Friday, 2 September 2011

Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight


Wildefire
(Wildefire #1)
Karsten Knight
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date: 26th July 2011
My rating: 3 out of 5

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.

Wildefire really is a book of two halves, I sound like a football commentator here, I know. Despite the pretty extreme opening violence in which the main character Ashline literally knocks the teeth out of a girl for messing with her boyfriend, (temper much? calm down Mrs!) the first half of the book was actually quite slow, readable but slow.

The second half does have plenty of entertaining snarky lines and the whole gods and goddesses mythology wasn't too overdone and it never felt like a mythology history lesson. It was however, mentioned numerous times that Ashline was Polynesian so much so that I expected this to be a significant part of the storyline, but nothing really came of it so it felt quite superfluous. Was it to make her seem more exotic and unusual? I didn't really get it.

What saved Wildefire for me was the jaw dropping conclusion which suggests some really interesting developments and a potentially exciting sequel. Overall, Wildefire felt to me like one of those first books that are all about setting the scene that you have to persevere with, but underneath it you know there is definitely something worthwhile.

Thanks to Donna over at Book Passion for Life who kindly let me borrow her copy of  Wildefire, cheers Donna you're a star!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you. Great opening but then it was quiet slow and to me a little confussing, some things didn't make sense.

    But that ending was excellent, like you said, jaw dropping.

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