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Review: ‘Embers and Echoes’ by Karsten Knight

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Embers and Echoes’ by Karsten KnightEmbers & Echoes by Karsten Knight
Series: Wildefire #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 28th, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
four-stars
Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.

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review

I was extremely glad I had Embers and Echoes after I read that Wildefire cliffhanger. Embers and Echoes picks up right after. We find Ash with the truth of having another sister named Rose. The Four Seasons Gods and Goddesses seem to be after her, as well as the billionaire Lesley Vanderbilt. She meets more gods and goddess friends this time around, and with their help manage to track down Rose. What she doesn’t know is that Colt is also after her as well. What happens when she comes face to face with the love of her life, the trickster?

Ash is such a spitfire, and I love it. She’s completely snarky and violent. Which makes sense because she’s a volcano goddess. I also love the fact that she rescues guys instead of the guys rescuing her. Lily is back and bitchier than ever. I rather liked how she took the role of villain since Eve was stuck in the Cloak Underworld. Wes is a great new addition and he seems more trustworthy than Colt ever was. And last but not least, there’s Colt. He’s the one behind the schemes and games and when he reveals the truth behind his trickery, I almost felt pity for him.

The mish-mash of all mythological tales are again combined in this trilogy. I rather like it. I would end up googling their names and reading up on all the stories. What I didn’t like was that there was no detailed history of why and how the gods are reincarnated as humans in the first place. (We need answers Karsten!) I also love that the cast is multi-cultural. It just seems so much more relatable since not everyone is a cookie cutter blonde in the novel. So much action in this one that I could not put it down. I love the action scenes. They were detailed enough to imagine in my mind’s eye. The dialogue always managed to crack me up. Especially Ash’s witty remarks towards anyone who was male. I also couldn’t fathom why everyone had to be gorgeous and wanted to hook up with every god or goddess that was around. Maybe Aphrodite is enticing them with her powers? Another confusing bit about the book was the switch from third person to second person. I thought it was widly annoying, and felt Karsten should have stuck to third person through out the novel. Second person viewpoints should stick Choose Your Own Adventure books.

In the end, I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next novel. There’s a lot of questions i want answered.


quotes

I don’t need the big bad Aztec sandman to be my gladiator.
The looks that you and Wes have been exchanging the last forty-eight hours are so hot that I’m surprised you don’t need sunglasses to keep from getting pregnant.
Sometimes being a good friend is offering to fight your friends’ battles with them. And sometimes being a good friend means refusing their help so they stay out of harm’s way.
Men like a little mystery.
Conservative fashion means power, power means mystery, and mystery means challenge.

rating

4/5

four-stars

4 Comments

  1. Jaime Lynn

    August 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I haven’t read the first but I have heard a ton of great things about this series. I think it is time to take a chance with this one as well!

  2. Grace Lo

    September 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I’ve watched Wildefire for a long time but wasn’t sure if I should pick it up or not. Now, I feel like I have to read it because Embers and Echoes is out and your review was just amazing!

  3. Reeka

    September 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    This series sounds like something that’s right up my alley! I am OBSESSED with the belief of reincarnation, and have tried to read all books-fiction or not-based on the idea.

    I’m excited to get my hands on these books!

    Great review as always =)

  4. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    September 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I really want to try this series, it sounds really good! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

    Great review!

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