Burning Glass [Review]

Posted January 16, 2016 by Maria in Review / 0 Comments

Burning Glass [Review]Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 512
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Series Rating: three-stars
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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. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always 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 charming-yet-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.

Title: Burning Glass
Author: Katryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 512
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016

**I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

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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’m not a mirror. And I don’t break like glass.

Believe me or not, I really wanted to love this one more than I actually did.
I even give it 3 stars for some reason, though in reality I want to give it 2.
Unfortunately I have too many issues with that one, it is difficult, but I will try to explain.

Let’s start with the things I still liked:
– The beginning
Pure madness, if you ask me. There is fire, there are deaths. It promised me a cool book. It simply the best beginnig for me since I love hard topics and dark books, but… ehh.
– Anton
The dark horse, slowly becoming a cutie pie. Cliche, I know, but can’t help myself.
– The hostility between brothers
Oh hell, this is the thing that held my interest for the book. I was terribly curious why everything went this way.

Things I hate:
– Main character
I seriously wondered if she had a head to stop and think a little bit. I know you’re special, but even with such a gift you need to have a head on your shoulders, otherwise you will be… well, this heroine.
– Revolution 
Revolutions suck, seriously. I hate revolutions. I’m afraid of them. I’m tired of them. They’re in my life, why they need to be in the every damn book.
– Women are oppressed by men
Yeah, we have this even in fantasy world with strong and kick-ass females with abilities.
– Nothing really Russian
We have a couple of things, but I almost don’t notice them. And I’m Russian. I notice such things in books.

I feel as if I need to warn you about these things, because nobody warned me about them and I’m disappointed.

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Burning Glass? Did you want to read it? Did you pre-order it? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
 
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