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Into the Fire

(Birth of the Phoenix #1)

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Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t
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Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Month9Books
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Raph♛
Jul 17, 2013 marked it as to-read
umm i like both the cover and the plot sounds really interesting
but...am i the only one that when i read the title i am reminded of elrond?
you know
description
CAST IT INTO THE FIRE!!!!
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Maria
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
4.5 Stars

From my blog, The Paisley Reader.

When I saw the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. The premise sounded unique, being the first book I had come across that featured phoenixes in a major way.

Unlike what the synopsis might suggest in its opening, Cara Tillman’s life is not perfectly normal. Descended from the mythical phoenix bird, Cara is quickly approaching her first rebirth and she’ll forget everything about the first seventeen years of her life. When the book open
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Renae
THIS SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL!
I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. NOW.
Bittersweet
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-okay
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Nay Denise
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Kelly Hashway aka Ashelyn Drake has created an impeccable story surrounded around mythology, romance, family and deceit. I was blown away by how this kept my hooked from the very first paragraph all the way until the end. The love story between Cara and Logan is perfect and balances out the mythology behind Cara being a Phoenix.

Cara is a very shy country-side girl with a huge secret, but so do a few of the people in Ashlan Falls. They are Phoenixes. Cara is a month away from her rebirth when she
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Nicky Peacock
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is the second book about a Phoenix that I’ve read and I must admit that they are a fertile and interesting paranormal aspect. This is YA and definitely ticks all the boxes. I loved the extras added top this lore (I won’t go into them for fear of spoiling the book) and the whole thing was simply a pleasure to read.

From a writer’s perspective, it was written first person from both the girl and the boy’s POV, which usually I hate, but it really worked here and I actually found that it wa
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G. LPC
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for this book and this series for quite some time. I heard about it years ago, way before it was sold to Month9Books and back before Kelly took off as a published author with her first series, TOUCH OF DEATH. Needless to say, I had high expectations, and Kelly has delivered in flames of fire licking every page, scorching me with her characters of Cara and Logan, and singeing my fingertips as I turned each page. Okay, I lied. As I swiped each ePage. I read an eCopy of the book ...more
Jillyn
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, requested
Three and a half stars.

I was really excited when I learned about this book, because I have never read a book that offers such a being as human phoenixes. I'm a sucker for all things that are mythology related, and knew this was one that I needed to read. Overall, it was a solid story that I would definitely recommend to fans of YA fantasy/mythology stories.

The book follows Cara, a girl who is approaching "the change", the point where she will be reborn and forget almost everything about who she
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Michelle
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

Into the Fire is the first in a new young adult paranormal romance series written by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake. Kelly wrote a really nice note at the start of the book explaining that that because Into the Fire is equal parts paranormal and romance she is using both her paranormal writing name as well as her romance writing name. Seeing as I love both paranormal and romance books, her foreword made me ev
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J. Ford
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say, I love covers and this one really drew me in, but it was the blurb that made me want to read this book. I found the entire concept super cool - people who are descendants of the mythical phoenix. I was intrigued to see how the author wove this story. I was not disappointed.

The story opens with Cara's brother going through 'the change' and Cara wondering what it will be like for her, in one month's time, when she must do the same. It is heartbreaking for Cara to watch because she a
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Mikaela
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
You can find my other reviews at The Titan's Tomb

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman's life is perfectly normal until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is drawn to him, though she's not exactly complaining. As the two grow closer, everything is near perfect, except for one tiny little detail. Cara isn't a normal high school girl. She's part of a small group of special people who are descended from the mythical phoenix, and her time with Logan is running out. Her first rebirth is nearing wher
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Cassandra
My Thoughts - 3.5 out of 5 Unicorns - I more than liked it!!!
***Received the ebook from Month9Books for an honest review

The cover is awesome. I’m not sure what it is about fire that just makes the cover pop, but I love it!!

This is a very different and unique book which I love. This is the first book in a new series, and for me it did have slow parts which usually happens in a new series when building a new world and introducing everything. I think this series will continue to get better with eac
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Ivey Byrd
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Into the Fire! It was so interesting. Into the Fire isn't like any paranormal book I've ever read before. I've never read a book about Phoenixes and this book makes me want more! The story starts off with an emotional scene that sucks you in, and I couldn't stop reading from that point on. That's probably why I read it in one sitting! I will admit that the story was a little slow for me in the beginning, but it really picked up after the first few chapters and I was left wanting ...more
Kayla
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have to say that I was a little disappointed with Into the Fire. While I expected there to be a lot of romance involved in the story, I wasn't expecting it to take up practically the entire thing. And I really mean that it took up the entire story. There was no world building, no character development (save for some development of Cara and Logan), no background information, and no real plot. To me, it seemed like we were given this cheesy romance with bits an
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Leia Rose
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'll start right off with saying that this book promised equal parts romance and paranormal. That was not my impression ... at all.

This is a romance. A very sickening, mushy, insta-love dressed up as different by slapping a new name on it, romance.

I'll also say, to be fair, that I do not like romance. My idea of romance is not what is normally found in romance novels and if I'd known this was basically a romance with a hint of paranormal ... I would've ran ... fast.

The book starts off pretty i
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Stephanie Ward
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
'Into the Fire' is a young adult fantasy novel that puts a new spin on the myth of the phoenix bird. In the book, there is a small group of people, including Cara and her family, who are descended from the phoenix. Among other things, this means that they must go through the rebirth - where they catch on fire and then are reborn from the ashes. Cara's rebirth is coming in about a month, which will mark her as a full Phoenix. Not only is the rebirth scary - but it also wipes the person's memories ...more
Kelsey Ketch
If Into the Fire hadn’t kept triggering some hard memories and emotions, I would have swallowed this novel whole. It was that good! Full of suspense and romantic tension.

I could really relate to both Cara and Logan, as you could tell from my earlier comments. I had similar situations, some even recently. Practically when it came to family hardships and what was referred to by Cara and her family as “imprinting.” Those strong emotions. That strong attraction. How hard it is to stay away. Their st
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S.A. Larsen
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's plenty to like about this story. The opening chapters effectively pull the reader into both lead character's worlds - one that has sadness clinging to it, while the other is just a bit different. That last part is an understatement. Picture frying to death every-so-often to undergo your rebirth. Actually, it isn't as horrific as it sounds. There's no pain at all. Of course, waking back up at the same age of your rebirth, looking the same, but with absolutely no memory of anything kind of ...more
Michelle
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love! First love, first kisses, and steamy screens. Really steamy-because Cara is a Phoenix. The idea is original and new. I've not read anything about a mythical bird/human hybrid ever. I love Cara and Logan's chemistry and the way they are drawn to each other, like real teens. Everything seems realistic and I'm drawn into the small town of Ashlan Falls.

The bad guy is hinted at towards the center of the story and is a surprise when you figure it out. It's a twist that I thoroughl
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Nat
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Kasey Cocoa
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a quick and easy read, great for a younger reader. For those who prefer character development, world building and background to explain everything, you might want to pass this one up. The writing is good, written simply, edited well. The idea for the plot isn't wholly unique but it is something the younger generation tends to enjoy. An evaluation copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Cassie Rowan Worshipper
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book is excellent, I could not stop reading it!
Rebekah
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm still considering on picking up the second book ...more
Sharon C
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, creative, interesting, cute, funny, and romantic! A pleasant surprise to read!
Cassidie
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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Thank you! (I was not compensated in any way.)

I was so excited when I got the mail with Into the Fire in it because it features phoenixes which are creatures I had never read before. And if you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know how much I love reading about new things. Also, it was hyped, which always boosts one's enthusiasm. In the end though
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Tessi
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
There are books that start off slow but turn out to be a real page-turner, and there are books like Into the Fire that start off with a BANG and still manage to keep you engrossed throughout the story.
Cara’s rebirth is getting closer which means she cannot afford to let new people into her life, especially boys like Logan. See her brother, Jeremy, who has just undergone his own rebirth — within minutes he has forgotten all about their close relationship. The pain that not only Cara, but also her
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G. LPC
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book and this series for quite some time. I heard about it years ago, way before it was sold to Month9Books and back before Kelly took off as a published author with her first series, TOUCH OF DEATH. Needless to say, I had high expectations, and Kelly has delivered in flames of fire licking every page, scorching me with her characters of Cara and Logan, and singeing my fingertips as I turned each page. Okay, I lied. As I swiped each ePage. I read an eCopy of the book ...more
Katie
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Alright, so this novel was not what I expected it to be whatsoever. First off, I was led to believe that this was a stand-alone novel. Secondly, I was mistaken into thinking that this was an actual novel. Which it wasn't because novels are longer and has better plots to them. Originally this novel held some promise, which is why I chose to read it. However, after actually reading the whole novel I came to realize that it honestly has nothing going for it. I found it a little boring and it made m ...more
Wendy C
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Into the Fire (Birth of the Phoenix #1) by Ashelyn Drake

Into the Fire (Birth of the Phoenix #1) by Ashelyn Drake is a story about Cara who in about a months’ time is going to die and be reborn. Cara and her family are Phoenixes. One problem about when a Phoenix dies, the only people they remember are other Phoenixes. Cara watches her brother go through his first time of dying and rebirth. She also helps him relearn things he has forgotten by using a memory book they made before he died.

Cara is h
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Wendy C
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the Fire (Birth of the Phoenix #1) by Ashelyn Drake

Into the Fire (Birth of the Phoenix #1) by Ashelyn Drake is a story about Cara who in about a months’ time is going to die and be reborn. Cara and her family are Phoenixes. One problem about when a Phoenix dies, the only people they remember are other Phoenixes. Cara watches her brother go through his first time of dying and rebirth. She also helps him relearn things he has forgotten by using a memory book they made before he died.

Cara is h
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Ashelyn Drake is a contemporary romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction as Kelly Hashway.

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