The Onyx Vial

If you guys remember, not that long ago I participated/bought my first blind date with a book through thebookishbox. The book I received was The Onyx Vial by Alexis Lampley.


Synopsis (from Goodreads): “Fifteen-year-old Ariana Emory hides a rare and forbidden talent: she creates portals between worlds in the pages of books. These portal books are dangerous. But to Ariana, they are freedom. Her world is one of several ruled by a tyrant king. The books are banned and burned, their creators along with them. She wants nothing more than to keep creating them, so that her fellow countrymen can have means of escape and, if she succeeds, rebellion. Driven by that desire, Ariana disregards the dangers and entangles herself in a rebel society’s plot to regain freedom. Along the way, her fate collides with Hunter Woodworth and Killian Fyrenn, identical twin sons of the king.”

Review: I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads but mainly because this is the author’s first book. But to be honest, I found some parts lacking. The only character I really liked was Killian, the way Lampsley portrayed him, and with his mystery left me wanting to know more. But I was not a fan of Hunter or any of the other characters. When the bookishbox mentioned that it would be good for LOTR fans, I was expecting something with more adventure, like a quest, but this story was instead setting up for a quest that will happen later on. While the different worlds was an interesting connection, and how each have their own kind of magic, I felt a little bored and even though there will be more in this series, I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy it.

What did you guys think? Have you read this one before? Am I the only who felt like something was missing? Maybe it’s my reading slump…


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