Wildefire was an intense ride of a book that brought into play so many things that I like in a YA novel - a kick-butt heroine, action, suspense, mystery, monsters, and, oh yeah, a little romance.
From the very beginning, action runs this story. You start with a bang: Ashline beating up a girl in the school parking lot over a boy. It was the kind of beginning that makes you stop and say "What in the world is up with this chick?!" From that point on, the story takes off and leads you in directions that you didn't even imagine it was going. After a couple of intense encounters with her sister, Eve, Ashline takes off for a secluded boarding school where she meets an interesting cast of characters. The story continues to zip along, exploding with action, romance, and some super creepy and intriguing dreams. I found myself desperate to know more about those dreams!
Each and every character in this book felt vibrant and well-developed. Their personalities take on lives of their own in each and every scene. And beyond the characters, their origins and the mythology that Knight uses is unique and intriguing. I loved that this story explores mythology beyond the more heavily explored "traditional" mythology (i.e. the Greek mythology).
There were a few plot developments that I wish had been fleshed out a bit more (like Serena with Jack...?) but overall I really enjoyed this read. I will be waiting on pins and needles to read books 2 and 3 because the holes that were left open have got me jumping to find out what happens next.