Book Review: Wildefire

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Title: Wildefire (Wildefire #1)
Author: Karsten Knight
Origins: Bought at Borders (R.I.P.!)
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.

My Review:

Disclaimer: I am prejudiced to like this book. It has mythology, boarding schools and other general awesomeness in it.

My first thought upon finishing this book was “wait… it’s over?” My second? “MOOOOAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!1!” This book is so absolutely stuffed full of awesome! the main character Ashline recently moved to a boarding school after her delinquent sister causes a tragedy. As we all know by now, boarding school books are practically a must-love for me. But this new school thing doesn’t go quite as well as planned when Ashline finds out she and several of the other students are reincarnations of Gods from religions all over the world. A book with that description might as well be a home run with bases loaded before I even open the cover!

But the thing that really made this one sing for me was the language. Knight has a way with words that makes them jump off the page. I’ve probably said this before but the truly amazing authors write so well that all I remember is seeing pictures. Knight did that for me. Flipping through now, I can see why. The words flow around the scenes, changing tone so smoothly to fit a new scene you hardly realize where the divide was.

I know I’m slightly behind the general squee-age for this one, but I think I am not alone in saying this is a fabulous book that is ready to take its place with the Harry Potters and Percy Jacksons of our world! Now where/when can I find me some more of this awesomeness?!

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One Response to “Book Review: Wildefire”

  1. Phanee says:

    I read this one when it was available on GalleyGrab a few months ago and my favourite thing about it was the fact that it had to do with deities from all over the world! It made it different in a world of books that has recently had many god/goddess books added to it! I can't say I loved it as much as you obviously did, but it is a book I would like to own (just probably in PB, not HB).

    PS: Age is not an issue, so don't worry about it! If you like a book, you like it!

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