Friday, March 1, 2013

{Review} Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Series: Burn Mark #1
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN-13: 9781599908434
Young Gloriana thinks she has her future figured out, she will grow up and be a witch all the stigma and consequences that comes with it be dammed, and she will follow the steps of her grandmother, one of the famous Starling twins.
Soon enough Glory discover that her life isn't as simple as she wanted it to be and that there are a lot of interest involved that are trying to dictate her future and who she should be.
Lucas comes from a long line of prosecutors for the Inquisition, he is proud of his heritage and to know that even though witches are hunted down and sometimes burned witches have a fair trailed and their faith isn't as barbaric as in Africa. 
But all that comes crashing down when the fae awakens within him and he goes from being the son of a long line of prosecutors to being what they hunt, a witch, now trying to be helpful and find a new purpose for himself he tries joining the WICA, think about it like the FBI for witches where he will try to prove his worth even though he is a witch.
I imagined this book like a modern version of 1920's era of the mobsters, flapper and dolls, well more like a few years latter where its glory was down but people were still trying to bring it back. Especially from Gloriana's side of the story.
It's interesting how Laura Powell shows us how vain and stupid humanity can be by hunting witches and fearing them even though not all witches in this world are bad and most are just fighting to be equals not vile rodents that the "normal ones" are letting stay alive. From an outsider perspective you can see how everyone's life would be better if everyone would just stop being so stubborn and they would work together. 
This story offers a delicious plot that will go deeper than originally presented in the begging of the book, don't worry I won’t say more, I don't want to spoil any of your fun if you decide to read it.
I loved this story, how it is the perfect combination of trying to crack a case, getting to know the world and the characters that live in it and especially what they all hide.


  1. What a creative concept! I like the combination of witches and mobsters. That just tickles my brain with images.

  2. I really liked it, now I'm all over the second book "Witch Fire"