Title: When our Worlds Collide by Kellie Wallace
Published: January 3rd 2017 by Limitless Publishing
Page Count: 282
Where’d I Get It: Quirky Blind Date (eARC)
Rating: 2 stars
As one city’s fate hangs in the balance, a woman’s destiny is about to be determined…
Amira Frost is forced to watch her home be invaded by the warmonger state, Argos. Divided into multiple class zones, the city’s once peaceful existence is threatened.
When an opportunity arises for Amira to get close to the General, she accepts with the hope that her new position as his personal food taster can help reclaim the municipality, but she is pulled deeper into his regime than she initially anticipated.
For every controlling force, a resistance is born…
The Ravens’ elusive leader, Grayson Roe, has one goal—to lead the resistance to victory against the barbaric military. Dedicated and ruthless, he sets out to use Amira to their advantage by offering her a proposal she’s unable to refuse.
Nothing will stop him from regaining control over his city and its people—not even the dark haired beauty whose loyalty seems questionable.
A city threatens to fall and a decision needs to be made…
As the battle rages, Amira is caught between two opposing forces and reevaluates her allegiance when her loyalty is tested. Her home is under attack, her friends and family are dying, and she is faced with a grueling decision that has the power to save or bring down an entire city.
When worlds collide, she must choose between saving her home or surrendering to the one man who threatens to destroy it all—including her.
I participated this month in something called Quirky Blind Date with A Book, hosted by The Quirky Bibliophile and helped by one of my buddies from that time we used to go to Wizard Rock stuff, The Unapologetic Book Addict . Jenn was actually the one to introduce me to it and this is my first month participating. The basic premise is you get several sentence long descriptions of books and pick one, and then you get that book for an honest review. It’s a great idea, honestly, and a fun way to be introduced to indie authors.
Okay, as for the book itself. Let’s see if I can get out a review that makes sense, because golly, I think I’m coming down with something.
Our main character’s name is Amira, the seaside country she lives in has been overtaken by a regime of Argos soldiers. The leader of these soldiers, General Knox, a large man who kills on a whim, occupies a hastily built complex with the rest of his soldiers. Amira’s family, her father working in government, her mother hating the occupation and the government for allowing it, and her little brother, live in a well to do area well above a regular station for Amira’s father’s line of work. When this is pointed out to Amira, she’s also given the choice to become a food taster for the General or see her family moved to the slums.
She of course accepts, because how could you not, and is joined by three other girls as food tasters for the General to make sure his meals aren’t sabotaged. When tasting goes awry, Amira is whisked away unexpectedly to be General Knox’s new secretary. From there she’s whisked even farther, recruited by Grayson Roe, leader of the resistance to ferry information and poison General Knox.
The book continues, with Amira debating to herself about killing a man, while General Knox tries to actively pursue her for a liaison. This is where I feel the book starts getting rushed and falls apart. There’s a lot to tell and characters’ motivations, feelings, and general traits get lost in the jumble.
Amira finds herself in relationships with both men, and learns things about them that neither seem to sway her feelings one way or another, and the eventual fights that break out are inconsequential and go exactly the way you think they should.
Case and point for this characterization issue. At the beginning of the book it’s clear that Meg, Grayson Roe’s second in command, is smitten with him. As the book progresses, you’re just supposed to remember that without being intricately told, and the subsequent short scenes become muddled and awkward. When Meg confronts Roe about Amira, nude, basically throwing herself at him, it sounds hollow and weak. Grayson dismisses her within the paragraph. When Meg then tries to kill Amira to get her love, she is no longer painted as the friend-zoned, spurned lover, but just another plot obstacle that is there to try and hamper Amira.
General Knox also suffers from this, painted as a hard man who kills anyone who defies him, he finds Amira after the ultimate betrayal and only kind of chokes her out, never finishes her off. I feel like he would, were he not forced to spare her via plot.
The sex scenes in this book were awkward at best. I’ve read some clinically bad, some euphemistically lacking, and somewhere the author clearly needs a thesaurus and to stop using ‘spilling’, but these were straddling the line between 50s pan away and an actual sex scene and seemed to “blah, blah, blah” and pick up whenever the author so choose. I’m still unsure if anyone but Knox orgasmed (once for sure) and the flowery imagery got so jumbled at points that in one scene I wasn’t sure if Greyson Roe was just humping her leg or what, because she left abruptly, but I’m unsure at which point during the sexytimes?
Anyway, I guess I just expected a lot more from this book and didn’t get it. It does have a lot of potential. Maybe if it was more than one book? Maybe if it were longer? It didn’t even reach 300 pages. I don’t know. As is, it didn’t do it for me.