|YA Book Review: Phoenix, by Alison Ashley
Reviewed by Sally Murphy, Aussie reviews
First in a wonderful new series.
I tried to respond but my mouth wouldn’t form words and the letter said it all anyway. I felt like meringue floating in an ocean, like I was dissolving, hot like molten sugar, cold like the sea. Fighting the inevitable was futile. I tried to extract the note from my pocket but my strength had gone. I closed my eyes and let my body drift on the bobbing tide.
Katie is half a world away from her old life. She’s grown up in Australia but now her whole family has moved to England to be with her grandad, who needs care. But here in England Katie will have to face her past in a way few would believe. Haunted by the events of a former life, Katie knows she must go back to put something to rights – even if she doesn’t know what that something is, or how she can fix it. Her twin sister, Ally, doesn’t believe in Kate’s talk of past lives, but to fulfil her destiny, Kate will need Ally’s support.
Phoenix is the first in a new paranormal series from debut author Alison Ashley, The Fifth Shadow. Sixteen year old Katie is a likeable first person narrator, and the blend of time shifts, personal and family development and a little history make a highly attractive blend for teen readers, with the paranormal elements not overdone or overwhelming. Whilst the story is self-contained, it is absorbing enough that readers will eagerly look forward to the next instalment.
Phoenix, by Alison Ashley
“Ohhh, can’t believe it……..the book’s finished and I want to keep reading! I loved it!!!! the way you described the characters, the places – I feel like I am in England. I just felt like I was there involved in their lives. The twists and turns, it was so exciting , I even had a couple of tears. Have you got another one?” Susan Griffiths
“Loved it – and it keeps going around in my mind now I’ve finished! I loved the way you think outside the square, and the way you pulled all the threads in together. Very unusual. I can see it being a hit.” Kim Rackham
“Phoenix is an absorbing story that will capture you from the very beginning and leave you longing for more right up until the very end.” Kara Menzies, 17.