Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Phoenix (Black City, #2)
Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards
Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.


Publishes in US: June 4th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: bought
Series? Yes, 2nd in Black City. releases in 2014

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    Starts with a bang and it feels like I never left this dark world. Get right back into ash's head as he's forced to make an impossible decision. Natalie or his people... All while leading a revolt healing from burns and fighting nightmares of burning from the attempted execution from the first book.
    The thing that draws me most though is the romance between Ash and Natalie. I Love their chemistry, moments together, physical and the soul sharing.
      Action and complications are never far behind though so I treasured each of those moments.
     The weird love triangle type thing both infuriated me and enthralled me. I saw the appeal of Elijah and understood what he saw in natalie but i am a big so it didn't fly for me in the end. So I am glad that there was more than what it was at the surface, and that nothing too stupid of a line was crossed. Understood why ash thought it and what he saw. His pain was so intense but still loyal... Which brings me back to the reason that I love Ash so much. Natalie was actually hiding something else, that i never saw coming and took my breath away.
   The pacing is intense and I loved the dual narration that continues in this one because I loved seeing both Ash and Natalie's perspectives.
   It ended leaving me yearning for the next book, which I will be getting my hands on the day it releases to find out what happens next.

Bottom Line:Darkly enchanting world with an amazingly hot romance and a breathtaking plot.

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  1. I still haven't read the first book in this series and I must. I'm glad you enjoyed the sequel :) Great review :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one so much. Not a book that particularly appeals to me but then I wouldn't rule it out either.

  3. I really want to start this series, it sounds sooo good. And this one especially. Glad you enjoy it so much. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. OMG! I'm even more excited to start this series now, I've been pushing it for so long, but I absolutely love that the sequel was even better than the first book. That rarely happens! Great review, Brandi!

  5. I haven't read Black City, but I've heard it's good. I'm so glad the dual narrative & hot romance. Great review!

  6. I have read some good reviews of this series, but I am not thrilled to hear there is an annoying love triangle.

  7. This sounds really amazing! Now I wonder what Natalie is hiding... Great review :)

  8. I dropped this series halfway through book one, but now I'm kind of regretting that decision. Glad you enjoyed the sequel.
    Lovely review.

  9. I love great world building! I haven't read the first book yet but I can't wait to read it! The love triangle sounds kinda interesting...

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

  10. The romance made me batty is this book, but I love the world and cannot wait for book three!! Great review!

  11. 5 hearts, wow! I really want to get started on this series. Lovely review Brandi :)

  12. Definitely added to my to-read list! Sounds like a great read that I would for sure enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  13. I still need to read the first book. So happy the second book turned out great.

  14. I do plan on reading Black City - though when, I'm not sure - so I skimmed through your review. It's great that the sequel was amazing, though. I always find that the sequel is the hardest to write, so it comes as a pleasant surprise when one surpasses my expectations, like this one. Glad you enjoyed this, Brandi, it definitely makes me more excited to start on this series. :)

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  17. I have this one. I requested it, not realizing I hadn't read the first one. I'm glad you liked it. Makes me want to get started on this series. Thanks.

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  19. So glad you enjoyed this one so much, Brandi! I didn't really love the first one because of the stupid love triangle, but besides that, this one sounds pretty great!


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