Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review: Wildefire

Title: Wildefire
Author: Karsten Knight
Published: July 26, 2011
Source: Bought

Synopsis: From
 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.

Wow.. Whoa... OMG!!! Those are my reactions upon finishing this book. It was amazing. Wildefire left me speechless, a book hasn't been able to do that in a long, long time. Granted I haven't read a lot of books lately. This book had everything you could ever want, a sarcastic female lead, Gods and Goddesses, and of course, some hot steamy romance.

The cover is what drew me into the book in the first place. It was simple and elegant, with a question of the meaning behind it. I had the hardcover copy and I take off the book sleeve when I read.. and I admit that I was a little loopy on cold medicine, but the texture and pattern on the cover entertained me for about five minutes till my mom asked me what I was doing... :)

The setting and plot were perfect, at least to me. He kept me in suspense at certain parts and kept the story moving at the right tempo so a sick girl could actually stay focused on the story and not on falling asleep. It was a quick read, about one and a half days of off and on reading. The setting was a mysterious prep school called Blackwood, and frankly, I want to go there! But I don't think I could handle the five minute showers...

I absolutely adore Ash. Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring. She is that tough girl that everyone is scared of on the outside, but wants to be on the inside. She isn't scared to throw a punch every now and then, and will fight for a random stranger being kidnapped. Sure, she has her sentimental moments and the moments where she is weak, but it just makes her more realistic, no one can be the strong one all the time.

I couldn't put this book down, and when I had too, I kept thinking about it. Karsten had me crying, laughing, and being pissed at Ash's descisions throughout the whole book. He wrote an amazing book that I gladly give 51 out of 51 tacos. I cannot wait till the next book comes out! I will pre-order it as soon as it is avaible. Go read this book, you won't regret it. Check out this interview done by Between the Covers with Karsten, it includes some of my faveorite lines from the book! And now I leave you with Karsten Knight talking about his book!
~~Sam :)

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