I don’t know why…but I’m not feeling too snarky today. Hopefully this won’t be a horribly boring book review …God knows, there are way too many people who review WAY too seriously. No offense to those who review seriously, it’s just a little attitude (I think) helps break up the monotony of long book review that’s been reviewed by a TON of people already. “Bueller, Buerller, Bueller…” Onto the review!
Author: Karsten Knight
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.
So this book was a little different than I think what I was expecting. The summary makes it seem like there’s this huge war that’s just waiting to be waged between the gods and it’s going to be the end of the world, yada yada yada. Not to steal thunder from the summary, but the summary isn’t really correct at all.
Basically, these kids all find out their are mythological gods and goddesses reincarnated and they figure out who they are and what they can do. The book has action and people actually die in the book…not just get knocked unconscious like other ya fiction books do. There is profanity…more so than I’ve normally seen. “Steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger”, really does get fairly steamy. Not that I minded…but some people do…
I liked Ashline and her character. There wasn’t the whole love triangle thing that I’ve been ready with every dystopian novel lately, and that was nice. The other kiddos in the book were just as cool, but it’s like they just took the knowledge of who they are and went, “Cool!” It didn’t seem like it really sunk in with them. Then in a certain scene they’re all using their powers like they know exactly how to do everything without any training or knowledge. …just seemed a little rushed I guess.
I will say this…the ending sentance was crazy!! So for those of you that like to read the last pages of the book to make sure certain people are still alive…or see who hooks up in the end. Don’t. Seriously. Don’t. It is meant to be the last line for a reason. Do I have you wanting to read the last line now? Good. … Don’t.
Overall, I think I liked the book. There’s alotta hype going on about this book, and I don’t know if I really agree with all the praises being said about it. But it was a good read and I’m glad I borrowed it from the library so I can give it back.