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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,139 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Signet Select
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Werewolves, vampires, shifters, fae, mermaids, witches—you name it, I’ve read about ‘em—in fact, I didn’t think that there was a paranormal out there that I hadn’t met, until Keri Arthur’s phoenixes. Now, I’m sure she’s probably not the first writer ever to feature them, but throw in some fascinatingly unique mythology, a different spin on vamps, and three strong fictional crush candidates, and you have one fiery series debut. This seasoned author never disappoints with h
Jun 03, 2015 rated it did not like it

Welp, I guess I'm not a fan of Kerri Arthur's anymore. I've been in a seriously bad slump so far this year, and I decided to pick this up because I'd liked her Riley Jensen series and knew this should just be easy entertainment... the only good thing about this was that I was at least able to finish it.

The story is about a phoenix (AWESOME!) that becomes embroiled in an investigation involving the murder of her boss. Her ex, of course, is the lead guy on one side of this investigation an
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF Fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.25 stars...Urban Fantasy Filled with Suspense, Action, and Mystery
Heartbreak might be our destiny, but it would be a whole lot easier to deal with if only fate would clear out our memory banks at each rebirth. At least it would allowed hope to burn bright. But after all this time, there was little enough of that left.

After each death, the phoenix is reborn and rises from the ashes with the gift to live one-hundred years and fated to find one love of a lifetime, but cursed to always
I found this while shelf surfing my local library. I was a bit taken back when it was marked "romance" I'm not a romance fan usually. Well, somebody in the department of gene marking screwed up, there is no romance in this book. There is heartbreak, an old one that keeps stabbing her in the back, jerk. There is sex, KA likes to giver her characters sexual freedom without going over the line. ( IMHO) Her female characters are allowed to be who they want to be and feel what they want without worry ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

The first thing to know about this book is that it is a set-up for the series so the rating reflects that. It doesn't have a distinct 'this is the problem, here is the solution' in it. More like, you certainly get the problem, but the solution is nowhere near when you reach the end. So, yes, there is a cliffhanger. And I hate cliffhangers. The characters are not fully developed either. Still, Keri Arthur still hasn't messed up any of her heroines as far as I am concerned so she gets a pass. F
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm going to call it quits at about a quarter in. This is an interesting story with a great protagonist and I really liked the possibilities. To a point. The thing is, the lore around phoenixes is very much a curse/blight on relationships. Or, at least, on anything considered human standard. There are two interlocking "mate" bonds that are inherently at odds. One a true mate—another phoenix who is the only person they can actually reproduce with. But the curse dictates that they'll never fall in ...more
Kathryn Ford
Dnf at 60%

I stopped this a while ago, and kept it on my shelf, but I'm not going to finish it. Ugh, 60% and 6 sex scenes and other sexual stuff with 3 different guys... no!
The character irritates me, she thinks how hot guys are all the time! Everything has sexual undertones, even when we're discovering plot points our main character is busy doing the deed while discussing the info.
And no I am not a prude. I love J.R. Ward! Somehow she does it all in a classy way, this just felt cheap to me.
I re

Read 8 July 2014
A very enjoyable opening to a new series. A likeable heroine and secondary characters. Interesting world building. I liked the Phoenix mythology. I'm looking forward to seeding how this series develops ~ ★★★★
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Great for all the fan of UF - Keri Arthur style. Great plot, grey morality, more than one male leads.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either :/ ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Claims that this book was a lot like the Riley Jenson series had me practically foaming at the mouth for Fireborn!! Pretty please and thank you. Ironically that's probably why I didn't love it. Because it was too much like the Riley Jenson series. Emberly had plenty of potential, but I didn't feel like she was fully fleshed out. Instead she had all the basics of Riley, and not enough Emberly to separate them. She has a male roommate, her soul mate who she can never be in love with—but still a lo ...more
I previously read Keri Arthur’s City of Light and found it had potential but missed the mark. Thus, I decided to give Fireborn a read in the hope a different series would grab me. Although I enjoyed Fireborn more, it wasn’t quite enough for me to round it up to a four-star rating.

From the start, Fireborn sucks you in. There are plenty of elements to this one, details that will have you theorising how everything will come together. It’s a book that has you curious about the bigger picture, even i
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Fireborn is the first book in the Souls of Fire series and broaches the subject of the Phoenix.
Emberly Pearson is a Phoenix in human form. She has lived many lives, always resurrected with her phoenix spirit time and time again. Each phoenix has a soul mate, another phoenix who sustains them with their energy and without them, they would die but they can never love each other. Each lifetime brings them one true love, one person who
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

I have read and enjoyed Keri Arthur's Dark Angels series so I figured I'd give this one a try. The fact that it also features a Phoenix as its main character was also a draw since anything new is going to be a huge draw for me in a genre where the same material gets rehashed over and over again. So meet Emberly, a centuries old Phoenix currently making her home in Melbourne, Australia. She leads an otherwise normal life, working at a normal (if boring) job, and going home to her normal
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I read this series out of order. I read this one after I read the second. Honestly, if I had read this one first, I probably wouldn't have continued. I thought this book would showcase how Sam and Emberly broke up, but it didn't. It did set up for the second book quite nicely.

Emberly is happily enjoying her boring life as a transcriber for a researcher. Nothing like her previous lives where she was a cop or another kind of do-gooder.

What I'm trying to figure out is the phoenix mythos here. The
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I really loved the UF aspect of this book. So much has been done with vampires, fae, werewolves, shifters of any types, etc. But phoenixes? Haven't come across that before.

A fire being that can become spirit and not flesh. It's a pretty awesome concept. The concept of how the fire, ash and rebirth fits in to the phoenix aspect is awesome as well.

The romance part was just ... sad. And awkward. Not something I like, but I have a feeling it may change.. like along the lines of her other s
RATING: 2.5 stars-ish.

Meh. The male lead(s) were either annoying, very stupid or very annoying.

Didn't like the cliffhanger either, although it is pretty easy to see where things will go, who is the mysterious baddie, etc.

The fact that the main character is a phoenix is mildly interesting, but that's about it.


“Fireborn” é mais uma nova série dentro do género da fantasia urbana/romance paranormal. De facto, é mais romance paranormal do que fa
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Fireborn is not my first book by Keri Arthur, but it’s the first one I truly liked. It’s neither paranormal romance nor urban fantasy in their purest form, but a successful blend of the two, with strong UF elements and plenty of romantic interests.

Emberly Pearson, our heroine, is a phoenix, which is certainly new and interesting in both these genres. She is basically immortal. She burns once every century and is reborn from the ashes, free to continue her existence any way she pleases.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, e-book, uf, shifters, vampires, fae
This book starts a new series that has a lot of possibilities. I like that Emberly is a phoenix, there just aren't enough books written about these creatures.

I feel bad for how the phoenix's love life rules. They have a mate, but they can't love each other, instead in each life they find one true love, but things don't go well. It would really take a special person to be comfortable knowing that the person you love needs another in their lives.

Emberly's love this life was an ass. From the start
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
3.5 stars.

I would have rated a solid 4.5 stars but I realized towards the end that there weren't really going to be any significant resolutions to the book. There were immediate crisis resolutions but the book otherwise ended up being world building, character introduction, and the long arc conflict set-up.

That said, I otherwise enjoyed the entire book. Plenty of smexy, plenty of room for the personal stories to reveal backstory and histories, plenty of questions about the new bad-guys, intrigue
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
This is a new series but I'm an avid fan of anything Keri Arthur writes. This did not disappoint. She writes kick ass woman AND I love that.

Emberly is very cool, very kick ass and I'm looking forward to see where Keri Arthur takes this series. I have a thing for Sam...I'm intrigued by Rory and a wee bit under Jackson's spell.

Suffice to say I am looking forward to bk2.
Let me start by saying I’m a Keri Arthur fan. I liked Outcast very much, and I LOVE Lizzie Grace. So, I was very excited to start a new Keri Arthur series. Ugh. So disappointed! Plot holes, beating you over the head with the same plot points over and over and over, like you’re too stupid to retain it from the first 39 times. And, if you don’t like a Love Triangle, how about a Love Square? Or at the very least a Sex Square... I had no attachment to the characters and couldn’t care less if they li ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read from this author, and I quite enjoyed it. Emberly, the main female character in this story, is a Phoenix. The story starts with her saving her very ungrateful ex Sam, from what would have been a certain death. Is he grateful??? No. Instead he is a major douche the whole way through the book. He is working for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and spends the majority of the book getting in Em's way. I did not like him, at all. Poor Em - he is the love of her cur ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To me this book was boring, even with the action, I found myself skipping through the dialogue without reading the descriptions of fights and stuff like that. I really didn't enjoy it much.

Although the idea of using Phoenix was interesting, it was badly explored.

Before you even know the characters the action explodes and everything is dumped on you, without even introducing to this world in particular. You realize there all these types of paranormal creatures but the author hardly explains how t
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable read. Different and fun. I'm a little cheesed because this is obviously a series, and I liked it well enough that now I'm going to have to go buy all the others. Drat. ;o) ...more
Enjoyable, light hearted read. I’m intrigued to see how it develops in future books.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fireborn by Keri Arthur is the first book in a new urban fantasy series focusing on a phoenix and a mysterious new virus that way too many dangerous people are interested in. Fireborn was a nice combination of the fun things I expect from an urban fantasy book with a few new twists thrown in, phoenix being one of them ;-). I’m liking this trend of urban fantasy worlds where some of the paranormal species have gone public and others are still under the radar like in Fireborn; it makes for some mu ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I love Keri Arthur and I gradually discover each of the books she has written throughout the years. But when the author returned with a new series and after seeing lot of positive reviews about this first volume, I was really curious to find out more about it. So I took the book as soon as I got the opportunity and I have to say I’m very glad about it.

Emberly is a phoenix … Yes a phoenix! This is not a creature we have an opportunity to meet a lot in novels
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review

With Fireborn, Keri Arthur brings yet again another exciting and unique heroine to Urban Fantasy - Emberly Pearson ... A spirit born from ashes and flame, she is a Phoenix straight out of legends.

Fireborn is Emberly story, and through her point of view the reader is introduced the fascinating new world of the Souls of Fire series and the legendary Phoenixes. Emberly, as a Phoenix, can shift not only from her natural state of elemental flame, often taking the shape of

Anne - Books of My Heart
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7arcs, 2014
Great start to a new urban fantasy series. Review at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks:

Fireborn is the first book in the new Souls of Fire series by Keri Arthur. I loved her Riley Jensen series; it was one of the first urban fantasy series I ever read. The spinoff series about Risa Jones didn’t work as well for me and I gave up after a few books. Fireborn is a great start to this newest series. The world building is good; it is intermixed into the relation
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs ...more

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