Trapped in Silver [Book Review]

Trapped in Silver [Book Review]
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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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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: If you could live in any world, which
would you chose?

Olivia-Savannah x 


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