by Karsten Knight
Publication Date: July 26th
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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. - Goodreads
The main character, Ashline, left me a bit confused. One minute, she was a kick ass chick that I was beating the pulp out of the most popular girl at school. But then her badass sister comes along, and does the exact same thing, and Ashline thinks it’s wrong. Hmmmm. It goes this way pretty much throughout the book, with Ashline being kickass one minute, and then the next minute, being… not so kick ass. I liked a lot of the secondary characters more than I liked the main character.
The book is packed full of action and mystery. The plot was interesting and pretty easy to follow. The ending of the book is not just one cliffhanger, but multiple cliffhangers. Just when I thought one was over, another one started. The Mythology in the book was also interesting; I just wish it had been a little more detailed. I have not heard of some of the gods and goddesses that were in the book, but I would love to know more about them.
Overall, this was a book that I liked, but didn’t love. I will definitely check out the sequel, however, to see where the author is going with the story.