Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.
Graham admits he was a Phoenix - part of a centuries old secret society - but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham's migraines with a touch, and there's her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn't know where her new talents come from, but there's no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.
But the Phoenix Society wants Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they'll do whatever it takes to get it.
Can Julia uncover the truth behind her connection to Graham? How far will Julia go in order to save Graham and stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?
©2015 Eliza Nolan (P)2016 Eliza Nolan
I think I would if I had it downloaded. I enjoyed driving and listening to it, I found myself looking forward to errands or even cleaning so I could listen to it. The story was not my normal M.O. but I liked the sample, the narrator fit the YA sound bill perfectly.
I thought the beginning was most memorable, her best friend ditched her at their favorite band's concert texting her grandmother was in the hospital. It turns out she lied and completely stabbed the main character in the back. The shock and betrayal conveyed in her voice was very relate-able.
It was really enjoyable listening to this, the various voices she did for different characters added depth to the specific characters and fit them perfectly, bringing the story to life. I might not have read this book, but as an audio it was engaging and entertaining. I really felt for the main character as she went through her experiences.
I didn't cry, but at one point she is bullied and later betrayed, which is relate-able to anyone in or out of high school. A few points were funny and I did chuckle.
The narration was completely on target, she was professional and easy to understand. The characters were easily identifiable by the pitch or accent she used consistently for all characters. It really brought the story to life and I enjoyed listening to it.
couldn't put it down! looking forward to book 2. good character development by both the author and narrator. not my usual genre but too good to pass up.
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