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Wildefire Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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"In an era when the young adult paranormal and urban fantasy field isblessed with an abundance of great stories and storytellers, WILDEFIREis an exceptional standout." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Knight has created a novel quite different from the coming-of-age/paranormal-teenreads that have glutted the market recently. Ash is a wry andinteresting protagonist and the romance and gritty, violent actionscenes are compelling." -School Library Journal
"Knight's debutnovel is an edgy twist on the magical boarding school theme. It's a fun, well-written, and engaging read with a last-sentencetwist."-Publisher's Weekly
"There's introspection here as well as sizzling sexuality, but the novel's strong narrative thrust relies onaction, from violent brawls and accidents to encounters with terrifying, supernatural creatures in the redwood forest. A promising first novel." -Booklist
"Knight has written a riveting, original multicultural fantasy. Teens will quickly devour this story and will be relieved toknow a sequel is on its way." -VOYA
Praise for EMBERS & ECHOES
"Exciting plot twists, interesting characters, and snappy dialogue willkeep them hooked, and a cliff-hanger ending will leave them burning forthe final installment." -School Library Journal
"Readers will be fully drawn into the fast-paced, brutally explosiveaction that leaves a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake. Thecliff-hanger ending will leave readers wanting more. The mythologyaspects combined with great romance elements make this series a goodchoice for girls who enjoyed, but have outgrown, Rick Riordan's series." -VOYA
From the Back Cover
I am the fieriest depths of hell.
I am the surface of the sun.
I am the belly of a volcano.
I am the unstoppable force that
has formed new islands, and the
same unstoppable force that has
brought cities to their knees.
I am the volcano goddess who has
survived a thousand years.
I am Ashline Wilde, and I may
not survive another thousand
years, but I'll go down in flames
before I go up in smoke.
Top customer reviews
Being a YA story, there is a love triangle of sorts. Pete the soccer star and Colt the college student/forest ranger are competing for Ashline's attention. Between battles with mercenaries sent to capture the paranormal kids and Eve creating her own unique kind of chaos, this book is packed with excitement and danger.
I really liked the dialog as the kids segue from normal teens with concerns for classes and parties to gods and goddesses learning to use their powers. This is the first book in a trilogy so there are strings left untied. However, it is a complete and engaging story in itself.
YA fans of urban fantasy/paranormal romance will enjoy this one.
They are from mythology of many different parts of the world, Norse, Polynesian, and Haitian to name a few.
I was soo excited to read this book. It has been on my wishlist for a while, and I couldn't wait for it to come out. The storyline sounded freakin' awesome, and I just knew I was going to really like it..so where did it all go wrong?
The writing was okay, the characters were eh, the plot was okay...This story had the potential to be AMAZING. A girl who turn out to be the Volcano Goddess? um.awesome! Tragically, however, me and Wildefire just did not click.
Firstly, I felt like I kept reading and reading and it took FOREVER for the plot to develop. It's not good when you keep looking to see how many more pages you have until it's over. I kept waiting for that "OMG I can't believe that just happened" moment. And that didn't come until the last page. Even then..eh.
I did not connect with any of the characters, wasn't invested in any of their lives. I felt like they were a bit generic, nothing special. For me, if I can't connect or relate to any of the characters, it's all down-hill from there.
I also had difficulty with some of the dialogue because it just didn't fit. In some passages I found myself thinking no. no. no. I realize the writer of this book being male and all had a daunting task trying to write the inner workings of a female main character, but I don't think he quite hit the nail on the head, so to speak. For example, the main character Ash (who's a girl) says the following to her friend (also a girl) when they are out dress shopping: "Damn, girl. You better get a defibrillator to go with the dress, because Rolfe is going to have a heart attack when he sees you in that." Awkward.Cheesy. and not something I picture being said in this context.
With the main story line of this book being about Ashline and some of her school mates discovering they are Gods, there wasn't nearly enough detail relating to the subject. I felt like it took until the last 40 pages to really get anywhere and even then there was too much left out. Too much time was spent on the build-up and not enough on the actual story.
So what did I like? The whole Polynesian Volcano Goddess subject. The idea of these kids being reincarnated over and over again and not remembering their past lives.Having kick-ass powers. And it did have one of my favorite settings-boarding school.
"There are two types of people in this world...Those of us who fear what we cannot control, who sit in the driver's seat of life and take charge of our own fates. And then there are those who fear choice, those so burdened by the mistakes that they've made that they seek solace in what they cannot control, knowing that no matter the outcome, at least it wasn't their fault. I challenge you to figure out which one you are."
"Strange to think we spend our entire life growing up under the wings of one religion only to find out that we're actually the fruits of another. Do you still believe?"
Bottom Line: I reallyreallyreally wanted to love this book. Sadly, I was left wanting. 2.5/5
It's really hard to write a review about Wildefire without write too many spoilers, so I'm just gonna jump right into it: This book is maybe one of the best book I've read so far. And trust me, I've read a lot of books. There was so many surprises along the way that you never knew what was about to happen. Usually, you can figure out how the story is going to end pretty well when you read a book. Well, dear readers, not this book.
The first page of the book, Karsten jumps right into the action, leaving me sitting wide-eyed and immediately loving Ashline-Ash-without hesitation. She's doesn't hesitate to say what she means, she's kind, cares about her friends, and is also fierce. I absolutely adored her.
There was some pages that I had to force myself to read, but only because there was a lot of informations, but it fit so well into the book that I'm happy I read it and didn't just skip a page.
the romance picks up pretty fast, you get the whole "aha" feeling when you're introduced to Colt. And can I say, I loved him! Cocky, kind and handsome, I'm pretty sure every girl would have fallen for him.
Ashline's friends was also put a big smile on my face. I loved Jackie, Ash's best friend. She's just as fierce and funny as Ashline. And all her other friends that we get to know in this book are loveable and put a big smile on my face.
At the end, I sat there with my heart beating so fast I was afraid it would burst out of my chest, with both a wide grin on my face (I even laughed so hard that my brother looked at me like I was crazy) and had tears in my eyes. There was SO much emotions raging inside my chest I couldn't name half of it!
It's a sad, funny, heartbreaking book with a lot of action that I could have read more times, the best of it is that you don't know what's going to happen. Karsten have written this book so amazingly that I'm pinning for the second book. I can't wait to see what happens next!
If you love a good book, I would definitely recommend Wildefire. I hesitated a little before I bought it, but I'm so happy that I did. Loved it!
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