Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini Book Review



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?


Josephine Angelini you did it again! And I think this one was better than the Starcrossed books!

Lily Proctor is literally allergic to everything. She’s in love with her best friend Tristan, who is literally a man whore, and she’s going to her first ever high school party… AS HIS GIRLFIREND (sort of!)

But it ends in disaster when Lily has her heart broken when she catches Tristan fooling around with another girl in the bathroom, her drink gets spiked with alcohol and she literally has an attack that almost kills her in front of the entire school. So when she starts hearing a voice telling her that she can leave she says Yes.

Believing that she was delirious when she heard the voice, Lily wakes up in another world, another Salem. She thinks her mind is tripping due to the drugs the doctor must have given her but when she realises that that isn’t the case, that she’s actually in another world and someone is mistaking her for the Lady of Salem… well that’s when everything goes wrong.

Her other self, Lillian, is a powerful witch. And people do not like her. So when Lily comes face to face with her, she runs. Only for Lillian’s enemy, Rowan Fall, to come after her and try to kill her.

But when they realise the truth, that she’s another version of Lillian, Rowan reluctantly agrees to help her manifest her powers.

In the other Salem, there’s also another Tristan, but Lily doesn’t know if she can trust this one either, not after they way her Tristan treated her in the other Salem. But she doesn’t have to find out because she falls completely in love with Rowan… who seems to hate her because of who she looks like…

But does her really hate her?

Can Lily be just as powerful as Lillian?

And can she make her way back home?


I’m in love with this book.

A lot more in love than I was with the Starcrossed books.

Everything about it was just brilliant.

Josephine Angelini is a brilliant writer, and so visual in her words. I imagined I was there in both Salem’s throughout the entire book.

I liked how she did the transition of weak Lily in the real Salem, to strong powerful Lily in the alternative Salem. I loved how her powers manifested so quickly, how more powerful she became throughout it. She was no longer this sickly girl who probably would have to live the rest of her life in a bubble.

And Rowan Fall… OH HOT DAMN.

That boy is seriously HOT!

I could understand why he didn’t trust Lily to begin with and I loved how you saw how he started to change her mind about her and how wrong and horrible and sorry he felt for the way he treated her in the beginning.

I love all things Witchy so this book was just amazing to read. The powers that Lily held inside her, the Witch Wind, the way she Claimed others with their Will-stones, how every seemed to want a bit of her for something but she chose what she wanted to fight for.



Because it worked!

That ending was one major Cliff-hanger and I NEED THE SECOND BOOK NOW!

I don’t want to wait!

In all serious though this book was brilliant. When some people write a good first trilogy sometimes its hard for them to follow up with another one but Josie definitely did that. It was a real spectacular, finger nail biting, romance, fighting and magic filled book that it was hard to put down.

5 out of 5 stars for this book .



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