Book Review & Giveaway: Phoenix Child by Alica Mckenna Johnson

Phoenix Child by Alica Mckenna Johnson 
Book One in the Children of Fire Series

Sara is just another group home kid. She’s given up on being part of a family and has planned out her life as a child of the system.
Then she wakes on her fifteenth birthday, with ruby red streaks through her now midnight black hair and strange powers she did not know she possessed. 
Enrolling in classes at the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts, she meets strangers with frightening powers who say they are family, with a four thousand year old god as a common ancestor. 
As Sara struggles with powers that overwhelm her, she must decide whether to turn her back on this new life or embrace her identity as Sapphire the Phoenix Child. The lives of hundreds of magical creatures rest on her decision. Sometimes great things are thrust upon a girl. Sara wishes hers didn’t include a new name, unicorns, and fire.

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About this author:
Alica dreams of living on a "Clothing Optional" beach where lovely men of many ethnic backgrounds bring her drinks and rub her feet, while wearing a variety of kilts and skirts (optional, of course). When on the verge of a nervous breakdown she plots her escape from exercise, gathers her sweats, and fills out applications to become the creepy night lady at the Circle K.

Alica McKenna Johnson lives in Tucson, Arizona with her very understanding husband two to eleven children, depending on the time of day, and her daughter’s minions--aka the fish. Instead of collecting stamps--BORING--Alica collects sexy men in kilts. Hey, her husband is VERY understanding. At least Alica no longer collects them in the basement.

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My Review:
Have you seen the cover of this book? It is beautiful and one of the reasons why I wanted to read this story.  The originality of the mythical creatures and magic in it was great. I thought the books pace slowed to much in the second half and could have been improved with an edit of the protagonists' letters from her mother.  Also the grammar is not great in this book, so if you are a grammar natzi beware. Other than those two things I really enjoyed this book. The characters created were unique and also vital to the story, which doesn't happen a lot in YA books. There is the opportunity for more captivating romance later on in the series that i can not wait to read. This is like an origin story type first book. You learn what the protagonist is along with her and I found that enjoyable. If you love YA, science fiction, and series then this is the book for you! Go get it now!!

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One person will win a signed paperback copy of Phoenix Child by Alica Mckenna Johnson.
18+ & US residents only.
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  1. Thank you for the review of Phoenix Child. And, thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    And good luck with your writing! Always follow your dream!!

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