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Burn Mark (Burn Mark #1)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,030 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury Childrens
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I’ve been sitting on this review for a while now and it’s because I’ve not really been able to sort my thoughts out. What is it with these British authors who make me think about their books?

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?
This is book is part Harry Potter and part Godfather! I have definitely had an awesome year with my book selections and this one is no exception!

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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Genre: YA Paranormal, Witchcraft
Rating: 2.5

*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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

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
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Burn Mark is one of those books that draws you in and is so good that you don't want it to end of put it down. It's got witches, it's set in the East End of London, it's got mafia-esque rival gangs and a gorgeous boy or two ... what more could a girl ask for?

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
Annmarie Ager
I knew as soon as I started this book I would love it! Glory and Lucus make for two amazing characters. Glory has always hoped that she would some day become a witch like most of her other relatives so when she finally get her wish you think she would be overjoyed but being a witch is not all it’s cracked up to be. When the Inquisition hunts unlicensed witch's down and the head coven leader has his own plans for you, life looks more like a danger than fun. Then Lucas the son of the Chief Prosecu ...more
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)
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4.5 Stars.

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
Emma Adams
Original review on my blog:

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
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Burn Mark is an interesting and enjoyable novel – one that is surrounded by magic, fate and danger. The story surrounds Glory, who comes from a family of witches and Lucas who comes from a family of Chief Prosecutors who hunt witches. They lead completely separate lives until one day they both develop the Fae mark – the mark of the witch and are thrown together by fate meaning Lucas and Glory’s lives are intertwined forever.

Every since I heard of Burn Mark, I knew it was a book I had to read bec
Michelle Witte
When a book's description says:
"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
This was something different, and special. The modern witches and witch-hunt theme worked really well, and I loved the two main characters - the heroine's a white-trash mafia type, a bit hard to like at first, but you really cheer for her by the end of the book. The hero, Lucas, is her complete opposite, but just as intriguing. I thought the witchcraft stuff was very original. It's a bit like voodoo (no magic wands or made-up words) and you can totally see why ordinary people would be so scared ...more
Emma Bradshaw
So clever - modern day East End witches with some of the best world building I've ever read. The politics and history of Burn Mark make Laura Powell's setting completely believable. Refreshing not to have romance as the focus of the plot in a YA novel
The premise of this book was totally different from anything else that I have read. A society where Fae is widely known, but also widely distrusted. Government agencies in place just to investigate witch-crime...the Inquisition. Who is behind the latest spate of witch-crime? Is the actually witches? Citizens that hate witches? Or does it go as deep as the Inquisition itself? Glory is a young witch who comes from a long line of witches. Lucas is a young man from a long line of Inquisitors who has ...more
I just couldn't find myself getting into this book. I could barely get past 90 pages without wanting to hit something. It didn't have to do anything with the bad writing or errors, it was just boring to me. Nothing was happening and I didn't like not having any action.

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!
Crystal (Kris)
This novel intrigued me with how it brings witches and witch trials to the modern era. In a world where witches are very real and present in daily life, the majority fears them and persecutes them. Law-abiding witches must wear iron to subdue their Fae (their powers), and those who don't register themselves live in fear of being burned for treason. In the UK, where the story takes place, the Inquisitors run the witch trials as representatives of the law.

The novel is told from the alternating per
Well I just finished this novel after much distractions and I need to be honest, at least seventy-five percent of it sucked. When I first started reading it, it was boring and I figured it would be way better if I carried on with it. When I got to the middle things started speeding up a bit more but it still was slow and way too boring for me. The ending was the best, sad to say, but it was. I was much impressed with the ending. A few nit picking things would be Glory and the way she speaks. Eve ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
With a creative twist on witch mythology that extends beyond the medieval witch trials, 'The Burning Times', into modern day British society, Burn Mark has an intriguing premise. In Powell's alternate world hstory, approximately 1 in 1000 people become Witchkind, usually it is a hereditary condition. The Fae (witch magic) doesn't make itself known until late teens/early twenties and the earlier it appears generally indicates the strength of the power. Witches are regulated, controlled citizens b ...more
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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
Burn Mark is a great debut from Laura Powell and I'm hoping that it is the first book in a series because I'd love to spend more time with these characters! I loved the combination of the supernatural witches alongside the mob style crime families in the East End. The mix of the old fashioned Inquisition (complete with the traditional burning of witches at the stake) but set in modern day London makes for frightening reading. I'm pretty sure most of us are horrified to look back at the past and ...more
Book Angel Emma
Loved the detail of the witches and the history

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
Glory and Lucas act as foils for each other in this entrancing novel. Glory has always desired to be a witch, she believes strongly in the "Fae." Lucas is from a family where witches are persecuted and would like nothing more than to get rid of the mark that proclaims him as a witch.

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
Major Disappointment

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
Sean the Bookonaut
Burn Mark by Laura Powell is an exciting start to a new series that blends the paranormal, witches in this case, with espionage, crime and conspiracy.

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

My rating 3.5 Burn Mark by Laura Powell is an interesting urban fantasy set in an alternate London. Filled with witches, inquisitions, burnings, the mob, and corruption. We meet two young people from different worlds who develop the Fae on the same day and suddenly find their lives intertwined.

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
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
Loved it! Hope there's a sequel!!

This review can also be found on my blog
Mercedes Roth
So a few years ago before this book came out I got an ARC of it at a library conference & as I'm sure all my fellow book nerds will understand, I always had some other book to read so I just now got around to it.
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
It was just too sloooowwww. I couldn't do it. The characters weren't intriguing and I didn't get swept away. It was like I was dragging my feet through out the entire first 166 pages...which is where I stopped. Does half way through a book count as trying really hard to give it a fair chance? I personally would say yes.
Powell's impressive debut, about modern-day witches and the witch-hunts that follow, had me hooked from page one! A tale of adventure, intrigue, politics, and romance, Burn Marks is sure to be a crossover hit - and prompt lots of interesting discussions among its readers!
You know that warm, bubbly feeling you get after you finish reading a particularly awesome book?

Yeah, that's the feeling Burn Mark gave me.

Review to come.
Leo Elijah Cristea
Burn Mark, by Laura Powell, is an enjoyable, exciting example of taking an old concept, dabbling with alternative history, and making something shiny and new emerge from within the expected. In this world, an almost-real-life world in a time mirroring our own, with England and London as the centre stage, witchcraft is real and has been around since the beginning of time. With power—the fae—drawn from within, witches, both male and female, are now an almost second-class citizen bridled by iron cu ...more
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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.
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