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Wildefire (Wildefire #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  6,638 ratings  ·  814 reviews
Every flame begins with a spark.

Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life—it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Kat Kennedy
Wildefire by Karsten Knight is what The Goddess Test should have been and wasn't.

In fact, Wildefire does many things right that the YA genre has been getting wrong. Those involved in the recent uproar over the lack of cultural inclusion in this genre can take a nice, refreshing, Polynesian breath of fresh air.

Or, you know, enjoy one of the many OTHER aspects of Polynesian culture...

Ashline is the modern reincarnation of an ancient Polynesian Goddess. Her sister, Eve, is also a reincarnation of
I did NOT see that coming! No, I didn't. Not. At. All.

Okay, so Karsten Knight and I got off to a rocky start. Not personally, of course, but in terms of his prose. I read the first chapter of Wildefire on the Simon & Schuster website, and I was not very impressed. I wished desperately that a competent editor would take a pair of shears to the prose and trim it. It was florid, there were too many similes, and it was trying too hard to be 'pretty prose', if you know what I mean. Being a hype-w
This is not for me.

A shocking amount of pointless, gratuitous, glorified violence that is written in such a way as if it should be applauded by the readers (and to my chagrin, yes, apparently some do think it is perfectly OK, no, cool, for a girl to beat up another girl for messing around with her boyfriend); everyone's flippant attitude towards this violence (really, a week's suspension for knocking someone unconscious?); a girl with her teeth knocked out trying to be mouthy with her victimize
This is going to be a very long review – I probably shouldn’t even say review. More of a discussion, really, of what I thought about this book and why I was not impressed by it.

The last book that produced such a visceral reaction in me was the latest one in the Strange Angels series. That one, I didn’t complete because well, I disliked it that much. This one I felt compelled to complete because people whose reviews I follow assured me that this book gets better. After completing it, I have come
Jillian -always aspiring-
(Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)

Wildefire by Karsten Knight is a strange beast of a novel. Nearly 400 pages, it's a bit of an intimidating novel – especially if you had been reading many iffy opinions about it as I had. Too much senseless violence. Unsympathetic heroine. Creepy love interest. So many one-star reviews had been coming into my Goodreads feed that, after a while, I had simply deleted the book from my shelves despite my having had the book listed to-read since August 2010.

But something hap
Steph Sinclair

Do you know how you are really excited about a book and you have this feeling you are going to LOVE it. But soon as you start reading it you start to wonder if you have received the same copy as others who fell head over heels in love with it? Well, that is exactly what Wildefire was for me. I have a confession. I totally fell for the hype with this one. I really wanted to love this. Even when I felt like giving up halfway through, I continued on in hopes that it would get better. But, ala
Over the past few years, in the wake of the sparkle madness, we’ve seen a wide variety of paranormal mythologies saturate the YA market to the point where much of it has become derivative, overdone and frankly, a little dull. To find something original in the market is always pleasant, so a novel centred around a reincarnated Polynesian goddess was automatically a must read for me. So far, my GoodReads friends have been mixed in their opinions on the novel, so I will have to be the dull one here ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I read up to page 118 and that was enough for me. I could not stand the main character- Ash.

From the very beginning, she grated my nerves- her dialogue and her actions were nasty and violent. I don't mind violence in a book at all. In fact, I've been known to read some pretty violent books but this was just stupid violence for the sake of what, I don't know? And don't get me started on Ash beating up a girl, hurting her boyfriend and then suddenly, she decides to be forgiving when the girls com
No no no no no no no just a million times no, Karsten Knight. I don't really even know why I rated this book two stars; it deserves a one but I feel like being nice today so it gets two stars for......I guess for even being published. Because either Knight is the smoothest negotiator in history, his publishers have never read a good book in their lives, or they all are idiots. Maybe even a mix of all three, but I'm guessing more of the latter. A lot more of the latter.

First of all, I really

Well, what the fuck?

That's all I have to say after reading the first chapter/preview. I'll still read it, but now I'm a little annoyed.


I give up. I tried. I seriously wanted to see something underneath all the cut-out characters, over the top--everything. I wanted to find something that would make my heart race, even if it was for a measly second. But no. Instead, I can't stand it. So, I stop right here (page 104).

I'll keep it simple: nothing is realistic. It's like Knight took what i
May 21, 2011 Courtney added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Courtney by: Emily Hainsworth
Shelves: 2011, ya-fiction
Here's something I never thought I'd say in a review but wouldn't mind saying again: Wildefire is pretty much what you would get if Sam Raimi decided to write a YA novel. We're talkin' like, Xena (okay, I know that's Rob Tapert but Raimi produced and they're friends and have you ever compared Army of Darkness to a Xena episode? Like certain cinematic sensibilities? I KNOW!) infused with the violence of Drag Me to Hell and the kind of wry humour you get in flicks like Evil Dead 2 and Army of Dark ...more
Wendy Darling
Read the first 80 pages, skimmed the rest, saw the big secret, saw the big cliffhanger.

Style and story are just not for me, and I really have no interest in spending the time to write a review. More details in my reading status update.
Ok, so I didn't finish reading the book, and let me tell you - I didn't even want to. I would rather go sunbathing on the surface of the sun.

(Also this review might contain a few spoilers for the first three chapters of the book.)

Holy shit. There are just so many things I’d like to talk about that I don’t even know where to start.
-How about the beginning?
-Thank you, voice at the back of my head called common sense and logic, something that the characters in this book lacked.

So. In the opening
I created a new shelf just for Wildefire called Pure Torture. Seriously I think you have to be a sociopath to truly enjoy this book. Nothing but senseless violence from a main character who think her sh*t don't stink. The book literally starts with a fight all over a stupid boy.

Fight after fight all in the town of Scarsdale, New York. This part cracked me up because I live in the same county and let me tell you, if this happened here the school vp wouldn't just stand by why some girl got her te
What? What?! What do you mean! You can't end the book like this! I demand a sequel!!!


*straps alter ego to the wall*

*mutters* Damn fangirls.

Q: So, how can I describe Karsten Knight's "Wildefire" without sounding like a complete and utter psycho?

A: I can't. I can promise though that I will not go off stalking anyone - I'm in a session right now.

But on the (relatively) serious note, I have to say that this was one of those experiences that you want to repeat, again and again. Seriously: I
Jul 02, 2011 Kaye rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy. No wait, I don't want them to be tortured by this either.
Shelves: 2011-reads
No. Just no.

So I logged onto PulseIt for the first time in weeks to find this book was already up for free, and was like, "Why not?" I love mythology, particularly those types of books that try to put it in perspective with the present - such as Rick Riordan, the amazing guy that he is - and the multicultural aspects that people kept raving about sounded appealing.

All I can say is, I have no idea why I went through with finishing the story.

First of all, a guy writing from a girl's POV (honestly,
I cannot finish this one. I have really tried to like it, but I am going to give up. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer and I feel so let down. I have been told that it gets better but I am having trouble getting past the characters attitudes. Ash was so violent that I don't know if there is any way for her to redeem herself. I was also shocked at how X-Menish this book was. I wasn't prepared for that and it felt way to cliche. So I am going to let this book go and grab some ...more
Update: I found out WHICH Polynesian Goddess he based it off of. And ding ding ding, it's MINE (Hawaiian).

I'm so annoyed. Yeah, yeah, every volcano brings about birth and destruction. Whatever. That's SUCH a scientific/exoticized view of things. If he really wanted to invoke our mythology well he should've actually paid attention to our origin stories.

It's not like it's really hard to find.

Yep, so in a nutshell, I was not a fan of this book. Like, at all.

My main issue with Wildefire was that I didn't like the main character.

Wait, scratch that-- I could not stand the main character.

Wait, scratch that again-- I wish the main character had taken a running dive off of a cliff and spontaneously combusted in mid-free fall, or met any other catastrophe a la Wile E. Coyote.

Like so:

Yes, that's how much I detested Ashline Wilde-- I had to whip out some visuals of her cartoon-ish demise.

May 19, 2011 Kira marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Wholeheartedly and lovingly recommended to my by Wendy Darling. I'm not quite sure about this one, because I am inclined to trust the lovely Wendy, and she was not sold. Not sold at all.

The author is kind of cute though. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

I'm going to shut up now.

Well, this book fizzled and died for me. For the record, I really wanted to like Wildefire by Karsten Knight, but the read just went from bad to worse. For starters, it’s not at all what I expected it would be. For second, it’s not very well written. The transitions are clunky and the author uses too many weird devices to tell a story.

I always know it’s a bad thing when I am not absorbed in a book, but this was ridiculous. I spent three days lazily chipping away at this book and didn’t get any f
1.5 stars

To say I fell for the hype for this book would not be the truth...because the truth is that I created my own hype for this book, long before I found Karsten's blog and saw how hilariously funny he is, which only added to it. The sad part is that after all my excitement, I didn't like Wildefire. I know, I'm crying too, because that means that what comes next is stuff I hate to type.

It's truth time and if you loved this book, you may not like what I have to say.

Let me start off by saying
The Short Version:
Unique in concept and engaging in play out, Wildefire covers a range of emotions and builds a strong plot with fantastic characters. Filled with witty banter and sarcastic retorts, and written in an incredibly fluid, intelligent way, this one is both fun and interesting. Ashline is a phenomenal central character, smoothly built and perfectly damaged to create a well rounded, fully dimensional and relatable protagonist. The plot has a very steady pace, and with easily inserted
2.5 stars

This premise is bursting with potential, but these characters need a big dose of likeability. While I commend Knight for his bold choice to write from a female POV, Ash's voice needs some work. The dialogue and narrative is littered with crude words and phrases that I'd venture to say many (most?) females just don't use. It's like the Beautiful Creatures syndrome in the inverse.

However, there is simmering potential in both the premise and writing, so I'll definitely be checking out the
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
So, I'm struck with the urge to tell you, dear reader, to run out and pick up a copy of Wildefire posthaste. More importantly, whatever you do, do not try to compare this to The Goddess Test because the only thing that they remotely have in common is the fact that they both feature deities/gods/goddesses. In Wildefire there is reincarnation, a very strong heroine (both figuratively and literally), deities from a bevy of religions and places, unusual weather (and lightning strikes) and--in my opi ...more
Scott Tracey
All I can say right now, having just put the book down, is that this is a book you should definitely judge by it's cover, because the text is as fantastic-ly deep as the cover is symbolic.
Ok, this book is extremely difficult to rate and review. So let me elaborate on why...

One rainy afternoon I travelled to my local bookstore in search of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer when I spotted this magnificent book just waiting for me to grab it. Now, I'd heard from more than one person that this book was terrible, violent etc. but the lovely cover and prose hypnotized me... I snatched it up along with Wolfsbane and went on my merry way.

NOW here's my actual thoughts on the novel. MEDIOCRE. I
(view spoiler)

Okaaaaaaaay, I'll be honest. This review isn't that honest. I just REALLY wanted an opportunity to do THAT >>> (view spoiler)
So, I'll read it again and give you an honest review, but not today, because I got stuff to do.
Samantha Young
P233 “There’s a fiery tide coming, and there’ll come a time when you’re going to have to decide where you stand. Do you want to be just a flicker in history? Or will you stand up and be a torch in the tide?”

Wh… thi… bril… puhhh…….

Words. Gone. All the beautiful ones have been stolen from the stars and knitted into literary jewels by the awesome Karsten Knight. Seriously. Wow. I could lick this book the writing is so utterly scrumptious, divine, brilliant. I literally hugged this hardback when I w
That first chapter was insane (so was the last one for that matter) talk about a beat down... I would not mess with Ashline Wilde, I can tell you that much. Girl is bad ass. I also wish I could channel her witty and sarcastic comebacks.... I've never been that cool, nor that confident. Ashline is about as far from a Mary-Sue type character as you can get. And I loved it! The other characters are just as vibrant and unforgettable as Ashline.

The mythology within the story was fascinating. The mix
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Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader,
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