Thursday, March 15, 2018

Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm | Review, Giveaway & Blog Tour

Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm
Published: March 5, 2018
Publlisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 432
Received: for honest review via publisher
Find Online: Publisher | Goodreads

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.

Told from multiple points of view, this new series is off to a good start. It's an interesting storyline centering around the mythology of the phoenix and rebirth, but with an added twist.

Ava is a strong and brave heroine, who has been stuck in foster care since she was four years old. She has trouble trusting anyone and her bouts of memory flashes (that may or may not be hers) add to the mess. She doesn't remember/know who she truly is and time is running out. At times her story was repetitive with her mention her trust issues over and over, but generally she was a decent main character.

Her brothers, Nick and Cade, remember or at least one remembers everything while the other is beginning to remember and they need her help. This family of Phoenix need to find each other and fight to save everything. There is a war between the Phoenix clans and it's almost over. Only they can stop the dark from coming. They are not only fighting a way, but they hunt the supernatural. That is all kinds of awesome. The first few chapters told from Nick and Cade's POVs were actually reminding me of the Winchester boys from Supernatural! Like a phoenix version of Dean and Sam... it hooked me. Their banter, their brotherly love and overall they were my favourite characters in the story.

There are also some quite interesting secondary characters that you'll either love or hate. Yuki, Ava's BFF; Wyatt, the guy Ava has the hots for, and Gwen, the main baddie! Of these secondary characters, I loved Yuki the most. She was such a great support for Ava and her romance story in the book was well written.

I enjoyed unraveling the back story, the mystery behind the Phoenix, and the supernatural elements. This is a very promising beginning to the Phoenix Cycle series and I cannot wait to read more. I enjoyed the idea of Light and Dark Phoenix and the many twists that were in the last third of the book. Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

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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, identifies as rebel scum, and loves elevensies as much as afternoon tea. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and she totally has a superpower. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency, her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.


  1. This sounds really good and quite original. I will need to pick it up.

    1. It really was. I hadn't really read many phoenix based stories.


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