Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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 saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
Release Date: August 28th 
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the review copy in exchange for my honest review.

 Welcome to the world of witches and parallel universes! Or not so welcome for Lily Proctor, a girl with allergies that ravage her body and stop her from living the life she has always wanted. Called by a mysterious, yet familiar voice she jumps into the unknown. I always find parallel universes confusing especially when you have people that share the same name, though not necessarily the same personality, so bare that in mind when you start reading.
Lily has a crazy mother, an older sister and an absent father.  Her best friend is Tristan, the playboy of Salem Massachusetts yet who cares deeply for Lily’s well-being and takes her to her first ever high school party. Samantha, her mother has lost her sane mind and speaks of events which have never happened, yet she believes they have albeit in an alternate world. Juliet her sister is loving and protective of Lily, even when going out with Tristan she worries about her.

Lily is tricked into going to an alternate world and learn why she is ill in hers yet powerful in this world. The story follows her trying to find her way home as well as what people wanting to catch her are planning. As the story heats up, there will be battles and burnings all told from a beautiful narrative. 

This story is full of action and characters which you grow to love and hate. Lily herself evolves from this little weak, ill girl into a more confident and able person who still has the compassion and willingness to love in her heart. As she faces trials and as well as learning how to control her powers she also fights for others and what she believes in. 

Rowan, her faithful trainer looks after and cares for her well-being, he understands why it is hard and also cares for the decisions she makes, not what he wants her to do. His close-friends Caleb and Tristan understand why he looks after her the way he does and as the story progresses, they play a pivotal supporting role to Lily and Rowan. 

Josephine writes in an engaging and personal manner which draws you into the book, you get to understand why her characters are doing what they are and you get a real sense of the world they are in, as well as the other worlds they are trying to avoid becoming. She is also has a talent for characters, each and everyone of them was fleshed out and made into someone a reader can emotionally invest in. 

She also manages to work the world-walker angle in a clear and intelligent way, in such while reading you are aware there are multiples of everyone, and some are in this world, right now, yet you also understand them to be different people who have taken decisions that lead them to where they are now. This saves the confusion of a who’s who throughout the book, which is essential in any well written book.

Overall this book had be gripped from the first chapter, right on till the last page. And you know, maybe the Samantha isn’t quite as crazy as you thought.


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