Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna-Johnson

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There should be a law, a Universal Rule, as to how much weirdness can happen to a person.

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.

I would say that this series has the potential to be better than Harry Potter, and I am a JK Rowling fan. I say series because it has to be. The author only gives any real gritty background on one of the main characters, but gives us enough of a taste of the other main characters that she has opened herself up, not only for sequels (which MUST comme) but for numerous prequels. If she is anything like some writers that I know, these characters are wandering around in her head demanding that their stories be told. Sapphire’s story was the lynchpin and had to be told first, but oh what an array of stories are possible from here!

It’s book review time again; this time I will tell you about Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. This is your classic going through the changes teenage story with a couple of delightful twists. The book carries us along with the heroine as she works her way through the usual teenage changes plus a whole lot more.
On a more serious note, Alica gives us a peek into the world faced by far too many children, the world of the “System”. This peek might make a few folks slightly uncomfortable, and if it does, that’s a good thing.
Don’t run away now, because this book is filled with magic, adventure, and mythical creatures. Alica’s style is relaxed and easy to read, almost like she’s sitting right beside you, telling you the story. I read half in one sitting and wanted to finish it, but time did not allow. I did finish it the next day. I am truly hoping there will be a second book because I love these characters.
Well done Alica, five stars.

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About Don Sloan

I am a former journalist with a major daily newspaper and now am a full-time Indie book reviewer. I love to write, read, drink good wine, and take short naps in front of my fireplace here in the North Carolina mountains.
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