Book Review: Phoenix Fire (Phoenix Cycle #1) – S.D. Grimm

3 stars

Title: Phoenix Fire
Author: S.D. Grimm
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 5th 2018
Genre: YA fantasy


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.


Actual rating 3.5 stars.

What an awesome story. I finished this book so much faster than I expected and it was overall really great. The reason way I can’t give this book 4 stars is that I got confused by some of the conversations and the writing style at some points. It felt like sometimes a couple of sentences missed in conversations or that the characters did some kind of telepathy because it really jumped from one topic to the next sometimes and I had to guess what they were talking about. This problem became much less towards the end of the book, I really felt the writing evolve and change for the better towards the end of the book.

The story it self was so unique. I love unique stories and it’s so amazing when a story you haven’t read before is greatly executed. This is a story narrated by 4 different people who all have flashbacks very often and all remember different parts of their past. This concept is really amazing but can also fail very easily if the writer isn’t paying attention  or just  isn’t talented enough. I’m happy that I can say it worked out great. The story never became overly complicated and the biggest part of the story was quite believable (as far as fantasy can be believable of course!). There were a few times when I felt like a certain plot was create to cover up any major plot holes but it wasn’t too obvious for me.

I liked the characters, but they weren’t the best thing this book had to offer. They weren’t too standard and generic, which I obviously liked. They were all very different from one another and it was easy to like them. Wyatt and Ava were my favourite characters they were very passionate about almost everything but still managed to radiate some sense of calm (especially Wyatt), this helped the book to not become a chaotic mess. The only character I didn’t really like was the bad girl Gwen. The good thing about her was that she had a background story and had a reason to be bad, she wasn’t just an evil mastermind that wanted to take over the world and kill everyone without a good reason (we all know there are many YA books that make this mistake). But, I still think she lacked a bit of depth. The other “good” characters all had more depth than her, but maybe she’ll get more depth in the next book in the series! The romance also made it really easy to like the characters, there isn’t a lot of romance in this book but enough for me to go a little bit soft when I think back to it. It was just the right amount of romance for this book, if you ask me. Back to the characters! Although it were good characters, they didn’t feel like actual people either. It still felt like I was reading a book about imaginary people, not people that could actually live in the real world.

I can’t wait to read the second book. I didn’t know that it was going to be a series when I started reading this book, and now that I have finished it I’m quite happy that I can read more about this squad in the future.

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