Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - WILDEFIRE by KARSTEN KNIGHT - WILDEFIRE # 1

By : Karsten Knight
Published By : Simon & Schuster
Released : July 26th 2011 
Details : Ebook , Simon & Schuster Galley Grab, 401 Pages

RATING : 4 COLT STARS!!!

Book Blurb : Taken 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.




BOOK REVIEW:


*Rubs hands together* ..Where do I start...... I really enjoyed ‘Wildefire’, for a debut novel, Karsten did great. I really liked the whole Polynesian Goddess thing he was working. I don’t truly know a whole lot from ‘Wildefire’ about Ashline Wilde with regards to the goddess part of her character, obviously with 2 more books in the series ( go Karsten ! ) I shall be finding out. I know she plays tennis well, which kind of was a tad ho hum for me, not unless she is going to be wielding that racquet to save the world. I loved the action, the violence was well done and let’s face it Gods can be good they can be bad they can be swayed very easily to be moody buggers.


Karsten wrote Eve, Evelyn Wilde very well. She is Ash’s sister and is she a piece of work, and yes a Goddess , basically she doesn’t really bat an eyelid when feeling inclined to kill somebody. Oh Karsten , you hurt my feelings with one of the supporting characters...very sad moment...I am hoping with the title of book # 2 ‘Embers and Echoes’, that I can smile again.


Now let’s talk hottie Colt Halliday, resident Park Ranger, part Hopi, native American, I was loving, that whole thing Colt and Ash had going on. That playful banter between the two of them , his wit, ( I thought this may be closer to Karsten’s personality after watching some of the vids around) but he was hiding from me for a fair bit of the book. I was hoping he would pop up a bit more often, I was looking everywhere for him. I’m thinking now I have read the book, Karsten is going to be pulling out all the stops and bringing this nice hottie into focus.


I really enjoyed the supporting characters , Rolfe, Lily, Raja, Ade , Serena and Jackie . I would have liked a bit more of Darren, he just seemed a really cool, fun, break the rules guy.


Obviously ‘Wildefire’, was the book to set up all the characters , give us the foundations for future books in the series. It has a nice pace to it. There is this mystery with the Cloaks...I have changed my mind about them. I am chomping at the bit with the ending, book # 2, ‘Embers and Echoes ‘, can’t be released quick enough, I feel like this party is just getting started. Especially the way Karsten went all badass on the ending.



FAVE QUOTES:



“Don’t give me that look, Princess.” Darren wagged a finger at her.


“And let’s be honest here. Between the three of us, you are the only varsity athlete, and by a landslide the most muscular. So ditch the heels , stretch those born-to-play-tennis legs of yours, and get behind the damn truck.”


When Ash made no initial move to do as he said, he added, “Truck’s not going to push itself.”



“Colt Halliday?” she repeated, but ignored his outstretched hand. “Sweet name. Isn’t there a stagecoach somewhere you should be robbing?”





“Christ Halliday, the lumberjack union called. They want their arms back. Do you protect the forest or cut it down?”





“Rough-and-tumble?” Ash plucked at his shirt. “ You rock the lumberjack vibe fairly well, but let’s not pretend that your ranger-issue button-down isn’t purposely one size too small, to show off your guns.”


“Mom taught me to look stylish, even when I’m chasing bears out of campgrounds.”





“Sorry Prince Charming” he apologised to the unconscious park ranger cradled in his arms. “Normally I’d buy you dinner first. But on the bright side, there will be no photographic evidence of this to haunt you later.”

P.s. I loooovvvee the book cover. I read it on my cheapie ereader that has a light in it and it brought the cover alive, stunning. I would often waste my battery looking at the cover, all puurrrttty:D

Michelle

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