|Read from March 31 to April 1, 2013|
Expected Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Putnam (Penguin)
Page Count: 368 pages
Source: Received for review in exchange for an honest review
Series: Black City, #2
This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't read Black City.
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!
What I love the absolute most about Phoenix is that Richards does not hold back... at all. There is so much war, siege and betrayal in this book, and it makes for a thriller of a book! I was, literally, on the edge of my seat while reading Phoenix, because there is never a dull moment. I couldn't believe all the heartbreak and backstabbing that happens in Phoenix, but I adored every single second of it.
The characters just tie off this novel with a bow. Natalie and Ash grow to be so much more in this sequel - not just in their own personal development, but also with their relationship. They grow to heights I couldn't possibly imagine. I thought Ash was kind of a jerk in Black City, but he totally redeems himself in this book. You understand his actions, and given the circumstances thanks to the crazy and insane ending of Black City, you really connect with him in Phoenix. Natalie is equally brilliant. Again, because of the ending of book one, Natalie is a changed person. She's no longer naive or quick to forgive - she's strong and fierce, kicking butts now and taking names later. I love that about these two main protagonists; how we get to see more sides of them as the series progresses! I can't wait to see what will happen to them and this destroyed world in the third novel.
Huh, and I thought the ending of Black City was crazy. You haven't seen nothing yet with Phoenix's ending! This novel is daring, brutal and epic. I can't even begin to fathom how much I love this book and this series. I need more now!
Overall, Phoenix is a stunning sequel that had me biting at my fingernails and left me hanging. Perfection!
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