Wednesday, October 14, 2015

REVIEW: Phoenix Child by Alica Mckenna Johnson


Sara is just another group home kid. She’s given up on being part of a family and has planned out her life as a child of the system.

Then she wakes on her fifteenth birthday, with ruby red streaks through her now midnight black hair and strange powers she did not know she possessed.

Enrolling in classes at the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts, she meets strangers with frightening powers who say they are family, with a four thousand year old god as a common ancestor.

As Sara struggles with powers that overwhelm her, she must decide whether to turn her back on this new life or embrace her identity as Sapphire the Phoenix Child. The lives of hundreds of magical creatures rest on her decision.

Sometimes great things are thrust upon a girl. Sara wishes hers didn’t include a new name, unicorns, and fire.

Title:  Phoenix Child
Series:  Phoenix Child
Book #: 1
Author:  Alica Mckenna Johnson
Approximate Book Length:  298 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild


This was a pretty neat read. I loved the characters! The magic and everything was cool. There was no romance that I could detect, though maybe a hint of possibility in the future near the end, which was refreshing. I liked the lessons from Sara’s mom, but they started to get pretty tedious in the second half of the book. I’ll admit that I can’t really comment much on the few times we get the villain’s POV because I skip them – I’ve always kind of hated them in any book. The ending is no cliffhanger, but something does happen to pique your interest for book 2. There were a few minor gaps and plot holes, but nothing major enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Bottom Line:

Phoenix Child is a compelling coming of age read. Don’t miss out on this magical and emotional start to a new YA paranormal series!



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