Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel And Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.
Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.
Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.
But how can Lily be the savior of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
My Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I just have a hard time getting into books related to witches. I have no idea why because I like paranormal! I love books with vampires, warlocks, faeries, but witches, I just have yet to find that one I adore adore!
And while I liked Trial By Fire, I just didn’t love it. I hate that. I wanted it to be that one witch book I’d love to pieces. And I can see where tons of people will love it like that.
We are introduced to Lily who is in a world where she is constantly sick. She has a best friend named Tristan who is always there for her and her rock. She also has a sister. Well, things in her world go haywire and she gets the chance to walk into another way of life.
That is confusing, I know right? Well it’s pretty easy in the book. It explains it pretty well. Much better than I can. She’s thrown into this other place where there are the people she knows from her world. There’s Tristan and he’s pretty similar. A parallel universe I guess.
There’s also a boy named Rowan. I loved Rowan. He was probably my favorite character and the reason I wanted to keep reading. I never really connected to the world much but I did connect with his relationship with Lily and I had to see what would happen between them.
I did enjoy the plot and some of the characters but the world building was just a bit confusing for me.
Overall: It’s okay, I can’t give every single book 5 stars. If you like books related to witches you’ll probably love this one but me, I’m still going to hope I can someday find a witch book I love!!! I’m still going to read the second in the series to see what happens though to Lily and all the characters. I’d say this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating!
Cover: I love the cover. It’s what made me want to read it!
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