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.
This was so unexpected, the book covers gave the impression that the characters would be much older.
I was pulled into the story from the first page. Alanna and the boys had a relationship that was more like that of siblings rather than friends.
They had all known each other since they were toddlers and all is well. Then Damien begins to see Alanna in a different light, and won’t take no for an answer.
Alanna lives with her grandmother Maude. Maude is the mother hen to all the boys including Nick, Alanna’s cousin.
Then when Alanna is waiting outside the principal’s office, when she is asked to take the new student Chris to his lessons.
Once Alana has met Cris, it like an instant connection between them. It’s there for everyone can see.
All her friends Charlie, Peck and her cousin Nick are pleased and welcome him into their circle.
Damien is not happy and his behaviour escalates.
Alanna is a strong powerful female lead whose personality shines throughout the book.
The Sabotino clan were a delight who rallied around to help Cris and Alanna.
This a powerful book, with tough issues. Addison Kline is fast becoming one of my must buys and I can’t wait for Book 2
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.