Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) - Rebecca EthingtonBlurb:
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 downloaded this book on a whim, to be honest. I was searching through amazon and sent the sample to my kindle, and thank GOD I did! From moment one I did not put this book down, staying up well into the night to finish it! Ryland and Joclyn (did anyone else notice the rhyme) had me hooked from moment one! It's such a great idea too, although I don't fully understand it, even after reading the first book, but hopefully the second book will give me slightly more insight!
I loved the idea, and the slight play that they'd both been there in front of the other (in more ways than one) from the first moment and neither realised it. Most people won't understand what I'm talking about until they read the book, but that's just the way it goes. There were so many emotions I felt throughout this book and each character had their own set of emotions. I won't go into it, because I don't want to give away anything, but each character tugged on their own little heart on my string. I'll give a SHORT overview, and will try to avoid spoilers...
Her father: I felt pity for the father, because he was trying his best. I also felt anger, though, for leaving her and her mother. It doesn't matter if he did it because he thought it was best, it only matters that he did it, full stop.
Her mother: I felt extreme gratitude and love for her mother. To be honest, her mum was pretty much the perfect mum you could ever wish for. Works hard and gives you all that she has (pretty much) and is there fir you to talk to in any way, even about boys, and although she may want you to change slightly, it's never too much to ask for and it's never a drastic change.
Ryland: oh, Ryland, Ryland, Ryland. WHAT can I say about Ryland? I fell in love with you from moment one, and that love just grew and grew from there. The way you're so protective, and patient, and, oh, all the rest, it just tears my heart to shreds. I will secretly admit that at many points in this book you had me slamming down my kindle, and exclaiming, "where's mine, god dammit! Where on earth is my perfect boy?"
Wyn: Oh, Wyn, I don't know how Joc survived without you before this book! Although you may be creepy or slightly over-the-top sometimes, you truly are the sunlight in this story (right after Ryland, of course!) But you truly are someone who I aspire to be. Optimistic and totally kick-ass; a die-hard romantic with her big girl panties on! I don't know what more to say, honestly, other than that I wish to be you!!
Ilyan: To be honest, you creep me out. You're hanging around, and always so controlling, and I don't care why, it's uncalled for in this day and age! You send out totally mixed messages, wether it's that your invisible/visible, crush-worthy/platonic or just plain sane/insane!! I don't know what's going on with you, and personally think that you could do with a TOTAL personality make-over, and I'd be happy to do it!
I definitely give this book 5 chickens out of 5 chickens for it's well-developed plot line, range of characters, totally findable plot line, and just insane writing that had me reading till 3am!! Good job, Rebecca, and keep writing so I can read the third one!!