Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book Review: Emily's Trial (The Akasha Chronicles #2) by Natalie Wright

Emily’s Trial
By Natalie Wright
Published by Boadicea Press
Published: Dec. 19, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Two years ago, Emily journeyed to Ireland and became a modern Celtic Priestess. Emily was entrusted with the powerful magic of the ancient golden torc, forged by faerie hands and fused to her soul.

But even a Priestess can know desire, feel temptation, and yearn for love. Will passion entice Emily to use the sacred magic in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a 

world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily's Trial?

The Journey Continues . . .

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My Thoughts:

In Emily’s Trial, Emily and her friends are now sixteen. Natalie Wright has done a credible job in “aging” her characters. They sound and act like sixteen-year-olds. They have the same insecurities and hormonal drives that all teenagers do. Couple that with magical powers and you’re in for a wild ride.

After returning from Ireland in the previous book, two years have passed and life has gone on pretty much as normal. Emily has grown a little careless with her abilities, and uses them to amuse herself. She has also started looking around at the boys with interest and wishes she could get to know Owen Breen much better. But Owen is a senior and wouldn’t give her, a junior, the time of day.

When Emily decides to use her magic to play a trick on Greta, another student who always calls her “Freak Girl”, Fanny and Jake get upset with her for “stooping to Greta’s level”. It seems not all is going perfectly well among the three friends.

This incident brings Emily to Owen’s attention and to Emily’s surprise and delight, Owen asks Emily on a date! One thing leads to another and he talks her into opening a portal and taking her to the Netherworld. Sadly for them, that’s not where they end up.

Along with Jake and Fanny, and stowaway Greta, Emily and Owen arrive not in the Netherworld but in the Umbra Perdita, ruled by Ciardha. This is a place where your nightmares become reality.

Natalie Wright has the ability to write with detail, making it easy to visualize the words on the page and “see” what is happening. You can almost smell the sulfurous air in the Umbra Perdita.

There was a lot of action in this book, and it moved along at a nice steady pace.

I didn’t really care for the swearing that the teens used in their speech. I have to admit though, that with many teens in today’s day and age it is pretty common.

I thought that this book showed what happens when we let things like pride and selfishness get in the way; how it damages our relationships and how we’d best think about our actions and their consequences before we do something that we know we are going to regret. If Emily had done that, she might not have used her dagger for selfish purposes as she was warned not to by the goddess. It cost her more than she could have imagined.

I thought this was unique novel with an interesting way of presenting its themes. I gave this novel 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author, Natalie Wright for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:
Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can't resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.
Natalie spent her formative years on a farm in Ohio living in a creaky old farmhouse, gathering natural clay and crawdads from the creek, and using the moss growing on the rocks in the woods as a carpet for her Barbie dolls. It was a fertile environment for an active imagination and an inquisitive mind.
Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She is, however, a city girl at heart and vows never to live anyplace for long where she can’t get take-out food delivered to her door. Natalie finds inspiration in travels and the desert environment of her home in Tucson, Arizona where she lives with her husband, young daughter and her dog Molly.
"Books are my friends, ideas my passion."
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  1. Thank you for your review and for bringing attention to the series :-)