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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ll be honest. I had had a whole review typed up and ready to go and then my computer decided to refresh the browser and I lost it. So now you get my review 2.0
I’ll start by saying the Imdalind series is one of my absolute favorites. Love it. Rec it to you and you and even you with the hair and the eyes.
Fantasy, paranormal YA with mystery and love, intrigue. Ancients races, magic, creatures of lore, villians and prophecies. It’s all jam-packed in here, but you never feel like it’s out-of place or overwhelmed by the different content or the surprises Rebecca throws your way.
In Kiss of Fire I had loved the idea star-crossed Ryland and Joclyn. He’s the son of the most Evil of all, Edmund whom wants to ruin our world and take over as it’s new ruler. He’s cruel and just not nice. Ryland knows his father is no-good, but hey he’s family, not to mention Edmund’s sick and twisted tormenting and using his own son for his advantage–to get to Joclyn and kill her.
Luckily Edmund’s other son, Ilyan, steps in and saves Joclyn along with his merry band of cohorts: Wyn and Talon.
(ignore the other characters we’ll come to them another time ;] )
In all the fiasco of this first book (yes, it is a fiasco, because it’s just one thing after another, setting up for the rest of the series and a whole lot of tension and heartache , laughter, tears, and every other emotion you can think of) I just really wanted to slap Joclyn. Slap, shake, shank. Whatever would get her to get her head out of her a** and stop complaining 95% of the time, well that or going moony-eyed over Ryland. She doesn’t need to be Made of steel, emotions are fine and breaking down–great! But being unable to pick yourself up? Not exactly what I’d call an enticing heroine…or really a heroine at all. She was the main reason this wasn’t a glowing 5star read. She didn’t bug me enough to not finish or slow down because I finished Kiss of Fire in a day (the plot is sooo addicting, believe you’ll need the 2nd and 3rd and 4th books lined up).
Ryland was sweet and they made a cute couple, but something just rubs me wrong about them, maybe it’s their star-crossed quality, that I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, he’s too good to be true, but I could never quite settle into their love. I wanted to soooooooo badly but I got all twisted in my gut. I love romance, so I was rooting for them, even after Ilyan had to save Joclyn and Ryland was separated from her. He gave her a giant gem! Their powers were connected I mean, soul mates and bonds, true love.
I absolutely love Wyn. She’s a girl after my own heart. She’s quirky and sassy and she talks in quotes, well music quotes; the Styx to be specific. She takes life by the horns and helps keep Joclyn from wallowing and whining (for which I love her even more). She bring an airy and lightheartedness to the book and even to the other characters surrounding her. She’s a balance to her mate Talon as well.
I know this wasn’t a great review, but it really is very difficult to write this without giving input from the other books in the series. If you want to fall in love with these characters, fight beside them, for them, then GO READ THIS BOOK!! Believe me you won’t regret it.
Rebecca Ethington is an internationally bestselling author with almost 700,000 books sold. Her breakout debut, The Imdalind Series, has been featured on bestseller lists since its debut in 2012, reaching thousands of adoring fans worldwide and cited as “Interesting and Intense” by USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog.From writing horror to romance and creating every sort of magical creature in be-tween, Rebecca’s imagination weaves vibrant worlds that transport readers into the pages of her books. Her writing has been described as fresh, original, and groundbreaking, with stories that bend genres and create fantastical worlds.
Born and raised under the lights of a stage, Rebecca has written stories by the ghost light, told them in whispers in dark corridors, and never stopped creating within the pages of a notebook.