Blog Tour & Giveaway: Phoenix Fire (Phoenix Cycle #1) by S.D. Grimm
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.
He shrugged. “I should have expected Danny to warn you about me.”
“It’s not like you made a habit out of beating people up, right?” I offered a smile.
The way his gaze locked onto mine, suddenly easier to read though the moonlight was blocked by branches here, made me think he might be staring deep into a memory, too.
He sucked in a breath. “Right. I don’t go around hurting people.”
“No. You let them pick on you.” I released his hands.
His small laugh seemed to drip bitterness. “Well, I can’t exactly fight back—I’d be in so much trouble if I were to have another…incident—and they know it.”
That ignited a fireball in my stomach. That’s why they picked on him? “How can people be so cruel?” I pointed my flashlight on the path ahead. “Can I show you something?”
Within a few minutes, we’d arrived to my favorite place on the run. I stepped through the thinning dune grass and out onto a sandy cliff of the top of a dune. From here we could see over Lake Michigan. But the sun had already set, leaving nothing but darkness in front of us. Here, at night, the best view was looking up.
I sat down and motioned to the stars. “I looked up Andromeda after you came over.”
“Yeah?” His voice carried the hint of awe and surprise mingled together.
“But I don’t know which constellation it is.”
He sat beside me and leaned close enough that his shoulder brushed against mine. “There.” His fingers traced an outline of stars. “It’s been said that she’s a beautiful princess.”
“I read that, too.” I chuckled. “But like all princesses, she got into trouble.”
He laughed. “Yes. She got herself captured.”
I made my voice mock-dreamy. “But her handsome prince—what was his name? Perseus!—saved her. I can only imagine they lived happily ever after.”
He didn’t respond, so I tore my eyes away from the night sky and found Wyatt already looking at me.
“Thank you,” he said, turning his attention back to the sky as a breeze off the lake muffled his quiet words. “For not making me feel like a monster for what I did.”
I wanted to touch him again, but I refrained. “You’re hardly a monster, Wyatt.”
Something in his soft smile made my heart beat faster.
5 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--
Ava knows that she is not normal, and it's not just because she bounces around between foster homes. Nope, her lack of normalcy comes form the fact that she has memories that came from another life and do not belong to her. When a night time jog gets dangerous, Ava finds herself in the arms of her rescuer, Wyatt. the quiet,overlooked boy at school. But Wyatt is hiding his own secrets and he refuses to share, much to Ava's disappointment. To make matters even more complicated, two new boys show up in town and Ava is convinced she knows them. But what is real and what belongs to a memory of someone else?
When I picked up my first S.D. Grimm book Summoner I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but ended up getting lost in the plot, the characters, the romance- pretty much everything about that book spoke to me and I was enchanted. When I saw that she had another book coming out there was no doubt in my mind I was going to read it, regardless of what it was about (I would probably want to read a shopping list by S.D. if it's long enough, just saying)- her writing style has the ability to transport me right into the action and the characters she creates feel like real people I know and connect with. And it just so happened that Phoenix Fire had a really cool sounding plot about a phoenix, something I personally have never encountered in literature (outside of Harry Potter)so I was so excited. It also doesn't hurt that the cover is gorgeous, and I do love my self some pretty cover. This was such a great blend of mystery, supernatural, history, heart, romance, excitement, danger and overall mischief.
I mean this in the best possible way, but there were some serious Supernatural (the television show) similarities popping up in Phoenix Fire. First, we have brothers- an older one who has been in the family business for years and would do anything to protect his younger brother who knew nothing about the hunting of monsters (oh, and by the way they destroy monsters so humans stay safe, have cool weapons and antidotes and drive around to new places when evil is lurking). Second, we have the younger brother (who is also taller) but damaged and more resistant to the path his father started him on. Third, they drive an old school muscle car- in this case a Challenger. See, any of this sound vaguely familiar?? I am such a fan-girl for the show Supernatural that I almost instantly started drawing connections between the book and the show (which may just be a coincidence but I love it). All these small details were enough to peak my curiosity about the book even if my S.D. Grimm love wasn't in the picture.
I was not aware that this was the first in a series, which makes me torn because I wanted everything to wrap up nicely and give the characters a happily ever after, but I also want to have more adventures with them- be it present time or through a memory. The world was so detailed and the plot so twisty that I got lost in the story for hours because I did not want to put it down until I was finished and knew all their secrets. I highly recommend any book by S.D. to read and Phoenix Fire in particular if you are looking for a supernatural action adventure with feels. I personally can't wait to get any kind of S.D. book in my hands next.
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 at www.sdgrimm.com