02 June 2013

{Book Review} Phoenix

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 June 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |

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Black City #2
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 4th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed.
The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.

After enjoying a book and then reading reviews on the next book, I create these sky high expectations; what I want to get out of the book, how I want the characters to develop and how I want the story to surprise me. Phoenix was one of those. I completely fell in love with Black City, I couldn’t wait to read the second installment so I went ahead and read fantastic reviews, and even with my fear of ‘middle book syndrome’, I was expecting Phoenix to be nothing less than AMAZING.

Throughout Black City I enjoyed the dialogue, admired the characters, swooned over Ash and Natalie, and dropped by jaw while reading the ending. I was hoping to get all that, and more out Phoenix, and I did…

Phoenix takes off right where Black City ends; Natalie and her sister, Polly, are living with her best friend Day and her family. Its Natalie’s birthday and Ash has a very special surprise, for the girl who got his heart to start pumping (literally, read the first book, you’ll know what I’m talkin’ about); an engagement ring! What a good way to start the book, if I may say so myself Richards!

But things aren’t going as peachy as planned, when Ash is stopped and asked to step into a horse carriage, and finds himself sitting across from Purian Rose. Being threaten to vote for Purian Rose, instead of the Rebellion, Ash is caught between supporting the thousands of people who supported him, or his love, Natalie.

After the votes have been counted, and the election has been finalized, nothing was going to be the same. The world Ash and Natalie knew, will be changed forever. And the two are ready to do whatever it takes to save the Darklings and create a world that treats everyone equally; even if it means losing loved ones, or losing each other.

In Black City the reader was introduced to many of the main characters. In Phoenix you are introduce to A LOT of smaller characters; new characters that are working for Sebastian, new friends that help Natalie and Ash, kids that Natalie saves on an airplane, and a group of characters that help with their ultimate plan to put an end to Purian Rose.

I still love Natalie, and Ash. I also still hate Sebastian. And I’m still confused on Natalie’s mother. Natalie and Ash are definitely a power couple; nothing and no one can stop them. While my love for Ash grew more and more as the story went on, I was becoming a little annoyed by Natalie. Don’t get me wrong, Natalie is still one of my favorite characters, but in Phoenix she did seem a little bit…clingy. She constantly wanted to hold hands with Ash, or cuddle close with him; even if they were stuck in the dessert with big winter coats on…sometimes I just felt like she was over doing it. But on the other hand, she was really kicking butt when it can to saving and looking out for others!

I found myself reading the last fifty or so pages, with my mouth open (please do not try this; it can cause serious dryness in the tongue area). A lot happens towards the end of the book, which totally made up for all the waiting around they did in the previous eighty pages. The friend Ash and Natalie thought they had, isn’t so friendly after all (or is he?), and the two get separated when Natalie is dragged onto an airplane. When she finally gets the chance to calm down and see what is going on around her, you’ll never believe who she bumps into!!

Overall Phoenix was everything I expected and more. The characters were still interesting. The story was action packed and filled with twists and turns. And the ending was mind boggling!! While the story was a bit slower this time (with all the traveling, planning and waiting the characters did), I still really enjoyed the story and am excited to see what Elizabeth Richards as in store for her readers in the next book!

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Thank you to guest Blogger, Lisa from Turning Pages Blog for the awesome review! Watch for more reviews from her in the future!

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1 comment:

  1. Phoenix is an electric sequel that sizzles with love and burns bright with heart-pounding, pulse-racing scenes. Elizabeth Richards has created another fantastic novel! One of my favorites of the year!

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