Kiss of Fire
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Author – Rebecca L. Ethington
Pages – 360
Series – Imdalind Series
Publisher – Imdalind Press
Joclyn Despain has a scar. In fact, it is almost like a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her.
The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing
Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her.
Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air. Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; but he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
My Rating – 3 ¾ Stars
At the age of five, Joclyn was playing outside when she saw something blue fly around her. She could have sworn it had wings. Before she got a chance to investigate further, there was an excruciating pain on the right side of her head. She eventually slipped into a coma and when she woke up, she had a scar under her right ear, about the size of a penny. The doctors had no idea what was the cause, they said allergic reaction. Joclyn’s father thought different. He thought it meant something more and it made him a little crazy and eventually he left Joclyn and her mother. Ever since then, Joclyn went great lengths to hiding her scar, like wearing hoodies and baggy clothes (thought hoodies and baggie clothes don’t cover a giant scar under your ear) or wearing her hair long and basically doing whatever was necessary to hide the thing.
Soon after he left, Joclyn’s mother got a job as a personal chef/slave for some mega rich a-hole named Edmund LaRue. He had a cute son roughly Joclyn’s age named Ryland. Ryland has it a little rough, his mom just died and his dad is a total douche-nugget. Ryland and Joclyn grow up together; they are BFFs-4-Ever. Though as they get older, Edmund and his assistant/henchman Timothy disapprove of this little friendship and try to get Ryland to ditch Joclyn, even going so far as to threaten her mom’s job, but they continue being as close as ever and things are starting to get a little…hormonal.
On Joclyn’s sixteenth birthday, her long-lost father sends her a note, saying he knows what her scar is and he is sending help. Crazy, right? Well Joclyn certainly thinks so; she tosses the letter and feels bad that her dad has apparently gone off the deep end.
Ryland, being two years older than Jos, is getting ready to leave for Oxford and the two besties don’t have much time left together. They have a night to hang out, alone, and Ryland starts professing his love when BAM he finally (it took him eleven years? Really?) notices her mark/scar/brand and he knows what it means and it’s most definitely not good.
All hell breaks loose (literally, there’s explosions and shizz) Joclyn learns that she isn’t entirely human and gets tossed into the middle of a war.
So the good and the bad. It’s not a terrible book but it’s not a great book either. It’s good, decent. The story builds nicely, the action doesn’t kick in until about halfway through and then there is a lot of action until the end (which I enjoyed.) It’s a typical YA supernatural beings book. Except, no love triangle (though I feel as though there might be one introduced in the second book. Maybe. It’s unclear) and both the boy and the girl aren’t simply humans. Though it never exactly explains what they are; I mean it tells you they are “this thing” but I was left wondering “ok what ARE those things?”
The writing could definitely use some tweaking. Ryland does nothing but chuckle when he talks. Wyn does nothing but gasp and Ilyan does nothing but chuckle and wink. Actually, the word chuckle is used 48 times in the book (yes, I checked). Stoic was used to describe just about everything.
There are also some plots holes, like the fact that Joclyn and Ryland were practically inseparable growing up and he never noticed her scar before? Also, she mentions how she likes to go unnoticed but yet she tries out for a big role in the school play. Ryland drives a LOTUS. He’s a high school kid. Teenagers shouldn’t be within a hundred yards of a car like that. (Seriously, google it.)
Besides the flaws with the plot and the writing, I enjoyed the book. Like I said, it wasn’t terrible. It was still entertaining. There was a lot left up in the air and the ending wasn’t exactly happy so I am interested to see how the rest of the story plays out. I recommend this book if you absolutely can’t get enough of the YA supernatural series trend. If you are getting bored with that particular genre, then find something else.