Wildefire – book review

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Wildefire is the intriguing first book in its series, written by Karsten Knight.

Ashline Wilde didn’t think her sophomore year could get any tougher. She’s struggling to fit in as the only Polynesian girl in her school, she’s just discovered her boyfriend cheated on her, and her runaway sister, Eve, has just decided to storm back into Ashline’s life. But when Eve’s violent behaviour spirals out of control and she does the unthinkable, Ashline transfers to a secluded private school, hoping to put the past behind her.

But the fresh start at Blackwood Academy isn’t going as planned. Just as Ashline is starting to enjoy being at her new school as captain of the tennis team and having a romance with the local park ranger, she discovers that things are about to get a lot more complicated. Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood, and Ash is one of them. On top of that, Eve comes back to haunt Ash, and Ash discovers that she’s got some strange powers of her own.

Ash senses the war between the gods hanging over Blackwood. She must learn to control the fire smouldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time…

I felt that Wildefire didn’t get off to a really solid start. Starting a book off with a bang is really important, and I agree 100% that this book did that. Well, actually, it was more of an explosion. The type of explosion where shards of glass and shrapnel are flying everywhere and you have to be really careful or else you’ll end up like a chopped carrot. To say it in other word, so many things were going on and I had to read carefully to try and understand what was going on. I feel like this book tried to pack too much into the first chapter. Firstly, we got introduced to about ten characters within five pages. I was confused, to say the least. After reading almost half of the book, I finally got a grip on what was going on. The one thing that annoyed me the most was the pace of the book. This book was really inconsistent with how fast it flowed. At times, I was on the edge of my seat with my heart thudding in my chest and my eyes glued to the pages. At other times, I was considering reading with my eyes closed, because I knew I wasn’t going to miss much. The speed of this book was so up and down and I never knew what to expect. Sometimes, that was a good thing. One thing I loved about this book was the amount of plot twists. For the most part, they were unexpected and added another layer of mystery to the book.
I didn’t really connect with the characters in this book. Especially Ashline. Even though Ashline was the main character, I really felt no empathy towards her at all. Honesty, I couldn’t care less if something bad happened to her. Before you start calling me heartless, let me explain. Ashline annoyed me so much. She thinks its fine for her to beat up a girl, but when her sister does practically the same thing, she’s allowed to hate her for it? If any of you have read Vampire Academy, Ashline seemed like just a more annoying and hypocritical version of Rose. My favourite character of this book was definitely Eve. I’m pretty sure that Eve was supposed to be the character I didn’t like, but I didn’t even hate her. She was the most fun person to be around and I loved how I could never tell what she was going to do next. I think another reason why I loved Eve was because she reminded me a lot of my favourite character from the Beautiful Creatures series, Ridley. I liked Colt as a love-interest, but I didn’t swoon over him at all. He was witty and was a good character; I just didn’t completely fall for him. There are still another two books in the series though, so he might become one of my favourite book boys in that time. But all of the other characters seemed so unimportant and unspectacular to me that I don’t even think they need a mention.
I didn’t go head-over-heals for the plot. It was complicated, which I usually like, but I hadn’t read any books about reincarnated gods and goddesses which is probably why I couldn’t get into it. Maybe I’m just not the sort of person who likes reading books about reincarnations of gods and goddesses. But I didn’t really like the plot as well. Of course, the main plot revolves around the idea that someone wants to kill them. Like lots of fantasy books. Honestly, because I didn’t feel connected to the characters, I didn’t really care about their well-being. It would probably be different if the characters were more relatable to me.
I liked some aspects of this book and others not so much. I guess the big question is, did I like enough to think about reading the sequel? Because of the massive cliff-hanger at the end of the book, I’m not really given any choice. I’ll probably end up read the next book, and the one after that, just to put a close to this series. I really hope I like the next two more than this one. I’d give Wildefire by Karsten Knight a score of 6.5 out of 10. I don’t think this is really my type of book, but I’m going to give the next book a go!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!