Thursday, July 11, 2013

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards [Review]

Phoenix (Black City, #2)3 out of 5 Robots!

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: June 3, 2013
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Phoenix takes place shortly after the events of Black City. Ash is now a symbol for the Resistance and working to garner votes against Rose's Law.  But things are not going exactly to plan and many lives are in danger.  And sadly, this is where things starts to fall apart.

Phoenix offers an expanded worldview which was cool.  We got to learn a lot more about Bastets and werewolves.  We also got to see more of the world, including some new cities.  But I really felt this book was filler.  I thought Black City had a convoluted plot, but in Phoenix it bloated up to epic proportions.  You never knew whether someone was good or bad or what their motives were.  This is fine when there are one or two characters, but when there are several characters who have ulterior motives then it just gets tiresome.

Then we have Natalie and Ash's romance.  Admittedly, I was put off by their engagement.  I felt they were way too young for it.  This was really evident when Natalie has a secret but won't tell Ash about it. This is an unfortunate common theme in YA literature.  I really don't like it when one person has a secret and refuses to tell the other person, because it inevitably leads to misunderstandings and fights.  Kids.  If you can't talk to each other, then maybe you shouldn't be engaged?  On top of that, we have several more love triangles happening.  The back and forth is just exhausting.

I felt the book was mostly filler.  Some plotlines existed just to extend the story and love interests were added merely to create obstacles for Natalie and Ash.  It was just too much.  Too many "a-ha's!" and "gotchas!"  Too much back and forth.  Too many obstacles and side plots.  I hope the final book in the series can reign some of these elements in and create a cleaner story.  But at this point there are a lot of loose ends to tie up.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Black City
2. Phoenix

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