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Oct 3, 2014

ARC Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Pages: 374
My rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC
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.


First off, I wanted to thank the author for the chance to win this signed ARC from her blog. 
I wasn’t lucky with Starcrossed, the only book I read by Josephine Angelini. I don’t really know if it was the translation (I read it in Spanish), but I couldn’t connect with any character and I didn’t like the writing. However, everything I read about this new book was amazing and I really wanted to give it a try.

I’m not sure what to say about this book, so let’s start with the good.
Trial by Fire was completely different from everything I’ve read before. Josephine Angelini did a great job with the 3rd person POV and the world-building. In fact, what everyone told me about the world-building was completely right. I fell in love with this twisted and wicked Salem. Everything was well explained and seemed realistic.
The characters were likable and well created. Lily is a strong and loving protagonist and Rowan is simply the best love interest ever!

The bad.  
Every good thing I have to say about this book is about the world-building and the characters. I was blown away by it. It was spectacular.
BUT the pacing was too slow and it was full of info-dumping.
I felt like it had many unnecessary scenes and explanations, and after all, there’ll be more sequels, so she could have added them in the next book. I’m sad to say some parts were, well… boring.

However, I enjoyed the book and I found it interesting and unique. I hope book 2 has more action, because I really want to discover all the secrets and find out how things end.
I give Trial by Fire 4 stars for its originality and amazing ending!



  1. Hmm. So it's a mixed bag. I loved Starcrossed. I just haven't managed to finish the trilogy. I picked up this ARC at BEA, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I love the cover. Now that I actually have time to read, I should try to get to this sooner rather than later. Thanks!

    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book overall! I really enjoyed it, so my 4-star-review was super positive. I didn't necessarily love Starcrossed (the only one of that series that I read), but I really like Angelini's new series.

    Excellent review, Lis!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I definitely see your point -- there was a lot of information about alt-Salem conveyed through big chunks of dialogue -- but I also appreciated the fact that this wasn't one of those first books in a trilogy where nothing gets explained and you are told to just "wait until the next book."
    Really liked this one!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. Great review Lis, I also gave this one 4 stars and even if I agree that sometimes the pacing slowed down a bit, I didn't mind the info dumping as much cause I was utterly fascinated with the world building and I wanted to know more!


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