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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A to Z + Review: Fireborn by Keri Arthur

A to Z Challenge - P


I've been dying to read this book for awhile and finally found the time! I <3 Keri Arthur's books, so I had to pick Phoenix for the letter P. The main character in Fireborn is a phoenix!

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Title: Fireborn
Author: Keri Arthur
Series: Souls of Fire #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Length: Novel (370 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Melissa's Review:

Fireborn is book one in the Souls of Fire series. The story revolves around Emberly Pearson, a phoenix. Emberly works as an assistant to a scientist/researcher, but things take a dangerous turn when her boss's place gets ransacked and he winds up murdered. Emberly is forced to work with her ex-boyfriend, Sam Turner, to help solve who is behind the murder. Sam's part of the Paranormal Investigations Team (PIT) and from what I gleaned from the past he's changed a lot from when him and Emberly dated.

I was so excited to read this book because I don't think I've read any that had a phoenix as the main character. I loved the aspects the author included about phoenixes, they have multiple forms and are able to be born again as long as their mate is there and alive. One aspect I didn't enjoy was the curse that their mate could never be the one they love. It pretty much makes it where the phoenix in question will always cheat since they need their mate to survive.

I've been in a reading slump lately and sadly I think it affected me while reading this book. I had a bit of a hard time keeping my interest while reading Fireborn. I've loved Keri Arthur's previous books in the past, so it isn't going to stop me from reading book two. The paranormal aspects were quite nice and were probably my favorite part of the book. I loved learning about phoenixes, and the fire fae. Keri Arthur manages to weave a new world for us and makes me want to know what happens next. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy and want a phoenix book, I suggest this series.


  1. I loved Keri Arthur's series so far and I'm looking forward to reading this one (I already have the first two instalments), but I do understand it may not have worked particularly great because of the reading slump, that can definitely affect our experience . . . Yeah, I know something about that :(
    I'm glad you still want to know what happens next!

    1. I have a strong suspicion that the reading slump caused my ehhh feeling lol KArthur writes pretty strong and I've enjoyed all of her other books :) Hope you love the series!!

  2. I've yet to read a Keri Arthur book. I love the idea of a character as a Phoenix. I don't know that I've really read one, except for Phoenix Reborn and that was a poorly written novella. Maybe we will get more about him as a Phoenix going forward in the series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. I hope so! I'd love to see that type of character more :D

  3. I liked this one and the second as well, curious to see more

    1. I'm so glad to hear that! I'll have to read the second one when I'm out of my funk. I'm sure I'll love it :D

  4. I haven't read them but that is some gorgeous cover art!!!

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  5. A phoenix?!? That sounds phenomenal, but it doesn't look like you really enjoyed it overall. That stinks when the concept is so amazing, but it doesn't pan out that way. Great review!

    1. Reading slumps suck! I'm betting I'll love book two :D

  6. There's another recent book that contains a phoenix. Although, this one is YA. Interesting concept. (I am so sick of vampires and werewolves...)

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

  7. This sounds interesting! Love the cover.

  8. Boo on the reading slump. Loving the cover on this one and her books in general. I'll need to give it a go at some point I think :D Hope the slump passes soon!