Tuesday, September 25, 2012

[Review] Phoenix by Melissa Starr

Synopsis:  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!

Review:  Phoenix is a fun, fast read, that fans of House of Night will eat up.  The plot is based around Egyptian mythology, which I enjoyed immensely.  I love anything that has to do with mythology, and Egyptian myths aren't done often enough in young adult fiction.  Our story revolves around Elora, who is discovers at sixteen that she is a Phoenix and is initiated as a Phoenix, joining up the the most beautiful, powerful and elite.  Elora's best friend, Chloe, thinks that there is more to the Phoenix Elite than they let on.  After investigating she goes missing.  Elora thinks maybe the Phoenix have something to do with it, but can't figure out what and how. 

I feel for Elora, having all of this new information about herself thrust upon her, and then a change to a new school, among a group of cunning, devious other students.  She does get the chance to be with the super hot Ezra, so that's a bonus.  Chloe I really like.  She is a loyal and dedicated friend.  She is relentless though, and her persistence puts her in danger.

Phoenix is very well written.  It's clean and concise and perfectly paced.  It does end with a cliffhanger, so I am waiting in anticipation for book 2.

About the author: 
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.

Melissa is also a freelance photographer who enjoys camping and riding ATV’s when the weather permits and snapping a million and one pictures of her family and friends against much protest. *Smiles*

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Melissa Starr said...

Thanks for having me Jennifer! Can't wait to release book 2 on the world in Feb 2013!

Jenea Whittington said...

Almost anything. This sounds awesome. Great review. Thank you for sharing it.

Jenea @ Books Live Forever

Bk Walker said...

Thank you for reading Phoenix and hosting Melissa today :). Great review!

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