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FAUSTINE (Bonfire Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Rose
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers.

Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that's part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn't be happier.

However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy's most important rules: Trust no one.

INITIATION, the first book in prequel series, Bonfire Academy, is available now.


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"'Trust no one!' - that may be Faustine's most important takeaway from Bonfire Academy, but there was never any doubt we could trust Portal Chronicles author Imogen Rose to serve up another pitch-perfect trilogy in the Bonfore Chronicles, and here's where it all begins"-Steve Windwalker, Kindle Nation Daily

From the Author

Before I started writing fiction, I unleashed my creativity through photography and digital art. The photograph used on the cover of Faustine was taken while my younger daughter, Lauren, was doing her homework. Lauren was so engrossed by her work that she didn't notice when I reached over for my camera. Later on when I was flipping through the pictures I had taken, I stopped at one of them, it drew me in and stayed with me. It's this photograph that inspired the whole Bonfire Chronicles series.

I had no idea what the series would be about when I started writing. I played around with the photograph on Photoshop, messing around with the eye color, and the name Faustine popped into my head. I suddenly had a title for my photograph, which was now of a girl with red eyes... a vampire, perhaps? I had no idea who she was, or what she was when I started writing. The "Who is Faustine?" was very much a question for myself.

Once I had finished the book, I sent it to my then agent. She read it and felt that the stronger story would be the one preceding Faustine, that of her days at Bonfire Academy. I was thrown a little, having no desire to write a story from a twelve-year-old's voice. But as I was thinking, I imagined seeing Faustine walk into Bonfire Academy. I saw her from afar and high up, like I was looking down a window. It then struck me that the next story was not going to be written from Faustine's point of view, but from someone observing her--Cordelia was born, and the two prequel books (Initiation and Integration) were written.

We were then back in the present again. However, it wasn't as simple as continuing Faustine where I had initially left off. I now had to take into consideration all the events in the prequel books as well as the fact that Cordelia had her own following. Fans of the series wanted more Cordelia!

Uprising follows on, not just from Faustine, but also from the two prequel books. It, in addition, merges loved characters from the Portal Chronicles into the timeline.

Reading Order: Faustine, Initiation, Integration, Uprising

Product Details

  • File Size: 665 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing (February 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDDHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imogen Rose is a genius... an evil genius. February 28, 2011
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I'm really going to try to write this without spoilers because fans of The Portal Chronicles will undoubtedly read this next series - The Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen Rose does not disappoint with the first book of this series. Her smooth and easy-flow writing continue with this book. I couldn't decide if I wanted to curl up with a glass of wine (err, orange juice, it is YA afterall) or if I wanted to sit up in bed and read it quickly before I fell asleep. I did a bit of both, in the end :)

Her characters have depth, with a lot more room to grow in the coming books. But where the author shines is her ability to write a YA novel where I actually like the main characters. It's very rare that I don't want to smother the main characters and I kind of wanted to adopt Faustine. It's all very confusing because I keep looking for a character that I hate. I didn't even hate the bad guys all that much.

The cover art for this edition kind of grabs you. Who is the girl with the red eyes and what is her story? I will admit that her story was absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. To be brutally honest, I wasn't sure if Ms. Rose could pull it off. The Portal Chronicles were well done, but very niched. I thought if she stuck to what she knows, we'd be okay, but while the book first unfolded and we found out more about Faustine I was wondering how'd she pull it off. Well, she certainly pulled it off. The woman has a gift...

.... until I got to a certain part of the book. I don't want to give anything away, but a certain word in the book sent me running around to search my books from her first series. Imogen Rose is a genius... an evil genius. I just... oh, I want to say more, but you guys would hate me if I ruin it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Faustine? You'll find out and want more March 2, 2011
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An absolute hit is on Imogen Rose's hands with Faustine, a 15-year-old who, as the tale opens, has returned home from Bonfire Academy. At this Swiss boarding school -- a school that encourages silence and feeding -- she learns to control her paranormal abilities. A few days after her return, she learns her father -- the Demon King of London -- has been kidnapped.

Rose does a fantastic job of taking the reader into the life of a 15-year-old teen who is struggling to discover herself, only to find out that her father has named her as his heir. She also has a new love interest in her life, one whose elders don't want him to get involved with Faustine. Add in a high school clique that seems to look down on paranormals -- a nifty little twist in there, too -- as well as a jealous half sister, and this book is a sure-fire winner.

I read this book in one sitting. I don't read many in one sitting. And I don't read many YA paranormal books, so believe me that this one will appeal to a large audience.

You will learn who Faustine is as you read this book, and the cliffhanger will make you wonder -- and leave you aching for book two.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A KindleObsessed Review March 10, 2011
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For someone that reads as much as I do, it's nice (every once and a while) to settle in for the night with a nice familiar author; an author I KNOW can write an entertaining and captivating story; so when the opportunity presented itself to read "Faustine" the first book in the "Bonfire Chronicles" by the lovely Imogen Rose, I jumped at the chance to get my grubby little paws on it. I have never been shy with my adoration of Rose's ability to connect with her readers through her work, so my continued appreciation for her new venture should come as no surprise.

Faustine is a demon. Well, ok, that's not exactly accurate... Faustine is a half human/half demon hybrid princess who is about to be thrust into a very sticky situation. With her father's sudden disappearance, Faustine, (though only 15,) finds herself with a very large pair of shoes to fill, and by large I mean people-are-being-slaughtered-and-it's-her-duty-to-stop-it large. But finding a paranormal serial killer isn't as easy as calling the cops. With (not only) her emotions, but her new advisors pulling her in 100 different directions Faustine finds herself on the brink of disaster. Can she find the killer before they harm anyone else? Who can she REALLY trust to keep her secrets, and at the end of the day will Faustine be able to keep it together or crumbled under the pressure of a whole culture of anxiety riddled paranormals?

There were (of course) a few things that annoyed me throughout this book, but first let me focus on the positive. #1. This book was REALLY good. I love paranormal adventures and "Faustine" had it all; action, intrigue, even a successful amount of angst shoved in for good measure. One better... Rose chose to expand her readers experience by leaving doors open.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An elaborate, fast-paced paranormal mystery March 3, 2011
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Faustine Spencer may seem like every other Upper East Side socialite. She grew up with all the privileges that wealth affords - a nanny, doormen, car service, access to all the latest fashions and the opportunity to attend an exclusive boarding school.

But Bonfire Academy isn't just your typical Swiss preparatory school where the well-to-do leave their children to a life of study, skiing and partying. And Faustine's attendance isn't optional.

At the age of fifteen, after three years apart from her family, learning everything she could from the Academy, she is allowed to return home to New York to her mother. Faustine just wants to pick up where she left off with her normal teenage lifestyle of school, shopping and hanging out with her best friend, Neave. But her return is conditional and failure to comply will have consequences.

Bonfire Academy has only three rules. One, you do not talk about the Academy. Two, you trust no one. And three, the most important of them all - never miss a meal.

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Faustine is an elaborate, fast-paced paranormal mystery with a multitude of suspects and a "to be continued" ending. The story has a number of twists and turns and just when you think you've identified whodunit, think again.

While this book is just over three hundred pages, there is so much going on that it becomes difficult at times to keep up with what the many characters are up to, where they stand in the scheme of things, who they are and what Faustine's opinion is of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Faustine is a great read. I love the friendships in this series. It has all the things I love to read about. Witches vamps demons and more.
Published 24 days ago by Nicol swift
5.0 out of 5 stars love this author
Once I started reading, I couldnt put it down! Love having access via my kindle app so can read any time...
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
i read all the book and this one is my favorit for now i still have more to read witrh the next one
Published 3 months ago by jubeau marie-angele
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Imogen
Faustine is back home in New York after three years at Bonfire Academy. She just wants to return to a normal life and go to school with her friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sylvianne Breton
4.0 out of 5 stars read in the wrong order but still a good read.
I read Initiation first. I did not know that this was the first book then they did prequels, So I was a bit confused. Cordelia seems to be my favorite charecter in these books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sheila ryals
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I was reading the same book
I could not even get through the third chapter. I don't think that I was reading the same book as everyone else because of all the great reviews. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ariaje
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it
as was the first bonfire chronical it was well a very good read thst took me into a world of strong love
Published 6 months ago by lorie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A wonderful series of books. You will enjoy them...kinda like Buffy the Vampire Slayer temprament. Just enjoy, you'll love the charaters
Published 11 months ago by conpok1
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel
This is a good start for a series. There are several unresolved plot lines that leave you wanting to read the rest of the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thomas W. Merrick
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps you in it then just ends
This book has no conclusion, no real ending it just stops. It was Awsom to read up to the last page when I realized that there are still characters missing and questions... Read more
Published 13 months ago by lena criss
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More About the Author

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, the Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Hermès addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.

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