Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Hardcover, 393 pages
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Wildefire #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Mythology, Paranormal, YA

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 Lredwoods, 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 THOUGHTS*
     This will not be a full review, because I got about 110 pages in and just couldn't finish it. It came as a huge surprise to me because I normally really like mythology, but this one I just couldn't get into. I skimmed the rest of it and saw the big secret, which is probably the main reason I didn't enjoy it. Even though I had made it 110 pages in, I still had to skim quite a ways until I could get to the actual secret, in which the story is supposed to had been about. Now normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I just felt like the part of the story that I HAD read was full of nothing-ness. I just felt like it could have been cut out. 
     Also, I felt like it was a little bit too unbelievable. Yes I know this is fiction, but still that first chapter.... It went a little over the top. If you're going to do some realistic scenes, please at least make the realistic scene a little realistic....
Overall, I give this 

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