Wednesday, February 01, 2023

#BookReview: Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2) by Sara Holland

Synopsis: Bestselling author Sara Holland continues her blockbuster contemporary fantasy series about the Inn at Havenfall with this unforgettable sequel.

Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.
But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?

This next breathtaking fantasy from the bestselling author of Everless is perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: The ending to this one was king of really disappointing.  I loved the first book and the adventure it took to get to the end but then the ending just died on me. 

“With action, adventure, and romance, Phoenix Flame is an epic young adult fantasy novel about the importance of doing what you know to be right.” ―Foreword Reviews

“A fast-paced adventure about rebuilding lives and family.” ―
School Library Journal online

“Highly enjoyable, engrossing escapism.” ―
Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel gives readers more of what they loved in Maddie's first adventure, expanding the world and its intriguing mythology even further.” ―

“Twisting plot threads intersecting with tantalizing glimpses of fully realized other realms, 
Havenfall creates a vibrant world where magic is closer and more dangerous than we know. Maddie is a delightfully messy and real teenager and I adored following her as she tried to untangle the mysteries around her.” ―Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of WICKED SAINTS and RUTHLESS GODS, on HAVENFALL

“Sara Holland weaves an enchanting and thrilling contemporary fantasy full of dark family secrets, heart-wrenching betrayal, and enticing magic. Readers will feel utterly transported.” ―
Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, on HAVENFALL

“Rife with secrets, danger, and magic, 
Havenfall is a delightful read that blends a fantastical new world with ours in the most seamless and enthralling of ways.” ―Hafsah Faizal, New York Times bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME, on HAVENFALL

Havenfall is contemporary fantasy at its finest, a smart, poignant rumination on home and family with a supernatural twist. Holland's seamless blending of reality and fantasy will leave you checking your closet doors for secret passages to other worlds, hoping to find a magical adventure of your own.” ―Christine Lynn Herman, author of THE DEVOURING GRAY, on HAVENFALL

“Holland is no stranger to intricate worlds, as readers who loved 
Everless and its sequel will remember, and this new series starter is equally compelling.” ―Booklist on HAVENFALL

“The twists are plentiful. . . . Fun premise and setting with a popcorn intrigue plot.” ―
Kirkus Reviews on HAVENFALL

“A suspenseful, engaging tale of a young woman trying to unravel her past to save her future.” ―
School Library Journal on HAVENFALL

“Gripping. . . . Holland populates her idyllic summit with a panoply of magical characters and powers.” ―
Publishers Weekly on HAVENFALL

“Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology.” ―
Stephanie Garber, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CARAVAL, on EVERLESS

“Readers will lose themselves in [Holland's] stunning prose for hours on end and be hungry for more when they reach the last page.” ―
Laura Sebastian, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ASH PRINCESS

“Propelled by inventive lore and magic, Jules' story is a heady, addicting page-turner. . . Utterly absorbing; a must for fans of Sarah J. Maas.” ―
Kirkus Reviews on EVERLESS

“Holland builds this world effortlessly. . . An action-packed, must-have fantasy for all YA shelves.” ―
School Library Journal on EVERLESS

“Holland's lush, intricately drawn world hides an undercurrent of darkness underneath a veneer of beauty and finery, and the twists are genuinely surprising. . . Readers will eagerly await her next journey.” ―
Publishers Weekly on EVERLESS

“Holland's debut is set in an intricate and immersive fantasy world. The concept of
 Everless is refreshing and unique.” ―Booklist on EVERLESS

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