Burn Mark by Laura Powell
- Pub. Date: June 19, 2012
- Publisher: Bloomsbury
- Pages: 416
First Line: The walls of the Burning Court were high and white-tiled, its ceiling one giant chimney.
This is one of those books I was set out to fall in love with but instead of being sucked in and finishing it in a matter of hours it took me almost a week to finish it.
The premise of the book is pretty unique and what made me want to read it. It's set in an alternate London where there are Covens which are actually gangs, everyone knows that witches exist and they are looked down upon in society, and modern day witch burnings happen in all parts of the world. Glory and Lucas are the main characters. Glory being the next in line to become the head witch of a coven and Lucas who is the son of a Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisitorial Court and finds himself to be a witch which pretty much ruins all his future plans of being part of the inquisition.
Like I said the concept sounds awesome and I really would have loved this book if it wasn't for all the extra details and info dumping that occurred. It really took away from my enjoyment of the book and I even started skimming some paragraphs because it didn't hold my interest. Another thing that was a little frustrating was the switch of point of views in the middle of the chapters. For the most part the povs alternated with each chapter but about half way the switch would come without warning and there were times I thought I was reading in Glory's pov but somewhere in the middle it became Lucas' point of view and vice versa.
Another thing that had thrown me off was that the prologue sucked me in but then after that about half of the book nothing really happened. It was just giving us details about the day to day lives of our two main characters. It's not until Glory and Lucas finally meet up which was literally about half way into the book that things picked up, and I found myself actually wanting to finish the book instead of marking it as a DNF.
Burn Mark has an amazing cover which I think actually reflects the personality of Glory who is very strong willed and knows she is a very powerful witch. She was the only character who I really liked in the novel. Lucas did grow on me by the end but not so much, he was too stuck in his prejudice mindset about witches even though he had become one also.
Overall Burn Mark had great potential but it just wasn't executed well.