witches. She does...more
But--and there is always a but--I found a few perplexing things. The cover, for example, has the fire ring. I was trully disappointed to find that it was not the Witch's Mark. I thought it would be so c...more
Basically, it's a world where a small percentage of the population develop the fae in their late teens or early 20s. Some choose to register themselves with the Inquisition, agreeing to be bound in iron cuffs or necklaces to suppress their powers. Others choose to work for the Inquisition, hunting dow...more
It's sort of like a modern day Britian, but with a few exceptions. For instance, their is a inquisition and witches. The inquisition has modernize from what it was a long time ago, but it still has some of it's old...more
The premise of Burn Mark by Laura Powell is genius and drew me into the story immediately. Set in an alternate version of present-day England, the main difference is the commonality of witchkind. There are, therefore, government practices in place to work with/against them, such as the inquisitors (only non-witches allowed) and Witchkind Intelligence & Covert Affairs (aka WICA, comprised of witches themselves). Laura Powell, of course, does a much better job of expl...more
REALLY LIKED IT 3.5 stars
The story focuses around Glory, a fifteen year old witch (or fae) that comes from a long line of spectacular witches and Lucas, who is the teen son of the chief inquisitor and shows a bit of witch in himself, something that causes major dilemmas within himself. The back story is that it is modern times and witches are practicing in public, but like anyone, there are good and bad. The bad use their skills for crime and ill gotten gain. The worst of these have b...more
I cannot describe my frustration with this novel! I was loving it at the beginning... I only read a couple of pages at a time, due to spending a lot of time with family, celebrating my anniversary with Andy, getting ready for uni... And I guess I kind of blame that. If I had sat down with the intent on FINISHING it, instead of 'Oh I'll just read this to pass the time' perhaps I would have liked it more...
But as it stands, I can't get on with any of the characters... I can'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.