Tuesday 8 December 2015

Secrets in Phoenix by Gabriella Lepore

When Sophie Ballester and her twin brothers Sam and Todd are uprooted from their home and sent to a remote boarding school run by their Great Aunt Ness, they stumble upon a hidden room that holds a secret, a secret that will change everything.

The people of Phoenix Holt are not what they seem.
In fact nothing is.

This book follows Sophie and her two twin brothers Sam and Todd who have lost their parents some time back and have been living with their Grandad. Sadly their grandad has passed away and there was nowhere for the 3 teenagers to go. Out of the blue, their Great Aunt Ness takes them in, who they knew nothing about. Ness lives in a small cottage in Phoenix Holt. A tiny place with no roads or Internet. They are to start school at the nearby boarding school, which has many secrets beyond the obvious. But it seems the secrets are not only at school but in their new home to. They discover a secret room filled with strange things and an important book. What is the purpose of this room? And what does it have to do with Sophie and her brothers?
At school Sophie meets Jaxon, a very mysterious boy and she finds herself drawn to him. But what is he hiding? How much more is there to this school and most of all to Jaxon? 

This book is filled with magic, witches, spells and secrets, with a lovely unique twist thrown in. I loved every second of it. This genre is what got me all hooked on reading and I still adore it, event tho technically I should be to old for this. It's such an easy and fun read. The characters are instantly likeable, many times I sat here smiling away at things Sophie says. It's great to see her character develop through the story and I am actually looking forward to seeing what else is in store for her in the next book.

The twins are just hilarious. They are exactly how you would imagine twin brothers to be. Completely identical on the outside and totally different on the inside. Their bickering was very amusing. But as much as they seem like the two silly boys that they are, they would do everything for their little family, esp Sophie. They have a very special bond.

Jaxon is almost your typical boy in these kind of stories, the boy you been warned about and probably shouldn't fall for, but you do anyway, unconditionally. 

All that said, this has been a lovely book, beautiful unique idea, lovely written with adorable humour. I enjoyed the character and the story very much. It's been a fantastic start to a new series! I can't wait to go back to Phoenix Holt in the future. 

Very big thank you to Oftomes Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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