Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: Phoenix Fire

Author S.D. Grimm
Format e-ARC 
Print Length 432 pages 
Publisher Entangled: Teen 
Published March 5, 2018 

After spending her life in foster care, Ava has finally found home. But all it takes is a chance encounter with hot nerd Wyatt Wilcox for it to unravel.

Now, things are starting to change. First, the flashes of memories slowly creeping in. Memories of other lives, lives that Wyatt is somehow in. Then, the healing. Any cut? Gone.

But when Cade and Nick show up, claiming to be her brothers, things get even weirder. They tell her she’s a Phoenix, sent to protect the world from monsters—monsters she never knew existed. It’s a little hard to accept. Especially when they tell her she has to end the life of a Phoenix turned rogue, or Cade will die.

With Wyatt’s increasingly suspicious behavior, Ava’s determined to figure out what he’s hiding. Unless she can discover Wyatt’s secret in time and complete her Phoenix training, she’ll lose the life, love, and family she never thought she could have. 

My Opinion 

There are light Phoenixes and dark Phoenixes born into this world. Phoenix’s are created to protect humanity from the things that go bump in the night (monsters). If you die as a Phoenix, you come back but without your memories (they seem to hit you sometime during puberty). You are not infinitely immortal though, as you lifeline can come to an end. 

Ava starts to have glimpses into a previous life, which to be honest has her questioning her own sanity. That is until Nick and Cade show up. She has brothers and one of them is her twin! How does Wade fit into everything and why are things that go bump in the night after her? Sometimes a girl has to trust herself, to find the answers to the hard questions. 

Ava is has a tough outer shell, a product of the foster system. She is wary of those that try to get to close and yet she can’t protect herself from liking her current foster family. She tries to keep people at a distance but that didn’t bother me too much. 

The book is told by multiple points of view- Ava, Nick and Cade’s. It was a lot to take in as all three have different tones and personalities. Switching points of view so often did make me a little sea sick. Just when you got to the heart of the scene, puff it was gone. I almost wish that the author had just written the book in one point of view, the second one in another’s and so on. An added bonus to the sea sick feeling was that the book also jumped timelines. So I felt that these two combined were a bit too much. 

Regardless of this, I did enjoy the book. The background and mystical aspect were enough to hold my interest and make me want to know more. I am anxiously waiting to find out how they respond to Gwen’s attempts to harm them. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars 

Favorite Quote “I see you’re still taken with your little pet.” 

Other People 

Gwen- mean girl 
Yuki- Ava’s bestie 
Kelsey- Wade’s sister

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