Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The Story: 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: Ashline Wilde's life couldn't get any stranger. She's the adopted Polynesian daughter of two very middle class, Jewish parents who love her very much but don't have a clue as to who Ashline and her sister, Eve, really are. In fact, not even Ashline knows who she really is but her sister Eve is determined to show her. Unfortunately for them both, Eve isn't always the safest person to be around.
The book starts out with Ashline confronting (in the loosest definition of the term) the girl that her boyfriend cheated on her with. When her sister, Eve steps in, things quickly escalate into a dangerous situation. Things get out of hand and before we know it, Ashline is retreating to the remote Blackwood Academy in California - far from her home in New York. There she hopes to leave behind the unhappy and scary memories her runaway sister has left her with. For a while she's able to fly under the radar and even finds herself with a new best friend and boyfriend. Still, you can tell that the calm won't last forever; you just don't know what or when it will happen. When a fellow student is being kidnapped, Ashline hears the call for help but soon realizes she isn't alone. There are others like her, others with talents and gifts that make them so much more than meets the eye. It's with these other students that Ashline finally learns who she truly is and what it is they have to do. That is, of course, after they finish their finals and after Ashline has finally beaten her tennis rival.
Wildefire introduces a whole new world of gods and goddesses that I couldn't get enough of. Knight has a talent of his own for creating the perfect blend of action, humor and romance. Ashline's character is brilliantly written. She's witty and intelligent, not to mention good looking and athletic. The secondary characters are hilarious and fun. The story is well paced and has plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Just when you think you've gotten it all figured out, Knight pulls the rug out from under you and you're no longer trusting your instincts. The ending is excruciatingly good. I need to know more and I need it now!
Wildefire is one of those books that you will pick up just because the cover is gorgeous, but your enjoyment will not end with that lovely visual. Every single page of this book is packed with a story so incredible that it will leave you craving more and flipping that last page over and over begging for more words to materialize. I have been drooling over this book for months and it did not disappoint. Wildefire will leave you breathless. It's an exceptional debut from an extremely talented author. As soon as I finished reading it I was ready picked it up to read it again. Outstanding in every way!
My Rating: Seriously, sometimes a book deserves this much - this would be one of them.
This week is the official Wildefire Blog Tour week, so click the image below to make sure you don't miss any of the great posts by this amazing author during the tour. Also, there are chances to a finished copy of Wildefire on each stop of the tour, so you won't want to miss that! (If you don't want to wait that long, both B&N and Amazon are offering the book at only $9.99!)
And don't forget we'll also be having a Twitter party with author Karsten Knight next Monday night, July 25th at 9 p.m. Mark your calendars, it's going to be a blast!