Thursday, August 1, 2013

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight
2012, Simon & Schuster
Series: Book 2 of Wildefire

Synopsis: Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

The Good: While there are definitely some growing pains in this second installment of the Wildefire series, it ends powerfully - giving readers a strong and definite need to read the next book. Ash learns a lot in this novel, as well as develops her character more fully, molding her and the situation into something that may work extremely well in the future.

The Bad: The things that made Wildefire really shine - the boarding school, Ash's relationship with her friends and the mystery as to what is really going on are all MIA here. Ash on her own isn't compelling enough to carry a story. While she meets more gods and goddesses in Miami, they aren't in the same place as Ash in her development of abilities and the chemistry feels off.

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