Trial by Fire
Summary: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
The flames rise, and I twist and scream, trying to get away, but the iron shackles on my wrist keep me bound to this stake.
I’m a witch. And witches burn.
This was definitely not what I was expecting from the summary, but it was a quick and entertaining read nonetheless, despite any flaws it had. Filled with a fantastic variety of magic, fantasy and a hint of science, Josephine Angelini will transport you into Salem alongside her vivacious cast of characters.
Lily Proctor’s potentially fatal allergies have kept her experiencing a typical teenage life; so she is determined to enjoy herself at her first high school party. She doesn’t last long, though, as almost immediately, she is thrown into an embarrassing situation, and all she wants is to simply disappear. And then she does.
Her skin pricking with a preternatural sense of wrongness, Lily turned and looked behind her. She was still in Salem. The shape of the shoreline, as familiar to her as the whirls of her own thumbprint, told her that.
She just wasn’t in her Salem anymore.
Transported into an alternative Salem ruled by witches and magic, Lily finds out that the leader of this universe is none other than her doppelgänger Lillian. But Lillian has a plan to destroy the world, and it’s up to Lily to stop her before it’s too late.
Lily herself was what bothered me here. She a strong protagonist and I admired her ability to fight for what she believed in, but I found her to be a bit of a special snowflake. She’s oblivious to anything and everyone but herself (and the love interest), and I found it a bit annoying at times.
It’s unfortunate, but there is a love triangle here, and I didn’t really feel much for it. It was quite cliché and underwhelming and seemed to be there for the single purpose of pleasing the intended audience; and neither of the love interests had the chemistry with Lily that I would have liked.
While it may sound like this is something to be avoided because of the special snowflake protagonist and love triangle, I would definitely say it’s not something to write off completely either. The story itself is entertaining and shows great originality and promise and is certainly entertaining, but I can’t say the same for the execution.
Also, you’d think that a book about witches SET IN SALEM would have some mention of the Salem Witch Trials, but, strangely, that’s never addressed.