Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial By Fire
(The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
by Josephine Angelini
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Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781250050885
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: From Publisher for Review

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This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But 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 cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected. (Goodreads)
I was super excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Trial By Fire, as I adore Josephine Angelini’s ‘Starcrossed’ series and I couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for us next. I was definitely not disappointed by this new book! It made for a fascinating read.

After being humiliated by her best friend, who is also her long time crush, Lily Proctor has had enough. Tired of being sick and overlooked all the time, she wants nothing more than to just disappear. When she hears a little voice asking her if she was ready, she gives in, and finds herself in a world that is so unlike the one she knew before.

When we first meet Lily in the book, she is a sickly and fragile character whose life-threatening allergies keep her from being a normal teenager. But once she enters this new world, things start to change for her dramatically. Not only is she no longer plagued by the allergies that held her back before, but she realizes just how strong she really is and all the things that she could never do before. I loved watching Lily bloom into this stronger character. She turned into a really kick-butt heroine.

Roman is the main love interested in the story, and he is oh so swoon-worthy. I loved his interactions with Lily and how he taught her so much about becoming a witch. They were a really great, strong couple. Not only was Roman a great character, but there were SO many other great secondary characters in the story that I grew to love. And a few I even grew to hate.

The storyline for the book was fascinating, and kept me engrossed throughout the whole book. I’ve always been an infatuated by the witches, and especially the Salem Witches. And while Salem Witches is the background for the story, I really love that Angelini took the subject and made it all her own. I also really enjoyed the uniqueness of the story, and can honestly say that I’ve not read anything like this before. I loved it!

Overall; Trial By Fire is the wonderful beginning of a very promising series! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the series, as I must know what is going to happen next for these characters!


  1. Glad you enjoyed this one! I agree, this book was fascinating, especially Angelini's take on witches. I never knew quite what to expect from this book!

    Nice review :)

  2. I wasn't sure how I would like this book from the cover and synopsis, but your review makes me interested now! I'm not much into witch stories, but if there is a great romance, than I'm sold! :) Great review!


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