Phoenix Child–Alica McKenna-Johnson

Phoenix Child (Bk 1 Children of the Fire) –Alica McKenna-Johnson

Fifteen-year-old Sara walks into the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts determined to ignore the freaky things happening to her. As powers she doesn’t want and can’t control overwhelm her, Sara must decide if she can trust the strangers who say they are her family… descended from a common ancestor four thousand years ago.
Sara clings to her contented and well-planned life as a foster kid, successfully working the system, as dreams, powers, and magical creatures drag her towards her destiny.
When the ancient evil that killed her parents comes to San Francisco, Sara is forced to choose between her fears and her desire to protect those she loves.
Sometimes great things are thrust upon us. Sara wishes this supposed ‘greatness’ didn’t include a new name, unicorns, and catching on fire.

(taken from Goodreads)

A girl grows up in the foster system with no family, she knows how the system works, she has her life planned, until the day she turned 15 and her world went insane.

I love this book..seriously I love it. I couldn’t put it down. The whole narrative is so well written, twisted and forever throwing something new at you. Step inside the mind of a frightened young girl who has so much happening to her she doesn’t know where she stands or what her next move will be. Terrified of losing control of the life she has built herself within the system, she doesn’t know who she can trust.

The plot is great, easy to follow for a novel that has so much going on. With some books the storyline gets lost in the action, but The Phoenix Child stays true to its plot throughout. As a character Sara is very easy to picture, her story arc is believable for a young person her age, though she is very independent its not unusual for a child growing up in the foster system to be mature for their age. She gets thrust into this world where she has to grow up fast to be able to survive it and her character adapts as any child would.

If the rest of the series is as good as this first book then it will be well worth its spot on my to-read list. This author is new to me but already I love her work, she has researched well in order to make a believable world for Sara to live in, having an insight to both the world of the circus and the foster system. But to build a separate world, the world of the Children of Fire, takes a level of craftsmanship that we don’t often get to witness. She has introduced the Children of Fire’s world so that it slips so easily within our own world that it almost seems like it could exist. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, I may have to sneak it up my reading list because I don’t think I can wait Smile 


Happy reading everyone.


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