Into the Fire by Kelly Hashway

GetAttachmentIn one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes…

Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.

The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.

Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Everything is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.

Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?

This is one of my favorite books of 2016 so far.

There are so many things I love about this book. I love the concept of it. The Phoenix concept is one that I haven’t read yet, so I enjoyed it. The book started off with Jeremy, Cara’s brother, being reborn, which is part of being a Phoenix. The author didn’t give a lot of backstory as far as Phoenixes and the story of Cara and her family. Rather, the reader finds out this information as the story unfolds, which I thought was cool. A YA supernatural book, using a fresh concept…..we’re off to a good start.

Cara is having a hard time dealing with her brother’s rebirth, and also her upcoming rebirth. Her brother doesn’t remember her and she’s upset about that and also dreading going through that herself. When she’s trying to find some clarity in it all, she meets the new guy, Logan.

To make matters worse, she imprints on him.

I know……..imprinting. Weird concept. I almost DIDN’T like it, but then I realized how crucial it was, and how it was a driving point in the story, so I quickly warmed to it.

As if all of that isn’t bad enough, there is a Phoenix hunter on the prowl. Phoenixes, especially older ones, are typically skilled at hiding their abilities and traits. However, there are several risks involved with Jeremy being newly reborn and Cara on the brink of rebirth. Not to mention, the imprint is making Cara’s emotions more heightened than they normally are.

There isn’t too much more I can say without giving away spoilers 🙂

I love the relationships in this book…..Cara and her family, Cara and her friends, the Phoenixes, Cara and Logan. Also, can we talk about how beautiful the cover is? And it gives you a great mental image of Cara while you’re reading.

Also, I felt like the author did a fantastic job of concealing the identity of the Hunter. It was a surprise, although I did manage to figure it out JUST before it was revealed.

And of course, the lovely Kelly Hashaway ends the book in a magnificent cliffhanger that you kind of see coming….but it still hits you in the feels anyway.

I am giving Into the Fire five stars, and I cannot WAIT to read the rest of this series!

**I was provided with an ARC of Into the Fire in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.

 

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