Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Young Adult: 400 Pages
Published: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Wildefire #1
Source: Review copy from publisher
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Buy the Book: Amazon

Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian 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 behind 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.

"You don't always need to pray for something. Sometimes prayer is enough" Ade

Wildefire was a novel that I have been wanting to read since I first heard about it. The beautiful simplicity of the cover lured me, and the premise hooked me.

Character Development was the main element of this novel for me. The structure and storyline play a big part as well, but if the character's weren't right, then the entire book would be unbalanced. Karsten Knight penned a riveting cast of characters. Pick a favourite? I can't! They were all strong and interesting, and each added a great amount to the novel.

Wildefire went far beyond what I expected! The authors introduction to each character made it so easy for me to connect with them and their stories. I am still a newbie when it comes to Greek Mythology, I know my basics but that's as far as it goes. But Karsten Knight has made a fan in me! His unique writing style flowed beautifully throughout the entire novel. The author was able to transport me from my reading nook to the forest's of Blackwood.

And how about that ending?! The author ended Wildefire in a way that is going to make the wait for the sequel very difficult. Talk about a cliffhanger!!

First Impression: Will be a refreshing read. Something different.
Last Impression: Wildefire was a blast to read. A great reading experience! I look forward to Embers and Echoes which is set to release in 2012.
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  1. I've heard such amazing things about this novel. I love the tie in to Greek Mythology that so many author are doing. It's a great way for us newbies to get into something that's been around forever.


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