Mini ARC Review | Phoenix Flame

Title: Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2)

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release Date: March 2, 2021

My Rating: ★★★



Goodreads Synopsis:

Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.
But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Let me first start by saying that I loved Havenfall! The idea of a neutral meeting place for different realms was so intriguing to me and I had an absolute blast reading about it in book one. When Havenfall ended, I was left wanting more! I couldn’t wait for the sequel.

Fast forward to finishing Phoenix Flame and I am a bit underwhelmed. I didn’t connect with this book as much as I did with the first one. I felt like everything was rushed so it was hard for me to really get into the story. In all honesty, I think Havenfall should have just been a long standalone.

While I didn’t love this book, there were still parts that I enjoyed. I’m happy that we were able to see a glimpse of another realm. That was one thing I had hoped Sara Holland would add to the sequel so I was excited when it happened. I also really enjoyed the ending. For the most part everything was wrapped up and my questions were answered. There’s one thing that was left open which I’m kind of curious about. I don’t know if that was done just for interpretation or if the author plans to explore the character’s story more. I would definitely be interested in more books set in this world.


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