Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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.
So what's this one about?
Witches, alternate realities,and allergies.
So. It 's got an interesting premise, no?
It starts out in our world, with Lily struggling to find some amount of normalcy in her life. Absentee father, schizophrenic mother, and she's got something seriously wrong with her immune system.
The only bright spots in her life are her sister, Juliet, and her one friend, Tristan. Her longtime secret love for Tristan has finally been reciprocated, and he's taking her to a party. Her allergies are bubble-boy debilitating, but she's determined to be seen on his arm just one time before she becomes totally incapacitated by them.
Spoilery stuff happens, and it turns into the worst night of her life.
Depressed and alone, she hears a voice in her head asking for her permission to take her away from everything. Naturally, she assumes she's losing it, just like her mother, but in that moment of weakness, she says yes.
Ok, now she's in an alternate reality filled with magic, and her counterpart is none other than the evil witch who runs the place.
It's a sort of quasi-medieval kind of place, where the lines between science and witchcraft blur together. Science has been outlawed, and anyone caught 'practicing' it gets the noose treatment.
However, in this world, Lily has massive amounts of power...instead of an EpiPen.
There's also a hot boy in this world that isn't in hers. Rowan.
Unfortunately, he had been in love with (and betrayed by), Lillian, the ruler of New Salem. But even though he doesn't exactly trust Lily, he knows the rebels need her on their side if they are going to have any sort of chance of survival.
Alrighty, this one is a big old mash-up of all kinds of genres, which was kind of cool. Although, I was almost halfway through it, before I got really invested in what was going on.
I'm thinking it was around the time she got her stone things?
I didn't really care for the romance, because it just seemed weird that Rowan could fall for the same person twice. Even though they weren't really the same-same, it felt like a kind of insurmountable kind of thing. And how could Lily get past the fact that he had already loved Lilian that much?
I don't know, something felt odd about it, but it wasn't awful or anything.
The vegan thing really annoyed me, though.
I'm not anti-vegan, by any means. I think it's actually a really healthy way to eat, and if I didn't love my cheese and sour cream so much, I would give it a whirl. Meat? Eh. I don't eat much.
But dairy products will always be my downfall...
There were a couple of times I wanted to strangle Lily over this.
You're in another reality, you need protein, and you're getting sassy about what these rebels feed you?
Eat the fucking chicken, bitch!
However, if you're a vegan, I'm sure you'll appreciate that she stuck to her beliefs. So...there's that.
Overall, this was a decent story that held my attention all the way to the end. Not sure if I'll keep going with this series, but I don't regret reading it, either.