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Ascension of The Phoenix

Y’all. I seriously fell in love with this book from about page 15 on. I’m so sorry it took me so long to write this review, but trust me, Ascension of the Phoenix is worth the wait. The author, Jessica Piro, approached me about writing a review for her book, and while I don’t remember whether I jumped at the chance or not, I can say I’m so glad I did tell her yes!

Leila is #goals. I’m not even kidding. She has such talent, and fire and loyalty. She is one of those characters that just MAKES you want to be better. Or at the very least, learn Five-Animals Kung Fu.


Leila, and her boyfriend David are cops in New York City. When David is killed in the line of duty, Leila kind of loses herself. She has no idea what she’s going to do with her life, until David sort of visits her from beyond the grave. He tells her that he wasn’t her destiny. Her destiny lies with another man, one whom she has yet to meet. He assures her that when she meets him, all her hurt will heal, and she will be able to move on from his death.

Sounds kind of icky, right? That visit was kind of where the story lost me a little. Not because it didn’t seem real, but that the story I was expecting wasn’t a romance. Luckily for me, the book is not a romance, although it does have some romantic aspects to it. This book is a story of a young woman finding herself after loss, and learning to live for herself and not others. The theme is about strength in adversity.

Additional Thoughts

When Leila meets a street fighter, she begins her journey to her ascension, and discovering who she was meant to be. I loved this part of the story, because it gave me “Mortal Kombat” feels. It isn’t the same, but the name of the tournament that Leila fights in is the “Ruler of the Realms” tournament.

This book is the beginning of a series, so I won’t tell you everything, obviously, but I will say this book was SO GOOD. I was about halfway through the book when I told my mom she would love it. To my mom’s credit, she trusted me, and bought the book immediately. I can’t wait to find out what she thought of it! I hope she loves it at much as I did!



My favorite character in Ascension of the Phoenix is obviously Leila. She is amazing, and firey, and strong. I have other characters that are the kind that I love to hate, but I won’t actually mention any of them, because it might ruin the story.


While he isn’t my favorite, Jamaal is super cool. He is Leila’s street fighting partner, and her teammate when she fights in the Ruler of The Realms tournament. He understands that Leila is fighting her past and her grief, but he doesn’t push or anything. He gives her the space she needs to discover herself.


Ascension of The Phoenix is such a good book, and it has made it to the top of my list of favorite books so far this year. I can’t wait for you to click the link below and buy this book for yourself! I really don’t think you’ll regret it! The links I use in this blog are affiliate links through Amazon, so I get a small commission through your purchase. I really appreciate any support you give this blog, because I love bringing you all the cool book reviews I can!

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One thought on “Ascension of The Phoenix

  1. Wow! I am blown away by your review, and I am SO GLAD you enjoyed it! (And that you realized it was about Leila finding herself.)
    I hope your mom enjoys it, too!

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