Saturday, 1 November 2014

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.
Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but for me it just dragged.

Lily was an okay character, although she could be na├»ve and irritating at times. I also thought she was absolutely stupid when she took a drink from someone when she hadn’t seen it prepared, and didn’t really know what was in it! If you are allergic to seemingly everything, it is even more important not to drink random drinks that people hand you!

The storyline in this was let down by the slow pace, the constant info-dumps, and believability issues, not to mention the amount of stuff in there that didn’t move the story along. I really did not care to know what their clothes were made of, or to sit through Lily’s speeches about why she’s a vegan, and why she doesn’t like nuclear power; just get on with it already! I also found it a little predictable and unbelievable how even though Lily had no training, and she was a skinny and sickly thing, she had such great power! I mean really?

There was some romance, but I didn’t really care for it. Tristan was nothing short of a complete arse, and I really couldn’t stand him, and Rowan wasn’t anything special.
The ending to this was actually good! I know! Surprising! The last 10% was actually pretty good, although I’m not sure if I’d want to read the next book after slogging through this one.
Overall; slow pace and constant info-dumping,
6 out of 10.

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