Early Review: Burn Mark by Laura Powell

June 17, 2012 Review 1

*This title will be released on June 19, 2012*

Burn Mark

by Laura Powell

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; June 19, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1599908433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599908434


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .

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The world building of BURN MARK alone is enough of a reason to grab a copy of this book.  Gritty British streets, politics and fear mongering, and two teenagers that bracket the social scale from street crime to government aristocracy.  Despite the amount of focus placed on the politics and intrigue of Glory and Lucas’s mission, the most gripping mysteries revolve around these characters’ places in this challenging society.

The two main characters are each built up in intertwining narratives that eventually collide.  Their introductions were very well done, and their individual interactions were flawless, yet I still found myself glossing over some of the detailed capers that preceded each piece of new information.  BURN MARK is, at its core, a meticulous mystery.  For readers who enjoy the methodical build up of a procedural, BURN MARK will be right in their wheelhouse.  I enjoyed enough of the process that I didn’t mind it, but my true interest lay with Glory, Lucas, and their underlying world.   In Powell’s mythology, the arrival of magic doesn’t come with an owl and a flying broomstick.  The onset of magic is the catalyst that starts both of these teens questioning the expectations of their peers and family.  Glory in particular surprised me with the breadth of her options.  Everything from staging a coup to joining WICA to marrying into a criminal dynasty is on the table, and figuring out which way she was leaning was the mystery that most intrigued me by story’s end.

BURN MARK is a noir procedural that teems with intricate mythology, a well drawn world, and interesting characters.  Though I would have liked a faster pace to compliment all this delicious intrigue and characterization, BURN MARK is a great read for those who don’t mind slowing down and focusing on the details.

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One Response to “Early Review: Burn Mark by Laura Powell”

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I agree the world Powell has created is intriguing but also felt it lacked pace, I’m hoping the second installment will have more action now that the framework is in place