Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Phoenix Embryo by Jeanne Marcella

Book One of the Seasons of the Phoenix Series

Jeanne Marcella was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, she quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing.

Going against the grain of mainstream top ten fantasy, she writes eccentric, GLBTQ dark fantasy dramas not for the faint of heart. 

Currently, she reworks her first novel about half-breed centaurs into a 2nd edition.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: (I unpublished my FB fan page as it did not draw ANY traffic.)

Publisher: Jeanne Marcella
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics


Acanthus danced around in a chaotic circle, waving his arms and pointing out the window. “Dee! He took Minos. He had wings! He flew! Priests! By Staritti, there were adults in Regrets!”

“Shh. Shhh. It’s all right.”

“How can it be all right?” Acanthus yelled. He paced. He prowled. He was helpless. Edward made no move to restrain him. “They throw us away, ignore us, and then pick us off! How much more can we endure? You know we’ll never see Minos again, Dee! We’ll never see him again! Just like all the others!”

“I know,” Edward answered in a helpless, grating whisper.

“Minos didn’t have anyone,” Acanthus said to himself. “No one, for the last seven years. I feel so bad; I could’ve done something. I could’ve been his friend.”

“You can’t blame yourself.”

Horror washed through him. “Yes, I can. This is my fault. I wanted to break something today. I broke Minos.”
Edward put a calming hand to his shoulder. “Dearest, it’s not your fault.”

“We don’t know that for certain. We all should know better by now. All of us. We have to stick together, make sure everyone’s okay.”

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I wasn't entirely sure about this book when I started. A group of children have been imprisoned within a forcefield by the adults, and one of them is trying to escape. What happens next is confusing, and it took me a while to get to grips with it. However, it was worth it. 

As the book progressed it became more complex and more compelling. I won't tell you anything about the story because I really don't know how to start. Suffice it to say, the phoenix in the title is surprising, fascinating and bloody scary.

If you like high fantasy, you'll love this story. The world building is delicate and complex but builds a picture of a society very unlike our own, and unlike any other I've read. 

Tension is palpable throughout, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. for most of the time I was as clueless at Cat but that was okay, because I felt more connection with him because of it, and I was enlightened along with him.

This book is delicate, well written, scary, funny, confusing, enlightening, frustrating and uplifting. It's quite a journey and I would recommend you go on it for a great read and a very satisfying experience.


Some little snippets of information that may or may not be in the Rafflecopter 

56 – You’ve been bitten by something radioactive. What power do you get from it? It would probably be a radioactive cat. Then I would rejoice in the ability to not give a f***. Lol. 

57 – Eat out or dine in? It depends upon the mood and how tired I am. 

58 – What is the best gift you’ve ever received? I think it’s the gift of someone(s) believing in my ability as a writer. It’s been long-awaited.

59 – Best gift you ever gave? The best *gift* I ever gave was helping out family when they were in a bind. 

60 – What’s your favorite cookie? Chocolate chip, but I can’t eat them anymore. 

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