Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

Embers & Echoes
Author: Karsten Knight
Series: Wildefire (Book 2)
Publication: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 12, 2013)

Description: A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, volcano goddess Ashline Wilde travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But she soon discovers that a cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence...and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire.

Meanwhile, unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future. Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

My Thoughts: When Ashline learns that her supposedly human boyfriend Colt Halliday is actually a Hopi trickster god, she leaves him buried in formerly molten rock up to his waist and dumps him to search for her little sister Rosie. Being a Polynesian volcano god lets her do that sort of thing: melt rock and harden it again.

Clues lead Ash to Miami where she discovers that Rosie is in the control of a group of gods who want to bring back the old days when humans worshiped them and are willing to sacrifice other gods on television to make it happen. Ash teams up with Wes who is an Aztec god of night and Aurora who is a winged girl who are trying to defeat these Four Seasons.

Then Colt shows up again and is determined to influence events to bring about his desired outcome. Among other things he wants Ash back in his life. They have shared many previous lives which only Colt remembers. All gods except Colt have their past lives erased when they are reborn into new lives. Colt has found some way for Ashline to sees flashbacks of their previous lives together which are somewhat strangely recounted in the second person.

This was an action-packed middle book in a series with lots of violence. It has some stunning revelations about Ash and her sisters. It's cliffhanger ending will have readers searching for AFTERGLOW, the final book in the trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
"When my sister ran away&Mdash;for the first time—my mother sat down with me and said that there are two kinds of people. The kind that run to their future, and the kind that run from their past."

"And which one are you?"

"As someone who has run twice in her life, I can tell you this: They're the same damn thing. You can't run somewhere new and not fill up the new space with the old stuff. The things you want to leave behind are the very things you can't."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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