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


SYNOPSIS



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. 

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