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Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,177 Ratings  ·  605 Reviews
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Imdalind Press (first published October 30th 2012)
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4.5 stars
I'm not going to spoil the book for those who haven't read it yet!

Now, most of YA books are very unoriginal (they have the same plot over and over again) which makes them dull. However, this one keeps you guessing until the very end, and the story was refreshing.

When I was reading I was trying to guess what the characters were, Vampires, wolves, fairies or aliens...?Lol but all my thoughts were wrong, and I'm glad I was because
Lenore Kosinski
Oh dear lord that was epic.... I haven't been sucked into a world so much since Reckless Magic, etc. Ms Ethington did a fabulous job of introducing a unique universe that had so many intriguing elements, but wasn't too confusing to get wrapped up in. Though dear me, I do want to learn some Czech now so perhaps I could have a hope in hell of pronouncing some of those words in my head. I spent the first half wishing the heroine knew she was in an epic novel b/c then she would have seen some things ...more
DNF at 75 %. This review contains spoilers.

Ever ate too much candy? Ya know, when you eat so much you get sick from it but can't make yourself stop from eating more? Yea, this book = that.

Interesting paranormal concept. Somewhat original and I applaud the author for that. Sadly, not strong enough to make me wanna stick around.

The 'heroine' is beyond annoying - whiny, weak, immature, pathetic, TSTL. I don't need my heroines to be kickass right away, they can grow into that role, but there is only
Serena (The Book Comedian)

OMGOMGOMG, FINALLY, A GOOD BOOK; I was beginning to lose hope in authors' with all the crappy books I've been reading, BUT THIS, THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED.

P.S. I really didn't expect this book to be good because the cover was so cheesy


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Mar 05, 2016 Kazy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect going into this book and was presently surprised by the plot. You know something weird is going on, but don't really get the full scope of things until the action picks up..... a lot. The romance was high schoolish (lots of not quite kisses and mixed signals), but very cute and genuine. Ryland and Jos were willing to sacrifice so much for each other. There is a lot to comprehend when the truth comes out, but the author did a good job of not bombarding you with too mu ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 20, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
Can I give extra stars out of 5 like 8/5??
I was gifted this arc by the Author, Rebecca Ethington in exchange for my honest review. This is the first book in the Imdalind Series. I have to admit upon first looking at the cover, I really didn't like it at all. After reading the book, I realise that the female on the cover is Joclyn who at one point in the book falls from a window, but I still think the cover could do so much more for this well written action packed book. The cover could j
Melissa Martin
Free today on Amazon kindle 1/29/16
Kathy Jo
4/18/15 - Can't tell you how many times I've read this but I love it even more each time! On to Eyes of Ember! I need this refresher course so I can read Burnt Devotion. I'm dying here! Can't read fast enough! Lol.

WHAT?! NO!! That was NOT supposed to happen!! I can't be left hanging like this!! So NOT fair!! Ugh!!

I was totally sucked into Kiss of Fire from the start and absolutely LOVED it!! Joclyn and Ryland quickly moved their way to the top of my most cutest and amazing couples list!! They
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Kiss of Fire is the first in the Imalind triology. It has been awhile since I’ve read a YA fantasy book and I thought Kiss of Fire was a fun way to get back into the genre. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book, since it was free and self published (I could be wrong on that) I didn’t have the highest expectations. I liked our main characters Jocelyn, Ryland, Ilyan and Wyn.

I thought the book was well written and flowed pretty well, for the most part. I liked the beginning and
Gloria Green
Nov 19, 2012 Gloria Green rated it it was amazing
At the age of five Joclyn was bitten by something that sent her into a coma after experiencing tremendous pain. After almost six months she woke with only one side effect of the bite. A small raised red scar like a brand with a black mark in the middle. Since then she has wanted to do nothing but to disappear. Instead she did the best she could to hide the mark behind her ear on her neck by wearing baggy clothes and long hair hanging over it. She blames the mark for her fathers disappearance. He ...more
Heartbreaking... I need the sequel now they have to save Ryland!!!
Curly Carla Celebrity Readers

I think I found a new author to squee over. I’m already in love with this book, I’m already in love this series. I think there are about 5 books in this series and I will read every single one. This book was very steadily paced. It had a really good flow. I just couldn’t get enough of it honestly. I’m a little infatuated with this author. It’s very suspenseful. It builds and it builds, but it’s not building so slow that you get bored, it keeps you engaged
May 10, 2013 Marsha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before I get started, let me say that I did not finish this book. After reading all of the 4 and 5 star reviews, I was really looking forward to reading "Kiss of Fire." The writing was good, it grabbed my attention from the start; so, what went wrong?

First and foremost, I quickly grew tired of all of the Czech words and sentences without any translations. Then, the dialogue became quite repetitive until at one point, I went back to the previous page to make sure that I was actually reading the s
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Once again, the mark had destroyed everything, everything I needed and wanted within my life.

Wow!! Just wow!!! What an amazing start to the Imdalind series. Kiss of Fire was a book that contained everything. Bursting with suspense, action, romance, passion, heartbreak and excitement. This was a book that I had a really hard time putting down because I was desperate to find out where the story was going to take me.

Joclyn Despain has had a mark on her neck since the age of five. Sensing that t
Mar 19, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Loved it! Kiss of Fire was such a brilliant book-just perfect.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I liked the idea, but I felt it could easily have ended up being a dull, predictable book. Turns out I didn't have to worry because this book was amazing. The twists, the turns, the surprises-they had me on the edge of my seat.

Joclyn was a wonderful heroine. She deals with everything thrown at her with
Margaret Alexander
Nov 05, 2012 Margaret Alexander rated it it was amazing
Oh, where to begin with this book? The writing and storytelling was superb, as were the characters. It definitely had me thinking about the story even when I wasn't reading. It's just a fun YA read with a very lovable romance. The story revolves around the introverted Joclyn, who hides her face from even her best friend due to a gruesome mark she receives as a child. She eventually discovers that the mark makes her rather special, but also the target of a villain. I'm really edging around this s ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, magic, nook
I love this book!

This story was full of love, action, despair, and heartbreak. Joclyn was marked when she was five, but doesn't find out what it means until she is 16. But she keeps the mark hidden. Ryland is her best friend since childhood that she has slowly fallen in love with. They both have secrets hidden from each other. A big secret will tear them apart.

My heart breaks for Ryland, and Joclyn's broken heart. But I am so excited to continue this series and see what other heart wrenching plo
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I really enjoyed this story. Even though the romance took up most part of it but the plot, once started halfway, It was very interesting.

The book's summary actually is pretty straightforward. Jocilyn is hiding a mark that she doesn't know what it means. A little bit after she got it, he father left her and her mom. Now that she's in high school, she's wearing hoodies to hide it. She can't even tell her best friend, Ryland, about in fear that he'll leave her as well.

Jocilyn meets Wyn, a new girl
Excellent! 5 enthusiastic stars!! Terrific story-telling. I've read a lot of paranormal YA and this is right up there with the best. So grateful I have book two already downloaded. The only thing to slow me down is to complete this review.
Now on to Eyes of Ember.....!
Dec 01, 2012 Tia rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel but the emotions at the end got to me so much. I fricken cried. I think the novel got into things a bit too fast and the whole Ryland being the enemy thing totally broke my heart. I can only hope early spring 2013 comes fast because I definitely want to read the second installment ASAP!
Stacey Frederes
Jun 23, 2013 Stacey Frederes rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I was totally not expecting this great of a book! Wow! Could not put this down! The story had great world building, suspense, action, and best of all wonderful characters. What a great debut novel! Cannot wait to continue reading this series.
Aug 01, 2014 Bittersweet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Alright Rebecca Ethington, you have my attention. Got this book for FREE on my Kindle. I figure I've got nothing to lose when it's free. But it's so delightful when the free book turns out to be AMAZING. Loved this.

In the beginning I was feeling a little impatient, it took a long time for anything to really happen (I was exactly 43% through when things started happening). But after I finished I was grateful for the first half of the book. I was grateful that we were able to spend so much time w
Jan 25, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joclyn Despain doesn't want anyone to notice her. After receiving a mysterious brand when she was a child, which led to the breakup of her parent's marriage and childhood ridicule, Joclyn has been working hard to blend into the background. She does everything she can to keep the mark - and herself - hidden from sight. She hides behind long hair, large clothing and hooded sweatshirts. The only person besides her mother who truly sees her is her best friend Ryland LaRue.

Joclyn and Ryland have know
Joclyn Despain is a girl who gains powers after she's bitten by a bug on her 5th birthday. She grows up insecure and shy. Her mom and dad split when her dad becomes obsessed with her mark. To support Joclyn, Mrs. Despain works for a guy named Edmund whose son becomes Joclyn's best friend. Ryland, is super sweet and overprotective. He showers Joclyn with gifts and affection throughout the first half of the book. For me, he kinda seemed annoying. And the fact that the two friends could not just c ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Nocturnalpredatorsreviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a fresh original story.
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted at:
Nocturnal Predators Reviews

It's official, I hate this author for creating such a compelling and out-of-this-world novel. I mean that in an endearing and loving way. Half the year is gone and this is the first novel that I've read this year that was actually original and kept you guessing all though the ending, which is a cliff hanger (BOO!). Thank god I didn't pick this up when it released in November of last year.

The plot is so original and freeing that it's actually hard

Aug 02, 2013 Sheree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review* I don't like spoilers in reviews so I never explain scenes, just how I felt :]

Kiss of Fire is a wonderful story that will completely capture you in the prologue, and won't even let you go after you finish the last word. It was such a captivating story with amazing characters that kept building.
There is a little bit of everything and I am so thrilled that I still have 3 more books to share in this world. Rebecca Ethington's rich and colorful
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
Overall score: 3.5 Stars

Kiss Of Fire bring us into the world that involves magic, different creatures, and constant fight between good and evil. Joclyn is the Chosen Child who received a Kiss that gave her magic. But all her life she hated that "Kiss", a scar by her ear that she tried to hide every single minute of her life. Because her dad walked out on her, the only thing Joclyn could do is blame herself for everything and try not to stand out. Her Best friend Ryland is the only friend she has
May 04, 2013 Rhomy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS!

As you might already know, I love YA and I love paranormal romance so, yes I was drawn to this book from the moment I received the invitation for the tour.

And I'm glad I chose to review it! Because I loved it!

It was predictable. Yes, absolutely. From page one you can see where the book is going but the way the author gets there, it's amazing.
A marvellous journey.

Ryland is delicious and I love every single interaction from him and Jos.
She is great, a little too reserved but a great char
Este libro es el inicio de una serie juvenil paranormal con un argumento más original de lo que esperaba. Apetece mucho un soplo de aire fresco entre todas las lecturas de este tipo que, al final, se suelen acabar pareciendo.
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Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then on stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet ...more
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