Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Wildefire
By: Karsten Knight
Released: July 26, 2011
Source: Purchased
Purchase 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." (Summary from goodreads.com)

Karsten Knight's Wildefire is the story of Ashline who moves to a private boarding school after her sister, Eve causes trouble at home. While at school, Ash has made some new friends while beginning to date a park ranger and feels like she is finally escaping her sister as well as her past. However, Ash soon discovers that a group of students are mythological gods and goddesses and she is one of them as well.

I enjoyed Wildefire and thought that it took a different and interesting take on mythological gods and goddesses. The myths used were fascinating and ones that I did not know much about so I enjoyed learning more about them. I particularly liked Ash because she was a tough and sarcastic female protagonist. All of the characters were well developed as well as exciting and I really liked Ash's friends. 

The opening to Wildefire captured my attention immediately and I loved the first chapter. There were quite a few great action scenes that prevented the story from ever slowing down but I felt that some parts of the plot were rushed just a bit too much. I enjoyed the ending the most though because it wasn't entirely what I was expecting and the last page was a major shock to me. Wildefire is an excellent debut as well as an enjoyable and interesting story that I definitely recommend.

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