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Phoenix by Addison Kline….Blog Tour & Review

 

 
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.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will always be books out there that will touch a deep part of you and The Phoenix is one of those books.  I love the meaning behind this book and the story Addison delivered.

The Phoenix is told in third person POV, which is sometimes a bit hard for me to get into.  But with this book and having so many characters and needing to view things from all the different ways, it’s the only way for this book to work.  And Addison wrote it very well. My only small gripe is that sometimes that language didn’t fit the age of the character and made it  slightly harder to believe their ages.  Aside from that -a beautiful story.

This story surrounds Alanna and her friends.  I won’t go into details as to what happens because I feel that takes away from the excitement and wonderment of the story.  What these young kinds go through will baffle you.  But what will amaze you is the strong depth their friendship goes to.  They stand side by side and have each others’ backs through good and bad.  They’re family.

I have quite a lot of quotes from this book that I absolutely love and will keep with me forever.  But one in particular is poem that Alanna wrote.   It’s a bit long, but says so much more.

“A year of tumult.  An age of irritation.  Heart’s bitter contempt, a high security prison.  A prior love turned exceptional fiend.  An extraordinary façade.  You’re not all what you seemed.  Deceit in your mind.  Venom on your tongue.  The maddening ache of anger.  A howl building in my lungs.  Stop this masquerade.  Discard your mask!  Your two faces have fulfilled their task!  I believe in the myth.  I trusted in a lie. Be gone! Bury this deceit to die!

A kaleidoscope mind.  A battleground heart.  Run for cover.  Too late – torn apart.  An era of disillusion.  A moment of doubt.  A flicker of truth; your misdeeds I must surmount.  I throw my hands up to the wind.  What’s left to say?  There’s nothing left to give.  Took my security.  Fractured my soul.  Pillaged and plundered til there was nothing left at all!  But wait…what’s this?  A faintly beating heart. Mangled and bloody, but still holds a charge.  Fighting against the current, a tremendous wave.  Your violence and insanity…..It’s my own life I must save.  Birdcage, release me!  Break these bonds that hold me.  Captor, forget me.  Set me soul free!  Forget the words on your tongue.  Rid my face from your brain.  My life belongs to me….It was never yours to claim!”

Addison has way with words that gut a person.  They make you think, they make you feel, they come alive on the pages.  I loved this story!  I look forward to reading more from Addison.

 
 

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.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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