Book Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Posted July 17, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine AngeliniTrial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Macmillan on 2014-09-02
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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.In Josephine Angelini's Trial by Fire, 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.

I have to say that I was extremely disappointed in “Trial by Fire” by Josephine Angelini. I really think this novel could have been a whole lot better. I felt like all it did was drag on and on. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and truthfully I felt very lost most of the time.

Lily is allergic to basically everything so everyone babies her. Her sister Juliet and her best friend Tristan try to look out for her and make sure that nothing happens since Lily is prone to having seizures. Lily has always had the biggest crush on her best friend Tristan and now Tristan is starting to notice her too. When Lily thinks that Tristan and her are going to finally make that big step he finds out that he is screwing around with his ex-girlfriend. With the shock of catching Tristan and Molly together and the large amount of alcohol that Lily consumed, she panic and was thrown into a seizure in front of all her classmates.

When Lily hears a voice in her dreams, she gives the voice permission to take her away into another world making Lily a worldwalker. Then Lily is faced to face with herself but it isn’t a dream, there really is two Lily’s. One Lily goes by “Lily” and the other one goes by Lillian. Lillian is a witch and she needs Lily’s help to save her. Lily runs away being frightened about where she is and what is going to happen. Lily runs into Rowan and Rowan mistakes her for Lillian. Now there is a whole mess about what is going to happen now that there is two girls that look exactly alike. Lily isn’t in her Salem anymore she is in an alternate universe Salem.

The synposis really drew me in. I wanted to know what “Trial by Fire” was really about. It sounded so interesting. The first two chapters were intriging. The farther I got into the novel the more board I became. I felt like the plot was moving so slow. Most of the book was Lily and Rowan arguing over and over agian. I feel like this novel really could have been better. The characters could have been more fleshed out so that way the reader could truly connect with the character. I really don’t feel like I know much about any of the characters not to mention none of them seem real. I like my characters to feel like they are real.

Even though I was disappointed. I believe this triology has some real potentional. Just because I didn’t like this one doesn’t mean I won’t continue the series. I want to see how it may improve or see if I can get a better understanding of the characters. The series may get better. If you like witches and want to see how an alternate universe may work, this would definitely be the story for you.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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