Publication Date: September 2, 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
[Special thanks to Swoon Reads! I won an ARC of this book from the #10WordLoveStory contest.]
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.
An intriguing gothic book…
The cover, the title, and the theme of the book itself made me curious. And when I finally had the time to start reading, I entered the world–no–worlds that Josephine created.
I do not regret anything.
As Lily found herself in a new world, so did I. There were a lot of times when I felt like I’m Lily. In the first quarter of the book, I found myself in her shoes. Not that I have allergies or something–I just felt the same way towards people.
Self-preservation. Lily doesn’t have many friends because she just wanted to have real friends. After all, what’s the use of having tons of fake friends? #JustSayin’
Lily had some issues with her family too, especially her mother, but all the questions that Lily (and I) had in mind were answered one by one as the story progressed.
Multiple universes for the win!
I like the idea of having multiple universes, of the possibility of having multiple versions of oneself. Josephine opened a new door for my imagination, and I love her for that. I’ve always wondered about the possibility of the impossible, and this book showed something like that.
Character spotlight–Rowan Fall ❤
Rowan Fall reminded me of two fictional boys that I happen to love so much. Perry from Under the Never Sky and Four from Divergent. Perry and Four are just the top two boys on my list of fictional boyfriends. Kian from Mortal Danger is on the third spot, and now, on the fourth, is Rowan.
I like how the story reminded me of other stories that I’ve read before–Trial by Fire was an interesting mix of interesting stories. But…I just have to say that the chapters were too long. I hate long chapters. They make me feel like I’m not getting anywhere. In a chapter, there were multiple scenes, and if those scenes were the chapters themselves, I wouldn’t have given a Chapter Length Demerit to this book. (Yeah, it’s sad that I have to give that demerit.)
There were a lot of swoony moments courtesy of Rowan (I love swoony moments!) and there were sudden plot twists that kept me going on.
The fourth quarter of the book raised so many questions about Lillian and it was my favorite part. Thumbs up for making me want more!
Trial by Fire is a great start for a trilogy. My hands are already itching for the next book, because of that ending.
Initial Rating: 4.375/5
FINAL RATING: 4.63
Your worst enemy will always be yourself.