I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan on September 2nd, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But 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 cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.
What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
Lily is allergic to a lot of things, weak and constantly sickened by her allergies, her bright spot in life is her best friend Tristan. Taking her to her first house party, he abandons her for some other girl and she ends up having a seizure from a drink filled with alcohol. As the alcohol threatens her weak body, she finds herself transported into another world. Except this world, there’s another Lily who is the most powerful witch in the universe. She finds herself allying with another version of Tristan and Rowan, to help them against the monsters that hunt their very land.
So there were a lot of bad bits about this book that I have to say. Racist remarks of Native American Indians deemed as “savages” made me feel uncomfortable. If Lily is such a good person, why didn’t she question this at all? Every time she transmutes energy into power for her claimed, she always wants to take them over. And it’s the same statement over and over again. Then they all turn into Supermen and start to pull apart limbs. I was kind of horrified about that. I found it vaguely interesting that there the ruling classes were divided between the poor and wealthy. And that the poor were people of colour or mixed races. What I also didn’t like was that it was one long info dumping session. It just kept going on and on and I was trying to remember everything, but there was a lot to go through.
There was a scene where they were teaching her to harness her power by painting runes on her naked body. And I couldn’t understand why it was part of her magic? I also can’t help but laugh every time she wanted to touch their willstone. Because to me, claiming sounds just like having one-night stands and all these witches were vying for poor Rowan’s attention. I couldn’t understand the romance at all. I rolled my eyes when there were always stuck together. One sentence described as his “skin whispering to her.” I could barely stomach it. And even though there is a slight love triangle, I still want to know about Rowan and the other universe.
The wonderful bits? Even though this world is different than ours, it still had its creative elements. My favourite is bio-luminescent trees that glow only at night. The parallel universe, how different their lives are, the magic and even the world that wasn’t quite like ours. There is also something about her writing that made me devour the book in two sittings.
Love triangle, parallel universes, automatic witchy powers and oh yes the world is going to end. Pick this one up for the lovely universe, but I do have to warn you there are a lot of cheesy romance bits that I couldn’t accept.