Title: Initiation (Bonfire Academy #1)
Author: Imogen Rose
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Welcome to Bonfire Academy. Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk... but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.
Initiation is the first book in the Bonfire Academy series by Imogen Rose. It's actually a prequel series to the Bonfire Chronicles. This book centers mostly around Cordelia, a beautiful girl who turns into a demon. She is a strong lead character whose life is in danger. She ends up being a victim to what many think is just a random act of violence. Cordelia knows that she's been targeted though, and will do anything to find out the truth.
This is supposed to be a young adult series, but I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens. There is sex involved, though those parts aren't described. Cordelia ends up in a love triangle, and apparently the paranormals in this book have different values than I do. Cordelia has been with Quinn for a while, but feels instant attraction when meeting Jagger. They actually sync when they first meet. I'm not sure we are told exactly what that means in this case – probably that they are meant to be together. Instead of breaking things off with Quinn, Cordelia sneaks around behind his back. There isn't a resolution to the love triangle, and that is the main issue I had with this book. I don't really like to read about cheating (for personal reasons), and I have trouble getting past that. But moving on...
There was great characterization and world building. There are many different characters and types of paranormal creatures in this book. Nobody is allowed to ask each other what they are – school policy. This leaves a lot of mystery behind some of the characters. There are some gruesome scenes and a lot of action/suspense. For romance lovers, I will admit that Cordelia and Jagger have some great chemistry.
There are a lot of scenes involving Faustine, who is 12-13 year old girl that Cordelia mentors. She is an interesting character that has some very mysterious traits. Imogen Rose has also written a book titled Faustine that is the first book of the Bonfire Chronicles. In that book, Faustine is older so it was interesting for me to read about her in this book and see how it all started. The book Faustine was written before this one so it seems a little confusing. Overall though, this is a good book that will keep paranormal lovers on their toes and flipping the pages.
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