Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: Games of Fire by Airicka Phoenix

Book Name: Games of Fire
Publisher: Airicka Phoenix
Release date: Feb 14, 2013 
Genre: Young Adult Thriller and mystery with a strong dose of romance. 
Warnings: Strong language and mild sexual content 
Formats: ebook & paperback 
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Games of Fire Synopsis
Sophie has enough problems in her life without Spencer turning her blood to fire, without his eyes freezing and burning her, without his hatred of her. Since his migration into the house next to hers, Sophia Valdez isn’t sure whether she wants to toss him under a bus or kiss that smirking mouth of his. But even as the temperature rises around them, leaping flames of passion, want and desire,everything either has ever known will be shattered by the lurking shadow hounding their every step, wanting revenge.

Spencer Rowth moves to the sleepy town of River Port with his mother and twelve year old sister, Suzy, to escape a deceitful father, an unfaithful girlfriend and a life crumbling much too fast for him to grapple onto only to be smacked upside the head by the last thing he wanted again. Sophie was everything he refused to want. Her temper, her wit, her laugh, her smile, the way her entire body goes up in flames under his hands are things he would rather slam a lid on and forget. Instead, he finds himself falling for the smart-mouth next door. But how long will he have before the evil chasing them catches up? How long before the very thing he never wanted becomes his only thread to sanity? And who is after them? What do they want and why do they want Spencer and Sophie dead?

This book had me pretty hooked. This book is full of passion, deceit, and friendship. The plot didn't move really fast, but it wasn't slow either. I read it pretty fast.

Sophie is just an average teenager with a pretty average life. She makes some bad decisions that could end her life. The only thing that bugged me about Sophie is that she was so wishy washy. That could also be said for Spencer. Sophie grows a lot in this novel. It is definitely an uphill progression I just wish she would make up her mind.  Spencer is  the bad boy attitude with a good boy heart. Spencer is pretty hot in this book. He doesn't get close to women. He has too many bad experiences with them in the past. Sophie catches his interest though. There are some pretty steamy scenes in this book, I wouldn't recommend this book to someone under 16. It doesn't really get overly graphic, but it is still mature subjects.

Her friends are pretty drama filled, well most of them. Joe doesn't support her and Spencer, and he doesn't exactly keep silent about that fact. Lauren can be really selfish at times, but she does quickly see reason. While all this is going on, there is someone stalking Sophie. We get to be in his head once and awhile, and hear what he thinks while he is stalking her.

Airicka really knows how to tell a story. I love her writing style. A lot of the descriptions she used made me think that something supernatural was going to happen, but nothing did. I kept waiting for the supernatural ball to drop lol. Overall, it was a good story, that will keep you entertained. Maybe even make you a little paranoid. I heard this is a stand alone, so it isn't part of a series.
Rating: out of 5

“I won’t bite,” he said, probably meaning it as a joke.

“Oh if only that were my only problem,” she sighed under her breath.


She shook her head. “Nothing.”

She took his hand, slipping her icy fingers through his. The electric sparks tore a fiery path down the length of her arms, nearly melting the ice beneath their feet. She shivered involuntarily and felt his fingers flex.

“All right?” Had his voice always been so husky?

She dampened her lips. “Yeah…” The single word died in her throat as she was pulled towards him. Her heart tripped. Her lungs stilled. The heat of his body rushed over her with the subtle scent peppermint, leather, spices and smoke.

A soft mist blew around them. Raindrops glistened in his hair, shimmering under the pale glow of the light post. His eyes were shadowed beneath wispy fringes, but the silver in them glinted like pools of liquid mercury. Her breath caught. It must have made a sound because his fingers tightened. His shaky exhale caressed her flushed face.

“This,” he whispered so quietly she almost didn’t hear him. “Is why you are so bad for me.”

Author Bio

Airicka Phoenix is the best-selling author of the Touch Series with short stories in Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and Midnight Surrender Anthology. When she's not hammering away at the keyboard, she can be found banishing pirates or crawling through the attic looking for lost treasure with her kids. She loves baking, gardening and reading. She also likes to travel and take pictures of everything she comes across. When asked, Airicka describes herself as a sarcastic basket case that has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate, old movies and really bad jokes. She loves to laugh, make friends and write. If she could have one wish granted, it would be to spend one day as a fly-on-the-wall inside Stephen King's mind. If she could have two wishes granted, she would ask for a castle dedicated entirely to her overwhelming collection of books.

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1 comment:

  1. Well then that works too! :D Not bad makes me almost want to read it all over again!