Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

        
Wildefire (Wildefire #1)
by Karsten Knight
Summary from 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."

Rating:

This is definitely one of the wittiest books I’ve ever read!

Wildefire is such a fun book to read. Karsten Knight presents readers with a story that is unpredictable, captivating and entertaining. I absolutely LOVE it!

So why do I love Wildefire? Let me count the ways:

MYTHOLOGY. I’ve always loved Mythology. Back in high school, when we studied Edith Hamilton’s Mythology in English class, I was one of the few students who looked forward to it, and yes it did print a “nerd” sign on the back of my chair. I found Mythology to be really interesting so I’ve been that student who eagerly raises her hand to recite in class, and also landed me the role of being the “coach” to my classmates who are called to answer the teacher’s questions a few times… or maybe a lot.

Okay. So going back to Wildefire, I love the mix of culture and lore that it offered readers. The rich variety just made this book even more interesting.

THE CHARACTERS. I only need two words to describe them fully: memorable and fascinating; most specially Ashline. When she was defined as a human mood ring, I totally get it. To all the guys complaining about your girlfriend or girl friends’ mood swings, be thankful you don’t get to see Ashline Wilde’s. Seriously! And who ever though sarcasm could be such fun to hear? I loved every other response she gives the other characters.

THE PLOT. I already said it was unpredictable, and who doesn’t love surprises? Well… the good kind that is. It was exciting and I love the mystery and the idea that there are more things in store for readers as this series progresses.

THE PACING. Flawless!

THE ACTION. Something I always look for in a book.

THE WRITING. I love, love, love Karsten’s writing style. It’s simple, amusing and will have you gripping every word.

And last but not the least…

THE ENDING. What the…?! ‘nuff said.

Of course, Wildefire is not perfect. I do have a few issues like: how the other girl Ashline has visions/dreams about is suddenly out of the picture or pushed aside by the ending when she seemed so vital to Ashline’s life; also I kind of wanted to know more about why Eve was so evil, not much background story about why she ended up that way… but the hell with it! I’m sure I’ll get some answers next time; I love it all the same.

So to those who love mythology, I suggest you give this book a shot. Hopefully you’d love it just as much.

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