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Phoenix Angel: The Shardwell Series Book 1

Phoenix Angel: The Shardwell Series Book 1

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by A. Gerry, C. Hall (Created by)
What is happening to us? I've asked this question a thousand times, but there is no answer.

I was a normal teenager, trudging my way through senior year with my best friend. Then a boy named Kyle Spencer came to Idaho Falls, and since then everything has fallen apart. Something mysterious has passed among the three of us. We've developed terrifying abilities-strange


What is happening to us? I've asked this question a thousand times, but there is no answer.

I was a normal teenager, trudging my way through senior year with my best friend. Then a boy named Kyle Spencer came to Idaho Falls, and since then everything has fallen apart. Something mysterious has passed among the three of us. We've developed terrifying abilities-strange powers that separate us from normal people.

Even worse, someone-or something-has taken a deadly interest in us. We never know when they are going to strike, or how to protect ourselves. We don't even know who they are.

All we know is that they want one of us alive, and we don't know who. The others they want dead.

Which will I be?

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Kirkus Reviews
In a young-adult paranormal romance, four teenagers develop strange powers--and the reason why is more incredible than they could possibly imagine. This debut from sisters Gerry and Hall begins with Maggie Brooks and Lily Ivers, best friends since they were babies. Lily is popular and outgoing, but a high school romance gone seriously awry has turned Maggie into a cynical loner. The arrival of Kyle Spencer changes things: When Kyle and Maggie first lock eyes, they feel their worlds turn upside down. For Maggie, it isn't a pleasant feeling. On top of her conflicted feelings for Kyle, she starts to read and even manipulate people's thoughts. Kyle, for his part, develops superhuman strength. Lily at first resigns herself to being a good sidekick, mediating between her two hot-headed friends and acting happy with her normal-as-apple-pie boyfriend, Mark Weston. But when a band of werewolves attacks the girls one winter night, Lily's powers of magical healing emerge. Then Carter Drake shows up in town. He's a ne'er-do-well East Coast preppie who, after having been thrown out by his family, feels drawn to Idaho Falls, of all places. He quickly realizes what drew him there--Lily--but their romance is complicated by Kyle's irrational hatred. Fighting with Kyle, however, brings out Carter's secret power: an armor of light. Up to this point, the book is a standard if well-plotted story of high school angst with supernatural trappings; yet the final quarter veers in another direction altogether, as the foursome are beset by enemies from another world who reveal that the kids are each reborn participants in an as-yet-unclear dynastic feud. Twilight, it seems, has suddenly gone Game of Thrones. There are deaths, rebirths and betrayal. By the end, three of our heroes are on the road with Mark, fleeing an apocalyptic high school explosion the likes of which have not been seen since the 1999 Sunnydale High graduation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The authors' depiction of joy and cruelty in high school rings true, and the hints of a darker reality will leave readers with the best kind of cliff-hanger. A compelling if derivative supernatural teen romance.

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Scribes of Shardwell, LLC
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

A. Gerry developed an interest in fantasy at a young age. Her fondness for writing comes from many sources, but the most prominent is her devotion to video games. Some of her favorites include Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls series, and anything that lets her shoot zombies. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Utah University and teaches at a local charter school.

C. Hall has been addicted to the many realms of fantasy and science fiction all her life. A graduate of Southern Utah University, she now teaches at a local charter school. When she isn't busy designing activities for her Mythology class or going on field trips with the Star Wars Club, she is spending time with her sister. C. Hall's favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Tracy Hickman.

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Phoenix Angel: The Shardwell Series Book 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is very well written. The language is smart, but easy to follow. Needless to say the plot had me from the beginning. It's quirky characters are easy to fall in love with. I'm excited to see the end of this series and I can't wait to own them all.
Heinzypop More than 1 year ago
WoW! I'm literally blown away by this book and it had me at the edge of my seat every time. First of all I would love to thank the author Amanda Gerry for asking me if I would be interested in reading her book Phoenix Angel, in exchange for an honest review. And let me tell you I am not disappointed one bit. I was captivated, enthralled, and completely taken aback at how amazing the character development is throughout the story. I was transfixed and shocked at some of the events...clearly having OMG moments. From the first page I was drawn into the story and into the lives of Maggie and her best friend Lily. They are ordinary teenage girls and polar opposites. Maggie is strong, feisty, determined, an in-your-face kind of gal, who puts up with no one and nothing. When she walks down the hall, everyone gets out of her way, and for those who try to intimidate her, get it right back from Maggie 100 times worse. She is a total bad ass, and I like it. While, Lily is the go-to-girl, who is popular, and friendly and selfless and kind to everyone, and is the only one who Maggie would listen to. Then, one day Kyle Spencer rocks up into their lives and all hell brakes loose. The moment that Kyle and Maggie lay eyes on each other, something shifts. Suddenly, nothing seems normal anymore and strange events begin to occur to Maggie. She is drawn to Kyle, against her will and better judgement. It's almost like a cosmic force is creating this pull and even though she wants nothing to do with him she finds herself wanting to be with him no matter what. I really enjoyed Maggie and Kyle's banter and constant battles. She's so stubborn and unrelenting, but there is a genuine reason for this which I will not disclose, and Kyle is equally as stubborn, yet is more playful about it. He will stop at nothing to win her heart, and protect her. While this is going on, another phenomena is occurring. Maggie, Lily and Kyle are beginning to develop these terrifying and mysterious powers that you only read about or watch in a movie. Maggie is able to read minds, Lily is able to heal and Kyle has super strength and speed. At first, they really think nothing of it, which I found strange, I mean if this was happening to me I would be researching forever to find out why and what is happening to me. Instead, they have fun with their powers, which is all good and well. Then, come halfway, certain events bring it all back into perspective and they begin to take things seriously. In the meantime, another stranger enters their lives, Carter Drake, and he seems to be the fourth puzzle missing from the jigsaw. But something is amiss, and with Carter showing up, more carnage, death and destruction comes along with him. Suddenly, these four have to decide what is right from wrong, and who is evil or good. This book had me at the edge of my seat, devouring the pages one by one, discovering and trying to decipher the goings on, and let me tell you I am hanging on for the next one, cause where it left off is a real cliffhanger. I cannot say how much this book has surprised and shocked me in the most exciting way. I think if you love a great adventure and mystery, dipped in super powers and raging romance, then this story is for you. Loved it!
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The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
Wow, this is a hard review for me to write. I enjoyed this book immensely but it also frustrated me at the same time. With that being said, great job authors! This YA book has such mystery to it that it was hard to put it down. Not to mention the normal high school drama along with it, great for the younger readers. The romance part to the story is long awaited, and not overbearing. I think the greatest thing that the reader gets from this is the friendship between the main characters, Maggie and Lily. Speaking of Maggie, who is probably one of the most hard-headed, wanna smack someone, characters I have ever read. Stubborn, that is the best word to define her. Lily is your typical golden girl, caring and motherly, one the everyone wants to be, character. The male characters, Kyle and Carter, are your typical boys. Always making wrong choices, overbearing and possessive, ask for forgiveness later. I have to admit, they did make me laugh. The mystery and suspense in this story goes to the very end. Along with a very intense and emotional fight scene, which was well written and easy to follow along, you don't get much time to breathe during the story. I only wished that you learned a little more about their history before the very end. It got confusing to me with the amount of information given so late in the story, making it overwhelming. This would be my one reason I didn't give it a 5 star rating. Book 2, Guardian of Time, from what I have read so far about it, gives you a back story of how they came to be in Phoenix Angel. This will give the readers the understanding of what was left out in the first book. I would recommend this book to my YA Fantasy readers, and look forward to learning more about the characters. Enjoy.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Phoenix Angel (Shardwell #1) A Surprisingly gifted and deeper-than-usual YA novel, “Phoenix Angel” starts out with real-life issues, not just the ordinary routine high-school-drama; and then weaves in superhuman talents, unexpected and sometimes unwelcome. Maggie and Lily have a beautiful, to-be-wished-for, lifelong friendship, unbreakable and sturdy. Maggie and the new student Kyle find love at first sight is stunning, not-to-be-imagined, and not to mention, it brings on otherworldly incursions as well. Even Kyle and Lily have a first-time encounter which is at earthquake magnitude.  Everything about this story: characters, plotting, events—is somehow more-than which is what made the book so intriguing to me. Where I was expecting routine YA urban fantasy, what I found was a whole lot more, and an encouragement to hurry-up-and-wait for the next installment. 
Katia-Drugs_Called_Books More than 1 year ago
This story has something unique and refreshing about it. It starts mysterious and intriguing and keeps you on your toes, trying to figure out what's going to happen, the entire ride. And then, BAM, it ends, leaving you wanting and needing the next in the series. All the characters in the book are strong characters with individual personalities. And they're not perfect--by a long shot--which makes them seem very real. You will be mad at them. You will get them. You'll hate them--and then you'll love them. Just like in real life. There's Maggie; sarcastic and bitter, she trusts no one but Lily and lets no one but her get close. Until Kyle shows. Then there's Lily; sweet, kind and always sees the best in people, she's Maggie's opposite and her best friend. Kyle is strong, stubborn and charming. Then there's Carter. He's sweet toward Lily, but seems a bit different with the rest of them... what is his story? I think you'll enjoy the romance. We've got a wide range here; one relationship involves chase, misunderstanding and drama. The other is mellower, but has to deal with outside objections. It all has the same common factor: love at first sight, driven from some recognition deep in their beings, but it branches out to different directions, making both stories entirely different things. Then there is the super powers... And the whole issue of WHY they feel as if they've always known one another. Is it... from a different life, perhaps? Mystery, intrigue, drama, life-threatening situations, love, hate, death--life. And a cliffhanger that will make you want to rip your hairs off. This book has it all. The only place I can say lacked a bit is the "action" between big events. There are three major events; beginning, middle, end. But in between there was nothing except relationship angst. Now, not that I mind, but since there seem to be a point to the attacks on them, I felt like there needed to be more in between. But, regardless, I really enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially for fans of Young Adult fantasy.
lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I liked the writing styles of the author’s as a whole. Throughout the first half of the book the main focus is centered on Maggie. She turned me off from the beginning; her attitude was repulsive and extremely off-putting. I found myself not wanting to root for her at all and actually wondering why I was reading so much about her and her attitude. I didn’t realize why anyone would but up with her especially Lily, the most seemingly loving person EVER and aka best friend. Also the hottest guy around, Kyle, who tried everything in his power to win her over. The second half of the book I liked more and it focuses on Lily. She was a much easier person to sympathize with and get to know. The only thing I didn’t like about Lily’s part was the overwhelming lovey dovey-ness of it; it got old pretty quickly and started to annoy me. Lastly, I think this book focuses too much on the character’s looks. Every main character seems to have some striking beauty or handsomeness about them that is just unsurpassed and envied by the rest of the secondary characters. They need flaws besides their attitudes, flaws in their looks that make them imperfect. I am interested to read the second installment of this story and see how everything progresses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago