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Phoenix (Phoenix Elite Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Starr
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Phoenix Elite~ They'll leave you breathless...literally.
Elora Rae Gannon believes her life is over. On her sixteenth birthday, she receives news that she is a mythical monster of hellish proportions and if that's not bad enough, she receives this information in the form of a letter from her dead mother who also informs her that she must become part of an elite secret society of others like herself or die. Sucky birthday, huh? And just when she thinks she's got it all figured out, her new-found family in the Elite forces her to break ties with her human BFF shortly before her BFF just up and vanishes. With her world in utter upheaval, Elora makes the move to a new school- Marlind Prep, with full intentions of finding out exactly what is going on behind the scenes and why her best friend has vanished- all while trying to figure out how to successfully make out with her boyfriend without sucking the very life out of him!


Editorial Reviews

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"Phoenix is the House of Night series meets the movie Skulls with a Egyptian Mythology to round it out as a pretty awesome book.You find yourself wondering if being on the bad side is as bad as Elora & the others make it sound. Starr does an awesome job in writing a clean story that appeals to YA & adults alike.The Elite appear to be bad, but the group seems oh so tempting to be a part of. They're everything that you want to be & more but it all comes with a very high price. Can't wait for the sequel. This is going to be a great series. I recommend this one for 13 years+." - Amy's Book World
"Melissa Starr's writing is beautiful, elegant and sometimes downright scary! You can't go wrong with any book this up-and-comer releases! I highly recommend anything Starr writes!" -Ty Schwamberger, critically-acclaimed author of The Fields, Deep Dark Woods and DININ'.

About the Author

Melissa Starr is an up and coming paranormal/romance author of Phoenix (Phoenix Elite #1), Ruhk's Rising (Phoenix Elite #2),  & future release and final installment in the Phoenix Elite series, Angel I Am Not. Novels are available in both ebook and print format.
Starr is also working on a hot new project (and shush...if she told you she'd have to kill you) in the young adult/paranormal/romance genre.
Starr is a small town, country gal from deep in southern Oklahoma. Born in Altus and raised in Frederick, it only seemed right to put down roots there with her own family; a husband, two sons and two daughters. She resides and writes from her home where she frequently lets her inner child come out and play (if she behaves that is)long enough to spin colorful words into novels. Claims the # 13 as her unlucky lucky number and has a serious phobia of scorpions, and ironically- she is a Scorpio.

Melissa is also a freelance photographer who enjoys camping and riding ATV's when the weather permits and snapping a million and one pictures of her family and friends against much protest. *Smiles*

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Fire and Ice by Melange Books, LLC (May 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00870LW0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting New Series July 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Phoenix is the House of Night series meets the movie Skulls with a Egyptian Mythology to round it out as a pretty awesome book. The author Ms. Starr takes you on a fantasy/mystery with the characters to discover what will happen. You find yourself wondering at times if being on the bad side is as bad as Elora and others make it sound. She does awesome job in writing a clean story that still appeals to older YA and Adults alike. Her writing is easy to follow yet complex in it's own way. The story mainly follows Elora, a young girl who just turned 16 and is being raised by her widowed father. She belives her life to be perfect as it is even if it seems mundane. She has everything she wants, her BFF Chloe and her somewhat cool dad sam. As Elora points out 16 seems to be a special age because that is when everything seems to happen. For her this fact is also true. Her life changes the moment she reads a letter her now deceased mother left her. In it it states that she is speacial, she is a Phoenix Elite, like her mother was. This is a special group of individuals who seem to be the best looking and always have jobs or positions of higher power. Elora sees this as the worst news possible. She has always hated the Phoenixes, and she wants nothing to do with them. Her Best Friend now slowly separates herself from Elora. Part of it I believe is jealousy but another part I believe is that Chloe feels that maybe she won't fit into her new life. Compared to Elora and the other Phoenixes, Chloe feels she is a Plain Jane. The only plus to this change is that Elora has a new boyfriend, hottie and fellow Phoenix Ezra. As her world seems to crumble around her, she finds herself getting closer to Ezra. Things are put on hold when Chloe decides to poke around in the Phoenix business and finds herself missing. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Fresh! October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of Phoenix for read2review, this does not effect my honest review...

Phoenix follows the story of highschool student Elora and her friends. On Elora's 16th birthday she receives a letter from her mother who had died years before, but had left the letter for Elora. The letter explained that Elora was different, that she was part of the elusive group the Phoenix. Those that belong to the group tended to be extremely beautiful, and privileged. Elora initially did not want anything to do with the group, and this was seconded by her friend Chloe's dire warnings. Chloe had been researching the Phoenix Elite for three years and warned Elora that they were dangerous. But Elora had no choice and she was pressured into taking the Oath to become part of the group, it was either take the Oath or die. Elora after joining the Elite group, was soon given all the background info regarding her now pseudo family, and basically parts caused her great horror. She was told that she was more than human, that her heritage stemmed back to Egypt and was similar to the Phoenix in mythology; and in being so, each year, the members of the Phoenix had to take a life in order to live another year! That was the worst of being apart of the elusive group, the best so far was her new boyfriend who was also a Phoenix, Ezra...soon Chole, Elora's best friend disappears and even though she is in danger herself, Elora will stop at nothing to find her.

Phoenix was a fresh, unique tale, original with the intriguing storyline. I enjoyed discovering the secrets of the Phoenix, and I was just as horrified in learning the darkest secret, the need for taking a life! I was caught up in the adventure of the story,and remained tense throughout the search for Chloe! Each character had a quality that stood out, making them all an intricate part of the storyline...The story was well written, flowed and I look forward to the next in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa Starr's writing is like a mystical Phoenix... September 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Melissa Starr's writing is like a mystical Phoenix - beautiful, elegant and sometimes downright scary! You can't go wrong with any book this up-and-comer releases into this strange world of ours! I highly recommend anything Starr writes!"

~Ty Schwamberger, critically-acclaimed author of The Fields, Deep Dark Woods and DININ'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A New Paranormal Story With a New Plot October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Melissa Starr begins her series of unique people with the book Phoenix. The story line of this book is very good. It starts with a young girl's 16th birthday where she finds out she is a phoenix. This was a little odd as to how it was explained. It seems that phoenixes are not secret people in the sense that no one knows they exist. In fact, they publicly are a club and meet regularly. The secrecy comes in what happens when they are together and the extent of their powers and abilities. That information is so secret that they will kill to protect it. In fact, best friends are targets. It's all so confusing to a young teen coming into own with more than the average teen problems.

Ms. Starr did an excellent job in creating an interesting story and various plots within the book. At times, I felt there was not enough explanation. Maybe it was because I found it strange that phoenixes did not hide themselves completely and were to a degree just accepted. I'm one that asks a lot of questions as I read and like to see them answered. I don't always get my way, of course. Also, there is a very strong sexual undertone to the story between the teens. You need to be aware of that if a younger teen is interested in or even a tween. This more designed for older teens and young adults.

It is the first in a series. That's good because a lot was not explained fully in the first book. Obviously, it will come later.

Plots and storyline are the strong points of this book that will keep you reading.

Like paranormal young adult books? Check this author out and see if you have a new series to follow.

Note: This book was provided as part of a virtual book tour with no expectations of a positive review.
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More About the Author

Melissa Starr is an up and coming paranormal/romance author of Phoenix (Phoenix Elite #1) & Ruhk's Rising (Phoenix Elite #2) and future release and final installment in the Phoenix Elite series, Angel I Am Not.
Starr is also working on a hot new project (And shush...if she told you, she'd have to kill you.) in the young adult/paranormal/romance genre.
Starr is a small town, country gal from deep in southern Oklahoma. Born in Altus and raised in Frederick, it only seemed right to put down roots there with her own family; a husband, two sons and two daughters. She resides and writes from her home where she frequently lets her inner child come out and play (if she behaves that is)long enough to spin colorful words into novels. Claims the #13 as her unlucky lucky number and has a serious phobia of scorpions. Ironically- she is a Scorpio.

Melissa is also a freelance photographer who enjoys camping and riding ATV's when the weather permits and snapping a million and one pictures of her family and friends against much protest. *Smiles*

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