Burn Mark (Burn Mark #1)
The premise is that the Witch Trials were real trials for real witches, and now all witches have to be registered...for the safety of the public.
Of course, there are illegal witches who operate outside the law, and criminal witches who are given a trial, and then burned. Supposedly, they are given an anesthesia beforehand, though, so they don't actually feel anything. <--prepare yourself for a creepy opening scene.
In other words, the huma ...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
Meine Meinung zum Buch:
Ich weiß zwar nicht genau, was ich erwartet habe, aber mit Sicherheit nicht das hier, sondern ganz was anderes. Schaut man sich das Cover und die Inhaltsangabe an, denkt man, hier würde eine spannende fantasiereiche Hexengeschichte erzählt, in der eine tragische Liebesgeschichte mit ihm Spiel ist: eine Liebe zwischen einer Hexe und einem Hexenjäger, einen Inquisitor – das alte Romeo und Julia Problem (nicht neu, aber manchmal gut) mi ...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
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
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
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
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
Doch dann passiert etwas Unerwartetes: Sogar noch vor Glory zeigt sich bei Lucas das Hexenmal ...
Ich mag Hexengeschichten, aber momentan gibt es nicht so viele auf dem Büchermarkt. Als ich dann "Witches of London" ...more
In Laura Powells London ist die Inquisition ein fester Bestandteil der britischen Regierung. Genau wie Hexen ein fester Bestandteil nicht nur der britischen Bevölkerung sind. Etwa jeder tausendste Mensch entwickelt irgendwann im Laufe seines Lebens, für gewöhnlich zwischen 20 und 30, ein Fae - eine magische Fähigkeit, oft erblich weitergegeben. Jede Hexe ist dazu verpflichtet, sich bei der Inquisition registrieren z ...more
The novel is told from the alternating per ...more
Burn Mark is a boring three to four hundred pages book. Seriously, the author could have cut down Burn Mark b ...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 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
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.