Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Thursday, January 7, 2016 with 7 comments
Title: Burning Glass
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Source: Received for review from publisher via Edelwiess
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Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.
I know Burning Glass doesn't come out until March, but I couldn't resist picking it up early. I was really itching to read a fantasy. There are so many things I really liked about this one. I'll start with those. 

Sonya's gift. I felt that was the most fascinating part of this story. You read so many stories with characters having a "special gift" these days. This one can freeze stuff on contact or that one can poop lightening.. you get the idea. One of the most popular ones is mind reading. For whatever the reason, I was under the impression that's what would be in Burning Glass. But it's not. It's so much more than that and I would know that had read the blurb again before starting it. I purposely don't sometimes because I enjoy the surprise. 

I really like how all that was written. I felt confused at times too with her feelings.. because were they her own or someone elses. That added a fun element to the book. And the fact she's thrown into this position to protect the emperor by reading others feelings. Talk about a high stress job. That part reminded me of poison study a bit. 

And there is a little bit O romance.. I dare say. I really liked that. Her ability makes that whole situation tricky.

The one thing I didn't really like about this book, I of course can't really discuss it because it would be spoilery. And it's not horrible, it just cost it a star from me. I don't even know how to vaguely mention it. I guess I could say that it all seemed a little too "easy" and I'll leave it at that. 

However, there are more books, so what I thought might have been too easy, could be a world of shit in the sequel. We shall see. I will definitely continue the series. 

About the author:
Kathryn Purdie
Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about
someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Her debut novel, BURNING GLASS, releases winter 2016 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.

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  1. I;m really excited for this one! Great review.

  2. Yay! I really enjoyed this one too! I read it ages ago and it's really stuck with me. I really love how unsettled Sonya was. I can't wait for book 2

  3. Great review! I just preordered this the other day, and you've made me even more excited for it to come now! I don't really think I knew much about it, it was a more a ordering whim (whoops), but the whole 'feeling other people's emotions' aspect is really intriguing. I'm looking forward to seeing how the romance plays out, what with the complications, and how Sonya deals with her 'gift'.

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA




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