{Book Review} Initiation by Imogen Rose

March 24, 2012 Blog Tours, Reviews 4

Initiation by Imogen Rose
Pages: 412
Publication Date: December 25th 2011 by Imogen Rose
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog Tour
Series: Bonfire Academy #1 (Prequel series to Bonfire Chronicles)
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon

 Summary(from Goodreads):

Welcome to Bonfire Academy. Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk… but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.
This is part one of the prequel series (Bonfire Academy) in the Bonfire Chronicles. Book two, INTEGRATION, will be released summer 2012.

I love that this book had some meat to it. I have been reading so many shorter books lately so it was nice to change it up and go for a 400 page plus book. You really have more of a chance to get to know all of the characters and the build up and secrets are so much cooler! I really enjoyed this book and I know Im going to love following the Bonfire Academy series as well as the Bonfire Chronicles series.

I feel like Faustine is going to start taking a more central role in the books. I hope she has some character growth in the next one, because while I did like her, I just wasn’t too please with some of her changes towards the end of the book. She started to get a little bit of a cocky edge to her. I hope she still remains somewhat nice. I am super curious to learn more about the secrets that surround her. There was a nice little buildup and even by the very end of the book it’s still very mysterious.

While I like Faustine, I LOVE Cordelia. I really hope she remains a main character in the chronicles series. I have to know what is going to happen between her and Quinn and Jagger. It’s not even really a love story because nothing really happened. Both guys are super nice and sweet. Quinn in so trusting. He never once suspected anything was going on between Cordelia and Jagger and he never once got jealous. It was a little anti-climactic in that regard. I mean, come on, in a school of this size everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. But somehow it was totally secret that Jagger and Cordelia were all of a sudden together way more than normal. It was a little strange. Hopefully the relationships will pick up in the next book. It’s hard for me to say who I like for Cordelia. I just love Jagger, but Quinn is awesome. He was ALWAYS there for Cordelia and never once complained or put up a fuss. It was a little unrealistic. He is a demon after all, he shouldn’t be quite so giving and nurturing. Perhaps if he was more like a normal demon I could pick Jagger over him more easily?

Overall, the storyline is excellent. It pulls you right into the world of this cool boarding school brimming with paranormals. I liked how realistic the setting was. The fact of the matter is, if you get enough young paranormals together, who don’t all get along by the way, there are bound to be some mishaps and fights. I also appreciated how hard control was for some of them. I have read a few books where you see shifters and vampires with a surprising control over their baser instincts and it is not always too realistic. There were a few instances of choppy writing at the beginning and the relationship development could use a little work on the realistic front. But this is a great story!! I can’t wait for the second book to come out. I actually want to read it right now. I don’t want to wait! 

4/5 Gavels

About Imogen Rose
Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.
For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.
PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.
The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. FAUSTINE is Imogen’s first book in her new series, the Bonfire Chronicles.
Imogen is a self-confessed Hermès addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.

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4 Responses to “{Book Review} Initiation by Imogen Rose”

  1. bookbitereviews

    Thank you so much for reviewing this. I have never heard of this book before today, but now i am anxious to get my hands on it and am clicking on the amazon link as we speak lol.

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