Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
A Black City Novel
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed. The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.

Hold on for this wild ride!

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.


  1. Amie Lout says:

    I love the books that get you from the start and never let go. Jonelle Patrick has one that I just read that did the same thing, Fallen Angel. Even with that one, it was the review that grabbed me even before I got the book. This one looks awesome, I can’t wait. If you want info on Patrick’s book go to her site, it’s so worth a look!

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