Review- Wildefire

July 12, 2011 Reviews 13

Wildefireby Karsten Knight
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Age Group: YA
Source: Galley Grab
Preorder this Book: Amazon

WildefireSummary (from Goodreads)
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.
My Review:

I have been waiting to read this book for MONTHS! I was so excited for it, and I thought it was going to be amazing. Then, there was a point somewhere in the middle of the book when I felt that the book was not going much of anywhere. I was sad, but I kept reading. I was sad for about 5 more pages and then bam! The end of this book really delivered! I was so relieved; I KNEW it would be good. I really, really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Wildefire was more of a setup for its’ sequel for me. It has a lot of background information about all the characters and it takes a while to really get going, but once it gets there- oh man, will you be happy! The end of this book was crazy! Karsten Knight really knows the true meaning of surprising plot twists. And holy cliffhanger! I have no idea where to even go with this ending. Who do I believe? What is even going on? It’s so crazy in such a great way! The last 50 or so pages were by far my favorite and by the way everything is shaping up, the second book is going to be amazing.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with Ash and Eve next. I hope Ashline kicks her butt because Eve drove me crazy! (even though I kinda, sorta, maybe think her powers are cooler than Ash’s. Just a little though)

Ok, now for the reason that I thought the middle of the book kind of lagged a bit in some parts. I thought that the back-stories for the various characters were a bit long. They lost my interest after I had read the first two. Also, I like cliffhangers as much as the next girl, but a few times throughout the book the chapters ended abruptly. This is fine with me, but one or two times those particular story lines did not really get addressed again. They were just left there or referenced once. I would have liked those mini-cliffhangers to have been better addressed. One thing I did love about the layout of the story were the interludes. I thought that was a really cool way to break up the story and I thought they were perfectly placed. They were great breaks to the story.

Overall, Wildefire is a wonderful book! I loved it, and Karsten Knight needs to get the second book out right now so I can read it!

4/5 Gavels.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

13 Responses to “Review- Wildefire”

  1. Stephanie McNemar

    So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve been trying to decide whether to buy this one on kindle. I’m looking for an awesome book to follow up Maureen Johnson’s name of the star.

    New follower 🙂
    Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader

  2. Darcus

    I’m glad you liked it! I’ve been DYING to read Wildefire since before it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on it!

  3. Annie McElfresh

    I had his ARC on galley Grab and didn’t get to it in time to read it. Looks like this is one I need to make time for though! Thanks for the review! 🙂

  4. Leah

    sounds like an overall great read! i look forward to reading it at some point and *keeping my fingers crossed* that i may win a copy! thanks!

  5. Cass

    Sounds like a good book. But I may get frustrated with it because I don’t like when the stories aren’t addressed. Maybe the sequel will give those backstories some closure…

  6. Chen Yan Chang

    Sounds like an awesome book! I like that the main character is Polynesian. That’s something cool and different! Ooh, a battle between sisters. That sounds awesome!

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