Goodreads Summary of Book 1:
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted… which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and 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 cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian… Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.
Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.
But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?
Often when I can’t find a new series to read I check up on some of my favorite authors to see if they have any new books I haven’t heard of which is how I came across this series! Josephine Angelini wrote the Starcrossed trilogy which I read and LOVED years ago and so I knew I had to read this series immediately, and it has magic so no brainer, right?
I can say that this series moved up into my top five almost immediately. The series was seriously THAT good. Like forgetting to eat, wanting to skip work, staying up all night good.
Lily was an amazing character and sometimes female characters really get on my nerves but not her…I want to be her. She starts out as someone who is in love with a man-whore, and who can’t even go out and do normal things because of her horrible allergies and ends up as a bad-ass who uses magic to fuel an entire army. I just cannot believe how much she changes and how much I love her.
Not only does this series have a kickass main character, magic, and wars, but it has a swoon-worthy-I-wish-he-was-real male lead. The sexual tension in this book was torture, even painful at times, and I loved EVERY second of it! It is books like these that ruin all real men for me because seriously no one even compares to him. I won’t say any more except that I am totally in love with a fictional character and have no shame.
The whole idea for this book that there are an infinite number of universes out there that are created by every decision we all make is just amazing and I have no idea how she came up with it but I am obsessed. Having magic in some universes and not others and how Angelini turned the Salem witch trials into this is just so cool and I can’t get over it. I want so much more. I cannot stop thinking about this series and I think I have one of the worst book hangovers I have ever had.
If you have not read this series you have to, like drop what you are doing and get this book immediately. It will not disappoint! Seriously do it now! You can buy book one on Amazon here or get it at your library like I did!