Sunday, 21 December 2014

Review - Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1) by Josephine Angelini

Title: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Pages: 384
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 28th August 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*

2.5/5 stars

Lily Proctor's life has never been normal thanks to allergies that can be so severe that she has seizures. Lily convinces Tristan, her best friend and new boyfriend, to take her to a party where Lily is humiliated. When Lily hears a voice in her head, a voice that sounds just like her own, asking if she wants to leave, she says yes.
Lily finds herself in a different Salem, a Salem where there are powerful witches, the most powerful being Lillian, Lily's alternate self in that universe. In a world that she doesn't understand, Lily finds herself in danger. Will Lily be able to get back home?

I loved the Starcrossed series so I was really looking forward to reading this. The blurb was intriguing - what sounds better than an alternate universe where there are witches? Unfortunately, I found this disappointing. The premise was interesting and I thought the book started off well but I soon found myself getting bored. The middle really dragged for me even though I did find certain aspects interesting like the willstones. The ending was quite good but I'm not sure I liked the book enough overall to continue with the series.
The characters were okay but I didn't really connect with any of them except maybe Juliet, Lillian/Lily's sister.

Overall this was an okay read that I couldn't connect with and found disappointing.