Monday, 30 January 2017

Trapped in Silver [Book Review]

 Hello there!

Title: Trapped in Silver
Author: Emily Sowden
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Published Date: 7th February 2017
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.

To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.

Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill. 

But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.
 

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Review: Emily Sowden’s Trapped in Silver is another Oftomes novel I wanted to give a go and try to read. I love a good fantasy, so when the synopsis mentioned being sucked into a world of different creatures and discovering past truths, I was already intrigued!

This story has a very slow and steady pace. There is never anything that goes too fast that you won’t be able to understand it in the end. I really liked that it was so steady, and it never dragged – which I was worried it would. I also really liked that we got to see quite a bit of Ava’s normal life before she gets dragged into something new.


I was a little at odds with the point of view switching. There are only ever two points of view, so it never gets confusing. But we switch to Ethan’s point of view about three times for only two short pages each time. I felt like it was kind of unnecessary and if we had the entire novel from Ava’s point of view, we wouldn’t be missing out on much either. But it didn’t disturb from the experience of reading this book.

The world building was done in a lot of detail and had to be my favourite thing about the novel. I loved seeing how everything worked. And we didn’t just get detail about the monsters, but also the flora and the fauna. The author really made sure we would understand everything.


One downside of the novel was that I didn’t really feel anything in particular for any of the characters. It wasn’t that they were badly developed or written, they just failed to capture my emotion in the way I usually would’ve liked. There was a romance between the protagonist and a love romance, but it was just alright. Not heart capturing or anything in particular.

I also felt like the ending was a little rushed. Towards the end of the book we have a lot of tension and rising action… all leading toward the climax. But when we get there, everything goes so fast and it’s all over in a couple of pages. Then the book just… ended! That was one point where I wished the author had taken a little more of her time.


All in all, it was a decent, good read. I really liked exploring the world and getting to see the story unfold. The author really knows how to pay attention to detail. I just wish things went a bit slower at the end, and the emotions dug a little bit deeper. 


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Olivia’s Question: If you could live in any world, which would you chose?


Olivia-Savannah x 

6 comments:

  1. I hate it when I don't feel anything for any of the characters. It makes it much harder to really enjoy the book. I am glad that you did find some good points. Great review!

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    1. I'm a character driven reader, so it really makes it hard for me! But it was enjoyable in other ways ^.^

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  2. I'm feeling boring tonight. I want to be right here with my family. They are my universe and stars. =)

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    1. That doesn't sound boring at all. You sound so content, it makes my heart happy <3

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  3. I love fantasy worlds so that would be perfect for me- magic and paranormal would be interesting!

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    1. I think you would love the brilliant world imagery and building :D

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