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Firewalker Had my Heart in Flames: A Review

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Release Date: August 27th, 2015 
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Page Count: 439
Format: AUS Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
RRP: $16.99
Source: Review Copy from Pan Macmillan


Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it's finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and they must hide her new magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

'You think I'm a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.'

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she's ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian's running out of time. If she can't persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she'll have to find a way to make them come back.

Firewalker - the follow-up to Trial By Fire - is another sexy, fast-paced thrill ride from internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, Josephine Angelini!

There seems to be a pattern with these books. They start off great and then it just flops. But out of nowhere just before the book is about to finish, something dramatic happens, that pulls you back in and makes you want to read the next book. Even though I love some books that are like this, I didn't really appreciate it in Firewalker. It's probably why I have a love and hate relationship with it. I love the characters and their stories and backgrounds, but I hate out anti-climatic scenes were and how nothing really happened until the very end of the book.

  • THE NEW CAST OF CHARACTERS. I loved the inclusion of new characters. Without Una and Breakfast, the book would have been overall just a bland story about a witch who can't make up her mind.
  • WE GET MORE DESCRIPTIONS ON WHAT THE WOVEN ARE. I had no clue what these creatures were in the first book and the second book kind of cleared up their whole 'look'. The Woven is just basically a name that's given to a collection of animals who all look differently but look like certain animals spliced together. So Woven basically is used the same way the word animal is used. There's lots of animals but there's different types of animals.
  • TRISTAN GREW ON ME. I understood why he was angry and hurt most the time. Plus I loved the moments he and Ronan had together.

  • THE DEATHS. I love character deaths (don't judge me) because they sometimes give the protagonist more motivation to save the world and what not and sometimes I'm just glad that they're dead. But the deaths in this books were meaningless. At one point, I was so angry that I didn't even want to read the last pages, even though I had 3 pages left to go. I was sold a lie. Basically the book was ruined for me. Like, if you wanted these people dead, just kill them off at the beginning. You can't do me like that. It was such a cheap cope out. Most chacacter deaths I just mourn them, and cry about how great of a person they were. But for certain deaths, I was angry. Angry how there was no thought in the death, on how it was just, 'oh this character is dead now, just go with the flow'. I will not go with the flow. That whole scene was terribly written. Sure, I didn't like the character, but oh man was that just terrible writing about their deaths. Also when certain people died, Lily felt nothing. Which could have been explained more on why and how she really felt about their deaths.
  • HOW THEY JUST ACCEPTED IT. So the guys are told, YOU'RE WITCHES FAM and none react like normal people. They just accept it and are like, "Cool, so what can we do?". That's not how it works. People don't just conclude to that, they go "What's wrong with these people" or assume that they're hallucinating or something. Not, "Yeah, we're witches, even though we don't really know much about them, or their history, or even known about the concept of magic". This scene was also terribly written.
  • THEIR DEPARTURE. That scene where the group of friends are leaving Lily's world was unfortunately one I didn't like. The reasons why they had to leave were clearly avoidable. I put the book down at this point. I just didn't know how I even survived that long in the book to read that scene.
  • HOW DID YOU DO MAGIC IN THE REAL WORLD? Okay, Lily was a witch in Lillians world, but how could she do magic in her world. I don't understand. She couldn't do any before, how could she now?
  • LILY WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Half the things she thought about and talked about were just filling the pages with words. There was no character growth. She stayed the same, however, she became more dependent on Lillian. I just disliked so much of this book I can't really explain it.
  • TOO MUCH UNNECESSARY SUB-PLOTS AND SCENES. I'm not going to lie, but there was just so much that we didn't even need in the book that was included. It's probably why I stopped reading most of the time. I love sub-plots, but Firewalker didn't pull it off. I was just very confused and I don't like being confused whilst reading a book.
  • AGAIN WITH THE RACISM. Savage gets thrown in there again in the first couple of pages. I just don't like that word being used against PoC. How dare you even use it against PoC. I'm so done with that word being used to degrade PoC.

This series kept me interested but this book was such a huge let down. It could have been better, way better. We could have had conflict in the middle of the book to really build up the storyline but we had nothing. It was all rainbows and lollipops until the very last chapter. Props to those who've finished this book. You have my respect. 

Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy. 

The Graces: Do Yourself a Favor & Don't Read It

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Page Count: 432
Format: AUS Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
RRP: $19.99
Source: Review Copy from Allen & Unwin


Everyone said the Graces were witches. They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair. They had friends, but they were just distractions.

They were waiting for someone different. All I had to do was show them that person was me. Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on? This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

How does one form words after such a twisted book? How can one move on?? The writing is so unique, I couldn't put my finger on it. I cannot describe how it reads, its just pulls you in and never lets you go. I don't know if it's because of it's terrible writing or if it's just me wanting to really critique the book in full.

  • UNTRUSTWORTHY MAIN CHARACTER. I love protagonists like River (like River, I didn't like her). You don't know whether to trust her or not. You don't know how her story aligns with things she shares with you. You don't even know how she feels and is thinking most of the time. It's like she only tells you things on a need to know basis. Nothing less and nothing more.
  • BISEXUALITY IS IN THE BOOK! As mentioned before, I always assume that characters in books are bisexual. Turns out I was right for this one!
  • SIBLINGS OF DOOM. Okay not really, well kinda, but... okay, the siblings had a complex relationship. It was confusing on how they interacted with eachother and I loved that. It was mysterious and baiting me to never put the book down. The siblings shared everything with eachother, secrets, information and even friends. 
  • SUMMER was so precious. You could tell she never had real friends. So having River in her life was great for her
  • MY LIFE IS A LIE! I was lied to throughout the book. I feel like 'The Graces' cheated on me. Like, how did you keep all these secrets without me catching on? I thought someone was becoming powerful but I was lied to. The lies shook me to my core. In a good way. I was satisfied with the lies. I didn't see the plot twist coming. So basically authors, write books that lie to me... in a good way.

  • I'm writing this review a week after finishing the book to collect my thoughts and well NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED IN THE BOOK. But, that could also mean the book was written so well that nothing happening in the book didn't really matter. Or that it was written terribly throughout that I just thought it was okay? Maybe it was just mediocre? I don't know, I walked away thinking it was great, but remembering back to what I actually read, it wasn't that great. So was it actually a good book like I said it was? Nope.
  • The book is qwhite white. 
  • The 'drama' happened in the last pages. This is not a dislike nor a like, just an observation really. Well that was a lie, this is definitely a dislike. So honestly, you read The Graces AND NOTHING HAPPENEDS. Who is River? What was their real name? What kind of cop out ending was that? Why were they Biphobic??? You literally have no right to 'claim' someone. What kind of possessive nonsense is this?
  • Biphobia is in here. Sure there is bisexual rep, but it's met with biphobia.
  • A point that I missed was that The Graces uses the G*psy slur and is very ableist. 

The Graces were a trip. It was honestly the best thing that happened to me during the week 
 I was reading it (so my week wasn't that great). After time and consideration, I have given The Graces 2.5 stars. It was an amazing book at the time I was reading it but afterward eh. Plus the biphobia and everyone being white wasn't something I appreciated (Just note that there's only one PoC in the book and they're treated terribly). 

Thank you Allen & Unwin for sending The Aus. Library a review copy

Waiting on Wednesday: Roseblood

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Page Count: 432
Genre: Fantasy

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

The excitement is real for this book! Phantom of the Opera fantasy retelling ?!?! How could you not be down for this? Also adore the cover. Can't wait to lose myself in A.G Howard's new world.

Holding up the Universe Was A Universe I Wanted to Exist

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Release Date: October 04, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Page Count: 439
Format: Manuscript
Genre: Contemporary
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.  

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Oh wow. What a trip. That was amazing. Incredible. One of the best female MC's in the world. Oh man Libby is a special character. She truly is amazing. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this book, because of it's poorly worded synopsis. But guys, Libby is special, she is marvellous, stunning and oh man, just a character you'll love forever and want to protect. The story line however was a bit of a love/hate relationship, because some of the actions of certain characters were very questionable. I mean, I didn't understand most of the motivations behind Jack's actions. It was just very confusing. Also I loled whenever someone said swagger, like yes I got you, but I mean, I feel like that was a 2011-12 thing. Lastly, there was a lot happening in the book which sometimes threw me off and sometimes lured me back into the story.

  • LIBBY - She really made me love the book. She's big, so what!? Shes just happy the way she is. She's unique and just sunshine. She's fierce, beautiful, elegant and hella fun.
  • AFRO GALORE - I gotta love Dusty and Jack's afros. I love how Jennifer always includes hair description wherever she can.
  • DANCING AND TWIRLING all night long. Well not all night, but all throughout the book. When Libby, Jack or Dusty dance, all I can feel is joy and happiness.
  • DUSTY, WE MUST PROTECT HIM AT ALL COSTS! He's so precious. Ah, this little boy was so special. Love him to bits. Just want to keep that smile on his face. 
  • I SQUEALED! It's pretty rare, but I couldn't get over how cute the book was or how some moments it was too beautiful for me to read, because I didn't want to interrupt. Like, do they know I'm watching?! It was too beautiful. The book has moments of complete joy, heartbreak and subtle admiration.
  • A LITTLE BREAKFAST CLUB?? We have the misfits and they're literally like the breakfast club. I love it to bits. I also adore the scene where Libby is driving and crying on the highway. #friendshipgoals
  • ROBOTS! I mean it's breifly mentioned every so now and again but I love it! The way Jack described the robot and how it'll look like and how it'll make Dusty smile. Ah, what an amazing brother (well he is *sometimes*).
  • A LIL DIVERSITY HERE AND THERE! We have different races, interracial couples, (a very brief mention of) sexuality and body types.

  • SO SLOW - At first you fall in love with the writing instantly and then pages before you hit the 200 page mark, it slows down. Too slow that I stopped reading. It just wasn't interesting, I had no idea where we were suppose to be heading towards in the book. There was just too much.
  • WHERE IS THE GROWTH ? I mean, come on Jack. I didn't see the character development. I was really disappointed with this character. I had no idea why he did the things he did or how he felt most of the time. I just wanted his chapters to end, so I could read more Libby.
The next points may or may not be a spoiler. It's a vague point on what happens at the end and during the book
  • WAIT, R U CURED BRO? So Jack had the most extreme case of prosopagnosia and he gets told, 'THERE IS NO CURE' but then he recognises Libby. Okay... 
  • Too many subplots for me. I didn't even get the whole rodeo game and why Jack even played apart in it. Like, why? Like he explains it, but still, whyyyy?
  • NO SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES... YET? I read the manuscript, so ALOT would have changed and I'm pretty guttered there were hardly any (because there was only 1 that I can remember). I read so many reviews with 'there are so many supernatural references' and I was really guttered there weren't any in the manuscript. 

I loved the manuscript, but was very disappointed in the middle of the book. I'll definitely be reviewing the finished copy of the book, because I need those supernatural references in my life! I loved Libby and Dusty and can't wait to revisit them in the paperback version of Holding up the Universe. I loved this book, but it didn't quite hit the mark, so I'm rating it 3.5 stars. Can't wait to reread!!

Thanks so much Nic Stone for sending me the manuscript. You guys should definitely check out her book and add it to your goodreads list. It's one of many books you guys need to keep your eye out for as I can already tell from the synopsis that it'll be riveting, humorous and blindsidingly (this is now a word) memorising.

The Aus. squad recommends: Top Ten Recs that we loved.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The bookish world has its perks, and one of my favourites is how easy it is for us to discover new books to fall in love with. Whether you are a bookblogger, a bookstagrammer, a booktuber or just a blogless, bookstagramless and booktubeless booklover - I get the feeling I am making this too complicated - you know that this is all about sharing the love. And sometimes, also the hate. Okay. But today we are here to focus on the book recs that we have loved. Those books that someone recommended us to read and instantly became our new favourites.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is one of my all time YA faves. I could only be grateful for this rec to fall in my hands in the shape of a review I stumbled upon. To anyone that is in need of the cutest, most adorable and real first love ever, this one is for you! I can only LOVE this book.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The hype train for ADSOM was long overdue when I decided to read it earlier this year. Book number #2, AGOS, was about to be released and I was so curious after reading so many raving reviews that I asked Twitter whether or not I should read it. The lovely Aentee from Read At Midnight replied that I would not regret picking this one up. Precisely, this book is now one of my fantasy all time favourites. THIS SERIES IS AN OBSESSION.

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I can't remember exactly how this happened, but my fellow book blogger and bookish friend Lois from My Midnight Musing, suggested that my shipper self should read this book because, well, a shipper's heart gotta be what it's gotta be. And, man, did I love this book! Such a precious love story about 2 lost souls that needed each other without even knowing. SWOON WORTHY.

Poison Study by Maria V. Synder

This one was not a classical recommendation as in the "hey, you might like this one. It's right up your alley", it was more of a "IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK WHY HAVEN'T YOU?". So, I just picked it up and I haven't looked back.

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

My English teacher in grade 11 had a book nook in her class, right at the front, with a small shelf. One day, she started raving about The Infernal Devices and basically dumped the book on my desk and said: "read it." I obviously did, and I thank her everyday when I look at my own copies now, and see the tabbed pages and broken spines. That day, she gave me something I'll treasure forever.

Saga, Volume I by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I asked the twitterverse for graphic novel recommendations and that day I ended up buying 82869127764813 books. Well, okay. Actually, only the second digit describes how many books I bought, because as you may know, graphic novels are expensive. Anyway, Saga was such a weird and unique book. Like the brains who created it, are absolute geniuses. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is probably one of my favourite recs of all time, it wasn't one person that recommended it to me but rather multiple people from the book community. When I was looking for a new series to get into, everyone was like "try out Throne of Glass!". So I did, and I LOVED it! It's now one of my all time favorite books and I use it as a comparison in most of my reviews.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This one was recommended to me at BEA 2015 by a blogger friend. He was a big Alexandra Bracken fan and convinced me to add it to my schedule and go to the drop for it. Well, I ended up loving it and was one of my favorite books from BEA 2015. Even though they changed a big part of it in the final version it still remains a great recommended book.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I can't remember who recommended this to me, but it was one of my first recs way back when I first started reading YA. Graceling was one of those books that really got me into YA and eventually led to me book blogging (the other being Divergent and Hunger Games, YA classics nowadays). 

That's all, people. These are the top loved recommendations from the Aus. Squad. We hope they help you discover new books, and maybe add them to your top loved recs. If you are already familiar with our list, and you love them as much as we do, comment away! If you don't, leave your comment anyway. We'd love to hear your opinion and rant about these books with you.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish.

Review: The Crowns Game

Sunday, 9 October 2016
 Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 399
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Crown's Game was one of those books that I knew I would love before I even read it, as soon as I had consumed the first few pages I knew that I had made correct judgement again. These fantasy/magic type books are always my favorites and Evelyn Skye definitely knocks it out of the ballpark with her writing. In a field crowded with heavy-hitters like Throne of Glass and Shadow & Bone, The Crown's Game makes itself stick out and even push the others aside.

Starting with a small Russian village before moving onto the wild forests and large cities, Evelyn Skye includes all kinds of settings for us to read about. This varied world-building had me falling in love with  Russia and its landscape even though when someone asks me where I want to travel to I would normally never say Russia. I've always seen Russia as a cold and bleak place but The Crown's Game showed me a completely different side of it (even if not all of it is true). Some of my all-time favorite books have amazing world building and I see it as an essential part of reading a book so the fact that The Crown's Game did such a great job is part of the reason why I'm rating it so high. It's not always an easy task to change someones perceived notions (like me on Russia) but Evelyn Skye manages to do so and in the process create an amazing book.

The character are no disappointment either as the two main characters are so complex and detailed that I simply couldn't stop reading. We receive some back story and information on the two enchanters before they start participating in the game. Everyone else from their mentors to the royalty and secondary characters were just as detailed and provided even more reasons why I couldn't tear my eyes away from The Crown's Game.  However, I do hope that in the sequel we get more of a background on the two enchanters, we got a bit but not enough to satisfy my curiosity. Additionally, the Ottoman Empire aspect of the book really intrigued me (since I'm Turkish and my great great grandfather and those before him were part of it) so I really really hope that part of the book is explored more. I can't think of anything negative to say about the characters or plot, this was simply an amazing read that I enjoyed every second of.

As every book lover has experienced at one time or another I was recently in a book slump where I couldn't find the motivation to read. But that all changed when I decided to finally pick up The Crown's Game, now my motivation is fully back and I'm on my third book in less than a week! The Crown's Game more than met my expectations and provided an amazing tale about magic and love across the expanse of Russia. If you're a YA or even just fantasy fan I 100% recommend that you pick up a copy of The Crown's Game, you'll end up loving it just like me.

5/5 - Amazing Book!

Thanks Harper Collins Australia for sending The Aus. Library review copies

Trail by Fire a Hit or Miss?

Friday, 7 October 2016

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?

A normal girl thrown into a world of witches and magic from an ordinary town. A great premise Trail by Fire provides. I loved it. However, I must acknowledge the use of Native American culture within the book. I asked myself questions like, "Was it well researched? Were some concepts made up? etc". We had mentions of the Iroquois language, which is very real, and titles like, Shamans and Sachems, were all scattered throughout the book. My knowledge of Native American culture isn't bountiful, hence why I tried to research as much as could to find if the book was well researched. I still haven't finished my research (because I hit a couple of dead ends) but I'll hopefully be done soon to update you guys.

  • THE STORY is incredible. The very first pages were amazing and I immediately grew very protective of Lily. She's such a wonderful character.
  • WITCHES are the . I love the whole concept in the book and how they have stones that are like extra limbs that they use to project their powers.
  • PARALLEL UNIVERSES guys! I adore parallel universes, they make things very complicated for the characters and seeing how Lily tried to survive was amazing to read about. Josephine's writing is just so great, it just sucks you in to this world of witch craft, potions and fire.
  • WE HAVE DIVERSE CHARACTERS in the book! The Outlanders are a mix of Native Americans and other ethnicities. So we have a lot of PoC. We also have a gay character, and in the book, I love how no one made a big deal about it. It was all normal, and that just made me love the book even more. Like, "here's Caleb, he likes boys, no big deal, you like boys too, high five Lily".
  • ROWAN! I hated the guy, for so many reasons. He was very aggressive when we first meet him and very distance most times and just cruel. But we find out the reasons for his behaviour and for the things he says, and it ultimately redeems him (but not the people who were on the other end... I'm side eyeing all of you who turned out to be using Lily).
  • THE ROMANCE deserves an A+. Wouldn't it be weird to have someone you love, have a double who actually had a heart and was funny? That's what it was like for Rowan. Lillian is evil but you grew up together, shared memories of a time she was kind; Lily isn't evil, but you hardly know her, but she's funny, who would you prefer? Trying to work out everyone's feelings was such a great read.
  • CARRICK is evil, but his character was very interesting and fascinating. All his dialogue made the guy look like there was more to him than what was on the surface. I mean, like more evil dark stuff, nothing that turns him into a good guy. The reason why I like this is because it gives so much opportunity for character development in the next books.
  • FAST PACED read and just incredible story telling. The Woven are terrifyingly brilliant creations for the book.
  • THAT DAMN ENDING WAS PURE GOLD, like I had to read the next book immediately. 

  • THE WOVEN descriptions were very vague. I don't know what any of them look like. I just imagine a caterpillar cocoon with legs really and I'm 98% sure that they don't look like that.
  • SOMETIMES IT WAS TOO FAST. There were times that I had to re-read pages because it was too fast and confusing. Then at times, I just had to find out how many more pages I had left in the book. I wasn't bored, I guess I was just eager to finish.
  • GABRIEL... I have no clue what your purpose is mate. Like sure you're evil, but huh? Is that all.
  • The pages before the ending... I don't see the necessity for certain deaths.
  • SAVAGES is a no from me. Our protagonist never said this, but one of the point of views we read from called The Outlanders this and I cringed.

I liked this book. But there is definitely space to improve. Josephine's writing is jut incredible and one you're emerged into the world, you can't escape it. I recommend this book for those who enjoys books like, Poison Study, The Raven Boys and A Darker Shade of Magic. I rate Trial by Fire, four out of five stars because it's definitely a hit.

Thanks Pan Macmillan for the Review Copy