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Posted December 19, 2013
Young adult paranormal/horror with a bit of romance, Emily’s Trial was non-stop action from the first page to the last. This is one of those excellent stories where the characters are constantly moving and going and plotting—-never a dull moment. Although I enjoyed it immensely, I am giving it four out of five stars because Emily made me want to shake some sense into her. The plot was great and moved smoothly. The characters were all believable and empathetic. However, Emily, despite being a Celtic Priestess and possessing great powers, gave up too easily and begged when she should have been walking away. When Emily, her two best friends, her boy crush, and the mean girl from school step into a world of nightmares, Umbra Perdita, everyone begins turning on each other. Emily begs each of them for understanding and forgiveness when she realizes that she inadvertently sent them to a hellish world rather than the fantastic Netherworld. What she should have done, in my opinion, was to go about her business of rescuing her friends and getting them all back home without listening to the cruelty spilling from their mouths courtesy of Ciardha’s, evil ruler of Umbra Perdita’s, curse. Instead, she allowed them to break her spirit and her heart, ultimately bringing the Apocalypse to her own world. Aside from her negativity, Emily was a trooper, trying her hardest to rescue her unappreciative friends and putting herself in danger time and time again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2013
EMILY'S TRIAL is the second book in the "Akasha Chronicles" after Emily's House (The Akasha Chronicles)
Another great read in the growing series by Natalie. Well written with lots of suspense that kept me on the edge. The characters are becoming so real with wonderful descriptive action. Can't wait until the next in the series.
This is another gripping fantasy adventure with Emily and her 2 friends, Fanny and Jake, away in Netherworld. The journey begins with a high school prank and ends with the death of a new friend. Emily must make some hard choices in order to stop the Apocalypse she started, while the Goddess Brighid is imprisoned and helpless.
A well-written and captivating story. Highly recommended.
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Posted November 17, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this 2nd installment in the Akasha Chronicles series. We got to meet Emily in Emily’s House first (book 1), then we get this great adventure. I really enjoyed this book, I will say I liked it a lot more than the first book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the first one, but she is only 14 in that book, and I have a hard time relating to children that go off an do stuff that I can’t believe, like taking off to Ireland alone, with no adults, from America, sorry, just not happening, getting on a plane, and her one friend, Jake “borrowed” a passport, as he didn’t have one, and was able to convince them at the airline he was 18 and he is a small 14 year old? Yeah, didn’t believe that. BUT, in this book, its 2 years later, and this was a lot easier for me to relate to, and believe.
In this book, like I said, its 2 years later from when she first learned of being the descendant of a Celtic Priestess, meaning she is one now herself. We have some major adventures in this book, and she now has some really awesome powers. I will try to not say too much, so I won’t spoil anything from the first book Emily’s House.
I love the worldbuilding and imagery Natalie does with this story, it pulls you in, and you feel like you are there in the story with them. I love how we get to see how much Emily and her friends have grown so much, and really just get to know them.
This whole series is full of fun magick, faeries, sprites, you name it, we have it all, just about. I love it all. I fell in love with this world, like I did with the Iron Fey series I love so much. It gives me the feel good feeling when I step into this world in the same way the Iron Fey did. Don’t get me wrong, they are not alike or anything, just similar in the feel with the fey and all.
I was sure on the edge of my seat at times, as I got about halfway, when some major manipulation by the enemy happens for Emily to possibly loose her friends; I felt her fear and pain. It sure was suspenseful.
I highly recommend this series. It’s easy and fun to read, I know younger teens will really connect, but is still fun for all ages. Very well written.
5 out of 5 stars for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for a book tour with Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours.
Posted November 8, 2012
"Emily's Trial" is the second book in the Akasha Chronicles and continues where "Emily's Home" left off. Filled with magick you can not help but finish reading the book till your done. I love how Emily's character grows and look forward to more. You really need to read "Emily's Home" first in order to see who they are and how each character develops. *5 Stars*
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.