Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Danny's Review on Wildefire

Release Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Source: Pulse It
Rating: Escapable
Series: Wildefire #1
The Other Books: Embers & Echoes, Afterglow
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 her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot local park ranger—she discovers that a group of gods and goddesses has been unknowingly summoned to 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 her before she clashes with her sister one more time. . .

And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

This review was updated on May 12, 2012.
The cover is actually cool, and the smoke coming out of the glowing flower is pretty.
A few dazed minutes passed before Ash had the presence of mind to pull her cell phone from her waterlogged pocket. She dialed 9-1-1, mumbled her address, and then dropped the phone into the mud, while the tinny voice of the dispatcher asked repeatedly for the nature of her emergency.
Even as the sirens picked up from the south, even as the red and whites flickered over the lawn soon after, Ash lay still in the grass, letting the rain cascade down around her, hoping her mind would take her some place—any place—other than here on the lawn with a dead girl.
Pulse It provided the book for me to read before it came out.

Ashline’s story begins when she discovers her boyfriend was cheating on her, and confronts the girl he was with. They get in a fight and when Ashline is about to get in trouble, her sister comes in to cause more. Her sister, Eve, has been gone for a while and Ashline’s clearly doesn’t want her back. As her sister is arguing with the teacher and Lizzie, and Ashline telling her to leave, the weather is changing. Her sister finally hits Lizzie across the face with her helmet, leaving Ashline to suffer the consequences.

But it isn’t over. They think Eve’s has run off again, so Ashline’s adoptive parents go out to search for her. While they are away, Lizzie and two of her friends decide to graffiti Ashline’s house. Ashline scares of the first two, and sees Lizzie on the roof. Lizzie and Ashline talk and Eve interrupts. She kills Lizzie and pushes Ashline off the roof.

Eight months later, we find Ashline at new private school trying to forget her past. You don’t get to know what happens with Lizzie and when the cops find them, or nothing. It’s just a mystery. Anyways, Ash has new fling with a boy but it doesn’t last. After a big break up, and the boy bringing up Ash’s past, Ashline decides to go get a drink. Her friends, Jackie and Darren, take her to local bar to get her mind off things. There she meets a local park ranger, and he seems to like her. But before she has chance to get more into conversation with him, she begins to hear a high pitch screaming.

At first, she thinks she’s the only one but four others join her outside to find where it’s coming from. Ash, Ade, Rolfe, Raja, and Lily find a blind girl from their school being kidnapped by two men. They rescue her, and take her back to the bar. There they find out the headmistress is searching for them and they escape. But in the end they get caught.

Later on, the blind girl, Serena, tells them that she called them to the school. The five that find her are more than they appear. They are gods, and each of them has a mission. Ashline's sister also shows up and this definitely isn't good news to Ash.

There are a lot of action scenes, but Knight has also added a great amount of humor also. I liked the book and all, but there seemed to be too many things moving so fast. Like Colt’s affection towards Ash, I thought it moved way too fast. Then, there were so many things left unanswered, I would have liked to know what happened to Ash when the cops found a dead body by her. I know their gods being teenagers but some things should have been clearer.
Karsten Knight announced on his blog the titles of next upcoming books in the series. Embers & Echoes is coming out in Summer 2012, and Afterglow is coming out in Summer 2013. Titles and dates can be changed, so don’t count on these being final.

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