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- File Size: 1779 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing (23 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006DI7XH6
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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INITIATION (Bonfire Chronicles Prequel 1) (Bonfire Chronicles: Bonfire Academy) Kindle Edition
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I loved how this was a really easy book to read. The words simply flowed off the page and it required very little effort to read this book. It's the sort of book that you fly through in a few hours without even realising that any time has passed at all. Some parts of the story weren't properly developed and I thought they were a little rushed but for the most part, this was a well structured and well written book with a really interesting plot line.
I was quite surprised by the story line for some reason. For starters, there are many more paranormal creatures than I imagined with faeries, shifters, demons, vampires, wanderers and witches. Some things that the characters do are completely unpredictable and surprising which I both like and dislike. I suppose this was because we don't really know the characters all that well yet and the academy's second golden rule: 'Trust no one', doesn't help when you're trying to figure out what everyone's up to. The action started pretty much from the beginning and continued all the way through. Some pretty gruesome things happened along the way which I was not expecting at all, but I like it when a book surprises me.
The chemistry between the characters is great and that really helped to cement this story. The majority of the characters are new to each other so they all had a certain air of mystery about them as we don't have any prior knowledge of any of them. My favourite character was Jagger because he just sounds so sexy. He has a really commanding presence and I love the way he is written in the novel. I find the character of Faustine a little annoying because I found Cordelia's love life far more interesting than Faustine's initiation, but that's probably just me.
One problem for me was that I liked too many of the characters. There was a sort of love square going on between Cordelia, Jagger, Quinn and Jewel and because I liked all of these characters I couldn't decide which team I was on. Another thing that bothered me was that because I liked all of these characters, it didn't really seem wrong to me that two of the characters were cheating on their girlfriend/boyfriend, when of course it was.
All in all, Initiation is a great paranormal book with lots of excitement and drama and I'd highly recommend it for fans of young adult paranormal romances! :)
This story has twists at every turn and keeps you guessing through out, looking forward to reading more of these great characters and more from imogen rose.
Although "Initiation" focuses on Faustine, who Rose fans will know from the book of the same name, and Cordelia, an older student assigned as Faustine's mentor, the book has enough other characters who play major roles that it could easily be viewed as an ensemble cast. It appears the "Bonfire Academy" series will be a prequel to the "Bonfire Chronicles" series. Those who haven't read "Faustine" should have no problem understanding, while those who have will meet a younger, less mature version of Faustine along with an earlier glimpse of a few characters they'll remember from "Faustine."
With "Initiation," Rose introduces a series that should be a hit for fans of YA Paranormal (a demographic that seems to include as many adults as teens). She has laid the groundwork for at least two more books in the "Bonfire Academy" series and the possibility of many more in the "Bonfire Chronicles" series.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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