Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: fantasy, mythology, thriller, fiction
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.
I could not, and i repeat COULD NOT, stop reading this book. I rooted, i laughed, i enjoyed the characters and their snarky comments towards one another. This book was fantastic and always had me devouring every word on every page. And i must say i love when male authors have their protagonist female because it takes a lot to enter the inner mind of the opposite sex but Karsten has Ashline Wilde, one of my top favorite characters because he can really pump out a kickass protag! :D
I felt like the story was a tad slow in the beginning but the characters made up for it with their sarcastic and witty gestures, and the narration just kept me intrigued. Ashline's personality was one of my favorite things about this whole book! Sarcasm for the win with this book. And Karsten does use it to the maximum and I could not say that I wasn't enjoying it, because the use or sarcasm happens to make me laugh. And Karsten is a genius with it.
Okay i need to get this out of the way now: COLT IS SO GODDAMN SEXY AND CUTE AND AMAZING. okay....teenage-girl-hyper-caps-lock-squeal-mode is over. But man i got so pissed when the narrator made me think Ash was going to kiss him but only "slug him on the shoulder" i was like, NOOOOOOOOO!!!! what a tease! And you know what another thing is a tease... THE ENDING!!! KARSTEN WHYYY!!!!! /regains composure.
I really didn't expect myself to like this book, and it turns out that I absolutly adore it! I never wanted to stop and was so conflicted when the book came to a close! I hope for a sequal soon because i need my Ashline Wilde sarcasm in daily doses!