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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Release Date: March 1. 2016
Read: February 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Paperback ARC, 512 pages
Description from Goodreads:
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.
This book started with a lot of promise. It had a cool plot, and an amazing premise. I picked it, because I was aching for another YA Fantasy book. It sounded like it would be a wonderful book. Not really. I had mixed feelings about the book, with some elements being awesome, and some simply lacking. Although most of the book was wonderful, I had problems with the main character (and her love interests). Sonya was meant to be the strong female lead, who defied the Emperor while dealing with some terrifying memories from her past. However, she came across whiny and annoying. Her sexual tension with the Emperor was far too much, and the love triangle with his brother was simply overkill. I kept reading because I loved the power that she had, and it was such a cool world. I felt as if the ending was predictable, but at least it had ended on a high note. I’m not sure if you can write any books after this one, because everything was wrapped in a bow. Even though it wasn’t my favorite, it’s a great read if you need a fast plot and a quick read.
“I'm not a mirror. And I don't break like glass.”
― Kathryn Purdie,
― Kathryn Purdie,
Recommended for people who enjoy: romance, action, adventure, magic