Thursday, July 16, 2015

Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

     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.

Book Beginning:
     Lily Proctor ducked into the girls' room, already yanking back her rebellious hair. Aiming for the toilet through a blur of tears, she vomited until her knees shook.

Honestly, that sounds like a bunch of not fun. It is a pretty strange way to introduce your protagonist.

Page 56 hardcover edition:
    "No," Juliet replied, offended even though she shouldn't be. It happened every now and again in families that had true power. The dark side of great talent was often madness.


  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I hope you're enjoying it.
    Here's my 56:
    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. It may be a bit ugly for a beginning but the first thing you want to know is what happened for her to react so violently. I'd like to know more.

    My 56 -

  3. That's definitely quite a way to get the story going! Hope you enjoy this one!

  4. Ooh I've heard great things about this book! And I love the idea of switching between different worlds or dimensions. Also, everything that has witches involved is a go with me! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. I've heard mixed things about this book, mostly bad, But I am really enjoying it.

  5. After that beginning, you almost have to read on to find out what is making her sick. This week I am spotlighting Nightborn by Lou Anders. Happy reading!

  6. Eww. Vomit on the first line of book. Sounds gross to me. Hope it improves.

  7. sure an odd way to introduce the main character. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

    1. She's almost the definition of "unlikely hero" heh

  8. Sounds groovy to me. Is it her power that makes her sick?
    I have another book by this author, though I can't recall the name...
    Happy weekend!

  9. Since the title has fire in it is that a huge part of the book?

    1. Not really sure what you mean. It's a story about witches and alternate universes.

  10. Why why why? That is the question !

  11. That's a vivid opening! It may be hard for me to continue a book that starts with a barf scene.

    Thanks for playing along with BBOF. I don't always stop by to leave comments, but I appreciate your participation!