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Phoenix (Black City) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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There are few books that stop me in my tracks. This is one of those books. I like a story where I'm snagged from the beginning and don't want to put it down. Yes, this was one of those books.
Elizabeth Richards writes with an intensity and a flowing quality that immersed me right into the story. I didn't want it to end. I felt like I was right there in Black City.
This story is geared towards teens and here's where my conundrum lies. Natalie and Ash are very much in love and they deal with love and life in many ways that teens do. But there is a lot of sexual contact that might not be for a younger teen. There is a lot of emotional distress in this book that a younger reader might not understand, either. But don't let that deter you! This book definitely packs a punch.
The push and pull between Natalie and Ash is interesting. I could identify with both characters. She wants to protect him and he refuses to sacrifice her. Intense reading. I got a little irritated with them after a while because I wanted them to just work things out, but come on! This is fiction and well, everything can't go smoothly.
If you want a book that's rife with emotion and struggle as well as some hot love, then this might be the book for you.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
Phoenix picks up almost right after Black City ends. Once again the story is being told from both Ash and Natalie's POV. Ash "The boy who rose from the ashes" is now given the name PHOENIX because of the recently attempted execution by the Government and President Rose. Both Ash and Natalie remain within the walls of Black City. They desperately try to give hope to their people and somehow find a way to end this fuming war once and for all. Although the quest for freedom does not come easy for either Ash or Natalie. Things go from bad to worse when President Rose threatens Ash to make a decision between the girl he loves, and his followers, the people of Black City. Ash must now make the right choice. But how can he choose between two things he loves so dearly. With only days left to choose someone new comes into the picture....someone who offers Ash a way out and way to end this war once and for all. But the price of this freedom may be more than anyone saw coming...
From here the story truly begins - Death, Bloodshed, Battles, Lost, an Escape and a LOVE like no other.
PHOENIX has it all!
The EPIC battle to save their world.....begins with a savior; "The boy who rose from the ashes".
Wow, I was blown away by this book. I kept telling myself that this book could not get any better than Black City but boy was I wrong. PHOENIX was immensely fast paced and held my attention throughout the entire book. I read it from cover to cover in only one day. Yeah, it was THAT good! I loved the dual narration between Ash and Natalie.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Not much time has passed since Black City, time is moving forward though and Ash has become a huge public figure for Darkling rights and has become known as Phoenix since he was reborn from ashes after his execution. He intends to take Purian Rose down, with Natalie at his side, and their followers--the end to the segregation and mistreatment of Darklings will finally be at an end.
But before the vote even takes place, things get dicey. Like when Rose threatens Natalie's life if Ash doesn't vote in favor of Rose's Law. And the voting isn't a secret thing either. The citizens of the cities, all publicly vote by placing their ballot in a yes or no box. So Rose will know if Ash obeys or not. I first thought the voting was a private thing and was like, how is Rose going to know what Ash votes for? Problem answered.
It's after the voting is done in all the cities when the real danger starts. Chaos reigns over the United Sentry States. People--supporters of Ash and Darkling rights--are being killed by Rose's soldiers. Natalie, Ash and their friends are all Public Enemy #1, and since there's a lot of them, there's a lot of #1's! Rose is calling for their heads and offering rewards for turning them in. Dead or alive, but preferable alive so Rose can take pleasure in tormenting them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had seriously the most immature set of characters I have ever seen in my life!Published 2 months ago by Candace Robinson
Great follow-up to Black City #1 - Phoenix delivers all the same dark, gritty writing and continues to build an exciting dystopian/uf mix that will keep you on your toes. Read morePublished 18 months ago by lal0020
I like the first book more; I believe what bothers me about this one is knowing what's going on while the characters behave in frustrating ways. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Susan Trimble
Many adolescents will love this book. Whereas, the matured audience will likely walk away with. The poor vocabulary presented in the book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JJW