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Born of Embers

(Phoenix Rising #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  5,460 ratings  ·  354 reviews
I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden - to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares - and dreams - were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published January 31st 2018
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I think I've overdosed on too many Reverse Harems lately where the woman is escaping an abusive past. It doesn't help that toward the end of the book there just was something rushed, fake feeling about the lust scenes and it was downright awkward? Language could be over-pronounced and the exclamation marks didn't help. ...!!! Gives it a YA vibe in the strangest moments, and trust me when I say that doesn't work for the rest of the stuff the author was going for.

There is something fake about this
Marguerite (M)
Buddy Read with the girls at Reverse Harem Revolution (team #eatallthecake) ~

Rating : ? Too hard to connect with the heroine to enjoy

***************SPOILERS AHEAD***************

That was quite the exhausting read.

1. The book dragged. And sometimes a week would *poof* between two chapters while one hour would be three chapters long.

2. Nix. Nix has been through a lot. A LOT. She's been beaten, hit countless times, sexually abused and died a hundred of times. You don't really know why she only suffe
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
#2. Huh. Yeap Fire ★½
#3. Fucking Dumpster Fire. Nope

💠 Read with the Reverse Harem Revolution (RHR™️) cult #eatallthecake 💠

Uhm.. uh.. hmmm.. yeah.. well.. uh.. uhm..

I might be slightly confused as to what to rate this book.

This was as unbalanced as any and all teenagers are during puberty. Like hyperactive 5 year olds after a sugar overdose riding a seesaw type of thing. I liked it and at the same time I didn't.

If I was to sum this book up

Everything was off, from characters to situat
Oh. My. Fucking. God.

I was set to give this a 2.5-3 star rating, despite the fact that it was nearly unbearable for half the book, because it had finally gotten pretty good. And then that goddamn cliffhanger ending. Seriously? Stupidest thing ever. So, nope. 2 stars. Even though book 2 is now out and I can continue straight to it, that is a punk-ass move.

Anyway, now that I have vented my extreme frustration...

This was a really mixed bag. A lot of potential, with a unique twist on the standard sh
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looooved this

New spin on an old Anita Blake meets mercy Thompson with something new and refreshing thrown in there... hopefully more character development comes with the second book and more it!!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
MY GOD! I AM FINALLY DONE! Look at me using so many MOTHERFUCKING EXCLAMATION POINTS! I hope you read this with as much exasperation that comes with exclamation points!

I fucking hated the punctuation in this book.
I was so heavily annoyed by the overuse of exclamation points, the commas that didn't make their much needed appearance, and again.. THE FUCKING OVERUSE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS.
PLEASE hire a new editor.

I am not sure whether I liked this
Sakina Carter
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a solid 3.5 for me.

While I liked it enough to keep going with the series, and it is better some of the RH's I have read, it was still something missing...I don't know it was like the authors was trying hard for the plot to come across as mysterious when to me it was all really predictable.

I liked Nix well enough, however, for all that she went through you would think she would have been a little more smarter. I thought a lot of the book was obvious, but it was still interesting enough t
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
The plot line was fine, but the writing was meh.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so completely engrossed into the story that I totally forgot to take any notes. It kept me on my toes the whole time, surprising me at every damn turn starting with that fist line. “The first time he killed me it was an accident” If that is not enough to catch your interest, I don't know what is.
I am fully in love with the characters. Nix is funny and sassy, she gives as good as she gets. And, no matter how scared she was, she never acted stupid. She thought every action through, never le
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Solid setup for the series, but after Nix shifts for the first time, she seems to start acting out of character. Here's this girl who has been so abused her whole life that she cannot tolerate people - any people - touching her, but yet, after her first rebirth after starting school, she suddenly forgets to be wary of people. she's had some bad feelings of the prickly neck being watched variety, but she's totally writing off her last death as an "accident". it just doesn't work. it's too contriv ...more
Dec 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Jennifer G
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reverse-harem
Annika, Nix, has lived a hellish life. Her mother dies when she was four leaving her at the mercy of a sadistically cruel and violent father and a flawed foster system. Nix is different and this makes her existence even more vulnerable to her father's violence. When she turns 18 she escapes. With her savings and a college scholarship, she flees to Alaska, running as far away as she could get from her childhood. Nix is looking for a new life, a fresh start where she is alone, unnoticed. Instead, ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, dnf, reverse-harem
DNF @ halfway.

Not a fan of the way it's written, it feels very basic. Characters and surroundings are described in a very simple fashion, focus seems to be all on the dialogue and monologue and even those are not too... advanced? I don't know what the authors are trying to pull by mentioning Twilight, Supernatural, anime, and making Game of Thrones references but for every series mentioned I kept losing a little focus on the story.

Annika, jesus. She knows of kitsune and kraken but cannot put tw
Silvia Andrito
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Not convinced

2.5 ⭐️ rounded up
Idk, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was insta love/lust. They all immediately like each other and are there for the long haul. She makes some token protests, but not a lot. One second she isn’t sure if she wants them in her life, the next she is claiming the guys and her roommate and her mates are her family. Two token mean girl interactions to which she responded completely unrealistically. Not a lot happens in the book. No relationship development, no character d
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the characters so far. Many unanswered questions still.
Tiera McMillian
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately i just didn’t really get into this book. The writing style seemed really disconnected and as I read it I felt almost like the characters were telling me the story in a monotone voice at times rather than living and feeling the story. I’ve read loads of books from multiple perspectives and for some reason this one had me kind of whiplashing back and forth. The romance felt really rushed considering how the book started out and what the MC has been through in the past and I felt ther ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bleh
This read like fanfiction written by someone whose first language wasn't English. There was WAY too much exposition. It dragged and dragged. There also was no real beginning middle and end. There were points in the book where the flow of writing was unnatural. It seemed to me that the author spent a lot of time in a thesaurus, replacing words that would have flowed, with more sophisticated vocabulary. It didn't fit.

There was a lot of potential in this world, but it was wasted.
❤ Bibi ❤
The tales of the Phoenix is nothing new - it is one of my favourites, and I wish it was used more often.

BoE is an amazing, heartfelt and angsty story. I'm glad I'm only picking it up now, because that cliffhanger would have killed me, if I had to wait for book 2!
!CLIFFHANGER WARNING! I was surprised to see that all of the people I follow either DNF this one or gave it only 2 stars; I enjoyed it, though it wasn’t perfect. I had some problems with the story and writing, and the MC doesn’t have much going on personality-wise aside from her mental health problems (relatable, tbh), but the harem members are entertaining characters. Plus, I’m always a sucker for mythological shifters. Pay attention to those trigger warnings, though, because the depictions of ...more
leuzi, the devil
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2018, 1-star
the narrator kept repeating the same shit over and over again it got tiring pretty fast.
would say i made up to 30% of the book before giving up.
Heather Gilbert
4.5 Rounded Up

This is my second reread.... and somehow I have not reviewed this gem before?! I am honestly shocked. I think I read it the first time in 2018, and now, in the crazy year of 2020, I find myself falling into the lives and adventures of this amazing group once more.

Nix, full name Annika, is a beautiful, though damaged girl running from a past few would believe. Landing in Alaska after being accepted into College, she quickly finds herself wrapped up the world she has always been a p
Fay Pretty
"I mean, yes, I had a temper problem. I had a trust problem. I had problems in fucking general, but overall I was very proud of myself."

Alaska, uni and shifter politics- yep I'm signed up. I can't say why exactly but I loved that it was set in Alaska, I haven't read much new adult fantasy set in Alaska and its a great setting. I love all you could do with a reclusive university and a base for the shifter population. I do love the range of shifters in this book and the focus on mythical creatures
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave this 4 stars because I really love the characters. I wanted to give 3 stars though, only because I just got into RH like a week ago and I've read around 5 series or so so far...and every single one was the abused girl who had a horrible she has to be damaged to be able to want multiple's just slightly annoying is all...but I couldn't take away that star because unlike some of the other books where the chick is severely abused but there is maybe a chapter or two where ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Promising, but Lacking

This book started off promising. I was interested and engaged in the story. That fell off at about chapter two or three. I couldn’t get into the story the authors were trying to tell. The guys seemed un-relatable and so did the heroine. The story would switch point of views, but it was laid out in a confusing way, and instead of adding to the story.. it depletes it. Also, some of the things that happen through this book are so cliche and childish. They all act like 12 year
Natalie panda eyes
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rh-bingo
Dark but made lighthearted. One girl abused her whole life gets a reboot to happier times. Wow the father was a sick piece o shit. Fast paced with trigger warnings, a little kissing, five men with dirty thoughts and one kick ass chick that doesn’t give up. Pretty much insta love but in this situation I was all four it. Nix needs some snuggling. Favourite character was Hiro because damn his darker nature and that kiss. Wow. I especially liked the different range of shifters and this one was done ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Immediately drew me into the story, although the college YA setting are not my preferred genre. The h has had a terrible life and is badly damaged by cruel father and others. When she meets the 5 Hs , she is prickly and doesn't trust them. They want to help her, are shocked by her history and don't see the danger that surrounds her. This is RH, with hints of M/M and I am definitely buying the next book in the series. ...more
This is another fun start to a new series.

I hope the rest of the series is just as interesting.

I think what I appreciated about this book was the various "rare" creatures that you don't get to read as much about in other series. I do like the whole school environment in many books like this one, and this book happened during college. I liked the harem candidates for the most part, and that they really want to help the FMC.
Daisy Delfin
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars
The story is good, there are too many "coincidences" (can't write to much...spoiler) and an end that raises many questions. I will definitely read the second part as well.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Too much like stuff I've read before.

Think I'm burning out on the extreme abuse trope. And that makes me sound heartless, but I've read far too many of these now and I'm getting inured. Add that is written as explanation, rather than action, and it is detached, removing the reader from the immediacy of horror. You don't feel it or connect emotionally to the character.

I like the mythologicals and the idea their creatures have independent personalities (pity we don't see more of them - the puca is
Feb 16, 2020 marked it as skimmed
This started in a really interesting, and sad manner. But I liked the a very unique concept of rebirth. I also liked the writing style. I was also impressed by how the author introduced the boys - often in reverse harams I get confused and forget who is who, but I immediate knew Killian, Theo, Ryder and Damien, Hiro, and remembered their names!

I did find this a bit long winded. It started well but then towards the middle it started to drag with long winded discussions and info dumps galore. Also
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