Author: Karsten Knight
Series: Wildefire #1
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology,
Pages: 393 pages
Rating: 5 stars
Blurb: (via Goodreads)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.
Love. Pure and simple love. Love, love, love, love, love. This is the single feeling that Karsten Knight's Wildefire left me with. I haven't read a book this well written, this captivating, or this riveting with a plot that is so cleverly intertwined that I didn't see a lot of what happened coming. The ending even left me in tears, it was FANTASTIC!
Wildfire had everything going for it for me. Mythology from several different civilizations, a great plot, and a subtle love tale that gets thrown in your face at the end and has you thinking, OMG. I really loved Knight's writing because he wasn't afraid to break novel etiquette. He killed off some characters, gives you all the hints as to whats happening, but so subtly that you don't realize it until well after the secrets been told. I've got to say, knowing what I know now about the book, some things should have been obvious... The main character, Ash Wilde, has a very clever name and a very witty personality to match. If there is one thing I love its a witty main character; full of sarcasm and bad jokes and puns that make you laugh despite yourself, Ash was the embodiment of this type of character.
I loved how Knight didn't go with any of the really well known Gods in the story. We didn't see any of the usual Greek, Roman, Norse, or Celtic characters from myths that we have grown accustomed to and have been severely over-played. I simply loved every aspect of this book, especially the cliff hanger at the end.
I don't want to say too much and give anything else away. This is a MUST read. 5 stars easy. This book exceeded all my expectations. On a funnier note, if you go to Karsten Knight's website, he gives you 5 hilarious reasons why you MUST read the series to avoid being a despicable human being. Check it out: http://www.karstenknight.com/2012/08/embers-echoes-hits-bookstores-my-cat.html