Wildefire (Wildefire Series #1)

Wildefire (Wildefire Series #1)

by Karsten Knight
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Wildefire (Wildefire Series #1) by Karsten Knight

Every flame begins with a spark.

Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California’s redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life—it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead. But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was searching for. Because terrifying, supernatural beasts roam the forests around campus. Because the murderer from Ashline’s hometown—her own sister—has followed her across the country. Because a group of reincarnated gods and goddesses has been mysteriously summoned to Blackwood...and Ashline’s one of them.

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ISBN-13: 9781442421189
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Wildefire Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 269,919
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer. He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnightBooks.com.

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Wildefire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
PenelopeL More than 1 year ago
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.
Jenny_Rose More than 1 year ago
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.
SilverbookGirl More than 1 year ago
I love reading books with elements of mythology and this one was especially good because instead of just using gods and goddesses from Roman and Greek mythology Karsten used other less typical gods and goddesses from various cultures which I loved, it made the story more original and different. I talk a lot on here about Kick-Ass female characters and there are some definite ones in Wildefire!! With the combination of Ash, Eve, and Raja there is a whole new team of Kick-Ass characters! I loved all of the characters in this book, they were all so different and brought their own unique personality to the story. I have to say one of my favorite parts in this book was the flashbacks, it was a way of getting to know the characters in a more sensory way. Being able to be inside other characters heads for those crucial moments in their lives really brought them more to life and made me understand their motivations and personalities even more. I have one more thing to say and that is. SERIOUSLY Karsten?!?!? The ending is very, very cliffhanger full. I am ok with it only because the rest of the book was so good. An amazing book filled with kick ass characters and an interesting plot, don't miss this awesome debut!
Haddy More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Amazing characters and storyline. Highly recommended!
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Wildfire is a creative and interesting twist of mythology. Pulling the readers through a story of reincarnation and supernatural power will keep readers on the edge of their seat. The story of Eve and Ash is terribly soul shattering read previewing the reality of how greed and power can create a monster even in the ones we love. Knight includes a variety of mythological gods and goddess in this novel that will educate the reader while taking this exciting journey. The conclusion offers a twist that promises for an exciting sequel that readers will crave. Wildfire is a BookWhisperer recommend definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole series. Fantastic choice of characters and I loved the myths incorporated in the plot. I only wish there were more books in the series or a related book and/or a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not my thing
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bookaholicOR More than 1 year ago
Creative, but sometimes unnecessarily vague and circuitous in arriving at a point. It's also not for young readers who don't enjoy "spooky" stuff.
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I love this book. I hate reading until i found this book. I am going to get or read the second one. I could not believe that her sister would do something like that. This book made me cry laugh and half way die. This is in the top five of my favorite books. Karsten Knight is my favorite author now. If you like books like these then hee is threre more. The forest of hands and teeth(1 in series)by carrie ryan The dead tossed waves(2 in series)by carrie ryan The carnival of souls. These are all good books for you people who are paranormal romance freaks like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book! I couldn't stop turning the pages! All of the mystery, action, and romance had me hanging on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for book 2!
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This is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again another book ruined by too many plot spoilers revealing too much detail about the book, then bragging how they got their book for free. Bn, please do something ti these obnoxious plot spoilers. Limit the space for reviews so they can no longer give readers digest condensed versions of the books, ban them, but please put a stop to them ruining the books for other readers. It is rude and inconsiderate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I NEED THE NEXT BOOK PLEASE MAKE THE NEXT BOOK
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One of the best books I've ever read.
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