Monday, 11 November 2013

Wildefire - Book Review



Karsten Knight

(Wildefire Book #1)

YA Paranormal

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.


I really enjoyed this book. Although I thought the prose was a little too descriptive in places, the plot itself was riveting and kept me turning the pages. Wildefire is without doubt a unique paranormal read, and I especially like the new mythology because I feel like the Greek has been way over done!

The story begins with sixteen year old Ashline Wilde. When her sister, Evelyn, returns home unexpectedly, she brings with her a load of chaos, mayhem and startling revelations that change Ashline’s life forever. Because as Ashline is about to find out - she is a Goddess. And her powers have the potential to destroy the world!

Now she must learn to control her abilities - as well as her anger management issues, before she hurts everyone she loves and cares about. Yet her sister, Evelyn, is not nearly so cautious. Revelling in her Goddess status, she sets out on a rampage of death and destruction and only Ashline has the power to stop her. But what will this war between two sister Goddess cost the world…?

I really liked Ashline’s character. Her sarcastic wit made her charming to read, and I liked her spunky attitude towards life. She made for a great protagonist and it was a pleasure to watch her development throughout the book. The way she learned to control her violent tendencies and master her powers showed that she really grew as a character.

Mostly, I liked the secondary characters too, especially those of the other Gods. I enjoyed finding out each person’s history and I liked the back story given of how they came to discover their own powers. Yet Ashlines sister, Eve, I found extremely annoying. She was the typical, psycho villain. However I just felt like her character lacked depth and read rather flat. Still this didn’t take away my enjoyment of the book.

Plot wise the book was very gripping – although very violent - and I would recommend this as an older YA read. However it was the mythology and legends woven into the story that really gripped my attention, although there were also a few plot twists that left my mind spinning – in a good way!

Overall a great read. 3 ½ stars!

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