Waiting on Wednesday: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie


Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: March 16, 2016

Goodreads Rating: 4.20 stars

Pages: 512


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.


About the Author:


From Kathryn’s Goodreads Profile:

Kathryn’s love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. In high school and college, Kathryn focused on acting, poetry, guitar, and extensive journal writing. Years later, when she was in recovery from donating a kidney to her brother, inspiration for her first novel struck. She’s been writing darkly fantastical stories ever since. Her debut novel, BURNING GLASS, releases Spring 2016 from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books.


Why We Want This Book!


I think there’s something so realistic and striking to the heart when you tell a story about feeling other’s emotions. We all do it at some point: crying with friends, sharing a smile with a stranger, knowing something is wrong before you’re told. It’s all relative to that field and reading a story about a girl who struggles with feeling this overwhelming onslaught of emotions while trying to find her own heart really touches home with me. Lauren is right, this does sound like a very promising story and I’m truly looking forward to picking it up and giving it a chance.


If a story is a fantasy, I’m already interested! Reading the synopsis of this book has intrigued me more. Having a story that deals with a person being able to feel what others feel is an interesting concept, and I can’t wait to see how this story will play with that idea. This sounds like a very promising story, and the fact that there is more than one book really adds to my anticipation!


Coming Up:

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine, which you can find here! 

We will have quite a few reviews coming up!

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

The Leveller by Julia Durango

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

There will also be a few giveaways with those reviews, so stay tuned if you’re interested in them! =)

In addition to those reviews, I’m feeling another “Recesses of the Heart” coming up. If you’re looking for some life lessons and real talk, keep your eyes out for it. 

❤ Lauren and Kelly

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