Saturday, 3 November 2012

Phoenix Angel by Amanda Gerry, Christy Hall

Goodreads Summary : Maggie is a normal teenager, trudging her way through senior year with her best friend, Lily. Then a boy named Kyle Spencer came to Idaho Falls, and since then everything has fallen apart. Something mysterious has passed among the three friends. They are developing terrifying abilities--strange powers that separate them from normal people.

Even worse, someone--or something--has taken a deadly interest in them. They never know when they are going to strike, or how to protect themselves, or even who they are. All friends know is that they want one alive and the others they want dead. Which one will Maggie be?

Rebecca's Rating : 4 of 5 stars

Rebecca's Thoughts : I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! At first I thought it was familiar, but with enough differences to keep me hooked. But in the end I realized that it was actually like nothing I have read before.

It starts out as a normal high school paranormal romance. Strange things start happening to beautiful Maggie. Things she cant explain. Then a hot new guy shows up at school. This is when the guy would usually tell her that he can help her understand whats happening to her. But he doesnt, because this isnt your usual YA PNR. Kyle is as confused as Maggie. After they meet he starts to develop super-human strength and speed. They try to make sense of their new world together, along with Maggie's best friend, Lily.

One of the things I loved most about this book was Maggie. She was like no other heroine I have read. Somehow I could still relate and understand her even though she was a complete bitch. She didnt accept crap from anyone. I have never had trauma in my life like Maggie, but I am extremely emotional and sensitive, so I can understand just needing to keep people out. And I was bullied in school so I admire her and wish that I had had the strength to fight back. The only time that I thought she went to far, was with her plans for the dance. But luckily that didnt turn out as disastrous as I feared.

The book had alternating POVs between Maggie, Kyle, and Lily, but the focus was mostly on Maggie and Kyle for the first half, and the tumultuous romance, the push and pull, and Maggie struggling to get over her bitchiness enough to care about someone again. If this were a contemporary romance, that story alone would have been enough to keep me hooked. But that’s far from all there is to Phoenix Angel.

In the second half of the book, there are still POVs from Maggie, Kyle, and Lily, but the focus switches to Lily, and we add Carter. When Carter meets Lily, he develops powers as well, and now the four friends have to help each other, and avoid the mysterious figures that start appearing. I loved the feeling of the group working together, facing the unknown. As things become more dangerous for them with each passing day, we realize how much we dont know about them. Until the end, when worlds collide and they are forced to face their pasts. They arent all who they seemed and friends and lovers could be torn apart as we are left wanting more.

The writing in this is absolutely amazing. It is beautiful and descriptive. When I first started the book I thought it was pretentious. But that was probably because I got used to the juvenile writing in books I have been reading lately. At first I was stumbling over the big words, but after I got used to it I was loving the imagery and flow. Its hard to believe this is Amanda Gerry and Christy Hall's first book. The only other problem I had was with the cover. It was really confusing and I spent most of the book thinking I might have gotten the wrong book. That it had been put in the wrong binding. The cover makes more sense after reading the second book, but it doesnt suit the first book at all.

Phoenix Angel has elements of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as parallel-world fantasy. If those sound like the kind of genres you read, I really recommend this book!

Note : Phoenix Angel was reviewed by my very good friend and contributing reviewer Rebecca. I would like to thank her for writing this amazing review on my blog.
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