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Friday, January 27, 2012

Wildefire Review

Wildefire
by Karsten Knight
Ashline Wild 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 her new school -- being capitain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot local park ranger -- she discovers that a group of gods and goddesses has been unknowingly summoned to 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 within her before she clashes with her sister one more time...

And when warm and cold fronts collide, there's guaranteed to be a storm.

I spent a very long time looking forward to reading this book and honestly I'm not really sure what I think about it. It took me a long time to get through simply because I just didn't feel like reading it. I even stopped for awhile when TFIOS arrived.

A part of it had to do with the dark and -- at times -- slightly disturbing feel to the book. I mean, really, how many people died without anyone feeling any remorse whatsoever? Related to that was the flippant way that Ashline dealt with the horrifying stuff that happens. For example, when Serena almost gets kidnapped and Ashline's comforting her thinking to herself that Serena should be comforting her since she's the one that's more likely to get in trouble when they get back to school. Also after Ashline finally found out who she was and then every time something terrible would happen she would just kind of stand there instead of actually using her powers as a volcano goddess.

I loved Colt a lot but I could not figure out why him -- a college student -- would have any interest in a high school sophomore. I still feel like he has some sort of secret agenda, but it makes a lot more sense now. I almost wasn't going to read the next one but with that ending I'm not sure if I can stay away.

Overall: 7/10 Good book but I felt a little mislead by the jacket copy. It wasn't quite what I expected. It started off slow but I liked it a lot more towards the ending.

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