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Sage Keeper of the Lost Cities. See all 19 questions about Trial by Fire…. Lists with This Book. Sep 27, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok. On a bad day, her fever could shoot up as high as degrees. Well, it didn't make me want to kill myself. In the interest of transparency, I'm going to tell you guys up front. I'm seriously fucking drunk right now.
I've drank half a bottle of Riesling and I'm just making inroads into a bottle of gin. This isn't going to be one of my better reviews, because, hello, I'm typing it on my iPhone at 1: This is one of those times where I'm like "thank god for autocorrect. Let's get on with this thing. Since I am, once again, typing this thing on my fucking iPhone, there is going to be a severe lack of my signature quotes.
I can assure you that I can back up every single fucking claim I make later on I work in the legal industry. I know my shit, and I know how to cover my ass and back up every fucking claim I make because in the legal industry, one learns very quickly that if you don't back up your shit, you lose money. But this was not a good book. It was not a great book. It was one of those books that I knew for sure I was going to hate, 10 pages into it.
It was a fucking disappointment because I really enjoyed Angelini's Starcrossed series, despite Helen "Heavenly" Hamilton, or whatever her name was. To keep it brief, there's 3 things wrong with this book. A Mary Sue why am I even attempting html at a time like this? A love triangle and a romance that iswhile not insta-love--is completely unnatural, completely forced, and needlessly sexual in nature.
It's sexual healing , that's what it was. Let's keep it mercifully brief so I can bitch about the main character. Lily has always been different, special. A beautiful girl, but frail, and despised by everyone. Tristan is the golden boy, the guy everyone desires. The golden boy, the boy next door, the one whose dick is gilded with gold leaf, and dusted with diamonds. He has been her one true friend throughout her childhood.
She has secretly dreamt of him for years, and now he is no longer a wet dream! He declared his feelings for her! And the next thing she knows, Lily finds her beloved semi-boyfriend in flagrante delicto I'm so fucking stoked I even remember a Latin word in my inebriated state, you don't even knwow. In the interest of fairness, it applies to vaginas, as well. Fuck, I swear I was going to keep this short. Ok, so Lily is devastated, shocking, I know. Next thing she knows, she's in Salem! Where she was living!
Only this ain't Kansas anymore. Ok, it's not Kansas, obviously, because it's Salem. Fuck, getting off track again. By that, we mean it's an alternate universe. It's Salem, but it's some fucking weird version of it. More on that later, when I bitch about the setting. Being the brilliant person she is, Lily doesn't stick around to find out. She runs away, not knowing anything about this world. And she runs straight into the arm of a guy who tries to kill her.
Meet your love interest. Someone who first tries to kill her. His name is Rowan. And he happens to have a friend, who is a handsome, jovial, altogether lovable young man by the name of Yes, that very same Tristan who had his dick in a vagina that was not Lily's at the beginning of the book. Welcome to the love triangle.
Anyway, long story short, Rowan, Lily, and Tristan go on the run! They're trying to defeat the evil Lilian! They're going to fall in love but which one! She will also discover a way to orgasmically make a mental connection to a man. She will also discover that she really likes eating pickles. And she loves salty stuff.
Her body just craves the salt. I don't even need to make any jokes about blow jobs. This shit pretty much writes itself. It cannot be denied. Lily is a Mary Sue Reason 1: She is almost an orphan. Her mom is insane, and has mentally been gone for years. Lily's dad has gone AWOL ever since. With the exception of her sister, Lily has almost been alone for most of her teenaged years. She is ostracized and hated by almost everyone in the book, initially. Despite the fact that she is smart as a whip, despite the fact that she is beautiful, despite the fact that she has an old, respected family name.
Because of her "illness" and her "allergies," not to mention her beauty, she has no friends at all. She is beautiful, without anyone ever realizing it. She has, by her own admission, an awesome face. Her body is too thin, but Are you seriously going to fucking complain about being too thin and having a nice face and having wild, fiery, crimson colored hair? Especially when one of my favorite models in the world, Cintia Dicker, could be her fucking double? Spare me your whining. Don't try to downplay it. Don't try to use it as a point to make me feel fucking sympathetic for you. Yeah, I get that life isn't going to be easy for you if you are beautiful, but don't use it as an "Omg my life is so sad despite the fact that I look good" because I really don't have any time in my life for that kind of bullshit.
I don't want your weak-ass arguments and attempts at soliciting my sympathy.
It turns out I am sobering up now. This review is getting to be a lot longer than I intended. Somehow I always end up talking too much when I'm drunk. She is fucking special. She is a special little flower. Lily has always been sickly her whole life, but a fucking degree body temperature? I don't think so. Lily is so fragile. Everything makes her sick.
She is gluten-free, vegan, the thought of eating anything with flavor makes her puke no, really, it does. She is not only a vegan, she is a militant vegan. The kind that goes around telling people they are murderers because they eat animals. I was a vegetarian for 10 years, and I have one thing to say to Lily. There's a religion where you live on sunlight. There is yet another one, some 8th level Jainism stuff that pretty much says you can't eat anything with a shadow. Do us a favor and become one so you can die and end this book. Witches are fucking special in the Alternate Universe Salem.
People have to train their entire lives to have special powers. They devote their lives to training and to study to become one of these special people. Lily becomes an extremely powerful witch just by being there. I'm bloody fucking serious.
She doesn't do jack shit. She pretty much pulls the equivalent of "I Dream of Jeannie" where she concentrates really hard, wiggles her nose, looks adorable, and instantly becomes the most powerful bitch Let's mentally connect, baby! I need to spill some mental jizz. It's got elements of alternate universes, which, in fairness, is hard to do correctly. This world is fucking weird, did I say that yet?
It's like ass fucking backwards in some ways, yet they have electricity, and they have genetically modified monsters and witches and magic. It's like the author couldn't decide what she wanted to write, a science fiction, or a fantasy, and was like "Why not both?! It was strange, it was jarring. It didn't make any fucking sense. It was not cohesive, and I felt, as ambitious as it was, the whole world was just so nonsensical as to deprive me of any enjoyment.
Fuck that attempt at a sad love triangle. Fuck the orgasmic mental connection and romance under guise of magic. I don't want your fucking romance in my high fantasy. I don't want a fucking Mary Sue. I want my characters to be respectable. This book doesn't do a fucking thing for me. No matter how much it fucks up Greek mythology in the 2nd book, that series still holds immensely more enjoyment than this book ever will.
View all comments. Sep 23, Emily May rated it it was ok Shelves: And then she can see clearly. Lily is not losing any bloody stars from her eyes anytime soon. In fact, I would say the stars breed, multiply and become a damn constellation by the time this book is finished. There's a love triangle, insta-angst and a whole lot of general stupidity to look forward to along the way.
Please could someone tell me how a girl like Lily, who is so sappy and obsessed with douchebags, somehow manages to become a powerful witch by clicking her heels together and saying "bibbity bobbity boo"? But it more or less amounts to the same. The basic premise of this novel is intriguing: And what if in one of these other universes you were a powerful witch? Even more exciting - what if the boundaries between your world and the other universe started to break down? Oh yes, very cool stuff. Or it would be What kind of bizarre shit is even going on here in this alternate Salem?
Yes, of course, Salem because witches, people! This world is crazy. Lily ends up here because she caught sexy dude 1 - Tristan - cheating on her in a bathroom at a party. In true Bella Swan collapsing-into-a-coma-for-months-because-my-boyfriend-left style, Lily suddenly decides that her actual life is no longer worth sticking around in chyeah, because of a boy and she gets pulled into another parallel universe by parallel Lily who is a powerful witch.
Enter sexy dude 2 - Rowan. What's worse than a YA love triangle? A YA love triangle between a Mary Sue, a cheating douche, and a broody and aggressive douche. Every part of her felt like it was in exactly the right place. It was fine; the everything thrown into the pot world-building left something to be desired but other than that it was inoffensive standard paranormal YA. No, my problem was with these stupid, annoying characters.
I'm not talking about her allergies and health issues, I'm talking about the fact that she defines her life by whether or not her crush is interested in her. Sexy boy douche cheats with someone else? Naturally, her life is over. She's pushed around by everyone else and is in serious need of a backbone. Is that seriously the best you can do? And not just this universe! Every universe, it would seem. Men are falling over themselves to love her.
She is an important piece in the big plans of other people. Not to mention that she is suddenly the best witch ever. Her witchiness is the equivalent of Dorothy tapping her damn heels together. Trial by Fire is a laughable addition to an overcrowded genre full of the same old YA tropes. View all 38 comments. Sep 06, Lola rated it really liked it Shelves: Nowadays, in my opinion, finding gems in new YA series featuring witches is pretty hard since they are sometimes so predictable as in a lot has already been done and we've pretty much seen it all.
They rarely contain new secrets for you us discover. Yet, Josephine Angelini nailed the paranormal aspects. Creativity, this story is filled with it. The author was probably born with it as a middle name. Also, I wanted more of this from her: She barely defended herself when threatened! Throughout the story, I had as feeling that the writing kept getting better and better with every chapter. Seemed to me like the writing itself was aimed for a younger audience, but then things got more serious and surprisingly the writing style followed.
Another thing that I found very good was the relationship Lily shares with her sister, Juliet. I mean, who could resist such a wonderful and convincing one? They were always there for each other when needed and their love to one another was true and nothing could break it. Sigh, I wish I had a sister. At first, in the common world, Lily was going out—if I can actually use those terms—with her best friend, Tristan.
Problem is he is a player and I mean it. Their love, is it even true and solid enough? Well, I hope to be convinced in the sequel. Finally, I am very happy and surprised to say that my hopes for this author have been restored. Absolutely recommended to any reader seeking for a different yet interesting read featuring witches, villains, romance, and many other surprising elements. Jul 23, Wendy Darling rated it really liked it Shelves: Read in one sitting, with barely any time to breathe. View all 25 comments. Mar 13, Giselle rated it really liked it Shelves: Having had no luck with witch books lately this was a nice surprise.
It's unique and well written, with a quick pacing that turned it into an unputdownable read. Trial by Fire starts with the introduction of Lily, a sickly girl who has had a rough life of weakness and fevers. I knew right then that this was going to be a great read. This girl was funny, awkward, easy to connect to, and with a compelling narrative voice. Plus you just knew this constant sickness was something witchy and had Whoa! Plus you just knew this constant sickness was something witchy and had you craving to know more. Wanting to get away from all of it, Lily finally gives in to the voice inside her head that, unbeknownst to her, is from another world completely.
When she suddenly finds herself in an alien world ruled by witches and full of flesh-eating monsters, naturally, she thinks she's gone insane. And this is when the real plot starts. We start learning of the witch lore, and how it all fits in with the alternate universes. I was wary at first of a plot with such thick scientific aspects mixed in with the paranormal, but it ended up being fascinating, and not at all overwhelming.
This new world we're propelled to is much darker than ours. Flesh eating monsters and vengeful survivors makes this not for the faint of heart. It gets pretty gruesome at parts, though horror fans like myself will love it. While Lily learns how to become a witch, a war is brewing in the background, giving the book an ominous vibe that persists throughout. There's a lot to learn, including tons of secrets and the history of her other self - the seemingly evil Lillian who may not be so evil after all.
I was anxious to learn what she was hiding, as we're hinted throughout of some pretty huge secret she's harbouring that has been a factor in all her evildoing and decisions. Unfortunately, we merely scratch the surface of her intentions in this book. We're not even sure, yet, why she brought Lily over to this world. There are some easy speculations, but we're mostly kept in the dark, still. While I know this is only book one in its series, I was hoping for a bit more to hang on to for the sequel.
But, even though it keeps us hanging on some aspects, it does delve deeper than a mere introduction as some first-books can be. The world, character, and relationship building in this book are extensive. The witch lore is incredibly well thought-out and original. The use of willstones and head mechanics is truly creative. The cultural differences are apparent as well, giving more points to the world-building. Their comfort with nudity and sex, for instance. As well as their drive for scientific innovation and survival. I also loved the complicated relationship with Rowan who is a wonderfully crafted side character.
Though he's the most important, he's one of the many well-written side characters we meet. Each one falls easily into the story as if you knew them all along. Their quirks and flaws, their strength and charisma, makes them memorable. My one complaint is pinned on Lily herself. Not her characterization itself which comes without complaint.
Once you get to know her, you'll love her, and her growth by the end of the novel is impressive. I just found she fell into being a witch too easily. She's a very powerful witch and this was always within her, I know, but everything she tries is much easier than I would have expected it to be.
My brilliant launch strategy is to create one Facebook post. Awful terrible horrible and mean. The world is going to LOVE my product right? Just drop everything and go read this now. The enemy is subdued. She's courageous and resourceful and that's another thing I really liked about her. The ending is a tad abrupt and leaves us with tons of questions and anxiety, but as a first book in the series, Trial by Fire has done a fantastic job.
Things that Rowan fears because she "isn't ready" all go without a hitch. The spirit walking, too, which is thought to be impossible unless you're one of the very rare shamans. But the way Lily did it so effortlessly, some witches could have done this by mistake, really.
The ending is a tad abrupt and leaves us with tons of questions and anxiety, but as a first book in the series, Trial by Fire has done a fantastic job. The complex world building and perilous plot alone are enough to keep you glued to the pages. I feel like my thoughts - and in turn, this review - are pretty jumbled as the book was one hell of a thrill ride, so I'm hoping I at least made sense. If not, just know that this is one book you should not miss if you consider yourself a fan of witches! For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads View all 17 comments.
Honestly, I'm a big fan of Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed series; these books are awesome. To be honest, it is a huge disappointment. The first few pages are alright. You get introduced to the characters and learn a lot about the main character's life. But then Lily, the protagonist, gets absorbed into this parallel universe and the storyline slowly grows dull and duller. I just wasn't interested in this fantasy world at all. The romantic love-hate subplot seemed stupid and unoriginal. On one page the main character denies to have any feelings for the romantic interest and then - literally on the next page - speaks about her longing for him.
And the "scientific" background: The author tried to find an explanation for magic, based on physics and chemistry and I couldn't care less. It seemed pointless and I think the novel would've done better without it. In the end, I just skimmed the last few pages. Find more of my books on Instagram I adore books that involve witches but I'm always hesitant when I pick up a new one because it's either a hit or a miss. Well holy cow, this was most definitely a hit.
I absolutely freaking loved everything about this book! The concept was so original and unlike any book I've read about witches before. I was drawn in right from the beginning and although I did find it a tad slow to start with, I loved the world building and the characters and the detail that went into this book. I couldn't turn I adore books that involve witches but I'm always hesitant when I pick up a new one because it's either a hit or a miss. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, especially towards the end!
The story became incredibly fast paced and full of twists and turns and I was constant on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would happen next. And can we all take a second to appreciate how gorgeous this cover is?! The colours and design are just so stunning! Mar 01, Steysha Kravits rated it it was amazing.
The flames rise, and I twist and scream, trying to get away, but the iron shackles on my wrist keep me bound to this stake. I was looking for a book about good old witches for a long time, and this one rocked my world! This is the story about Lily. At the beginning we see her as a normal girl who has a hard life, being allergic and having a bit crazy mom.
But something goes wrong, and now she has her heart broken. Beckoned by her inner voice as she thought , she accidentally travels to another world. There she meets her evil doppelganger, becomes a member of the riot against the government, falls in love and becomes a strong woman. I loved the worldbuilding. This new world is ruled by the most powerful witch, her Coven and by Council, which represents interest of usual citizens.
They all wear special stones that help them to do magic. Witches also have mechanics — people who tend to them, their personal knights. There are also Outlenders — poor people who are forbidden to live in the city. And when they tried to survive by themselves, without magic and with the help of science, it made them traitors. All characters in this book are well-written.
I loved Lily — brave, funny, stubborn. She often made me laugh. I imagined her like that: I loved Rowan — her swoon-worthy love interest. He is a perfect book boyfriend. Secondary characters took a big part in this story, they were as important, as the main ones. But, most of all, I was interested in Lillian. I remember what I must do, even if it makes me the villain of my own story. Most importantly, I remember that the good of the many really does outweigh the good of the few.
Even if one of those few is me. I just loooove those villains who are happen to be not so villain. I could see logic in her doing. All in all, this book has everything I needed: And now… keep calm and wait for the sequel. View all 9 comments. It beckons to me like a siren in the sea. So, I didn't even bother. I'd never read Josephine Angelini before and I had no idea what to expect. I hoped the book would be good, but I wasn't about to let my expectations get too high. I've been burned before.
And then I met Lily. Lily of the horrible allergies, unpopular at school yet comfortable mostly in her own skin. She's confident 29 June She's confident and sure of herself. She knows that she deserves respect - and she demands it. The opinions of those that don't matter to her, quite simply don't really concern her. She gives credit where it's due, and blame as well. Even if that's on herself. She takes responsibility for her actions and isn't afraid to do difficult things to uphold her convictions.
What a breath of fresh air. I loved Lily immediately. I related to her. She feels so incredibly real. How many times do you meet a heroine - especially in young adult - where she is wronged by a guy and she just writes his behavior off? Too many to count, I know. So when Lily told Tristan off, ended their friendship, and walked away from him - all within the first ten percent of the book - I nearly cheered.
I decide to create a different mobile website based on some of the components I already have. I decide to trash the entire visual direction of my website. Splitting and reusing components. Resulting in a great mobile site that looks miles better than the desktop.
The world is going to LOVE my product right? My brilliant launch strategy is to create one Facebook post. I created the post in a crowded entrepreneurship forum. All users are going inactive. There is no activity on the website. Beer might also be there. I decide to improve the app. First order of business is to improve the visuals of the desktop version to match the mobile. I forced CSS to bend to my will and create an appealing dashboard. I decide to improve the landing page. I decided to experiment with CSS transform.
My head is spinning. I slept for three days.