Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: July 26th, 2011
Pages: 400

Goodreads Summary:
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 received an eGalley of this novel via Galley Grab. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for giving me a chance to read this. This did not influence my following opinion.

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

What I thought about it:
Wildefire is one of those novels that I "just liked" during the first part of it and after a certain point I just fell in love with it more with every page I read. It has a kick-ass main character, fantastic gods and goddesses and is full of mysteries that will take your breath away. If you like this kind of story, go ahead and get a copy, because you certainly won't be disappointed.

At first I was a little bit hesitant to read it, because I feared that a story told from a girl's POV could be slightly difficult to identify with when it's been written by a guy. But Karsten Knight did a fantastic job with Ashline and I really liked her. 

I admit that Wildefire has a lot of violence and to be honest, I was a little bit put off by that in the beginning. While those action scenes are fantastically written (you can almost see them happening right in front of you), it took me a while to get into the story because of this. While I'm not opposed to a little bit of violence in my books, the beginning of Wildefire had more than it's fair share.

But like I've said before, I soon got used to it - and, to be honest, hooked on it - and it was impossible to stop reading until I finally reached the ending. But then - I died. That ending was really close to giving me a heart attack. To be honest, the last 100 pages were one gigantic ride on a roller coaster and I need to know what will happen next.

All in all, Wildefire is a wonderfully written novel that everyone with a thing for mythology and good action scenes will love. Only the wait to find out what will happen after that incredible ending will be pure torture, but I'm willing to live with that. Although I hope that Karsten Knight will not wait too long to release me from my pain.

Have you read Wildefire? What did you think about it?

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I am really interested in reading the second book to see what's going to happen next. The ending was something else!


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