I discovered this book by following one of my favorite booktubers BenjaminOfTomes on instagram. He started his own small publishing company, and while the cover caught my attention, I think it was more the fact that he was taking a lesser known writer under his wing and showing the world that you don’t always have the backing of a major publisher when you’re a wonderful writer, and Gabriella Lepore is a wonderful and magical writer, I am thankful that there are small publishers like OfTomes, who are giving a platform and a voice to amazing writers.
What the publisher writes about Secrets in Phoenix:
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.
and what I have to say about this story:
I bought the kindle edition when it was released. I was actually really looking forward to this book’s release. The reason being that I have been a little disappointed by some overly hyped up YA novels this year, and I needed something to breathe new life into the genre, I needed something magical, fast paced, and well written. Well I am happy to say that this book exceeded my expectations. This isn’t your typical magical tale. There’s a few twists and turns, and there are characters who you will love and adore.
The world and the setting are imaginative. Don’t let the boarding school backdrop deter you from this story. This isn’t a Harry Potter copy, this book can stand on its own. I read the entire thing in one weekend, and it filled the void that so many YA novels have left me with this year. You will not see the twists coming and I appreciated the imagination it took to create such a action packed and mysterious story line.
Why the missing half star then? Well there is a bit of Insta-Love in my opinion in this novel, and while it is well written, it is still a story trope that I don’t really like. But Let me tell you, do not let that stop you from reading this wonderful and magical piece of fiction. It’s affordable on the Kindle Shop, and it is one of my favorite reads of 2015!!
This gets 4.5 out of 5 Metal Horns from me(though only four will show here.)