Book Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Pan MacMillian
Pages: 373 pages
R.R.P: $16.99

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 saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My review
Thoughts on the book: If ever there was a first book in a series that will have you captivated from the start, Trial by Fire is it. From the first page we are lead on a mystifying journey through two different worlds, one in a world where everything is as we know it and another the same world but very different, a world where Magic is everywhere. We are introduced to our main character Lily in the world as we know it. Here she is very sick and none knows what is wrong with her. Suddenly after one eventful night where everything she knew is turned on its head after a major betrayal, Lily goes down to the beach to get away. Suddenly she is whisked away to another world where everything is the same but also very different. In this new world there is a girl who is her in everyday but people in this new world call her Lillian and she is the most feared person on the planet. Suddenly Lily basically has to relearn everything she knew and decide if she is the same as the Lillian in this world or if she is a far stronger and better leader for this world.

I am in love with this series. It took me a long time to read this book, well over a week, but that was because I would put the book down because I really wanted to saviour it and saviour it I did. I really can't describe how much I fell in love with the alternative world that the author wrote about and all the different views she made on everyday things. All of the main characters were very strong, independent, loveable and will have you wishing for the strong friendships that Lilly comes to have. Lily herself is by far the strongest character. I don't know many people who would do the things that she does in the book, especially what she does at the end. I don't want to give to much away about Lily though as you really have to read about her yourself. She is defiantly one of my top female characters for the year.

May be a bit of a spoiler here
There is a bit towards the end of the book where Lily mentions that when she was a kid that she had gone to Witch's End (Fat Man's Misery in her world) with Tristan and that after visiting this place was when she started to get sick in her world. I'm wondering whether maybe when she went there she had been swapped with the Lillian from her world and that's why she got sick because she couldn't really cope in this new world. Hmm something to think about and find out with the next two books in the series which I can't wait to read.

Rating: 5/5