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.
Something you would never expect a story to begin, but you immediately know about the tone of the story. Ashline, Ash is not your typical YA girl that is nice and maybe insecure. Nope, Ash is a bad ass in girl form.We start getting to know when Ash is knocking a girl in the face because she kissed Ash’s boyfriend. Wooop! As I said, it starts with a bang.
Ash is an angry girl, and it doesn’t help that her older sister is even angrier and more violent. So in order to run away from her older sisters wrath and anger she attends a boarding school in the middle of nowhere.
At school she can do a fresh start and makes friends, a nerdy girl and gay guy both you instantly like. Although they lack a deeper development but in the end was ok since they are not part of the “bigger” picture.
And since it is already in the synopsis ( bad BAD synopsis) she and other kids realize that they are god and goddesses with supernatural powers. Seriously, why would you have to tell this in the synopsis? One could have let the reader figure out themselves.
Anyway, as the kids learn about themselves. Ash’s past is coming back an hunting her and she meets that wonderful boy. Welcome big confusion.
The story had a odd pacing. Sometimes very detailed sometimes we move fast forward. It was kind of disturbing from time to time, but since I really liked the idea and story line I went along with it and didn’t let it disturb me so much. Especially the part after the big showdown felt rushed.
Regardless of Ash’s violence I liked Ash, because she showed true friendship, loyalty, love for her foster parents and a vulnerability that seemed honest and genuine. I liked the other god kids and would have loved to seem them evolve better.