Up in Flames Synopsis:
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?
Kelly Hashway Bio:
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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What I thought:
I have enjoyed this series from the beginning. I have loved watching the characters grow and the stories build, and the secrets unfold. And everything just got better with each book. I was so eager to find out what happened in the last book, to see if suspicions I had were right, to see everything play out. But at the same time, that meant that this was the end of the series. And this makes me sad. 😦
As in the past books, Up in Flames picks up where Out of the Ashes left off. Logan has discovered he is a Hunter, but a different kind of Hunter. They have also discovered that there is more than one dagger. Of course, aside from Cara, none of the Phoenixes are very happy with Logan, although Cara and Logan are both trying to convince them that he is on their side.
I really came to love Logan. I liked him, but as his character has grown and developed throughout this series, I have come to love him. And he and Cara are so good together.
There were several twists in this story and some of them were a little predictable, but Hashway did manage to keep the suspense factor going. I WAS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING, but that is all I’m going to say about that.
I also LOVED how she incorporated the history of the daggers and that whole angle into this story. That was really cool since the whole Phoenix and Hunter is a fresh paranormal angle anyway.
And the ending……..I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for this series. Again, said to see it end, but that’s what re-reads are for. 🙂
FIVE well deserved stars.
And to end this review, here is a dream cast of the series provided by Kelly.
Into the Fire Trilogy Dream Cast
I’m so bad at deciding dream casts because I always have an image in mind for my characters and matching that to actors is tough! But I think the cast I’ve come up with does Cara and the gang justice.
Cara Tillman ~ Dove Cameron
Dove would need some fiery red streaks in her hair and sapphire blue contacts, but I think she could pull off the many sides of Cara Tillman. She did a great job in Disney’s Descendants playing both the tough girl and the sensitive type.
Logan Schmidt ~ Spencer Boldman
Okay, so Spencer Boldman played a very comedic character on Lab Rats, but I’ve seen him play serious roles too and he’s actually better at those, so I think he could pull off the tough Logan Schmidt, who is mourning the loss of several people in his life and struggling to come to terms with who he is.
Rachel (Cara’s best friend) ~ Maia Mitchell
Maia is another one who can play different roles. Rachel is spunky and has these comments that make you laugh out loud because they’re so blunt. She’ll also do anything for the people she cares about. I think Maia could play that role well.
Jeremy Tillman (Cara’s brother) ~ Cody Christian
You might recognize Cody from Pretty Little Liars, one of my favorite shows! He plays Mike Montgomery, and if you follow the show, you know he is able to pull off so many different roles. He’d make a great Jeremy. I originally picked him for Nick in Into the Fire, but he’d definitely make a better Jeremy. He’d need to dye his hair of course. 😉
So there’s my dream cast. Do you know these actors?