P233 "There's a fiery tide coming, and there'll come a time when you're going to have to decide where you stand. Do you want to be just a flicker in history? Or will you stand up and be a torch in the tide?"
Wh... thi... bril... puhhh.......
Words. Gone. All the beautiful ones have been stolen from the stars and knitted into literary jewels by the awesome Karsten Knight. Seriously. Wow. I could lick this book the writing is so utterly scrumptious, divine, brilliant. I literally hugged this hardback when I was done and it's only the second time I've ever done that.
P355 "Above the heads of the dancing students, the rafters had been strewn with hundreds of lighted orbs, burning pale like miniature galaxies. Ash had this vision of the roof ripping open along the seams, and all of the lights flying off into the jaws of the night."
Almost every page has at least one extended metaphor that made me sigh soooo happily. And it's not just the truly magnificent prose that makes Karsten Knight's Wildefire a singularly tremendous addition to the YA paranormal genre, but the originality of the concept, the authentic characterisation, the thrilling suspense and vivid action. I won't go into the plot because discovering what Ash and the other teens she befriends at Blackwood Academy are is truly very cool but I will say that from the first page I was hooked. The novel begins with action, moves into suspense, then action, then romance, then creepy, creepy suspense, then action, then romance, then suspense, then action, then action, then action... you get where I'm going with this right?
Quite literally a book you won't want to put down.
I can't even form a proper review for this novel... Knight really has kidnapped all the best words, holding them captive in this phenomenal world he's created. Usually I go through prose, plot and characterisation but I just... I'm still on a Wildefire high. I've been burned people, burned by the awesomeness.
Suffice to say... I'm highly recommending Wildefire by Karsten Knight.
I haven't given this rating to any paranormal books this year (only dystopian so far) but here it is...
Ten Explosive Stars!!!