Note: Did you know I have super powers? I can make authors bend to my whims. Yup! The below was pre-written, but actually, Ms. Rose apparently caved and has released her book early least she completely ruin my birthday (see, authors do care!)! You can find a copy HERE. Happy Reading and scroll down to the bottom for an awesome contest! Hurry, contest ends March 14 at 6pm Central!
Note: I first want to warn you that I’m a fan of this author’s first series. I actually tried to convince her to release the book TODAY since it’s my birthday and all, but alas, she had to stick to this silly March 14th thing. To try to appease me, she’s offered up a giveaway – scroll down to get the deets on that!
So the book…
I’m really going to try to write this without spoilers because fans of The Portal Chronicles will undoubtedly read this next series – The Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen Rose does not disappoint with the first book of this series. Her smooth and easy-flow writing continue with this book. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to curl up with a glass of wine (err, orange juice, it is YA afterall) or if I wanted to sit up in bed and read it quickly before I fell asleep. I did a bit of both, in the end 🙂
Her characters have depth, with a lot more room to grow in the coming books. But where the author shines is her ability to write a YA novel where I actually like the main characters. It’s very rare that I don’t want to smother the main characters and I kind of wanted to adopt Faustine. It’s all very confusing because I keep looking for a character that I hate. I didn’t even hate the bad guys all that much.
The cover art for this edition kind of grabs you. Who is the girl with the red eyes and what is her story? I will admit that her story was absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. To be brutally honest, I wasn’t sure if Ms. Rose could pull it off. The Portal Chronicles were well done, but very niched. I thought if she stuck to what she knows, we’d be okay, but while the book first unfolded and we found out more about Faustine I was wondering how’d she pull it off. Well, she certainly pulled it off. The woman has a gift…
…. until I got to a certain part of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but a certain word in the book sent me running around to search my books from her first series. Imogen Rose is a genius… an evil genius. I just… oh, I want to say more, but you guys would hate me if I ruin it! Having said that, it’s VERY small and you do NOT have to have read the first series to read this one. It was just a… thing.
The story itself is well written. The storyline unfolds with grace and and pace. The plot is well-thought-out and well-planned, but leaves enough room to add in a few surprises. I was shocked when I learned Faustine’s secret. It came a bit out of left field, but a very pleasant surprise – I was folded in and felt invested in her life and what was going on around (and within) her.
I realize I’m not telling you much here, but I don’t want to give anything away from the description (make sure you read it!). Just trust me… it’s a great book and makes my “must read” for the year.
This book is recommended for for fans of Young Adult books and those who are looking for something easy and fun to read.From the author’s website:
Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers.
Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that’s part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn’t be happier.
However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy’s most important rules: Trust no one.
Book count for 2011: 14
Now for the giveaway! Because it’s my birthday and she tries to keep me from whining, Imogen has offered up a teddy bear. Lookit… it’s right over there on the left. CUTE! We have one of these to give away! Just post a comment and tell me what YOU think Faustine’s secret is. The winner will be randomly drawn, so it doesn’t matter how far out your guess is (and I’m betting no one will get it anyway!) So tell us… what’s her secret? (and no fair if you’ve already read the book!) If you don’t win a bear, you can buy your own (as well as other swag from her CafePress store. Hurry, contest ends March 14 at 6pm Central!