TITLE: Burning Glass
AUTHOR: Ashley Purdie
TRIGGER WARNING: Consent issues,
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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.
So, it’s always a sad day for me when I don’t absolutley adore a book, especially one with a premise like this. This follows our main character, Sonya, who is a young Aura seer. She has the ability to see what ther people are feeling, though it comes with the downside that she often cannot tell the difference between her own feelings, and someone elses.
I started this book quite a while ago, read 30 pages, put it down, then a few weeks later, I picked it up and got to page 88, and then FINALLY another few weeks later, I picked it p and managed to finish it, but I was really disconnected from the whole thing, and I think alot of that had to do with me being often confused at the emotions the main character was feeling, and annoyed at the decisions she made.
I did enjoy certain aspects of this book, the beautiful world that was built, the political beginnings ( very early beginning, with work needed, but the bare bones of something intriguing was there ) and even the whole aura seer idea. But for me the negatives outweight, I felt like the story was focused far too much on the romance, I couldn’t get myself to like any of the characters and honestly? I just lost interest in this.
I honestly think this series might pick up in book 2, and that if youre a big fan of the likes of SJM and her kind of story lines, this might actually appeal to you more so than it did to me.
Until next time,