Elora Rae Gannon believes her life is over. On her sixteenth birthday she receives news that she is a mythical monster of hellish proportions and if that's not bad enough, she receives this information in the form of a letter from her dead mother who also informs her that she must become part of an elite secret society of others like herself or die. Sucky birthday, huh? And just when she thinks she's got it all figured out, her new-found family in the Elite forces her to break ties with her human BFF shortly before her BFF just up and vanishes. With her world in utter upheaval, Elora makes the move to a new school- Marlind Prep, with full intentions of finding out exactly what is going on behind the scenes and why her best friend has vanished- all while trying to figure out how to successfully make out with her boyfriend without sucking the very life out of him!
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Length: 189 pages
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: May 27th 2012 by Fire & Ice Imprint of Melange Books LLC
Finally! A decent example of mixing old world mythology with a healthy dose of modernity! I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a really great take on the tales of old so I was really happy when I got invited to join the blog tour for Phoenix.
I really enjoyed the plot of this book. At only 189 pages the book is rather short but the author managed to make it seem like a much longer novel with the way that she created the story of those who are a Phoenix. There was a lot of depth to the book that I wasn't really expecting but I love when a book surprises me like that.
Plus, the fact that Elora wasn't a stuck up pain in the behind character made the book an easy and enjoyable read. Nothing bothers me more than a book where the main character is unlikeable. Elora is your average teenager, minus the whole being a mythological monster thing that is. She's kind, loyal and is really sweet but she has an inner strength to her that really comes out the more you read the book.
Overall the book was really good. It was fast paced, intriguing and entertaining. The genre mixing is what really did it for me in terms of what I loved most about this book because it was done in a unique way. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and I have a feeling the next one will be even better.
I would recommend this book to all YA fantasy fans especially those who love their YA fantasy novels based on mythology. If this book is any indicator, than this is a must read debut with a bright future.
*I received a free copy in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own.
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Melissa Starr is a small town, country gal from deep in southern Oklahoma. Born in Altus and raised in Frederick, it only seemed right to put down roots there with her own family; a husband, two sons and two daughters. She resides and writes from her home in Frederick where she spends her free time attending her children’s various sporting activities and just enjoying being a mom.
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