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Initial Thoughts: I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, but how can you not adore the cover of this book? I also really liked the idea of a young adult novel with phoenixes as the main supernatural figure (step aside vampires, zombies and werewolves).

Phoenix FirePhoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm

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.” – Goodreads

The Review

Phoenix Fire begins with an independent girl in foster care, Ava, begging her foster parents to go for a run at night. Her foster parents are very confused and very worried for her safety, but Ava leaves anyway in spite of their protestations. Then, all of a sudden, she is nearly hit by a car. Her saviour, Wyatt, is the quiet unassuming nerd of her school who frequently gets picked on. Ava cannot explain why she is drawn to Wyatt, or why he is beginning to show up in memories she had never experienced. Then suddenly, two boys show up claiming to be her long lost brothers. They reveal that Ava is a Phoenix, and her destiny is to rid the world of monsters.
All the action happens all at once, and you feel as if you’ve missed fifty pages of action beforehand. It seemed as if I was introduced to so many new characters all at once that I couldn’t get them straight in my head. Ava is introduced very quickly as a girl who is afraid to become attached to others. She leaves her foster parents before narrowly being hit by a car driven by her intoxicated foster brother. Then, the novel jumps to Cade’s perspective, a boy who meets his long lost brother, Nick. Nick and Cade are monster hunters, and their hunt leads them to Ava’s town. Then once again, the novel jumps back to Ava’s perspective, and so on. After thirty pages, I wondered if I was ever going to understand what was happening in this book!

Then, somehow, Phoenix Fire became incredibly addicting and interesting. The confusion I once felt had melted away once I was able to see how the storylines of the main characters intersected. Although Phoenix Fire had a rocky start, the rest of the novel was amazing. All of the characters gradually began to grow on me, and I really cannot wait to read the sequel to see how they will develop even further.
I would recommend Phoenix Fire to those who are looking for a novel with supernatural elements that are not focused on vampires, werewolves, zombies and the like. This was the very first novel I had ever read that features phoenixs as the main supernatural creature. It was really unique!
*I received an advanced copy of Phoenix Fire from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

* Phoenix Fire will be released on March 5, 2018*

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About the Book

Title: Phoenix Fire
Author: S. D. Grimm
Series: Phoenix Cycle (Book #1: Phoenix Fire)
Year Published: March 5, 2018
Pages: 432
Genres & Subjects: fiction, young adult fiction, supernatural, phoenix (mythological creature), monsters, romance, reincarnation

Where to Buy…


Amazon (United States)

Amazon (Canada)

Barnes & Noble

Until Next Time,