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August 1, 2011


imageTitle: Wildefire
Author: Karsten Knight
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: July 26, 2011 
Received From:  Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
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.

I love reading books with elements of mythology and this one was especially good because instead of just using gods and goddesses from Roman and Greek mythology Karsten used other less typical gods and goddesses from various cultures which I loved, it made the story more original and different.
I talk a lot on here about Kick-Butt female characters and there are some definite ones in Wildefire!!  With the combination of Ash, Eve, and Raja there is a whole new team of Kick-Butt characters! I loved all of the characters in this book, they were all so different and brought their own unique personality to the story.
I have to say one of my favorite parts in this book was the flashbacks, it was a way of getting to know the characters in a more sensory way. Being able to be inside other characters heads for those crucial moments in their lives really brought them more to life and made me understand their motivations and personalities even more.
I have one more thing to say and that is… SERIOUSLY Karsten?!?!? The ending is very, very cliffhanger full. I am ok with it only because the rest of the book was so good.
An amazing book filled with strong characters and an interesting plot, don’t miss this awesome debut!

5 maps

Also if you have never seen one of Karsten’s vlogs you seriously need to check them out! They are hilarious!!! http://www.karstenknight.com/ also that cover? Um… yes


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