Title: A Phoenix is Forever
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publish Date: March 26th 2019
My Star Rating: 5 out of 5 star
**I received this ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review**
Luca Fierro comes from a family of phoenix shape-shifters. Together with Dawn Forrest, a psychic, they must find a missing girl before it’s too late, a task that will require them both to use their “abilities” to help bring her home.
Amazing! I love when an author can immediately start weaving a story that keeps you flipping the pages, and I was hooked from the start. The third book in this series, this can definitely be read as a standalone if you haven’t read the previous books (like myself). The mission to find the missing girl kept this a very fast-paced read. And the paranormal elements, the shape-shifting and mythical beings, were not so overbearing as to take away from the plot or completely change the “world”. In my opinion, those minor things were sprinkled in in moderation enough to make it interesting.
As for the characters, I was rooting for Luca and Dawn from the beginning. I loved their personalities and how they interacted with the people around them and each other. Their romance spawned from a friendship/partnership first and I loved it. I enjoyed seeing them grow as a couple instead of going all doe-eyed and hopping under the sheets their first week together. I envisioned Luca as a sweet, blue-eyed rookie fresh out of the academy, innocent and humorous, not yet hardened by the world. Whereas Dawn has been hardened given her past as a Keen Street Gang member. She’s been on the darker part, and she is doing everything in her power to become a better person so she never has to go back.
Again, I loved these two as well as the supporting characters. While there were many (Luca has a very large Italian family), I didn’t feel like I was drowning in a sea of nameless people. Everyone had their own quirks, their own personalities and roles in the story to keep in moving as well as help the main characters grow.
Would I Recommend:
Absolutely. Different, refreshing, this book made me a fan of Ashlyn Chase’s writing style.