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Phoenix Awakens

(The Phoenix #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Julia Long’s senior year is starting with an extra dose of crazy. First, there are the creepy dreams about bloody cult rituals. Then, her new classmate and crush, Southern charmer Graham, shows up in her nightmares as the sacrificial victim. And these dreams seem to be telling her she’s supposed to save him, when in real life she can barely talk to the guy.

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Published October 12th 2015 by E. N. Publications
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Donita Luz
Urban Paranormal is one of my favorite genres of all time, aside from fantasy and Dystopian, ofcourse. I don't know. Even with all those usual tropes that annoy the hell out of me, I just can't seem to give them up yet. But sometimes, from time to time, I still met a book like Phoenix Awakens that make me mentally ask myself, Is this really the kind of book I used to enjoy reading? I suddenly want to start reading again all those Urban paranormal books I enjoyed before to see where I was reading ...more
books are love
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want the next book. I want to know what is going on with the tattoo and Julia after what happened. I want to know what else her dad knows. I want to know if her dad is going to face his past. I want to know what will happen to Graham. And what about Graham and Julia. Oh and the other Beshi??? What is going on with them. Also we just started to get the 411 on Julia and who she is, her mom’s heritage etc. we need more. More about the Phoenixes, more from Aydan just more dangit just more.

When sta
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy

Phoenix Awakens by Eliza Nolan was incredible!


Julia starts out her senior year with little sleep. She has been having reoccurring nightmares where she is racing through the woods near a swamp. All she can remember from her dream is that she has to reach someone before it is too late. She has to stop something.

I can’t say a lot without giving away the story, but when brother and sister Graham and Clara move to town, Julie’s dreams change and weird things start happening to Julie. And Clara has
Melinda Howard
*This book was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really loved this book! I can;t believe I kept on putting off reading it. Not only where the character interesting and intriguing, they were also lovable and fairly life-like (except for the whole cult thing and supernatural abilities). I really liked the idea of the cult and enjoyed the fast pace of the book as well as the sense of adventure that went along with it. I can't wait until the next installment to find out
Fly far far away

No doubt a good 'tween read, however, as a mature reader too YA even for me. Definitely a great read for the right genre.
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal
*Rating* 3-3.5

*MY Thoughts*

"Your life is about to change in ways you can't imagine"

Phoenix Awakens is the first installment in Eliza Nolan's The Phoenix series. 17-year old Julia Long has been having disturbing dreams and she doesn't have any clue of what they mean, nor why she appears at specific points in a
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 11 months


This was an outrageously, intense, wonderfully plotted, crazy exciting book!

Phoenix Awakens is about a 17 year old girl named Julia Long. Well, maybe thats her name. She starts to have crazy, intense dreams about the new kids, but they may not even be dreams, they may be connections to the new kids named Graham and Clar
I received a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley.

This book gives you one heck of a thrill with mystery, magic and so much more. So if you are looking for a book with quite a few twists and turns that take you on an exciting journey than you need to give this book a shot.

Julia is such an amazing character. You can easily fall in love with her, because of her big heart. Not only does she have a big heart, but she also has a way of growing on you. The wor
Lori Murray
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great book, can't wait for whenever book 2 in this series comes out. I really loved both main characters both Julia, and Graham where fantastic characters and I thought they were a great fit, so far. Am so glad so far there is no love triangle involved that its just those liking one another. Wow what Graham got himself into before moving from where he use to live. And him and the other guys really got involved in something that was more than they could handle and not what they thought ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Adult Author Eliza Nolan’s debut book, “Phoenix Awakens,” starts with a 17yo girl. MC, Julia Long, is starting her senior year. She dreams of cultish, bloody rituals and the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Graham.

Graham admits he was a Phoenix—part of a secret society—but swears he left it behind in Charleston. Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past. She heals his migraines with a touch and she has superhuman strength that comes and go
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a fun ride! Figurative and literal. I didn't know what to expect, but the story was a fun ride through a new magic system. I loved watching Julia on her journey to figure herself out, at the same time she fought to figure out what was going on with her and Graham!
Gimme book two now!!!
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two days. That's all it took for me to read this. I was so sucked in by the story that I had a very difficult time putting it down! The humor/sarcasm in Julia's voice was wonderful, and watching her play off of the ever-serious Graham was fun. I can't wait for book #2!
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story

Strong characters & a great plot.. original story as well about a secret society involving paranormal aspects. Can't wait for book two!
TheGood ByeGirl
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon-2016
Absolutely loved this, we've got interesting characters, plot twists and turns and mystic goings on. Cant wait for book 2 to come out.
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
I have read a couple authors lately that have completely surprised me. I cannot believe this is Eliza’s Debut YA novel!

Julia and Graham were great main characters. In the beginning, I was not a fan of Graham for hanging out with Libby; I felt he was leading Julia on. I’m still not sure what went on with those two, but I am happy Julia and Graham worked it out. Julia was going through so much during the book and was left in the dark for most of it. Nothing was really spelled out for her and she
Jacqueline Mudge-Cooke
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ebooks, ya
This is one of those rare books that seems to be the exception for how I feel about American YA literature. For in my past experience with YA from south of the border. They all seem to run about the same, and once every so often I feel the need to try again, and hope for something better. Something that is worth it. Phoenix Awakens is worth it.

It starts off with the heroine Julia Long, who is just a typical high school student, who seems to actually have a brain on her shoulders, rather than wo
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads.

The first few chapters of Phoenix Awakens was nice, normal YA high school drama. The words ran smooth and the pictures formed easily in my head. I was eager to dive in and see what this book had to show me.
It wasn't until Graham and his sister showed up that things began getting stale. I don't know what happened, one moment this book is a young spring rose bud about to bloom, and the next it's brown and limp, verging on lifeless. Nothing seemed to run smooth a
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received an ARC when I signed up and was selected to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

This teen/young adult read is well written with ever developing characters and I enjoyed reading it. You'll find secret socieities, rituals, magic and a developing romance between my two favorite characters, Julia and Graham. I found it hard to put the book down. There are definitely some lose ends so I look forward to reading the next bo
 Diana Davis
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance (The Phoenix Book 1)Kindle Edition
The best book I've read all year
With humor and tension and suspense, it is as if John Hughes, Stephen King and Dean Koontz all had a Millennial baby.
The main characters, Graham and Julia – their entire universe are typical teenagers. Except for the ubiquitous smart phones – they could have lived in any time from around 1975 through today.
All the young characters display the wild spring of emotions that teenagers (yes you do) experience. The tingle of fir
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio book. It was a thrilling fantasy that always kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I can't wait for the next book!
Rachel Miller
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phoenix Awakens

Phoenix Awakens is a very well written and well researched book. You can tell that Eliza put a lot of thought and planning into writing it. It trly grabs your attention from start to finish. The characters come to life as you read.
Although I haven't been a young adult for many years, I am looking forward to reading book 2.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia's just a normal teenager, a senior in high school. But she's been having strange dreams. Then Graham and Clara show up as the new kids at school. Somehow they all seem familiar to each other. There's drama, adventure, danger, secret rituals, ancient magic, and love all in one book. This is one story you'll not want to miss. Ms. Nolan writes a fast paced, full bodied story that you won't want to put down until you reach the end. I can't wait to read what comes with the next book. I absolute ...more
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My Review:

I received a ARC from the author via Netgalley to read and review in return.

Phoenix Awakens was truly an enjoyable book to read! The book fits super snug in my genre preferences and I couldn't be happier with how the story twists and turns to its final pages. The book is brimming full with suspense, excitement, drama, romance and adventure. I was breezing through the pages like there was no tomorrow and that is definitely thanks to its great plot
Katherine Paschal
Julia has been having strange nightmares for awhile now. She confides in her best friend Samantha, who thinks nothing of the dreams, but Julia feels like there is something more going on. When new student Clara and her brother Graham show up at the school, Julia feels a connection. When both of the new kids are now in her dreams, Julia realizes the dreams are not just dreams. There is something more about the new students, but there is also something more about Julia also.

I was not sure what t
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What starts as typical high school problems of cliques and teen angst in Minnesota, morphs quickly into conspiracy, then a nefarious secret society rooted in Charleston and barrels into power and magic. Nolan has created a world full of suspense, thrills, and mystery. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
but I want to keep reading! Too bad I already finished...
Lene Blackthorn
Being it my first contact with a new author, I am truly positively surprised and pleased to take the opportunity to read this book.
Julia seems to be just a regular teenage girl in her senior year, maybe different from the other students at school but nothing too much out of normalcy. Maybe except for her best friend Samantha with her blue hair and facial piercings. But when the strange dreams begin, she feels off, and with the arrival of two new kids from Charleston, Graham and Clara, weird thi
Laura Martinez
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the very beginning and it just kept getting better and better!! Can't wait for book #2!!
If you like audible books I highly recommend adding it to your collection. Great work!!
Maghon Thomas
When Julia, a 17 year old girl starts her senior year, she wan't expecting all of this. She dreams of bloody and gory things, oh and to make it special, her class mate Graham is the victim in her dreams. Julia doesn't understand why she dreams about him and together they begin to search for answers.

Graham used to be a Phoenix, a member of a secret society, but he left it in his past. Somehow, Julia can help heal Graham, with a touch, and she has some other powers, as well. She doesn't understa
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good start but, there is fantasy and then there is a lack of reality that allows you to live in the fantasy. Little details like eating drinking and the loo needs are important to allow the audience to connect with the characters. When world building the fantasy would benefit from being as close to the daily needs of any character in that situation. Or at least explain why the hero was able to ride on a train without the need for the loo, to stretch her legs.....? I know it sound ...more
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Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota—where she now lives with her two unruly cats in a house smaller than your closet.

Other books in the series

The Phoenix (3 books)
  • From the Ashes (The Phoenix, #2)
  • Fire Within (The Phoenix, #3)

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