Friday, September 28, 2012

Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere

Title: Phoenix
Author: A.J. Scudiere
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Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Griffyn Ink
Pages: 410
Format: Electronic
Acquired: ARC; From Publisher
Age Group: Adult

Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

His seemingly secure job as a fire fighter is suddenly thrown into chaos. The bright spot in his week is that he rescued two children from a house fire, but he returns home that night to find all his furniture is missing. His girlfriend has left him without warning and his nightmares keep him from sleeping. Even just a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to sit him down and tell him that maybe his troubles aren’t quite as innocuous as they seem. Then his she divulges a secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .

Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.

He doesn’t remember his life before he was adopted at age seven. He only knows that he was rescued from the fire that took his birth mother’s life. But the story is deeper than that, and the foundation on which he built his world is now cracking. The brother he doesn't remember it out there somewhere, left behind.

Armed with only this stunning new piece of information, Jason embarks on a quest to find the truths buried deep in his past. As he searches, one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes. And the more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.

When this book first fell into my lap I was instantly interested. Nothing better than a little mystery and a little bit of world rocking. Who wants to be the person to find out that once upon a time their life was working in perfect order and the next things start to change rapidly? What if you discovered you had a missing brother that you never knew about? And how far would you go to get the truth?

Jason was a character I had the hardest time connecting to. Originally I felt like I had to force the connection, but there was always this shadow around him that wouldn't let me near him. He was so closed off and there were just moments when I wish he would just say what was on his mind. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he was a mystery to the author as well.

And because I had this poor connection with him, the start just dragged on and on and on. I put the book down for days and didn't pick it up because I just couldn't deal with how emotionless Jason was. From the beginning reader's see that there is something in Jason's life that is missing, even if he doesn't know right away.

I think that Jason is just a very emotionally closed off type of guy and it comes through in the novel. Not to mention a whole lot of complaining as well, but I guess that comes with the territory. I would be a little moody as well if my boyfriend had just walked out on me - or girlfriend in Jason's case.

When the mom finally confessed the truth it was when the story started to pick up. I wasn't happy that it took almost to chapter five, but I was happy with the way things went. The story lines that are weaved into this complicated story make every page turn a mystery and the reader just has to know what's going to happen.

I was taken by surprise a lot of the time, and I wish I could say, "I saw that coming," but that wasn't the case with this book.

Mysterious and interesting, this book will have you on your seat...if you could just get through the first few pages that is!

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