Review: Wildefire

I received this book for free from S&S Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: WildefireWildefire by Karsten Knight
Series: Wildefire #1
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on July 26, 2011
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 393
Format: eARC
Source: S&S 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 guaranteed to be a storm.

Last week, I discovered Galley Grab, which I wish I had known about before. When I got my first mystery download link post sign up, Wildefire downloaded. The download pages do not say what book you’re getting (although the newsletters do), so I had no idea until it popped up in Adobe Digital Editions. I had heard of Wildefire and thought the premise sounded a bit odd and that I was going to skip it. Since I had downloaded the title already, I decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did.

Wildefire is a fun and violent romp. For all that Ash is much too quick to use her fists, she is a really awesome heroine. She kicks serious butt, she’s sarcastic and she deals with everything on her own terms. She has this crazy but realistic confidence that almost makes me envy her. Ash feels so much like a real person and one that I would not perhaps be friends with, but might admire and enjoy facebook stalking. Plus, it’s kind of nice to read a book where there’s a girl who’s a bit of a juvenile delinquent. There are a lot of reformable, sexy bad boys, but you don’t see too many ladies of that ilk.

Colt, however, I never liked. For one thing, I personally am confused and a bit creeped out by any guy who’s too interested when you first meet. Colt, a college student, sees Ash across the bar and leaves the seriously hot girl he’s with to pursue her doggedly. After hitting on her in the bar to little avail (since she left to investigate the screams), he shows up at her tennis practice. The fact that she’s cute does not make this non-stalkerish. Besides, as much as Ash was feeling it, I did not sense much chemistry between them at all. Their conversations almost all dealt with how he thought they should be together. I really hope he either improves or is not THE guy that she will be drama-ing with for the rest of the series.

The plot was fun and moved along at a really nice pace. Some things definitely have not coalesced yet, like the black monsters with blue flame eyes that are supposedly the ‘villains.’ I had trouble taking them seriously, because I do not yet know enough about them. The mythology was awesome, since I’m a big ol’ mythology nerd, especially since it was a cool way for folks to have awesome powers. In terms of storyline, nothing was really resolved in this book at all. It’s clearly going to need another book, which I will most definitely be reading.

If you’re looking for a totally fun, dark, violent book about hot teens with superpowers, you found it.

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