Title: Burning Glass
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: March 1st, 2016
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.
“I’m not a miror, Anton. And I don’t break like glass. I’m capable of my own feelings. You told me as much. The difference between you and me is I don’t hide my emotions. The part of me that’s me has a chance to shine through.”
Finally I read this book! I read the synopsis right before it came out and it sounded interesting (the fact that the main character had almost the same name as me had nothing to do, I promise), but I have heard NOTHING about it, so I kinda pushed it aside until the right moment. And that moment has come now that the sequel is out! So it was the perfect time.
I would say I went with pretty high expectations and, even though it didn’t fulfill them, I still had a really good time reading it, despite being so long. However, it did disappointed me sometimes, with some tropes happening at the beginning.
“I believe we decide our own fate. No one has the right to dictate who we are or what we can become. I thought that’s what you believed, too, what you were fighting for.”
I had a few issues with the characters, though. At the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of our main characters. I found her quite average and nothing different than other YA novels, BUT her development was so well done and I have to say I kinda liked her more as the story progressed. She grew stronger and more intelligent, and after that ending I’m looking forward to see how she’s going do.
There was also the starting of a love triangle, and even though it wasn’t really developed and turned out to be only one love interest, let me tell you how much I hated it. The relationship she had with Valko (one of the male love interests) was so incredibly toxic and problematic that it made me mad. He was despicable, and I wanted to punch him in the guts. AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT WHO HE WAS OR WHATEVER, he was an asshole and used everyone to please him and just because he could.
However, Anton was a bit better. At least I didn’t hate him that much. He wasn’t at the beginning my cup of tea but he grew on me as I continued reading the story, and his relationship with Sonya was a bit better than hers with Valko. So I can’t really complain about that.
“Date to think of me what you will. I am Sonya Petrova. And I am not broken.”
The first half of the book was quite slow and boring, to be completely honest. I felt nothing was really happening, and the romance took more importance than needed. You were introduced to the whole world and cast of characters and suddenly the whole story focused around the romance, and it felt like it wasn’t really a plot at all.
But the second half was amazing, and the main reason why I have given it more than three stars. It was faster and more action packed, and I had a really great time. It was a very easy book to get into, which surprised me a bit considering how much it usually takes me to be familiar with a new world and characters, especially when it comes to high fantasy. But with this I had no trouble at all.
I don’t know, the whole story had a lot of potential, and it’s definitely one I did enjoy, but there were certain things that made me itchy and pissed. Still, I’m going to continue with the series because I feel the sequel is going to be so much better.
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