Over the next few days (the last of 2011) I'll be posting my top ten favorite reads of the year, in no particular order. They're not necessarily books released in 2011 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. Feel free to share your own favorites -- I'm always looking for a good recommendation!
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Series: Wildefire #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring.
Why It Was The Best: Wildefire was high-energy and fast-paced -- I didn't want to put it down. Ashline kicks butt and takes names and is completely unapologetic about it. She's fierce and strong and a little bit wild. She's confident but flawed, loving but defensive. She's everything I want in a heroine. The mythology of this book is also different and exciting -- a blend of various traditions mixed with Karsten Knight's own imagination. This is a fun, thrilling read and I can't wait for more of Ash & Co's adventures!