Published: Simon & Schuster (July 26, 2011)
Series: Book 1
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Wildefire started off with a bang. A bang that was made by a fist meeting a face. I squealed in delight. I don't condone real life violence, but I'm all about the literary type, especially in the instance of a skeezy boyfriend and his mistress. Ashline was all sorts of badass (a la Ellie from Angelfire. LOVE.) and established her persona in a big way from the get go.
Hi, Karsten Knight. I'd like to commend you on writing a non-obnoxious heroine who always knows the wittiest, most hilarious thing to say at any given time. Thank you kindly and I'd like to buy you a root beer float for your troubles.
Guys, this book was fun.
Ash's scary sister, Eve? FUN (evil. But a little fun, sometimes. Mostly scary.)
Headmistress Riley? FUN. (Also, she likes tea. And doesn't talk to teens like they're children. SHE ROCKS.)
The super secret things that happen to a group of teenagers, about which I cannot say much because it'll spoil all sorts of surprises? WAY FUN. (For real. It takes awhile to actually get there, but it's worth it. And a bonus for second-person backstory experiences!)
Creatures of the bump-in-the-night variety? FUN! (And nightmarish, according to the image in my head.)
And no kick-butt heroine would be complete without a counterpart that is cute, laid-back, and delightfully intriguing. Colt Halliday is quite the dish when it comes to male love interests.
My only teeny tiny complaint? I already knew what Ash was (I thought it was pretty obvious!) and it took her 300ish pages, give or take a few, to find out exactly who she is. But don't worry, that all went to heck when that crash-boom-blam of an ending threw me for a loop. Oh, hello, didn't see that one coming. Amazing set up for the following book.