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.
About the Author
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 here:
Genre: YA, Paranormal & Urban
Title: Phoenix Fire
Series: Phoenix Cycle #1
Author: S.D. Grimm
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Where… do I begin. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s about time I’ve found a book that stars Phoenix! They’re such great lore but you’ve never really seen them with their own spotlight, let alone on any pages. I’ve only read one book that mentioned having a Phoenix. One. So you can imagine how happy I was to have found out about this.
Ava is a young character with very high shields and extremely lower expectations. As a foster child in and out of people’s lives, it’s no wonder that she’s given up on building relationships that have never lasted. Her latest family seems really cool, and genuine, which is where you first start to feel bad for her. Here’s a loving family doing their best and she constantly pushes them away. But you can’t blame her for looking out for herself, which then brings you to the next point: friends. As the story progresses, you see her slowly start to open up. From multiple POVs, you see everyone resume positions and it’s kinda cool to see them all share a bit of the big picture until it all begins to add up.
I was pleasantly surprised at what was revealed, and I really liked that a lot of things kept me so entertained. Cade was a sweetheart, and possibly one of my favorites because of how soft he just felt. He was very upbeat and playful but at the same time could be dangerous when he needed to be. Everyone else was pretty cool, though I’m still waiting on the second book to pass judgment.
The story had a good flow in the beginning, picking up here and there. I personally got my head spun around the ending when all the trust issues came up but in the end, I was pretty satisfied with the YA read. At least, satisfied enough to recommend it to other YA urban fantasy readers. And why wouldn’t you check it out? You had the high school angst and drama, the fun parts about making new friends you feel comfortable with. And there was the paranormal aspect but with hunting and the classical monsters that go bump in the night. Have all that wrapped up around a fresh story of beings with their own problems, and you’ve got a pretty great start to a new series.