BOOK REVIEW: The Fear Trials – by Lindsay Cummings


Title: The Fear Trials
(The Murder Complex #0.5)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Thriller, Novella
First published: May 17th 2014
Finished reading: October 29th 2015 
Pages: 100
Rating 4,5qqq

“We have choices. We can die, or we can choose to fight so that we may live.”


In a way I wish I would have read this prequel novella a lot sooner, because it would have definitely convinced me to pick up the first book right away. The Fear Trials is entertaining for those who have already read The Murder Complex (like me) or perfect for those who are not completely convinced they want to read the series. I agree The Fear Trials is not for everyone and those who don’t like violent stories are probably better off staying away from this one. But if you like a good dystopian thriller this series is perfect. Both the plot, worldbuilding and the characters are very well done and it shows even in this short novella. It is the perfect teaser for those who are thinking of trying this series and I would definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy the genre. Lindsay Cummings‘ writing is excellent and you won’t be disappointed!


Meadow Woodson has been trained by her father to survive in a dystopian world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. As a rite of passage in their family, Meadow has to complete the Fear Trials with his brother as her competition. The trials are supposed to harden her and prepare her for the violent world outside of their houseboat… Her brother doesn’t seem strong enough to do what he must do, but will Meadow end up being strong like her father? Will she be able to complete the fear trials en finally claim her own weapon?


The Fear Trials gives you a glimpse of the violent and crazy dystopian world the main characters have to survive in every day. The worldbuilding is very well done (even in this novella), the prose is excellent and the pace is fast. If you enjoy dystopian thrillers and don’t mind a healthy dose of violence, you will probably love this series. And even if you are not fully convinced, this short novella is the perfect way to find out if this story is for you. Recommended!

WWW Wednesdays #63 – November 4th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.



I’m about 60% into The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle and while it’s not a mindblowing read, the general plot is interesting enough for me to keep reading. I will probably end up finishing it later today… I still haven’t continued with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; not because I’m not enjoying it, but there are a few other books I want to finish first before fully commiting to this giant.



Three books and a novella this week; not bad at all…
* The first is The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings; an excellent prequel novella that gives the perfect introduction to the story and will convince you to read the rest of the series.
* Next up is Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, a novel that kept popping up at my TBR lists and finally decided to pick up. Not a bad read, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it either…
* I then decided to read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey since it was the last title on my October TBR I hadn’t started yet. I know other people love this series, but I wasn’t convinced by the sequel either.
* After two mediocre reads, I wanted something good and decided to pick up the Anna sequel Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake. While not as good as the first book, this one is still really good!



As soon as I finish The Valentine Circle, I will either start Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Basically I’m superexcited to read both and I will be having a hard time deciding which one to pick up first. I also want to read Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling since it’s nominated for the Goodreads Choice awards… And my new TBR jar pick is Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

WWW Wednesdays #62 – October 28th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.



I have finally started reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, although it’s still too early to say if I like it better than the first one. I’ve also started the prequel novella The Fear Trials by Lindsey Cummings… I’m going to try and finish this series ASAP. And I’ve put Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on hold until November because there is no way I will be able to finish it before the end of the month anyway. It’s not that I don’t like it so far though!



I didn’t have that much time to read last week and I was also quite distracted by my new food blog Easy Peasy Delicious Food, so I only managed to finish three books.
* The first is The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, a read I really enjoyed and I will be reading the sequel soon as well.
* Next up was Ochoco Reach by Jim Stewart, a very entertaining and well written read.
* Last but not least: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Quite a short read, but not as good as I hoped for.



I really want to read Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake… I loved the first book and reading this one also means I will finish another series. Although I might give in and start yet another series first with Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender… I should also read Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver since it has been appearing on my monthly TBR and WWW posts for ages. The last one, The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle, is still my latest TBR jar pick I will most likely put on hold until the month is over.