Up In Flames by Kelly Hashway #BookReview #Giveaway

Title: Up in Flames
Author: Kelly Hashway
Pub Date:March 28th 2016

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman is in more danger than ever.

All around her, Cara’s fellow Phoenixes are being attacked. With no other choice, she and her group take the only option they have—call more Phoenixes out of hiding and wage an all-out war against the Hunters. But with the lines of loyalty blurred, and Phoenix secrets to be kept, there’s no guarantee anyone can be trusted.

Logan Schmidt walks the blade of love and obligation—and just one slip may end them all.

After stealing the Phoenix dagger and going into hiding, the Hunters are convinced Logan is one of their own. But with Cara’s memories recovered, her heart is set on Logan’s return. The problem is, she may be the only one who trusts him.

It isn’t long until Logan’s disappearance is noticed by his long-time friend, Anton Botas, who is more than just an outsider. Though Logan trusts him, the Phoenixes do not, opening yet another fault line in their plans.

Where there is one, there are many.

Determined to end this once and for all, Cara and the others must destroy the Phoenix daggers—the only weapons able to kill her kind. But in a raging battle, Cara learns the awful truth about the relics. Destroying them may destroy the Phoenixes in the process.

Can Cara and her friends end this war, or is their future destined to go Up In Flames?

Up in Flames by Kelly Hashway is the final installment of the story following Phoenixs. Yes the birds who look like humans but are reborn five times. Each time they lose a life it brings them closer to their death. Which is enough without being chased around by Phoenix hunters.

I like Logan but he was starting to get a bit on my nerves in the first half of the book. Cara is pretty kick butt and I hated when he would be like. I won’t fight my girlfriend, I won’t train with my girlfriend. Dude chill out and get over it. Your girlfriend can probably kick your ass with or without the dagger.

Despite when Logan is acting overly protective and silly. I love the relationship Cara and him have together. They are done fighting against other people’s opinions or resistance to the idea. They understand what the consequences are that they are different. They don’t care anymore they just want to be together and they do work together as a team to protect each other. They are always saving the other.

Cara is a kick butt phoenix. I love how she has changed and really come into who she is. She is really matured and thinks about what is good for the order even though yes she still puts Logan first at times.

The plot is interesting. I thought of at as being in two parts. One is more dealing with the hunters themselves, the second is more dealing with the daggers and who the original phoenix is and the impact on all of them. I did see some of twist coming. Only because I’m very mistrusting, I don’t even trust the main characters sometimes. Ha ha. I’m kidding.

This has been a fun and unique series. I really loved the idea of taking Phoenix’s and giving them a new twist.

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.


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