Thursday, June 30, 2011

Recommending Wildefire (With an ARC Giveaway)

Just got in from New Orleans. At 1:30 AM. I'm exhausted, but  it's been ages since I posted, especially a review. I've been wanting to review WILDEFIRE for weeks now, too. And  really. There is just no time like right this moment. But first:

Have you heard of UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi yet? So excited about this book--even more so now after seeing it's new cover!

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Summary: Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.


Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I'm totally digging this cover. Just thought I'd share. You can learn more about UNDER THE NEVER SKY (coming Feb 2012 from Harper Collins) on Veronica's blog and her group blog YA MUSES. Dude, the book has already sold to more than 20 countries.

Some other good news for the YA MUSES:

Congratulations, Donna Cooner on your two-book deal with Scholastic

Donna's SKINNY will debut in Fall 2012. Such exciting news!


And now, back to regularly scheduled programming...

(Make sure you check out the ARC of WILDEFIRE giveaway at the end!)

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WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight

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Summary: 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.


MY REVIEW


If I had to choose one word to describe WILDEFIRE, it would have to be...unpredictable. I whipped through the pages, just waiting to see what new turns the story would take. It begins with action and ends with--well, I won't tell you. But suffice it to say you won't see it coming. Somewhere in the middle, I shouted, "OMG, WTF, Karsten!" I think my heart actually started racing. There was this...running...and there were just these...things--creepy, eerie take-you-by-surprise-add-a-whole-new-dimension-to-the-story things. There comes a point when you realize there's so much more to this world than you envisioned. The story just sort of grows and widens and sucks you in deeper and deeper.

It's also just really fun. Ash has some mega skills. A can-do, take-action sort of girl, she's no damsel in distress, no matter who's harassing her (or trying to kill her). But there's another layer to Ash, which adds to her complexity; she's a fighter, but not out of choice. She doesn't hesitate to protect herself, but she doesn't particularly like it. It's this inner turmoil that sets her apart from her equally strong sister--and makes her so appealing as a character. Her distaste for violence and a natural aversion to using her abilities to their greatest extent drives a good portion of her actions and decisions.

There's a hot romance, too, which adds to that feeling of un-put-downableness. But the romance is not the main element of the story--it elevates the tension and adds yet another layer of complexity to the plot and to Ash as a character. Which, if you didn't catch it from the summary, is already fairly complex by virtue of the fact that Ash is actually a goddess. And not just any goddess. I won't go into any specifics as it would ruin it for you, but what Knight does with the gods in this world is truly unique. Truly...unpredictable.

The writing itself will pull you in, too--clever turns of phrase and indefatigable humor. Ash has this incredible, dry sense of humor, whether she's speaking or thinking. It's subtle and by no means makes this a comedy, but it will have you cracking up. Ash is refreshingly blunt, but also witty. It's a perfect combination--a voice that can hold its own in a kickass urban fantasy. WILDEFIRE is a wild ride: funny, original and jam-packed with excitement.

WILDEFIRE will be available July 26, 2011.


WIN an ARC of WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight!


This giveaway is international and ends July 7, 2011 at midnight EST.


CLICK HERE to enter to win an ARC of WILDEFIRE

Thank you and good luck!

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Be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are highlighting today:

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Elana Johnson adores A Need So Beautiful
LiLa Roecker is gaga for Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Christine Fonseca interviews YA Fiction for Dummies author Deborah Halverson – with giveaway
Beth Revis interviews A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie author Matt Blackstone
Carolina Valdez Miller is wowed by Wildfire – with giveaway
Shana Silver and Veronica Rossi gush over Hourglass
Jen Hayley delves into Divergent
Rosemary Clement-Moore thinks Chime is divine
Stasia Ward Kehoe has applause for Trauma Queen

83 comments:

  1. AH I wish I'd been able to make it N'awlins to see you again, Carol! <3<3 (And duh yea I want the ARC of Wildefire. ;) LOL) *mwah*

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  2. yay! Wildefire!!!
    This book is high on my must get my hands on list! It is highly recommended to me by Rachel of Fiktshun. I'd love to win this book.

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  3. haha this is the author I teased for being unfairly hot

    Can't WAIT to read this

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  4. Totally blogged and tweeted about your contest. My TBR pile is dwindling and I'd love to add this one to it!

    Hope you had a great time in New Orleans!

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  5. I so want to read this. And I've already seen pictures of you in New Orleans. Sounds like so much fun!

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  6. Ah, New Orleans sounds lovely! And I've yet to read Wildefire, but I'm very much looking forward to it as the author is hilarious.

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  7. I've heard so many good things about Wildefire! Looking forward to reading it. Sounds like you had an awesome time in New Orleans!

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  8. Love the Cover, looking forward to read this, fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance.

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  9. This sounds really interesting & I love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. SWEEEET! I'm totes filling out that form!

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  11. sounds like a good read! thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I loved Wildfire too! SO exciting to read so many fab books these days.

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  13. Great news and good books, it doesn't get any better than that. Huge congrats to Donna! And wow, Under A Never Sky Sounds freakin amazing!!! Wildefire sounds great too.

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  14. Oooh, I love it when an author keeps you guessing and adds twists to the plot. Great review!

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  15. I'm glad you made it home safely! I MISS YOU SO MUCH ALREADY. Seriously. And I am literally staring at my arc of Wildefire as I type this, so maybe I'll let myself read it as a reward for getting some writing done today :) Love you, C!

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  16. I shall be back to enter this evening! It's one of the two books I'm most excited for this summer. ANOTHER SCENE IN ANOTHER SCARY MOVIE (Matt Blackstone) is the other.

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  17. Under the Never Sky sounds really good. I'd love to read Wildefire. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. These books both sound good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Definitely adding Wildfire to my to-read list. Sounds fantastic! And, I've also gotta say that the cover of Under the Never Sky is beyond gorgeous!

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  20. So glad to see you enjoyed this one. I will definitely be adding it to my tbr list.

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  21. Oh wow, Carol. Thanks so much for this! And great review of WILDEFIRE. Couldn't agree more - wild, funny, and exciting indeed!

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  22. ohh those both sound like really great reads. Yes Summer!

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  23. I'm so interested in this book because of the non-typical mythological basis, and of course, the story is intriguing!

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  24. LOL, Carol, glad you survived your visit!

    I've been dying to read Wildefire, but I think I can wait until the release. Seeing as I have like 29 ARCs to read between now and then! ;)

    Karsten got so lucky with that cover. I LURVE it.

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  25. I CANNOT wait to read this book! Thanks for hosting an awesome contest and also I'm way impressed by how dedicated of a blogger you are!!! I hope you can get a nap in today <3

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  26. Here's the link to my blog post about the giveaway :-)

    http://kristen-takeitasitcomes.blogspot.com/2011/06/wildefire-arc-giveaway.html

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  27. This book just moved higher on my to-read list! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  28. Excellent review as always, Carol! Wildefire is HOT!
    Kelly POlark

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  29. I've been dying to read Wildefire. It sounds so awesome!

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  30. Toootally want that book. Awesome!

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  31. I love the cover... on my way to enter thx.

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  32. More books for my TBR pile! I am never going to finish them...oh well! :)

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  33. Thanks for the contest! I've heard awesome things about this book. :)

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  34. Under the Never Sky has an awesome cover.

    I'm looking forward to getting my copy of Wildefire soon.

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  35. UNDER THE NEVER SKY's cover is gorgeous!

    Thanks for another fantastic giveaway!

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  36. I adore the cover designs of these. And the summaries make me want to grab a copy as soon as I can!

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  37. I love ARCs and I'm dying for this one!

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  38. Wheee! Wildfire is on my WoW list! Can't wait...

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  39. I've seen and seen reviews about this book and can't wait to read it now!! thanks for this!

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  40. I've been wanting to read Wildefire for months! Thanks for the contest. :)

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  41. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway of Wildefire! I have been dying to read it! :)

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  42. Under the never sky sounds REALLY, REALLY awesome!
    and the cover is incredible!

    I'm so buying that one!

    Thanks for the review and giveaway of Wildefire, too! (:

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  43. Under the never sky sounds so good! And the cover is awesome!
    Thank you for the review and giveaway! I'm dying to read Wildfire :P

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  44. AWESOME! Already told Karsten, this cover is BEAUTIFUL! Hope I win!

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  45. Great contest and review! Can't wait to read WILDFIRE :D

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  46. I've been dying to read Wildefire since I first read the description early this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. I've been wanting to read this for a while, thanks! I'm mostly glad that it was unpredictable. Too often these days, novels are just too predictable.

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  48. I love books that make me laugh! I can't wait for this one!

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  49. Both books sound wonderful. So glad Wildefire is up to win!

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  50. I'm so excited about this book. It sounds amazing! Karsten is a trip.

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  51. OMG - I'm in love with the cover of Under the Never Sky! And Wildefire sounds amazing! What a great review!

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  52. Both books sound like great reads! Exciting!

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  53. Oh another great contest!! I've only heard rave reviews of Widefire! Can't wait to read it!!

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  54. FFFF- this is so unfair. I was actually offered a copy of Wildefire to review, but I turned it down for another book that I thought was more interesting... not going to name names, but that book wasn't very good and Wildefire OBVIOUSLY is! This is the third ravereview I've read in the past week... such is life, I guess.

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  55. How amazing is that cover for UNDER THE NEVER SKY? (And now I can dance, because Veronica is my agency mate!).

    I'm hearing wonderful things about Wildefire from all over the place--I love the idea of wild, quick and funny.

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  56. THANKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

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  57. Oh I've been wanting to read this one for a long time. I'm glad it is good and I want to meet Ash. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. I've heard good things about Wildefire and seen how funny Knight is on some of his YouTube videos, but it is always good to read a favorable review from a blogger I trust! Thanks!

    ~Shalena @ Writer Quirk

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  59. How did I not hear about this book before? I LOVE the cover as Calla Lilies are my personal FAVORITE!!! Can't wait to read the books, sounds very interesting!

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  60. I have an e-galley of WILDEFIRE, so please don't enter me into the giveaway. But after reading your review, I feel an urgent need to read mine right away. :)

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  61. Loved your review! And this book sounds awesome - I like the clashing elements idea. Thanks for hosting the contest! I also tweeted. :) @sduzy496

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  62. FANTASTIC CONTEST. Cannot wait to read WILDEFIRE!!!! Finally, the release date is CLOSE! I tweeted this. My handle is @writeloudly and blogged http://witnessingtruth.blogspot.com/2011/07/check-out-wildefire-arc-giveaway.html

    About to FB it as well. :)

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  63. Going by your review it sounds like Wildfire is a 5 out of 5 :)

    Thank you for the chance to win Wildefire!

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  64. This sounds amazing. And I love the cover!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    claroxide@yahoo.co.in

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway! Have heard such awesome things about this book :)

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  66. This book looks great! thanks so much!

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  67. thanks for the giveaway :D
    it sounds like a great read, im excited ^ _ ^

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  68. Great review, love the sound of this book. x

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  69. Great review! Thank you for the giveaway! :D
    I'm dying to read Wildefire. >_<
    Fingers crossed! ^O^

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  70. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  71. Enter me please, this book sounds awesome!

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  72. Thank you for the giveaway! :) And for making it international! :)

    Nikita
    bookworm.nikita (at) gmail (dot) com

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  73. Great review. I was a bit iffy on Wildefire but you review has convinced me more than its description. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. Despite the fact that I have been seeing this book everywhere, I haven't really seen many reviews of it... And the only one that I remember right now wasn't what you might call enthusiastic. Thanks for giving me the other side, too! Great review!
    I really want to read this book though, if only because of the fact that Karsten Knight's videos are just plain hilarious! :)

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  75. WANT TO READ THIS SO BAD. LOL! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =D

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  76. I want to read this book so much, people keep talking about it; I hope I'm not too late :D

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  77. Oh man here is another one that I NEED to read lol. Thanks for this giveaway too!!! You are seriously AWESOME!!!!

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  78. thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!

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  79. Another good read and I only came over to see what was going on!

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