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Review: Secrets in Phoenix by Gabriella Lepore

Secrets in Phoenix
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Source: Purchased in the Amazon Kindle store
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Format: kindle ebook
Pages: 240
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
Release: October 13th 2015
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.

My review of Secrets in Phoenix...
Secrets In Phoenix, perfect for those seeking a story full of mystery, magic and romance! I have fallen absolutely in love with this story! With the feel of Harry Potter and the epic romance of Twilight, I never wanted this story to end! 

I was excited to learn that this book takes place in the UK, in a sleepy, mysterious little town called Phoenix Holt. Within the town of Phoenix Holt lies Averett Academy. Let's just say that there are some interesting things (and characters) going on within the walls of the academy. There are a few more surprises going on with Sophie's new school, but you'll have to discover them when you read the book!

Not only did I love the setting, I also loved the immensely descriptive details!

"The leaves on the trees were bronzed with the first traces of autumn, and some lay scattered over the ground like crisp red moats circling the broad tree trunks."

Speaking of characters, the protagonist, Sophie meets Jaxon, a fellow student who is assigned with the task of being her mentor. I just loved him! Not to mention their funny but flirty back-and-forth banter. 

    "My stomach gave a flutter. ''What's wrong with what?" I answered in an inferior squeak.
    "The door,'' said Jaxon, smiling carefully.
    "Nothings wrong with the door," I replied. I glanced at it. "I was just about through it."
    "You have to open it first,'' Jaxon said in a wry murmur. "Like this." He reached past me and clasped the brass handle." 
    I snuck a peek at him as he leaned around me. He wore an untucked shirt and a loosely knotted tie. His eyes smouldered grey and his sandy-coloured hair looked windswept. And he smelled incredible.
    "See?'' he teased. "You open it, and then you can go through it. That's how doors work.'' 

One of my favorite parts of this novel was Great Aunt Ness, and Sophie's twin brothers Sam and Todd! Right away I just adored Sophie's Great Aunt Ness! At first Sophie questions her because she wasn't involved in their lives while her and her brothers were growing up. Sophie, Sam and Todd quickly learn that their aunt is hiding something, and that something may be why they were kept away from Phoenix Holt and their Aunt Ness up until now. 

Sam and Todd may be identical twins but they are nothing alike! Sam is definitely the wild one so to speak, as well as an extrovert. Todd is most certainly an introvert and much more reserved. That being said, they always have each other's backs which I just loved! 

All in all Secrets In Phoenix is a magical, gripping and fast read! If you're in a reading slump this book is a sure remedy! This is my first Gabrielle Lepore book and she's now one of my favorite authors! 



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