Wednesday, August 28, 2013

review: WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight

WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight
Series: Wildefire #1
Simon & Schuster: Books for Young Readers
Released: July 26, 2011
Source: Publisher
Page Count: 393

Rating: Loved it!


She's struggling to find her place as the only Polynesial girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve's violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California's redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behing her.

But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn't go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school - being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot local park ranger - Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood . . . and she's one of them. To make matters worse, eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she's got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time . . .

And when warm and cold fronts collide, there's guaranteed to be a storm.

My Thoughts

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. It's nothing against Wildefire or Karsten Knight, but I usually have a hard time connecting with female characters when they are written by male authors. (I think Mark Henry's Amanda Feral books officially ruined it for me.) Wildefire was completely different, though, and I was blown away by the honesty of Ashline's character. She was a joy to read, and I was so excited to be tagging along on this journey with her as she discovered her heritage and dug deeper into the mystery of her being.

The action scenes were also pretty flippin' cool.

Wildefire is the kind of book that makes you sit back when you're done and think, "Hey, I want to read something else like this!" - except then you realize that it's a rather unique concept (imagine that!), and you shake your fist at Karsten Knight for not sharing more of his creativity with the world RIGHT NOW.

To sum: I love love love love love this book!

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