Book Review: Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington (Imdaline series)
Truth be told, when I first saw the cover for this novel, I thought ‘Oh god, another cheesy vampire love story’ but I will happily admit I was SO wrong. First released in 2012, this debut is just power packed and totally gripping. Not to mention the e-book is currently COMPLETELY FREE. Honestly, you’d be stupid not to read it.
The story tells of young teenager Joclyn Despain, beautiful, shy and reclusive. As a child she was marked by an unknown creature and suffered a long period of time in a coma before she finally awoke. Her parents split and her mother went to work at the billionaire LaRue’s home as head chef. There young Joclyn met her best friend and would be lover Ryland LaRue, finally she feels like someone notices her. Going forward a few years to the modern-day, Jocyln and Rylands friendship starts becoming more, but their difference in status threatens to tear them apart on a regular basis. It’s around this time that strange things start happening around Jocyln, her wayward father makes contact and warns her of a terrible fate and her own growing power. It’s not long until Joclyn becomes completely consumed by a world she never thought existed. In a world of magic, Joclyn realises she holds far more power than she ever thought, her mark separating her from the rest. Ryland risks his life to defend her against evil and becomes caught in its snare. So Jocyln and her new magical companions fight to save him before it’s too late and Ryland is lost forever.
Although the young-adult love story remains true to the fictional form, the magical aspect is completely original and I love it. Ethington builds such an enthralling world with so many exciting possibilities, and the love between Joclyn and Ryland is so intense and beautiful – “And locked inside me somewhere, I will always be waiting for you.” – you just can’t put the book down. It’s a bit slow to start with and takes a while for the truths to be revealed, but the build-up just intrigues you more, you feel so overwhelmed with happiness when Joclyn finally realises what’s going on around her. Once you get the point of unveiling, it becomes action packed and extremely intense. The characters are so loveable, I just wish I could meet them all.
To find out more about the series go to: http://www.rebeccaethington.com/books/imdalind-series/kiss-of-fire/