Friday, September 20, 2013

Burn Mark

Burn Mark
by Laura Powell

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA

Glory is a teenage witch who has just come into her powers. She and her great-aunt keep it a secret from the rest of the coven so she doesn't have to be registered with the British Inquisition. If that were to happen she would be bridled with iron cuffs so she couldn't practice her powers or she would have to work for the government. At the same time Lucas Stearne discovers he too has witch powers which really should be impossible. His father is a High Inquisitor, actually the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition. Having the fae blood is quite detrimental to the family who has held high office for generations. Lucas tries to redeem himself by entering Glory's family coven as a spy. The two inevitably have to work together to solve lots of suspicious happenings both current and from the past.

This takes place in an alternate history where witchcraft is part of life and governments are connected to Inquisitions. The covens are like mobsters and the inquisitors like the FBI and CIA - or the British equivalent of those.

I was totally fascinated by this premise. However the book was rather poorly edited - not just typos and grammatical errors. There were inconsistencies in character as well. Glory's character in particular was annoying whenever she was speaking. Her voice didn't feel real with all of her slang and poor grammar. Though some times it wasn't as noticeable. I wish she had spoken more normally all of the time. It just felt to me like the author was trying to force her to sound low-class and ignorant.

Overall I did like it enough to read the whole thing. If there is a sequel I might try it.

A Tinfoil Sky

A Tinfoil Sky
by Cyndi Sand-Eveland

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Tundra Books

This was a fabulous story of a young girl forced to follow her drug-addict mother around from man to man, dealer to dealer. Mel never knew a normal life with a normal home. At least she didn't remember one. One day Mel's mom decides to take them back to her hometown to live with her mother, a grandmother Mel doesn't even remember. They are not welcomed with the warm and open, loving arms that she dreams of. Instead they end up living in the car and singing for change on the corner. One day her mom doesn't return to their spot under the bridge and the car is towed away. Local law enforcement steps in and Mel is forced to live with the grouchy and hate-filled grandmother. Eventually they grow to understand each other as they confront their shared past and hopefully their shared future.

The Crown of Embers

The Crown of Embers
Fire and Thorns #2
by Rae Carson
Audio
Published September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
Jennifer Ikeda - Narrator

From Goodreads:

In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone's power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.


My Opinion:

As far as bridge books go, this was fabulous. A lot happened to keep the story progressing. The characters are well-done with some surprises coming out that may surprise you. Looking forward to the next one. The narrator is wonderful so these are great choices for audio books.

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Fire and Thorns #1
by Rae Carson
Published July 1st 2012 by Recorded Books
Jennifer Ikeda - Narrator

From Goodreads:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.
 


I loved this one. The audio is fabulous. It has been a long time since I listened to it, so details are beyond me at this point. But if you like YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian-feel, you will probably like this one. A strong-girl character with a great network of other strong characters. Some romance, lots of action, magic...what more do you need?

The First Prophet

The First Prophet
A Bishop Files Novel
by Kay Hooper
Published November 27th 2012 by Jove
390 pages - in the annoying tall paperback format that publishers are choosing lately for some unknown reason

From Goodreads:
 
Within the FBI, there exists a team of psychics whose powers cannot be denied. But these agents are feared—by a cabal of conspirators with only one weapon: to blind the psychics to the evils all around them.

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn’t control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah’s mind.

It begins with Sarah’s home being destroyed by fire—an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah’s confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can’t. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it’s only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.


My opinion:

 This was not my favorite of Hooper's books as there were several times where it got rather confusing. There were too many similar characters that it took quite awhile to figure out who was who. It did have the feel of an X-files episode, which was kind of fun.