09 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Integration (Bonfire Academy Book Two) (Bonfire Chronicles) by Imogen Rose

Oh, Imogen Rose. I love to hate this author. Two to four times per year, I lose nearly an entire night’s sleep. I blame her. I really need her to write a bad book because what ends up happening is that I’m up until 4am, sucked into the world that she weaves and feel hung over with lack of sleep the next day. She’s due for a bad book, right? All authors have that book that makes them cringe later, right? I was hopeful that this would be the one.

Alas, it was not meant to be. I ended up really enjoying this book. I thought for sure she would switch back to Faustine for her next book. While I like Faustine’s story, I really don’t like the character all that much. I’m hoping she grows up and stops being such a freaking whiney brat soon. I get that I don’t have to like every character, but I was so relieved that this book was told by and centered more on Cordelia (who is easily my favorite character in this series).

This book moves us along in Cordelia, Faustine and the gangs lives. We learn a little more about their pasts, a whole lot about their presents and have a glimpse into their future. The authors writing, as we have come to expect, is near perfection and the editing is impeccable. Extremely well done 3rd book for this series.

If someone held me down and made me say something critical of this book, it would have to be that I didn’t like the large chunks of time jumps. Imogen does this with most of her writing, but this one felt a little off and restarting the story felt slightly disjointed because of it.

I’ve mentioned before about this author… she is compared to Harry Potter or Twilight, and while I agree the genres are similar, the writing has a darker undertone and her protagonists usually have much more depth. I’ll bet Hogwarts never had a student eat another one, gosh darn it. Seriously though, the genres are similar, but the style is different. Integration has some dark writing, which one would expect as the story progresses and moves forward. I would probably let my 9 and 11 year old read it, but any younger than that, I think the carnage might be a little too much. Having said THAT, I’m pretty lenient on what my children read and I figure if they can read it, go for it. There are some curse words, but they aren’t just thrown around.

Overall, an awesome addition to this series by a very talented author. Well done.

Recommended for almost all ages and fans of the author and this series. I would go back and read the first two, however. I think the background knowledge is needed.

Note: A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author. I usually end up buying them anyway so I can share it with friends.

Second haiku warning:

A boyfriend missing
A lover must pay in blood
A princess must die

Welcome back to Bonfire Academy.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 10

One Response to “Integration (Bonfire Academy Book Two) (Bonfire Chronicles) by Imogen Rose”

  1. Imogen Rose 11 July 2012 at 1:53 am Permalink

    Candy, thanks for taking the time to read and review my book.

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