Review: Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
4 Stars , Reviews / September 24, 2018

I really don’t read all that many books labeled Romance, but will admit, sometimes, it is just what I want. I was offered this book right as I was in one of those moods where I was craving a bit (or maybe even a lot) of romance. So, despite having a backlog of other books to review, I couldn’t resist and accepted. And of course, I dove in right away, The story, while quite different from The Hunger Games, does have a bit of the same feel since each town is expected to deliver one of their women each year to be be part of a mass sacrifice in the arena. This is the Empire’s way of trying to gain favor from the gods. Gilene has amazing talents, however, instead of giving her any sort of benefit, she is expected to use them only as a way for her town to circumvent the required sacrifice. For her it is more of a curse than a gift, something that puts her in a horrible position and exposes her to the pain and suffering that is a result of the Empire’s ways over and over. The other main character is Azarion, who has been…