Trial by Fire – Joesphine Angelini

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. – Goodreads.com

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trial by Fire is the beginning of what looks to be a pretty epic series. I was so excited to receive a copy of this after requesting it on Netgalley. If you haven’t checked out Netgalley and you’re a book blogger, you need to.

I do kind of wish there was a bit more lead up in the start of the novel to establish relationships and a bit of backstory/empathy with the main character, but I think some gaps were filled throughout and I’m hopeful that this will be returned to in more detail in further novels.

Trial by Fire is based on a theory that I personally love, the idea that every decision made or not made creates a universe where the opposite choice exists. Even for things as trivial as choosing a flavour of icecream. One day you choose strawberry over chocolate and BAM there are now two universes, yours and the other where you chose chocolate which could lead your other self down a completely different path.

As you probably know by now, I love books about magic. And I’m a sucker for a little romance.

I’d recommend this book for more mature teens or young adults as it does have some intimacy and violence. I look forward to keeping up with the series!

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