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Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 338 pages

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Breathtaking and haunting, Rin Chupeco's second novel is a chilling companion to her debut, "The Girl from the Well." Kindle Book

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About the Author

Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers - who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas - sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read.

How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?

Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

Wilde's Fire is Krystal's debut novel, published by Curiosity Quills Press on Mother's Day, 2012. Its sequel, Wilde's Army, will be arriving this Summer.

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  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (May 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RBAXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don't gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she's a safe driver; don't worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out if you don't believe us).

Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that's just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she's not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they're the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can't that be 100% of the time?).

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on May 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
To me, there is nothing more frustrating than a book you know could have been amazing, and then wasn't. That exactly what happened with this book. I really wanted to like it, and in places I really did. The world, the magic and the mythology Wade created were really interesting. The plot could have been spectacular. The fight scenes were AMAZING. (That ending? Nearly made up for the book!) There was so much potential hiding in this book that it frustrated me even more with each passing scene. Because here's the thing.

Books live and die by their characters. Especially their main characters. And Kate? Oh boy.

To me, she was like a roadblock in this book. I really wanted to enjoy it, but I just couldn't do it. At first, I thought she was cute. Ridiculously dense when it came to boys, but just cute in an innocent way. Her and Brad's relationship was sweet, so I was willing to just roll my eyes at her and keep on reading.

And then the rest of the book happened.

Far, far too much of this book centered on romance. Kate and Brad go down the tubes quickly, as he spends most of the book in a coma. My eyebrows first started hiking as, right after Brad admits he wanted to marry her and Kate spends pages musing about what it would have been like being his wife, she then goes to Arland and asks him if he wants to sleep with her. SLEEP SLEEP, zzzz sleep, because she thinks that's ... normal. This was weird enough in the first place. But then she asks him if he wants to take a bath with her. With clothes on. Because that's a thing you can do platonically.

I understand Kate had been dreaming about doing a whole bunch of fun things with Arland for years.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Listro on May 14, 2012
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The fantasy elements were strong, but the main plot centered much more about the romance than I had expected. I'm not a romance reader. I love romantic subplots, but emphasis on the sub. I didn't like Trylle or Twilight, if that gives you any hints. Also, I don't really like present tense novels. So anyway, if you like any of these things, you'll probably really enjoy this book. In the interest of a fair review, let's (watch me) break it down. Yes. I just parenthetically quoted Lady Gaga.

What I Didn't Like: Start with the sour, then leave `em with something sweet. I didn't buy Kate as a teenager. The way she talks is too pretty. Like she could be a fair romance maiden. Brit had a ton of personality in her dialogue. Kate just seemed kind of flat self-inserty to me. I didn't really connect with her. The plot was kind of rocky. Started great and exciting, got lost in a mush of training and such, and suddenly what I thought was the main conflict (evil daemons feasting on the populous) took backseat to the me-and-Arland-have-some-issues-with-our-romance-and-something-is-wrong-with-Brad bit. It just felt like they were worrying way too much about their lovey-dovey stuff when people were being killed all around them. The magic was mostly fine, but I thought Kate had it a little too easy towards the end. Maybe it was just a bit mushy for me. I don't do mushy.

What I Liked: Great world. You've got a pantheon, daemons of all varieties, a war with the Darkness, and hidden old magic. Some parts are a wee bit of a stretch (Ground Dwellers, aka I'm pretty sure they're sort of dwarves and the humans are sort of elves; everything is inexplicably Irish) but those didn't stop me from enjoying it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dawna Raver on May 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book. Newbie author, Krystal Wade has a winner here! This solid 4 star story has everything: magic, romance, intrigue -- oh, and did I mention sword fights? Written in present tense, first person, Wade's style is a welcome change from many of the books out there. Ms. Wade has envisioned a world full of darkness where the only light comes from the hope of the characters and the growing romance between Kate and Arland. The storyline is well thought out and by the end of the story, you'll be wishing the next book was already out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was somewhat disappointed by this novel. In the beginning, I was bored by the story line. I was irritated by the fact that I am reading yet another paranormal novel where the main chick has a gorgeous male friend who is head over heels for her and she is too dense to see it or acknowledge it. The further I got, the more irritated I became. I kept thinking, "great, here is another novel where the main chick has be `chosen' to save the world for no apparent reason." Even though this novel is not about vampires, I could not stop myself from making comparisons to Twilight and the House Of Night series (especially the HON series) and that in and of itself is not a compliment.

That being said, somewhere in the middle, the story captured me. For a small portion of time, I was enraptured and I had to know what was happening with Arland and how they were going to cure Brad and just what would happen in general. So somewhere along the way, the plot and action pick up enough to keep me mildly entertained.

Then towards the end, I was once again having to fight myself to keep reading. I think a lot of my problems are with Kate, who deliberately ignores Brad's feeling for her when her family and friends tell her over and over again that he is in love with her. In fact, I found her to be a lot like Zoey from the House of Night series, except for the whole promiscuous bit because whereas Zoey seems to redefine the word, Kate is still very chaste in her relationships. In the end, I guess this novel just wasn't for me. It's well written, but the characters feel a little flat and it ends with a horrid cliffhanger. Hopefully someone out there will enjoy it more than I did.

****Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****
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