Thursday, October 29, 2015

Phoenix Awakens by Eliza Nolan w Giveaway!



Phoenix Awakens (The Phoenix, #1)
Phoenix Awakens
Release Date: 10/12/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic.

Julia never believed in magic.

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 part of the Phoenixes — 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 Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they'll do whatever it takes to get it.

In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?


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Excerpt 
Our eyes met, and that was all it took for me to become lost in his heavy-lidded, crystal-blue eyes.
He turned to Clara and his face brightened. "Hey, Sis." His voice was raspy like a smooth low buzz that set my insides humming.
"Graham, this is, Julia," Clara said.
His lips turned up into a crooked grin, making heat rush to my cheeks. "Julia." He nodded, reaching out to shake my hand and, although it was something Dad would do, I didn't care. His Southern drawl was borderline hypnotic and sucked me in.
As he took my hand, my fingers tingled. Not the stomach dropping, sweaty, tongue-tied sensation you get from being around hot guys. Graham was definitely that hot. But no, this was different - a subtle prickling, like carbonated soda on the tongue. It tickled. We both looked down at our hands, eyes wide. The prickles crept up my arm, giving me goose bumps.
It was as if a current moved through us. My vision blurred and my legs weakened. Passing out became a serious possibility.
Was he doing something?
Then the sensation faded, replaced by a subtle wave of euphoria. Graham's expression relaxed, and I finally remembered to let go.

Interview 
Which writers inspire you?
I grew up reading Stephen King. I love his books. But I didn’t start writing until I read Twilight. Stephanie Meyer’s story really clicked with me. I found myself wishing I’d had something like that to read when I was in high school. Swoony paranormal guys? Yes please!

When did you decide to become a writer?
In October of 2009 I heard about International Novel Writing Month (every November). I’d just finished reading the Twilight series and thought writing a novel sounded like fun. The book I started writing that November was the very rough first draft of Phoenix Awakens.
Shortly after I finished the first draft, I realized I wanted to make writing more than just a hobby. I’ve spent the last several years working on my craft.

Did you learn anything from writing your book?
Since Phoenix Awakens was my first, I had to learn how to write. Seriously, my first draft was so awful that I wouldn’t even show it to my cat.

What does your writing process look like?
It’s always changing; no two books write the same. I had no idea how Phoenix Awakens was going to end when I started writing it. Since then I’ve done a bit more work with outlines. Each story has its own process. The trick for me is to figure out what the process is for each story, and then go through that process so that I can find the story and share it.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written three full-length books, and have two partially written. I know I should say they are all my children and I love them equally--I actually do really love all my stories a ton--but my favorite is Phoenix Awakens. It’s always been my baby, and I’m insanely excited to finally share it!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No way. I’ve had some ups and downs, but the story is what it is because of those ups and downs. I wouldn’t change a thing.

What is your next project?
I would like to write more in the Phoenix series. I also have a contemporary young adult in draft form, and a post-apocalyptic story. I’ve always got a few things going.

My Review

When Julia, a 17 year old girl starts her senior year, she wan't expecting all of this. She dreams of bloody and gory things, oh and to make it special, her class mate Graham is the victim in her dreams. Julia doesn't understand why she dreams about him and together they begin to search for answers. 
  
Graham used to be a Phoenix, a member of a secret society, but he left it in his past. Somehow, Julia can help heal Graham, with a touch, and she has some other powers, as well. She doesn't understand where her powers are coming from either. So together they try to find answers, but some things aren't always what they seem. Especially since when Graham is near, her powers get a boost. But the bad guys are afoot.. Heehee, I just like that word... Anyways, the Phoenix society wants Graham back, you see, his blood is special. They will stop at nothing to get access to him for the power they want. 


I liked this one. I thought it was interesting, and had a real feeling to how teenagers are. And we get to see Samantha, Julia's friend's POV as well. And there are some special side characters too, so I liked that alot. There's definitely mystery and suspense which helped me fly through this one. And there's some little pieces left open for book two to continue on, which I will be reading. This was a nice start to a new paranormal young adult series and I look forward to more. 4.5 PAWS!  

 

About the Author
Eliza Nolan
Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota - where she now lives with her two cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is FINALLY getting ready (to get ready) to publish her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

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