Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: Phoenix (Black City #2) by: Elizabeth Richards

Release Date: June 4, 2013 from Putnam
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"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."

My Thoughts:

This book was so so frustrating but I also loved it. I spent the entire book wanting to strangle something and resisting the urge to toss my book across the room, but at the same time I could not put the book down. It was glued to my hands and anyone who tried to disturb my reading was treated to one of my patented death glares. I really enjoyed Black City, but Phoenix really ramped up the action.

The world Elizabeth Richards has created is absolutely amazing. It is dark and twisted and dangerous and nobody is ever safe. She doesn’t shy away from that danger and there is absolutely no guarantee that any characters will make it out alive. There are so many twists and turns along the way, it is impossible to see where the story is going. It is such a perfect combination of dystopian and paranormal. The world embodies everything you expect from a dystopian, but the addition of darklings and other creatures really makes it stand out.

My favorite character of them all is Ash. He is such a great character and my heart hurt for him in this one. He is put through so much and he cannot seem to catch a break. Nothing ever goes smoothly for him. I did get frustrated when he jumped to conclusions, but I do get it. What else was he expected to think? He loves Natalie so much and the thought of losing her absolutely crushes him. I love how much he loves Natalie. It’s adorable and so romantic.

Natalie is the one I truly struggled with in this book. I really wanted to knock some sense into her. My gosh. I cannot remember the last time I was this frustrated with a character. At first I understood where she was coming from, but then I just couldn’t take it anymore. She was being incredibly selfish. She knew Ash had jumped to the wrong conclusion and did nothing to stop him from thinking that because she thought the truth would be worse. Fun fact; the truth is never the worse option. All of their problems could have been solved with a simple conversation and because of that it drove me bonkers.

The ending to Phoenix will leave you dying to pick up Wings. It’s not a full blown cliffhanger, but it’s pretty close. I have so many questions and the revelations have me dying for answers. I need more!

Phoenix is a great follow up to Black City and this one does not suffer from middle book syndrome at all. It starts off action packed and keeps it up until the very end. There is no slow down and it perfectly sets up the big show down we know is coming. Simply put, this book was awesome.


  1. I agree that Phoenix is a great follow up and, gosh, the way it ended! I can't wait to read Wings.

  2. Oh gosh, books that drive you crazy and are crazy-good are the best sometimes. I've heard really good things about this series, and am glad you loved Phoenix!

  3. *bangs head against desk* I still need to pick this one up, but I think I will when it's closer to the release of the third book! I adore Ash as well, he really is a good character and I can't wait to see him in this one. Natalie.. Just reading your review made me want to shake her! Overall, I'm glad you enjoyed this one despite it frustrating you!! AH! It really is a great book that balances paranormal and dystopian!

    Amazing review my dear friend!! :D

  4. I've read book 1 a long time ago, I barely remember the details but I know I loved the first one. I think I'll just wait for the movie... hopefully that deal didn't fall thru

  5. Ugh, I hate it when the girl is frustrating. I still wanna finish this series though. It's been forever and a day since I read the 1st book, but I know I loved it.

  6. Oh, Ash and Natalie. Love them and can't wait for the next one

  7. Hehe...I'm picturing the death glares. Those books we love to hate or hate to love. Great review.

  8. I'm so glad you loved Phoenix despite being so frustrated with Natalie. This is a series I've been meaning to pick up. (does that sound familiar?!?) Great review, Teresa!

  9. Aside from the frustrations and the Natalie struggles, I'm super excited to dive back into this series! I love that there's no middle book syndrome and that Ash is just as fabulous as I remember him to be. So happy you loved this one! Wonderful review, my dear xoxo


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