The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls by Phenice Arielle

February 25, 2014 Reviews 0

Today I wanted to bring to you this awesome story about a girl who when destiny calls she answers. Just a little background……at the end of January I received an email on Goodreads (which if you are a member you know is not uncommon) from an author I’d never heard of asking if I would read her book. So naturally, I went to the book’s information page and saw the cover……….my first reaction was like “Ehhhh? Really a lion? Reminds me of The Chonicles of Narnia. I don’t know.” Then I read the synopsis and was like “I must read now!”And I’m so glad that I did! I promise you will not be disappointed.

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The Phoenix Rising Destiny Calls


Book Synopsis

*Have you ever felt like you’ve been preparing for something…Bigger?**Do all your friends think your dreams are just plain…Crazy?*


Sure, Kay’s parents didn’t think twice about sending her to therapy.

After all, Kay fully believes that she just narrowly escaped an explosion, watched a handsome co-ed walk through fire for her—oh, and that she battled an extremely skilled foe to the death—all before her 10 AM class!

They’re just dreams of course, but when this talented NYU student wins a coveted trip to South Africa, she must soon decide whether she’s willing to never see her friends and family again to help somehow familiar strangers BRING ABOUT PEACE.

Now, if Kay can survive the hand-to-hand combat and the one with the ivory dagger who wishes her death, Kay may just become the kind of PEACE seeking hero her classmates would never believe. Kay might even fall in love.

Of course, our brave girl may instead discover the answer to something she never wanted to know the answer TO:

What happens… when you die.


#Fall In Love


Book 1 in the Series

…Your journey begins here. (Take the journey!)

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh WOW! Where do I even begin?!?!This book The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls is……it’s…..I don’t even have words! The story starts with a disturbing Preface (click here to read) that leaves you thinking that our MC is being tortured for the memories that become our story. Nanyamka, or Kay for short, is a beautiful African American college student in NYC who has been awarded the chance of a lifetime – a one month internship in South Africa for the NY Times. What journalism major could pass that up?! Well, if you could predict the future you would! At the airport in Cape Town, there’s an explosion and Kay is kidnapped and forced into a poacher’s slave camp. At the camp, another slave rescues her and the others that are imprisoned there and takes them to her tribe Ipharadisi (which translates to “paradise”). Here Kay learns about herself and what she is capable of doing for those she loves.

I loved these characters! Kay is so relatable in terms of her transformation from a normal American college student to a moral leader. The things that she encounters (love, loss, being kidnapped) all contribute to her development and I must say when faced with those atrocities she handles them well. She appropriately breaks down, but then she picks herself back up. Then there’s the two men in her life: Callum (her American, not-so-much boyfriend, but definitely love of her life) and Erec (the doctor in the African tribe she takes refuge in). In my mind, I pictured these two beautiful men!

Callum (Sean Patrick Thomas Save the Last Dance Days)
Erec (Taye Diggs How Stella Got Her Groove Back Days)

This is not a typical love-triangle scenario, instead put yourself in Kay’s shoes….she’s been kidnapped, probably is thought dead, no hope of returning home……I’d move on to the sweet, attractive doctor too! And I can’t write a review without mentioning Beth and Tuki. Beth was Kay’s college roommate and best friend, then the whole kidnapping thing happens. Tuki is the slave who saves Kay from the poachers and in turn becomes her best friend. I loved both of these characters so much. They bring the best out in Kay (just like friends should).

The writing is phenomenal. I loved each and every aspect of the plot and the imagery of South Africa. I felt like I was there, experiencing what Kay was feeling, hearing, and seeing. Told in first person POV, we get to see inside Kay’s head and not only experience things as she does but also feel her emotions! What a roller coaster this book was! I was laughing out loud, crying and my heart warmed with some of her experiences.

This story has a little bit for everyone! Mystery, suspense, romance and a bonus it’s a clean-read. I don’t think I read a single foul word in the book! Though (my guess) Kay is 21 or 22 this book can be a YA or NA read with themes that I think teenagers will learn from. Caution though, there is a cliff-hanger! Can’t wait to find out what happens to our Kay and the rest of the characters in book two!

I received a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author Info:

After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in NYC, Phenice Arielle went on to major in journalism at the Pennsylvania State University. She has done several entertainment features for local newspapers, and is also credited for her work as an award-nominated singer-songwriter.For book extras, and to stay in the loop about the upcoming sequel to Destiny Calls, check our her website here.

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