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.
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Ms Angelini has done a wonderful job of world building. Definitely the strong point for this book. The landscape is the same but everything else has changed. That by itself was enough to keep me interested.
The characters are also fully fleshed out with all their strengths and weakness making them real and interesting. Lily is a very strong character which she would have had to be to survive her handicaps in her own world. Rowan is delectable and someone I wouldn't mind meeting in my world. Tristan and Caleb also add to the storyline.
I did enjoy TRIAL BY FIRE but I didn't find anything in it to 'wow' me. I am not champing at the bit waiting impatiently for the the next book. Still I would recommend it to my readers who enjoy alternate world stories. It is suitable for readers of all ages since there isn't any sex though it is mentioned.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.