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.
I didn't really know what to make of this book when I first picked it up. It's pretty different from a lot of the paranormal YA titles out there right now. First of all, it's told through the eyes of a female teen--Ash--but it was written by a guy. That gives a pretty unique perspective. Romance is not the focus here.
Ash has a burning inside her, one that her sister Eve has always managed to stoke. When her sister is around, bad things happen, and Ash finds that it's more than a little difficult to control herself. So when tragedy strikes, and Ash is sent to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere, she takes it as a fresh start--one without her sister.
But then strange things start to happen, and Ash finds herself caught up in a war between gods living on earth, she's forced to make a choice--between her new friends, her new life, or her own family.
Despite the novel's very violent beginning, it started off a little slow, and I had a hard time getting into it after the first bit. By the time Ash starts over at a new school, it was like I was reading a different book about a different Ash, but, slowly, you got peeks of the old Ash shining though. Her growth and her strength as she works with her new friends was great. I loved the relationships betwen them, as well as the budding romance between Ash and the park ranger.
The ending was killer. I immediately messaged the author and demanded to know if there was going to be a book two (hint: there is!).
I can't wait to see where this series goes.
Wildefire by Karsten Knight is out today!