Kid’s Book Review: Phoenix Flame

Kid’s Book Review: Phoenix Flame

About the Book and Author

This is the second book in the Havenfall trilogy but if you haven’t read the first one you will still enjoy this is you like fantasy, adventure and romance. It is written by bestselling author Sara Holland and published in the UK by Bloomsbury. Our young reviewer loved reading it and if you scroll down you will find out why.

After saving the inn at Havenfall from the wicked Silver Prince, Maddie thought all her problems were over. The Silver Prince has been banished, her uncle the beloved Innkeeper is slowly recovering from a mysterious coma, and there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her handsome more-than-just-a-friend Brekken.
But danger still looms and Maddie soon realises there’s more work to be done to protect Havenfall, the safe haven between worlds that her family has run for centuries. Maddie must embark on a dangerous mission: to venture into the icy Realm of Fiordenkill and put an end to the black market trading of souls that threatens the balance of the Realms.
As Maddie tries to accomplish these seemingly impossible tasks, she stumbles upon family secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s ever known?

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Sarah Holland

Sara Holland is the New York Times-bestselling author of the EVERLESS and HAVENFALL duologies.
She grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. You can find out more about her other b0oks by visiting her website.

Book Review

I loved reading Phoenix Flame because the book has everything: romance, fantasy, peril and adventure - what more could you want?

Phoenix flame is such an amazing book!
It follows the ups and downs of a teenage girl, Maddie, and the two lives she shares between the real world and the fantasy worlds (yes, there’s more than one fantasy world!).
Maddie has an ordinary life during the school term, but in the holidays she stays at her Uncles Inn, and that’s where the magic really happens.

I loved reading Phoenix Flame because the book has everything: romance, fantasy, peril and adventure. What more could you want from a book? It is the second book of a series (the first is called ‘Havenfall’). I’ve not read the first book in the series, though you don’t need to in order to understand the story line – but perhaps there were a few details I would have understood more if I had read the first. The characters felt very real to me, because of the different lives they had – the story was told as naturally as me having two separate lives, home and school, however in Maddie’s case the places she went to were SO different!

The book ends on a cliff hanger where you really want to read on, to find out more. Which is both frustrating and exciting at the same time. I really hope there is a book 3.

Overall, I would say this book is ‘Awesome’ and I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery, adventure, romance and fantasy all rolled into one! Having read this, I’m now going to see if I can get the first book to read, and I’ll look out for a 3rd book too.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Rebekah
  • Age: 14 Years
  • Likes: reading books, playing the violin and swimming
  • Dislikes: butter and going shopping
  • Favourite Book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Favourite Song: Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
  • Favourite Film: The Croods