Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 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.
Hello Wonderlings! You’re probably thinking, “Who is this person on this screen?” and I don’t blame you! I’ve been a non-existent co-blogger here on Of Wonderland for weeks now but that’s going to change from here on forward!
Today I’m reviewing what was just only ONE OF MY FAV BOOKS OF 2016 AND PROBABLY IN MY WHOLE LIFE AND ALSO FOR THE NEXT MILLION YEARS AS WELL BECAUSE IT WAS THAT GOOD PEOPLE. I have a lot of feelings, okay?! Most of them broken and burnt to the ground covered in my tears BUT WE WON’T GO THERE. Ahem. BUT ANYWAY LET ME STOP RAMBLING AND TELL YOU WHY I LOVED THIS BOOK.
Okay, I’m just going to put it out there: there were SO many things I loved about this book but the romance was my absolute favourite! There IS a love triangle but honestly it was obvious which dude Sonya (and I) were totally head over heels with. Annnnd guys, I never thought I wold EVER say this but, although the love triangle was irritating at times, I thought it actually kinda added depth to the story?? MAYBE THIS IS JUST ME.
The romance made me squee, giggle and shout and scream talk out loud in because the romantic tension was so adorable!! But also REALLY frustrating because I was practically DYING out of feels the whole time during the novel! The kiss is TOTALLY worth staying up till 3AM in the morning though. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… 😉
LETS TALK ABOUT *cough* MY PRECIOUS BABIES *cough* CHARACTERS! Besides Anton, Sonya the main character was my FAV. Yes, she really tested my nerves at times during the book but I loved her character so much. She’s so fragile and, okay, rather silly in the beginning, but watching her grow throughout the book was absolutely magnificent to read. She felt HUMAN and just acted like I could imagine myself acting in her situation AND I COULD JUST RELATE TO HER SO BAD. Also Sonya’s magical powers were so interesting to read about! I’ve never read about powers like hers before so it was really refreshing! I want them in a way that I would like to experience having them but if I don’t like I can give them back pronto 😛
Then there’s Valko and Anton (!!!) the other main characters WHO I HAVE MUCHO FEELINGS FOR. Soooo many lovey dovey feelings for Anton and more hate-filled ones for Valko. Anton’s character I adored because he is literally the sweetest, nicest and kindest person EVER while his older brother Valko (who’s also the Emperor FYI) is a dick and treats everyone horribly. But he made a great villain!! I just hate his guts 🙂
OH AND THE WORLD BUILDING AND THE PLOT IS SO AMAZING. It’s all cold and snowy and the fantasy world is based on Russia (I LOVE RUSSIAN INSPIRED BOOKS) and ahhhhhhhh. So. Many. Feels.
I do have a couple of grumblings though! I really enjoyed how BURNING GLASS concentrated mainly on Sonya, Valko and Anton, but I thought the book concentrated on them so much, other characters didn’t really get a look in. There were some other cool characters that I would’ve enjoyed learning more about and sadly that didn’t happen.
Also…because the ending was tied up so well I’m really surprised and confused as to why there’s going to be a second book???! While I’m completely open to the idea of more of my precious babies *cough*Anton*cough* and more adorable romance, BURNING GLASS was such a good standalone that I’m worried and a little nervous about where the sequel is going to go. Will it live up to the magnificence that BURNING GLASS delivered? WE WILL HAVE TO SEE.
“I’m not a mirror. And I don’t break like glass.”
Have you read BURNING GLASS? What did you think?