Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight – REVIEW

Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Simon & Schuster, 480 Pages
Sub-genre: Mythology
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Wildefire #2

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.

As you know, I absolutely adored Ash and the gang in last year’s Wildefire, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed Embers and Echoes as well (even if lots of my favorite characters weren’t really in this book. Sad Sasha!).

Karsten Knight took us away from the boarding school setting and brought us to the “sizzling beaches of Miami” and I enjoyed the setting change. It helped me visualize how much change has gone on in Ash’s life since she figured out that she was a reincarnated goddess. And while I enjoyed new characters – hello, Wes – I missed the old ones too! It was interesting trying to see how the overall arc was being formed in this sequel and I enjoyed this book’s arc standing alone. Also, can I just say that I think Karsten writes such high action scenes SUPERBLY. I felt myself on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to see what the next blow/punch/action was going to be. I loved it. And OH MY, the twist and turns and WHAT THE HECKs.

This book is high intensity and does not suffer from “middle book syndrome” at all. I can’t wait to see how this all ends.

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