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Wildefire by Karsten Knight
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Jul 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: egalley, read-in-2011
Read from July 20 to 22, 2011

Rating: 7/10

Before I start saying anything about this book, I have a comment to make regarding character names. As of late, I have read three books whose main characters are named Ash. Granted, they're all different Ash's (Ash from Aislinn in Wicked Lovely, Ash from Aisling in Ash and Ash from Ashline in Wildefire). Just saying...

Anyways... Wildefire... This book tells us the story of Ashline Wilde, a girl who has faced many problems growing up and even more during the latest year in her life, which caused her to want to transfer to Blackwood Academy, a private school thousands of miles away from where she lived. There, she leads a rather peaceful existence for a while (and by peaceful I mean that she ends up being the captain of the tennis team and she is also dating one of the hottest guys at school), when one night something unexpected happens. Something which leads to 6 students being thrown together, when they hadn't really spend much time together before.

As is obvious from the blurb, there are gods and goddesses involved in the story. That might just seem like another shot at quite a popular subject in young adult fiction as of late, but Wildefire manages to stand out. Mainly for the reason that it is a mesh of different gods and goddesses from different civilisations over the world; there's Egyptians, Japanese, Norse, Polynesian and a little bit of Greek. The writing was also rather good and helped draw me into the story, despite the fact that for a large part of it, there is not that much going on. The ending of this book was what surprised me the most. It was action-packed and some of the things that happened just came out of nowhere. Especially that very last thing that happened. If you've read Wildefire, you'll know what I'm talking about. Honestly, though, talk about unexected!

As for the characters, most of them were very well developed. We got to see a little bit of the past of each one of them (though obviously we got to see more of Ashline's) and it helped with the background building. Even still, I would have preferred a little more explanation about the whole god/goddess thing and how that came to be. As for my least favourite character, that would have to be Eve, Ash's sister. She is unbelievably irritating, seems to justify some completely and utterly wrong actions from her part (like murder) and seems to show up very often in the book, making her even more irritating. She's definitely not an ideal older sister.

All in all, Wildefire was a rather good book, with an interesting plot and solid characters. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Embers & Echoes.

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