Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Hardcover, 393 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Review copy from GalleyGrab
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If I’m being honest, I didn’t care for the first half of the book (before Blackwood). There was even a point in which I was ready to give up, but thankfully I kept reading. I’ve been putting this review off for days, not only due to a lack of time, but also because I’ve been fighting with what to write. WILDEFIRE lives upto the hype, yes. Is it for everyone? Probably not, but I hope you give it a chance. Yes, there is violence, there is cursing, there is drinking, and so forth – but in my opinion, it isn’t excessive. The characters are teenagers, they will curse, they will drink, and there will be violence as they continue to learn their capabilities as gods and goddesses.
One thing that I love that Karsten Knight actually accomplished with WILDEFIRE is that he managed to include various cultures, something that most YA authors, and their books, seem to ignore. Ashline and Raja (and Colt) are two fantastic characters and the ending will leave you ready for more. What more could you want?
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