Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 26th, 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mythology, Supernatural, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
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.
There’s Ashline, Goddess of The volcano, Raja, Goddess of Death. Lily, Goddess of the Earth, Rolfe, God of Light, and Ade God of Thunder. Each have distinct powers and personalities to match. So why were all these teens at the same school, attending school at the same time? The reader doesn’t know. I still don’t know. There are tons of plot holes like why we’re they all brought together? Why is this being done? Are the Cloak really the evil ones? There are several different mythological Gods and Goddesses in this one. Are they explained well? Not very much.
Then there’s Eve, the storm goddess, who is power hungry and wants to take her little sister Ash away from humans and her life. I don’t know why Eve is so evil and I can’t understand what her objective is. She has no remorse for the things that she does, killing without any emotion. It’s purely sadistic and I am glad there’s such a strong villain! She almost seems psychotic! I actually enjoyed the fact that the villain is purely evil.
And that ending had me gaping for the next book! I’m so lucky to even have Embers and Echoes in my hands. I can’t wait to find out more about this mythological adventure. The views shift from third person to second person which is quite weird to read. I felt like I was going to choose my own Adventure!
A cast of Gods and Goddesses reincarnated as teenagers. What more can you want? Bonus feature. The book itself is embossed as a tree. Take a look under the dust jacket and see!