This is a review of:
Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
Book 1 of Imdalind series
a YA Paranormal Romance
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark 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; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
I really enjoyed this story. Even though the romance took up most part of it but the plot, once started halfway, It was very interesting.
The book’s summary actually is pretty straightforward. Jocilyn is hiding a mark that she doesn’t know what it means. A little bit after she got it, he father left her and her mom. Now that she’s in high school, she’s wearing hoodies to hide it. She can’t even tell her best friend, Ryland, about in fear that he’ll leave her as well.
Jocilyn meets Wyn, a new girl at school and she strikes a friendship with her. She comes to know Wyn has a creepy brother who she is first mistook as a stalker. But she manages to find something weird and suspicious with this guy. What is really going on with Wyn and her brother?
This reminds me a bit of Vampire Academy, mainly because the writing flow was so easy like Mead’s style. It wasn’t really difficult to follow the history of some of the characters and the rules of magic in this world.
As for the plot, and as I mentioned above, after the climax the pace picks up and I wasn’t able to put the book down until I knew what will happen.
The romance: Ryland is beyond doubt the dream man of every girl. He’s the kind of best friend to make time for his friends, talk with them, care for them and even bring them their morning coffee and muffin. Who wouldn’t want that? There’s little bit mentioned about him and his father and what happened with his mother years ago. The writer teased that part a bit and I think more will be revealed in the upcoming books.
Also, there was definitely a love-triangle thing going on between Ryland/Joclyn/Ilyan, Wyn’s brother and Jos’s trainer. The latter being a case of insta-love situation and one I did not warm up to instantly. (view spoiler)[Specially with him knowing his brother Ryland, yes he is his brother, is in love with her he kept making his moves toward Jos (hide spoiler)]. That was disrespectful.
I liked the end because it left me wanting more. I liked the whole dynamic between the characters. And more importantly, I wanted to know what will happen to poor Ryland now.