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Wildefire

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent myth-driven debut OK for fantasy-loving teens.

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Readers may find strong Ash a refreshing protagonist: She's not a shy wallflower waiting for a cute boy to help her blossom. Ash knows she's hot stuff, whether she's beating an opponent on the tennis court or flirting with a guy on the dance floor. But she's not sure who -- or what -- she really is for most of the book, and that makes her appealing -- at least when the pace picks midway through the book.

Unfortunately, other characters aren't so well-drawn: Scary big sister Eve is one-dimensional as the unabashed "bad girl," and the author doesn't develop Ash's friends enough to care too much when they're put in harm's way. First-time author Knight's writing suffers from some clunky prose and unanswered plot holes, but once the action takes off, fantasy-loving teens will be guessing and wanting more -- and hoping for another installment.

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