Early Buzz: Wildefire

Instead of the typical “Book Buzz” post this week, which I had planned on skipping due to the Armchair BEA posts, I thought I’d do an offshoot of my typical Buzz post called “Early Buzz.”

In lieu of talking about a book that has already been released and fallen out of the spotlight, I thought I’d add to the frenzy for a book that is already being buzzed about that is soon to be released.

And, of course, for my very first “Early Buzz” post what else could I choose but Wildefire by Karsten Knight. Since I’ve already read and reviewed (but not published) it, and since it’s now available for many on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab, it’s the perfect time to add to the buzz. (And yes, I always planned on using man-genta for the paragraph headers.)

The Book:

Wildefire is a paranormal young adult novel written by Karsten Knight. It will be released on July 26, 2011. It will be the author’s debut novel.

Loved it or Hated it?

Loved it. The head-over-heels, steamrolled, shot by Cupid kind of love. I have had such a mad crush on this book for the longest time, I just knew when I met it, I would fall in love. And I did. It was epic.

The Early Buzz:

I wasn’t part of the very earliest buzz for this book, but with just under two months left until release date, I’m happy to be a part of the somewhat early buzz for it.

Now that I’ve read it, twice, and written my review (which is still under wraps), I have officially stalked several other reviews to see what the buzz has been about this book.

What’s the consensus? The majority love it.

What’s the love buzz been about?

They, like me, think Ash is totally kick-a** – snarky, sarcastic, fierce.

The story is unique – no confusing this book with any other in the genre.

This one’s got diversity – and it’s not just Ashline, the lone character with different ethnicity. Nope, these characters span the globe.

It’s gripping – the action will keep those pages turning.

The writing – poetic, beautiful, amazing.

The ending – talk about a killer ending. And for anyone who’s read this book to the very last page, that’s what they’re still talking about and possibly ready to slay the author for. Killer.

What’s the dissent?

The violence. So far, it seems the main reason for those who haven’t taken part in the Wildefire love fest has been the violence.

Yes, this one starts off with a bang, or more like a punch. The bang comes later. Ash is no delicate flower, no wilting violet, and this story is not all warm and fuzzy or filled with sweetness and light. It’s got action, violence, and some seriously bad-a** characters with some way cool but scary powers. So, those who are turned off by this element in a story may have a tougher time falling in love.

No connection with Ash. She’s no easy girl to connect with. She’s snarky, more than a little scary, and is not someone you’d ever imagine giving a hug to without worrying about getting a smack back. But she is real and sympathetic and not completely invulnerable.

Fizzle or Sizzle:

Hello sizzle. This is Wildefire after all. I say this one will burn baby burn. It is totally hot. Molten lava kind of hot.


Definitely. Buzz, buzz. As if the cover weren’t enough to buzz about. Talk about a gorgeous cover. Seriously, I’d love to talk about it. I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy of this book.

Buzz factors – a kick-a** heroine, the writing is to-die for, the gods and goddesses are wicked cool, the ending is killer, the action is fierce, and that giant heap of sarcasm just keeps on giving.

Is There Buzz Longevity?

I think so. I don’t think Wildefire will burn out any time soon. It’s an absolute powerhouse of a debut novel. It’s a story with substance, stellar writing, a strong female lead character and equally strong secondary characters – both male and female. The world is definitely unique, with a new take on this genre and with refreshingly different personalities, backgrounds and abilities in each of these characters that the author has created.


So, for those of you who have read, are reading, or want to read this book, what do you think?

Is this book Buzzworthy for you? I would love to know!

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