Title : Phoenix
Author: Addison Kline
Book 1 of the Phoenix Saga – The Phoenix
“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” Or so the book of Corinthians tells us.
Alanna Anderson does not agree with this sentiment. At the tender age of thirteen, Alanna believes that she has learned all she needs to know about love. Love is fleeting. Love is callous. Love is a lie. Growing up in the rough streets of South End, Pennsylvania, Alanna Anderson knows a thing or two about guarding her heart. Although there is a boy that vies for her attention, Alanna has no interest. She surrounds herself with the people she loves best, and immerses herself in her music and her love of literature. But one winter day, two boys forever changed Alanna’s life. One cemented Alanna’s belief that love was cruel. Another sought to prove her wrong.
Cris Serrano is new to town. Moving to the United States from Portugal, he is stepping into a world he in unfamiliar with. He is not fearful, though. Stepping forth with confidence, Cris is excited for what this new experience will hold, leaving behind a past he’d rather forget. Upon his first day at Henshaw Elementary, Cris meets Alanna Anderson and sparks fly. Their connection is one that will forever rewrite the map of their destinies – two supernovas colliding amidst a darkened sky. Not everyone believes that Alanna and Cris belong together, though.
Damien Foley has loved Alanna Anderson from the day he first set eyes upon her. Though she ignores his advances, Damien has hope that Alanna will open her heart to him. But when Cris Serrano comes to town, everything changes. Alanna gazes at Cris the way Damien wishes she would look at him. Watching her fall in love in Cris was more than Damien’s mind could take. As Alanna and Cris are enveloped in the joy of young love, a storm is brewing. With Damien’s attraction to Alanna only intensifying with each unrequited sentiment, an obsession was born.
Young love does not come easy in this gritty, romantic suspense novel. In the Phoenix Saga, they love hard, they fight hard, and the stakes are high as teens struggle to step over the echelon of adulthood.
Tanya Rae’s Review: 4 Star
Phoenix is the first book that I have read from this author and I was not sure what to expect. It really took a while for me to get into this story and it actually had me a bit worried because I have signed up to read another book by Addison Kline. But, fortunately I did hang in there and finally got into the meat of the story. There are so many characters in this book that it took a while to build on each of their characters. These kids often spoke and sounded far older than 13. It has been a long time since I was 13 so maybe kids do speak like this now.
Phoenix is a coming of age story with a bit of psycho/mean kid. Alanna Anderson is the main person in this book. She is 13 years old and this story is about her and her friends. She met most of her friends when she was in Kindergarten. And, meets Cris Serrano (the new kid in school) when they are both 13. They become boyfriend/girlfriend. Young love. Damien is the psycho/mean kid and a twin. Charlie is Damien’s identical twin brother and is one of Alanna’s friends. Damien keeps asking Alanna out and she continually turns him down. Most everyone knew that something was wrong with Damien and the story continues. I need to leave something for you to read. 😉
I wanted to mention the poem that Alanna wrote (read by Charlie in class) powerful and the poem that Damien wrote and read was again psychotic but, powerful too. Again, you need to read Phoenix so you will know what I am speaking about.
I read this book because one of my bloggers was unable to and I was able to get this book from Kindle Unlimited. I am happy that I read Phoenix even though it might appear that I didn’t. There is a good story in this coming of age book. Oh and I love how the book got its name. I can’t tell you because then that could be a spoiler. I give Phoenix 4 stars.
Addison Kline is an International Best-Selling Author who resides in Pennsylvania with her family. When she is not writing, she is immersing herself in music, reading to her heart’s content, traveling with her family, or binging on her favorite shows on Netflix that include Wentworth, Bloodlines and Sons of Anarchy.
Addison is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and while she loves to write in a variety of genres, Addison always says “mystery is her game.” Some of her other favorite sub-genres to write include romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, crime and mafia thrillers.
Some of Addison’s greatest influences to date include Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, Gillian Flynn, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen & James Patterson.