Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm. I’ll be sharing a little about the book, an excerpt, my review, and a giveaway. This tour is hosted by Entangled Teen.
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.
Excerpt from Phoenix Fire:
He shrugged. “I should have expected Danny to warn you about me.”
“It’s not like you made a habit out of beating people up, right?” I offered a smile.
The way his gaze locked onto mine, suddenly easier to read though the moonlight was blocked by branches here, made me think he might be staring deep into a memory, too.
He sucked in a breath. “Right. I don’t go around hurting people.”
“No. You let them pick on you.” I released his hands.
His small laugh seemed to drip bitterness. “Well, I can’t exactly fight back—I’d be in so much trouble if I were to have another…incident—and they know it.”
That ignited a fireball in my stomach. That’s why they picked on him? “How can people be so cruel?” I pointed my flashlight on the path ahead. “Can I show you something?”
Within a few minutes, we’d arrived to my favorite place on the run. I stepped through the thinning dune grass and out onto a sandy cliff of the top of a dune. From here we could see over Lake Michigan. But the sun had already set, leaving nothing but darkness in front of us. Here, at night, the best view was looking up.
Phoenix Fire was an interesting book about past lives, family, trust, and good vs evil.
The book has multiple points of view which isn’t my favorite (I prefer one or two), but it wasn’t too hard to figure out whose perspective it was while reading. Ava is just turning 16. She’s a foster kid with serious trust issues. During a run, she witnesses an accident and a boy from her school, Wyatt, helps her. She sees glass hit him, but by the time they get back home, he has no cuts. It’s very confusing to her, but she sort of shrugs it off. At least until one of her own cuts heals, too. Ava has also been having flashes of things from the past. She’s herself, but it’s nothing from this lifetime. Ava was found when she was four and they believe she survived a fire. She remembers nothing from before that.
Nick and Cade are brothers. Nick is older and remembers everything from his past lives. He knows that they are Light Phoenixes. They were born to hunt monsters. But some Phoenixes turned dark, including one very powerful one, Gwen. Cade needs to remember and train so they can help Ava when her memories return. Ava is the only one who can kill Gwen for good. There are two types of Phoenix powers. Some are givers and some are takers. Before the dark Phoenix uprising, givers could create new Phoenixes. Takers can kill a Phoenix and stop their life cycles. Also, if a Phoenix heals a human (or werewolf), that person always comes back on the same cycle. Twins are also bound together. If one dies for good, the other becomes a human and dies for good, too.
A large part of the book is spent on understanding what a Phoenix is and how things work. Ava’s trust issues cause a lot of problems with her, but she does start to believe and train to kill Gwen. I felt that the book pacing was ok, but the end fight scene felt a bit rushed after the lead up. But it’s understandable since it appears that there will be a book two.
I actually really ended up liking two side characters a lot and would love to see more of them. Yuki, Ava’s best friend, and Kelsey, Wyatt’s sister. Ava can be a bit annoying at times, Nick is a bit grumpy (and we find out why during the story), and Cade is full of himself. Wyatt was decent most of the time. But Yuki and Kelsey were standout characters and I liked them more than the four main characters in the book.
I really enjoyed the story of these light and dark Phoenixes and also the soul mate thing (the ones who came back together and found love in every cycle). I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in book two.
I gave this 3 1/2-4 stars. I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen for review.
About S.D. Grimm:
S.D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com
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