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Wildefire (Wildefire Series #1)

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Loved it!

Life is tough enough when you're adopted, your trouble-maker sister is expelled and runs away, and you look different from everyone at your school. Then your boyfriend cheats on you, you lose your temper, throw a few punches, your sister appears out of nowhere, and . yo...
Life is tough enough when you're adopted, your trouble-maker sister is expelled and runs away, and you look different from everyone at your school. Then your boyfriend cheats on you, you lose your temper, throw a few punches, your sister appears out of nowhere, and . you decide you need a fresh start at a boarding school where you discover your mood swings are more powerful than you thought. Ashline Wilde-Volcano Goddess. Karsten Knight does a great job of mixing folklore and legend across cultures. It reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and X-Men. The language does get crude at times and there are some sexual situations. I still think it's a great story and Knight is a talented writer. I would definitely recommend this book and hope to see more from this author.


I won this free ARC from Simon and Schuster.

posted by Jenny_Rose on June 28, 2011

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11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Unrealistic consequences, and not enough character distinction.

Let me start off by saying what I like about Wildefire:
-The diversity is fantastic. That line in the description that says "group of gods and goddesses" does not lie. They are a group of gods and goddesses from all over the world, meaning that each person in the gro...
Let me start off by saying what I like about Wildefire:
-The diversity is fantastic. That line in the description that says "group of gods and goddesses" does not lie. They are a group of gods and goddesses from all over the world, meaning that each person in the group is a different ethnicity. I loved it, and wish there was more of this in other books I read.
-The conversation flows nicely, is very funny, and sounds like conversation of real teenagers.
-The main character, Ash, is not whiny and swoony. She's sarcastic and headstrong, and knows how to handle herself.
-Eve, the evil sister. She is my favorite character, and I love what happened every time she showed up to make life interesting.

Now for the negatives:
-First and foremost: not a lot happens until the last five or so chapters. There is so much set-up going on, classes, drinking, school activities, and other stuff that happens besides the main plot, that I was ready to give up on reading halfway through. I did push on though, and had an awesome surprise after a seemingly random conversation became the turning point in the book. It was the last sentence of this conversation that made me say: "oh, dang!" ...and I knew it was about to get really good. And it did. Karsten's plot in that last part of the book was killer!
-The characters could have all been the same person...with a few exceptions. For most of the book, they have the exact same sense of humor and the same types of jokes and comebacks. Any one of them could speak another's line and I wouldn't know because none of them have enough of their own voice, besides Eve.
-Teenage girl dating much older and completely random forest ranger who is clingy and shady from the beginning = not a good idea. And that's not a spoiler for the plot...It's just safety 101.
-I know there are debates about whether or not this is a valid complaint, but my opinion is firm: Ash is way too violent for my tastes. I don't mind her sarcastic attitude and rough exterior at all. It's quite refreshing not to have a timid and swooning character. But it seems she can't be sarcastic and headstrong and know how to handle herself, without getting physical all the time; she hits people for the smallest reasons, knocks some characters down without a thought, and threatens and even assaults her own friends and boyfriend(s). What person--who wants to keep her friends and boyfriend, at least--does that?

I get that she's a goddess, who could technically be prone to violence. But she rejects another character because she's too violent, yet here she is being violent herself...towards her friends! Not to mention that the other gods and goddesses (including the mighty god of thunder) seem to have a lock on their outbursts of anger. And the fact that she's Polynesian does not at all explain the reason for her angry bursts (as one reviewer tried to claim), so I am left eternally wondering about it.

Lastly: There are unrealistic consequences happens, unless Eve does it. One example: The principal of the school timidly stands by and watches a girl get knocked down by two different people, while mentally wagging a finger and threatening to call the police. One got an arrest warrant afterward, and one only got a week suspension.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by PenelopeL on June 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Young adult fantasy should be listed as such

    And fantasy paranormal because many dont care for genre combo didnt read further in reviews in case a vampire werewolf deamon or ghost showed up mom

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