Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers.
Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that's part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn't be happier. However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy's most important rules: Trust no one.
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I read the series backwards (Initiation before Faustine), but it ended up working out because "Faustine" actually takes place after Initiation. I highly reccomend anything Ms. Rose writes. Not only to young adults, but to adults who love paranormal books (twilight, harry potter, etc). The book never lost my interest, and I am one of the many fans awaiting the last book (Integration) of the Bonfire Academy series next month! Read it!
An absolute hit is on Imogen Rose's hands with Faustine, a 15-year-old who, as the tale opens, has returned home from Bonfire Academy. At this Swiss boarding school -- a school that encourages silence and feeding -- she learns to control her paranormal abilities. A few days after her return, she learns her father -- the Demon King of London -- has been kidnapped.
Rose does a fantastic job of taking the reader into the life of a 15-year-old teen who is struggling to discover herself, only to find out that her father has named her as his heir. She also has a new love interest in her life, one whose elders don't want him to get involved with Faustine. Add in a high school clique that seems to look down on paranormals -- a nifty little twist in there, too -- as well as a jealous half sister, and this book is a sure-fire winner.
I read this book in one sitting. I don't read many in one sitting. And I don't read many YA paranormal books, so believe me that this one will appeal to a large audience.
"'Trust no one!' -- that may be Faustine's most important takeaway from Bonfire Academy, but there was never any doubt we could trust Portal Chronicles author Imogen Rose to serve up another pitch-perfect trilogy in the Bonfore Chronicles, and here's where it all begins!"
-Steve Windwalker, Kindle Nation Daily