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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight: Book Review

by Karsten Knight
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2117-2
Suggested Ages: 14+
Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • Original and intriguing storyline
  • One of those stories that hooks you in from the first chapter and doesn't let go until the very end
  • Kick ass and funny heroine
  • Plenty of interesting secondary characters
  • Good relationship between Ashline and her friends
  • Hilarious dialogue - some really laugh out loud passages
  • lots of twists and turns
  • Adults aren't douche bags or really dense like in most YA fiction (extremely refreshing when reading from an adult perspective - read old mom)
  • Love the headmistress and the scenes between her and Ashline are just plain delightful.  Her philosophy on education and discipline is what I believe makes a good educator
  • Great teen banter between Ash, Jackie and Darren -- sort of Joss Whedonesque (Compliment)
  • Might encourage teens to look into background information of the various gods mentioned within the story
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Story jumps in a couple of places and leaves you going -- huh. But hey that could just be because I am a 41 yr old Mom with attention issues -- squirrel (Up reference)
  • Ashline seems to recover a little too quickly from a traumatic event -- but hey she is a teen after all
  • Would have liked more background information about the gods, but hey that is just picky
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It's bad enough that you cheated on me, during school .... but Lizzie Jacobs was the best you could do?"
"Hey!" Lizzie protested from behind her.
"Shut up, bitch," Ash said, raising a hand to silence her. "The grown-ups are talking."

"I know not all of the numbers lit up,  and it doesn't pull in many radio stations, but did it really deserve to die."

"Good to know the California air hasn't dulled that sharp tongue of yours. I was afraid these prep school kids would bore you to death."

What I Learned

  • Never mess with a god, especially one reincarnated in the body of a teen -- really makes normal teen angst look boring
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Kelley Armstrong, Kiersten White, Meg Cabot will enjoy
  • Good one for adults and YA
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review -- thanks guys really enjoyed this one!

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