Phoenix Flame (Havenfall, #2)

Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2)

First Lines: Havenfall is my home. I test the words out, whispering them to myself as I walk slowly down the grand staircase toward the ballroom.

Earlier this year, I picked up the first book in this duology semi-randomly at the library. I’d seen it before and thought it looked interesting, but it wasn’t high on my to-read list. And I didn’t exactly love it, but I thought it was worth seeing how the series wrapped up since it was so short. So I wanted to give this a chance.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Maddie thought she’d saved her home and her friends. She defeated the Silver Prince and protected the Inn from a coup. Her uncle is recovering from the mysterious spell that made him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks left of summer for her to enjoy with her best-friend-turned-maybe-boyfriend Brekken. But it’s not over. The black-market trading of magical objects is still going strong and in order to shut it down for good, Maddie might have to go through the Inn’s doors into the once feared land of shapeshifters. Secrets abound, a few of them that could change everything…

Overall, I found this entire series to be somewhat lackluster and predictable. This book was especially hard for me to get through for some reason.

What I struggled with a lot at the beginning was that I just didn’t care about the plot or the characters. It picks up pretty much right where we left off in the previous book, but there were just so many moving parts and nothing was being accomplished for so long. Everyone was acting weird and it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I did start finally getting more into the story about halfway through with the convenient introduction of a new character. (Everything in this series is either wildly predictable or very convenient.) So I wasn’t surprised by what happened, but it added a nice amount of spice to the otherwise boring story.

The end of this book (and thus the end of this duology) was pretty lackluster as well. One of the major plot lines doesn’t even get fully resolved. Actually, a lot of stuff doesn’t really get resolved, now that I think about it. It was somewhat satisfying as far as just finishing the book went but that was about it.

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