Reading Phoenix Angel was like reading 2 books that had been smooshed together. Or maybe 3. The first half of the book focuses on Maggie, self-proclaimed most beautiful girl in school and probably the most unlikable female protagonist I've read in a long time. I've been wracking my brain all day, trying to think of something nice to say about her, and I can't come up with a single thing. The girl was a b*tch, and believe me, I don't say that lightly. I had no idea why her best friend Lily put up with her, and I certainly didn't understand what the heck hot-boy Kyle saw in her that was worth pursuing. I mean, c'mon, when she developed her superpower, she doesn't use it for good, oh no, she uses it to cheat and destroy lives with vicious gossip! Blech. Yeah, she kinda-sorta turns it around later in the book, but by then, it was too late. She could have ended world hunger, brought peace to all the land, and I still wouldn't have liked her. The second half of the book switches gears to concentrate on Maggie's best friend Lily. I don't know if I liked Lily for herself or if I was just so relieved the attention was off Maggie, I would have liked ANYONE. Maybe both. If the book revolved entirely around Lily, I would have liked it a lot better. She was a more appealing character, easy to sympathize with, and overall just a better person. Both Maggie & Lily's stories suffered from a very bad case of instalove. I am not a fan of instalove. I've read hundreds of books and can count on one hand (maybe 2, if I'm feeling generous) the number of times instalove didn't annoy me. I just think it's a cop-out and I wish authors would stop relying on it to create the illusion of romance. The book isn't badly written. In fact, I think the writers' style is actually pretty good, but sadly, that wasn't enough to redeem the story. Phoenix Angel just wasn't the book for me.