Friday, 2 October 2015

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire
by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Ebook
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

“There comes a day when every girl loses the stars in her eyes. 
And then she can see clearly.” 

Really, cupcakes, I have no idea why I waited so long to read Josephine Angelini's Trial by Fire. I'm ashamed and need to be punished. Take the cupcakes, take all the cupcakes, because candidly, this book was pretty darn amazing.

Life is an epic wormhole of suck for Lily Proctor. No, seriously, it's dreadful for the poor girl. All her life she's had to suffer from life-threatening allergies, and if it weren't for her gorgeous best friend and longtime crush Tristan, her life in Salem would be monotonous. However, when Lily finds her self in the middle of a humiliating incident, Lily begins to wish that she would disappear. That one thought, and the help of a certain someone, pulls Lily out of the Salem she's always known and into an alternate version of her hometown where witches and magic exists.

“The people who love you will guide you like bright lights into the other worlds.” 

In the name of all that is Rowan - I loved it. I really didn't expect to, not because of the synopsis but because of it's overall rating among the online bookish community. Witches in YA has always been rough for yours truly. It's always a love/hate relationship, and I'm constantly begging for something that doesn't fall into the stereotypical witchy mold. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini is unique in that aspect. A pleasing and refreshing take on witchcraft with a twist of world hopping.

Lily Proctor wasn't a character I connected with or enjoyed immediately. In fact, she had to grow on me quite a bit before reaching the end of the novel. The only characters that truly captured my interest were Lillian, Juliet, Rowan, Samantha, Caleb and Tristan. There's so much more to these characters than Trial by Fire unveils. For most of them, their motives remained unclear by the end of Trial by Fire, and as for the others I felt the desperate need to take a look further into their past.

Trial by Fire, the first book in Josephine Angelini's Worldwalker trilogy, was a surprising and refreshing read. I highly recommend it to readers who are looking for a unique take on the world of witches and are looking for a brand new series to fall in love with.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I purchased the paperback the other day when you mentioned it's gorgeous new cover on Twitter. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Great review Wendy! I hope you do a review on Firewalker as well. Have you read it yet? I'm waiting to read this series until it's over but I keep hearing great things.

    1. Yes, I will! Stay tuned for the Fierce Reads blog tour post on Monday =D

  3. I'm a new follower

    I loved Trial by Fire too and adore the new covers.

  4. I'm relieved to hear that you've enjoyed it. It's one of my favorite books from her.

  5. good review today
    id like to take the time to read this soon

  6. So glad you loved this!! I wasn't sure I would like it but I definitely fell hard... especially Rowan. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on what happens next with these characters!!!