Saturday, November 09, 2013

Early review: Afterglow by Karsten Knight

Title: Afterglow
Author: Karsten Knight
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Wildefire #3

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication: November 12, 2013 by Simon & Schuster BFYR

Source: I received an Arc from the publicist in exchange for a honest review. 

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Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

Afterglow is the final book in the Wildefire trilogy about teenage reincarnated Polynesian volcano goddesses Ashline Wilde. In this last installment, Ash is hunting down Colt, her ex-boyfriend as he jumps from state-to-state looking for objects that will help him kill the all-knowing cloak race and to bring the pieces of Pele’s soul back together.  With the help of new and old gods, Ashline sets out to make sure Colt doesn’t accomplish his goal, because Pele is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous goddesses around.

Afterglow takes place less than 24 hours after the events of Embers & Echoes and has the same book layout as the first two in the series; the chapters are divided into three parts and again we get flashbacks scenes of Pele and Colt but this time it’s in Maui, 1831.  The story start rolling  within the first 20 pages, when Ashline learns that Colt needs help from Hephaestus, Greek  god of forge and metallurgy who happens to be clueless that he’s a reincarnated god. The story is nonstop action and snarky one-liners from Ashline and Eve from start to finish. I love Ashline, she’s one of the toughest heroines in the YA genre, but the one thing that bothered be this time around is the snarkiness; it was just too much. It was like every other sentence. In the beginning I thought it hilarious, second book it was still funny but now it just feels like overkill…but overall it didn’t deter me from enjoying the book.

Readers reunite with familiar gods/goddesses from the first two books and many more new ones in the flashback scenes and present. My favorite part of the book was probably the way Knight ended his trilogy. There were a LOT of casualties, more so this time around than Ember & Echoes but the good thing is that they’ll be reincarnated in the next life. The ending for Ashline was bittersweet because while she saved some important people in her life she couldn’t save everyone.  As for the main-main ending (epilogue); Knight did something that no author has ever done. It was brilliant! The ending fit the series perfectly, and is probably one of the best ending I’ve ever read for a series.

Afterglow was a gratifying end to a great series. It’s been an amazing ride with Ashline and the gang, and I definitely won’t look at gods and goddesses the same way ever again. If you’re looking for a series with a refreshing concept and relatable/likable characters then this series is for you. Make sure to start at the beginning to get the full effect of this series starting with Wildefire

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  1. I am not reading your review, just wanted to comment how excited I am for this book, but I still need to read book 2!

    1. Lol, you're so funny Lisa! Omg, yes get on book my opinion its the best of the 3 in the series.