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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers.

Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that’s
Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2011 by Imogen Rose
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Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone that reads as much as I do, it’s nice (every once and a while) to settle in for the night with a nice familiar author; an author I KNOW can write an entertaining and captivating story; so when the opportunity presented itself to read “Faustine” the first book in the “Bonfire Chronicles” by the lovely Imogen Rose, I jumped at the chance to get my grubby little paws on it. I have never been shy with my adoration of Rose’s ability to connect with her readers through her work, so my cont ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Faustine Spencer may seem like every other Upper East Side socialite. She grew up with all the privileges that wealth affords – a nanny, doormen, car service, access to all the latest fashions and the opportunity to attend an exclusive boarding school.

But Bonfire Academy isn’t just your typical Swiss preparatory school where the well-to-do leave their children to a life of study, skiing and partying. And Faustine’s attendance isn’t optional.

At the age of fifteen, after three years apart from her
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm really going to try to write this without spoilers because fans of The Portal Chronicles will undoubtedly read this next series - The Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen Rose does not disappoint with the first book of this series. Her smooth and easy-flow writing continue with this book. I couldn't decide if I wanted to curl up with a glass of wine (err, orange juice, is it is YA afterall) or if I wanted to sit up in bed and read it quickly before I fell asleep. I did a bit of both, in the end :)

Susan many books and so little time
I love it...I love this whole series...on to the next...
Maria Wilson
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I loved Ryker and Faustine's relationship. How they just seamlessly got together I just wish there were more scenes of them together delving into their feelings. So much crazyness happens in this book and I'm glad we finally know who has been behind all the chaos. I get Faustine is 15 but her attitude was annoying. How can she possibly choose school over trying to stop murders, chaos and complete havoc to the world. Glad she started to shape up though hopefully in the next book she h
Antoinette Lewis
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just think Faustine's attitude to her new role was lacking. Yes she is a teenager and her responsibilities are huge but she didn't seem guidance or be around the other leaders to grow she just wanted to go to high school.

I am saddened by how much of her friends died from the academy to this new school. I hope she meets Kismet because it seem as if they are destined to not meet as things keep happening to prevent that.
Mishel Forte
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

I’m definitely not one for spoilers and since the synopsis leaves so much of the story out I’m afraid I won’t be able to really go into detail about Faustine. I can say that the story is absolutely packed with paranormal creatures and they are used in ways I have yet to come across. I am really amazed at the creative story Imogen Rose has created. Faustine is fifteen years old and has just returned from Bonfire Academy. She’s been there for three years learning how to har
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12-13 year old girls
This was obviously written for a VERY young audience. And when I say young, I mean 12-13 year old girls. 24+ hours after finishing this book, I am still suffering from my brain cells slowly being squeezed of their intelligence. It is so important to me for books to be believable, particularly so when dealing with paranormal/fantasy settings. I could not find anything believable in Faustine. Not. One. Thing. Grrr. And even more annoying is that this had promise. Real promise.

Faustine, our 15-yea
My review of Faustine by Imogen Rose is based on an e-book copy that was loaned to me through a Kindle lending site. What follows is my honest review of the story.

I chose Faustine as my first official read of the summer because I enjoyed the premise to this novel, with a young demonic princess suddenly having to take her father's role in paranormal society. It turned out to be a good choice. Light and fun it proved to be a quick read, exactly what I needed as I lounged about the house.

One aspect
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faustine is the first book that I have read by author Imogen Rose and the first in her Bonfire Chronicles series...

This particular YA read is also one that can be enjoyed by the older generation of readers like myself... It is very fast paced, has many complex twists and turns to keep the plot flowing and the reader guessing...

There are quite a few characters in the story to keep track of and their individual relationships with Faustine can at times be a bit confusing or overwhelming but each a
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
***Actually 3.5 stars.

Faustine is half demon and half human. Returning back to New York after a couple years at a special academy for paranormals (vampires, witches, shape shifters, the like), a whole bunch of things start going wrong: starting with the Demon King of London disappearing. Then the king's children are being killed off or disappearing. To top it all off, mysterious murders are being committed by what seems like demon-possessed vampires. While this may not seem to have anything to d
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
I think this is a good book for teen audiences. The main character is named Faustine, but I won't reveal who or what she is. That's not revealed in the synopsis, so I don't feel as though I should say. The important thing is that Faustine is a paranormal, and she is very different from other girls her age. At the beginning of the book, I will admit that I just felt like I had nothing in common with Faustine. She was too interested in her status in society and expensive possessions. Fortunately, ...more
Elizabeth  Trudgeon Brown
3.5 stars: Faustine returns home to Manhattan after a few years at the Bonfire Academy to find that living life as a normal teenager is not going to be an option... But who is she? The secret is revealed early on in the story, but I promise you it isn't what you were expecting. Imogen Rose took the world of paranormal and made it uniquely her own. There is layer upon layer of vibrant characters, each holding their own mystery inside the overall premise, which contributes to the page-turning stor ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Faustine is back home in New York after three years at Bonfire Academy. She just wants to return to a normal life and go to school with her friends.

The same day she returns, she learns that her father is missing and that she must take his place as the Sovereign Demon of London. Not only her father is missing but then somebody got killed and left a message for her. Then one of her siblings disappears and the same message again.

Faustine will have to learn quickly the protocole and everything she h
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I absolutely love this author's other series - The Portal Chronicles - so I had very high hopes for this book, perhaps too high. I did enjoy it, and I do want to see where the series goes from here. However, I just didn't enjoy it as much as Portal/Equilibrium/Quantum.

I almost feel guilty for saying that. I really enjoy this author, and this is still a fun read. I think where this one fell just a little short was in two areas. First, Portal has a very unique premise. It isn't your usual werewolf
Misty Rayburn
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faustine Spencer was only five years old when she realized that she wasn’t like everyone else. At twelve, she was sent to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to learn how to control and use her powers. Now she’s back in Manhattan and all she wants is to blend in and live the normal life of a teenager. Her dreams of normality are thrown completely out the window when her father, a prominent sovereign disappears. Now she finds herself thrown into a world she herself doesn’t understand with political po ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really like Imogen Rose's Portal Chronicles so I was excited to read the first book in her new Bonfire Chronicles series, Faustine. Faustine is your average (kinda) fifteen year old girl. She's spent the last few years away from her family at a boarding school to receive special training. As with anyone starting high school, she wants everything to be perfect. The right clothes, the right friends, the right boyfriend. However, Faustine's world is turned upside down when her father disappears a ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011, kindle
Unlike the middle-class Arizona Darley (or Stevens), the main character in Rose’s "Portal Chronicles" series, Faustine comes from a much more upper-crust background. Yet, like Arizona, she is very likeable. I sympathized with her when things went poorly and pulled for her when she attempted to overcome challenges.

In keeping with the spirit of “Who is Faustine” (the tagline to Rose's pre-launch publicity campaign) I’m hesitant to say too much specific. I will say the book has paranormal character
Couldn't finish it.

I hated the plot. It was completely unjustifiable and weak. I was not able to enjoy it or get into it because nothing about it was plausible. The dialogue was terrible. A lot of it didn't match the character's ages. It would come across much too grown up, then drop back down to incredibly immature. There wasn't a good blending of the two extremes. There were also far too many exclamation marks. It was very, very annoying.
The romance was just awkward. It was sudden and there wa
The only reason I picked this book up at all is because I needed to wrap up the end of the Bonfire Academy story.

It has peeved me to no end, that the second book of Bonfire Academy, Integration, started off with a prologue that led to the end of the book (? what's with that stupid idea), what a giveaway. This left the entire book with a bad taste in your mouth. The conclusion to that actual story is discovered in the end of the 'Both' series concept. This needed to be cleared up by starting with
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I haven't really finished this book yet and already I find the plot lacking and the characters annoying. She meet this guy that she has barely spoken 2 words to and next thing you know they are in love. Also does she not understand that the world doesn't revolve around her, she is a "princess demon" and that comes with extra responsibilities and "powers" yet no one finds it strange that insist on staying where she is and no one find this weird. In the first 100 pages I knew that the dialogue wil ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Faustine is the first book in a new young adult paranormal series by Imogen Rose. You may recognize her name from the Portal Chronicles series, a young adult paranormal/science fiction/romance series. I very much enjoyed the Portal Chronicles, so was naturally curious about this new paranormal series.

What I liked:
* This plot is intriguing
* There is an array of paranormal abilities used and mixed together by the characters
* There is young romance involved

What I didn’t like:
* The pacing was rushed
Ami Blackwelder
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Currently reading and loving it!!! I love Imogen Rose. I love her characters and style of writing. Very different from my own, but lovely all the same. In this story we find Faustine has to figure out so many things as well as who to trust. With kidnapping, mistrust, and adventure there is something for everyone who loves the paranormal. She has shifters, wanderers, vampires, witches, demons and more! Yet I never felt overwhelmed by all the paranormals. Can't wait to read Initiation and integrat ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Younger teens
Shelves: ya
So I was slightly disappointed with this book. To me it felt slightly rushed and there were a few things that we far to convenient. I won't say much, I don't want to spoil it, but things just seemed slightly predictable or forced. I had half the plot figured out as things went. I felt like she was far to young, and rather niave, even though most fifteen year olds are. I will continue to read, the series, but out of sheer curiosity without true interest. Does that make sense? I hope Imogen raises ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Demons, witches, wanderers, oh, MY! Imogen Rose has done it again. This book is about paranormals, and their world. Faustine isn't what she seems, and when she returns to her NY world of upper class living, from Bonfire Academy, a very special boarding school, her world suddenly turns upside down.

This is a fast-paced, YA book, loved by adults, as well. I have the first three Portal series books, and this first of the Faustine books, and I am hooked.
Tania  Drakatos
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable to read

For a young adult book, I enjoyed reading it. I think I prefer when everyone was in the school but that's okay. It good to see what happens after they leave the academy.
I hope they are able to get Faustine's father back and Mayne find Oscar if he is still alive. And hopefully we can see if Faustine and ryker together.
I wonder if they can catch katrina back. I really didn't like her even for a bad guy/girl
Donna Fasano
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book could easily become a new cult classic much like The Wizard of Oz did in its heyday. Like any other teen, Faustine and her friends just want to attend high school and 'fit in'. But they've got a big job on their hands...saving the world from evil forces bent of snatching control of everything.

Author Imogen Rose has filled this book with interesting twists and turns that keep the story moving. I'll be watching for the next book in the Bonfire Chronicles.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I was disappointed with this book. The insta-love was not endearing, and the story continued to annoy me throughout. I had high hopes, but they were let down. It could have been so much better.

Don't get me wrong, though... I don't hate it. just disappointed is all. There just wasn't enough depth for me.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I was a little wary of reading faustine because I absolutely hated Portal! But I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I loved it!!!!! Faustine was a fantastic ride! Lots of action a little romance and a big mystery all rolled in to one fantastic book! I will say I am a fan of imogen rose now and I can't wait for the second book in this series!!!
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Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, the Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has l ...more

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