Original Title: Secrets in Phoenix
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Oftomes Publishing
Number of Pages: 240
First Sentence: “I was the first to notice the fortune teller.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
When Sophie Ballester and her twin brothers Sam and Todd are uprooted from their home and sent to a remote boarding school run by their Great Aunt Ness, they stumble upon a hidden room that holds a secret—a secret that will change everything.
The people of Phoenix Holt are not what they seem.
In fact, nothing is.
This was a really interesting and slightly mysterious read. The pages flew by and I’m looking forward to (and hoping for) the sequel to this book.
Sophie is a great man character and I loved the relationship between her and her brothers. She was a badass but not by suddenly becoming an invincible superhero. Instead, she found the strength within her, which was great. It feels like even without the powers she would have been able to successfully handle all the events of the book.
Sam and Todd, the brothers, are also very important. I loved how they were all so different from each other and willing to fight for one another. Sure, Sam is a bit of a complete asshat at times (which might sound slightly confused on my part) but in the end, he proved that he loved his siblings. Both Sam and Todd also have their own little arcs that added perfectly to the overall plot.
And that brings me to the best part of this book. Yes, we do have some romance but more important are the familial relationships which were just wonderful. In this book, the romantic relationship feels quite natural instead of forced like it is in some books. It was also lovely to get a book that mostly focused on family instead of romance. Well done Lepore, well done.
The overall plot was entertaining and this book was just so much fun to read.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.