Author: Karsten Knight
Published: July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source of Copy: Bought at Hastings
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.
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I had never heard of this book when I seen it on the shelf. The cover looked amazing though. It is what hooked me from the beginning.
I love how the author brought in a cultural aspect that I have yet to see in a YA book. We often hear of the Greek or Roman gods but the Polynesian? No. I found the story fascinating and captivating. Ash is a strong and fun character to follow throughout the book. She is your typical teen in the sense she is rebellious and strong willed. After that you will have to read the book to see her qualities.
I always love when an author can bring old tales and myths to life in a modern way. Again love the insight into the Polynesian gods.
I was surprised to find myself sitting on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down.