Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
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?
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley
“Funny how quickly the mind moves, but how slowly time does when you’re in pain.”
Lily Proctor has grown up allergic to most of the things around her. It leaver her at a disadvantage. She can’t enjoy life, or do the things that most people take for granted. She seems to be getting worse and she knows soon that she will be unable to do anything she wants and is determined to go to her first high school party. However, she is humiliated and hurt in front of her whole class and she tells the voice in her head to take her away. Then she is in a different Salem, and there is another Lily. This Salem is one that is run by magic and powerful women called Crucibles. Lily is weak in one world, but strong in another.
I had no idea what to expect when I went into this. But I saw so many good ratings and reviews and I saw it on netgalley and I was so happy when I got accepted. I’ve only read one of Angelini’s books, which is Starcrossed, which I loved, but I have been meaning to get around to reading the rest of the series, but I think after reading this, I most likely will. Josephine Angelini is such a good writer. She has a simple style of writing, but she creates such good characters, and the world building is excellent.
The concept of the magic and the witches is very unique and original, and I think it is one of the main reasons I loved this book so much. So much thought has been put into the world, and and the magic element of the book. It makes it seem, to a sense, realistic, as Angelini bases it on science. She doesn’t make the world unrecognisable, but suggests that it just took a different path.
For a moment I thought Lily was going to fall for the other Salems Tristan despite what happened in her Salem, but thankfully it wasn’t like that. She called him out on his bullshit and she told him to his face, and I loved that about her. The romance was so addictive. It was one of those romances that makes your heart ache at thinking they may be separated or something bad may happen. He was so thoughful and protective of her, yet he trusted her and let her make her own decisions, even if he believed it would kill her. I liked that he respected her that way.
Overall, Trial by Fire is a must for fantasy fans!
MY RATING: ★★★★★
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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Incarcerated in a satellite, an expert hacker and out to save the world - Cress isn’t your usual damsel in distress.
CRESS grew-up as a prisoner. With only netscreens for company she’s forced to do the bidding of the evil Queen Levana. Now that means tracking down Cinder and her handsome accomplice Emperor Kai. But little does Levana know that those she seeks, and the man she loves, are plotting her downfall …
As paths cross and the price of freedom rises, happily ever after has never seemed further away for Cress, Scarlet and Cinder.
“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
Cress has been trapped inside a satellite for years, doing Queen Levena and Sybil’s bidding. She is told to track Cinder and her team and keep an eye on Kai. However, she has been working against Levena and she is drawn into the reality of Cinder’s world.
If you liked Cinder and Scarlet, then this will not disappoint you. It didn’t fully grasp my attention till about 30% in, which actually made me a little bit sad, because I was scared I wasn’t going to enjoy it that much. Thankfully though, I started to get into the story a bit more until I was struggling to put it down. It is a long book, and that can be a bit off-putting, and I think it is one of the main reasons it took me so long to read it.
Cress is a great character. I liked how different she is from both Cinder and Scarlet. She is really shy, unsure of herself sometimes, until it came to her hacking abilities and she knows there is no one better than her, and I liked that confidence in her. It was nice to be introduced to all these new characters. One main thing I love about Marissa Meyer is that she shows us that these women don’t need to rely on men, they are the hero of their own story, and they are in charge of the situation and I love that.
The relationship between Cress and Thorne was very cute. Meyer hasn’t rushed it, and I like the development between the two. I also like how Cress had this image of a perfect hero in her head, and once she got to know him, she realises he is not like that, but she still sees all the good in him. I really do look forward to reading more of them.
Winter was introduced in Cress, and I actually was pleasantly surprised by her character and I am definitely looking forward to reading more about her. Shame about such a long wait…
World building is another aspect of Cress which was done brilliantly. Meyer seems to have done it even better in Cress, and I was very happy with it.
Overall, a very entertaining, thrilling, action packed book that will suit all your needs.
MY RATING: ★★★★★
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Without any hesitation, she stretched her arms around his neck. Who was this Blue? She felt bigger than her body. High as the stars. He leaned toward her — her heart spun again — and pressed his cheek against hers. His lips didn’t touch her skin, but she felt his breath, hot and uneven, on her face. His fingers splayed on either side of her spine. Her lips were so close to his jaw that she felt his hint of stubble at the end of them. It was mint and memories and the past and the future and she felt as if she’d done this before and already she longed to do it again.
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for…
“Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.”
Sybella managed to escape her life and enter the convent of St. Mortain. She took up her role there willingly, as she is fuelled by the killing she does to serve St. Mortain. But, her convent returns her to the life she managed to escape from. Her father’s brutality and anger scares her and she hates living within the same walls as him. However, she manages to find a new ally who helps her escape that life.
Did you love Grave Mercy? Then you will definitely love this. I preferred Dark Triumph, and I think it is because I loved Sybella more. There was also less politics in Dark Triumph as there was in the first book, yet it was still as engrossing as the first. There was more focus on the character, and her development. To me, Sybella was a more interesting character than Ismae, and I much preferred reading about her. I did enjoy the little appearances of Ismae and Duval, but I really did love Sybella. She was so strong and brave, despite being scared out of her mind sometimes. She had that vulnerability that I really admire, but she dealt with it really well. She was so full of anger and hatred, but eventually learned to love. She was so passionate and loyal to a fault, and she really did care about the others at the convent, and she was willing to go back to protect them.
Dark triumph was such a thrilling and roller coaster of a book that I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. At nearly 500 pages, I thought it was going to drag, but it went by so fast, and never once lost my attention.
The romance! I loved it. Beast is a great character and he really captured my heart. He is so dangerous in battle, and so strong and rough, but when he was with Sybella, he was so gentle with her, and I really liked that. I liked how it was such a slow development. It really warmed my heart how much they cared for each other. He didn’t treat her like she was some fragile toy and he fought side by side with her like an equal and I really loved that.
There was some great character development. Sybella finally understanding herself and learning more about what she does. Accepting that the convent are misguided and it was all just done so fantastically. Robin LaFevers really is a great writer, and I will picking the next book up when it is out.
Overall, a brilliant read, with a interesting heroine and a fantastic plot.
MY RATING: ★★★★★
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- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
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- The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnely
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"I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only…I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?" he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? "I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not.”