Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Every flame begins with a spark.
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.
-While I'm not Polynesian but I can definitely relate to being 'the only' something (Black/Latina) somewhere so there's that bit to intrigue me. Plus it's PARANORMAL with a MAIN character of color. Can you say rarity? Ignoring that though I think it sounds like a fun read and I look forward to reading how the author incorporates Polynesian gods into the story. I know nothing about Polynesian gods (are they like Greek/Roman/Egyptian gods? Are all gods the same? Probably different?) and I love learning especially about other cultures so yay! My only fear with this book is that it sounds like the ending might be suspenseful and I HATE cliff-hanger endings :)
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