Her thirst for revenge blinds her to the dangers that lie in wait; all-consuming revenge against those who stole her life, her identity, and her memory.
To save her people from the unknown evil, she must face the truth about her past and her future.
She is stunningly beautiful, utterly lethal—and always alone. She will risk everything to save the girls in her dreams, but only on her terms.
I am so completely torn! I wanted so desperately to give this book 4 stars, but just couldn’t do it. I absolutely loved the first half of this book. The second half however, totally confused the snot out of me! What did I just read? No, really…What. Did. I. Just. Read??? It was intense and a little puzzling, but I’m hooked!
Celtic Fire is the first in a series of books which revolve around a 17 year old girl named Audrina. The book is split into two parts.
Waking up to find you’ve been in a terrible “accident” is scary. Couple that with having absolutely no idea who you are or WHAT you are and you have a nightmare on your hands. Audrina’s only clues lie on her skin and in her visions. She has several tattoos including Celtic knots on each wrist. She’s weak, tired, sees visions, craves blood, is sensitive to light, has exceptional hearing and is drawn to the moon. She’s also a little cranky.
After spending some time in the hospital Audrina is placed in a foster home. Her foster parents are just plain odd and that’s putting it nicely!
Floyd Porter is the type of man you’d like to reach through the pages of a book just to flick between the eyes and then maybe kick square in the balls. He’s NOT a good man. He lives with his wife, Leslie and four “foster children” in a community known as “House of Brethren.” I couldn’t help but to think: “Dear God! A cult is fostering this witch, vampire, werewolf combo. This place is complete with its own green drink of death. Audrina, don’t drink the Kool Aid!” This section of the book deals with Audrina getting to know her foster family and the secrets they hide. It’s not long before she realizes she can’t possibly stay in that whack job of a community. She has to escape and when she does she’s taking her only friend, Caitlin with her.
This is where things start getting a little batty. Ha! No pun intended! I can’t talk too much about part two without giving a lot of the story away. Audrina and Caitlin make it their mission to find out who Audrina is and where she’s from. Through visions, compulsion and a whole lot of luck they finally stumble upon the answer. Or so they think…
We’re introduced to a bunch of new characters. Caleb being one of great importance. He’s “bound” to Audrina and has vowed to protect her with his own life. Caleb is strong, brave and very good looking. However, it’s unclear as to how trustworthy he is. Come to think of it, Audrina’s not sure if she can trust anyone.
Sarah Simpson does a wonderful job of creating two distinctly different worlds in which Audrina lives. Not only is she this brave super natural being but in many ways she embodies what it means to be a normal 17 year old girl. She’s searching for who she is and where she belongs. I can’t imagine how unsettling it is to feel like you have no one to lean on. No one to trust.
I’m not usually one to read paranormal literature. I’ve read the basic ones that everyone else has. You know, Twilight and all that jazz… This is both similar and distinctly different from other novels of this genre. I think Sarah Simpson’s series has a lot of potential and I look forward to reading the next installment. I only hope that I walk away with more answers than questions the next time around.