Phoenix (Black City Chronicles Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.  

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Ash and Natalie are strong, clever, and determined to prevail. The ongoing struggle between good and bad is delineated with heart-thumping action and strong plotting. A cliff-hanger ending will have fans eager for the next installment."—Booklist
Library Media Connection
"The mix of other races, politics, war, and biological weapons keeps Ash and Natalie on the run. Those they think they know may turn on them and grave misunderstandings threaten to keep them apart."—Library Media Connection, Recommended Review
VOYA - Sean Rapacki
Every reader has pet peeves, and this reviewer's is the narrative device "the terrible secret." This plot device revolves around one character having a secret so awful that they cannot share it with the character to whom they are closest, causing them to act in such a way that both characters become enmeshed in a misunderstanding that nearly tears them apart until the protracted-yet-inevitable moment when the truth finally comes out. For a good deal of this sequel, "the terrible secret" rules are in effect: Natalie realizes she is infected with a deadly disease known as the Wrath but decides to keep it secret from her fiance, Ash, because the revelation would be too crushing for him. Needless to say, her failure to share the information leads to misunderstandings and bad feelings between them that seem like a frustrating and unnecessary distraction from an otherwise exciting and compelling plot. The revolution begun in Black City (Putnam, 2012/Voya December 2012) is in full effect, and both sides are taking their gloves off. There are torture and terrorism competing with the romance this time around, plus a new human-animal hybrid species called lupines that represents a particularly nasty variation on Team Jacob. Probably the least satisfying aspect of this mash-up of supernatural romance and dystopian fiction in terms of writing quality is the romance, but as with the first book in the series, the rest of the plot will have readers quickly turning pages. This reviewer will no doubt be back to see where the tale goes next. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—In this follow-up to Black City (Putnam, 2012), half-Darkling Ash and human Natalie continue to pursue their forbidden romance while fighting totalitarian ruler Purian Rose. In a dystopia newly revealed as an alternate North America, Ash has become a walking symbol for unity, and each side has acquired new allies: the wolflike Lupines sniff out Rose's enemies while the feline Bastets join the resistance. After a rigged vote gives Rose a mandate for racial segregation, Ash and Natalie set off to find a hidden biological weapon. Jealousy soon erupts when Ash suspects Natalie of cheating on him with their new companion, Bastet Elijah. The writing is sloppy, details are inconsistent or unexplained, and decontextualized references to World War II (children relocated by train, undesirables referred to as "vermin") rankle. Promising plot points are introduced and then seemingly abandoned, but the conclusion ties up loose ends and provides a ready opening for the third book. As was the case in Black City, pithy phrases abound ("Hope isn't a luxury I have anymore")-and although constant misunderstandings between Ash and Natalie provide narrative tension, readers might wonder why this supposedly strong relationship is so devoid of honesty and trust. The amplified emotions, perpetual narrow escapes, and paranormal love triangle will attract teens craving a pastiche of familiar elements from Twilight and The Hunger Games, but those looking for nuance or originality will want to seek out more sophisticated alternatives.—Jill Ratzan, I. L. Peretz Community Jewish School, Somerset, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The turgid adventures of a half-breed vampire and the human girl who loves him continue (Black City, 2012). Having been crucified and burned and then resurrected, Ash is now known as the Phoenix, the poster boy for the Humans for Unity rebellion (though far from a Christ figure, despite obvious symbolism). On the eve of the vote that will determine whether vampire Darklings and other Impurities will be permanently confined in ghettos, he proposes to girlfriend Natalie, who accepts with cloyingly girlish delight. The vote goes badly; evil dictator Purian Rose cracks down on Black City. With sexy Bastet Elijah, Ash and Natalie flee, hoping to find a supposed superweapon that can shift the balance of power. (In addition to humans and vampires, this alternative, weakly steampunk-y North America has cat- and wolf-people, though their attributes are as arbitrary as everything else.) The boilerplate dystopian present-tense narration alternates between Ash's and Natalie's identical voices, ploddingly describing every action and overwrought emotion. Natalie worries she is infected with the Wrath, a deadly vampire disease; in order to spare Ash, she hides it from him, a transparent and tedious device evidently meant to boost the romantic tension. People die, bloodily; allies turn traitor; breasts heave. When Natalie isn't engaging in unlikely heroics, she vomits a lot--is it the Wrath, or…? Just as dreadful as the first book. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159442
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Black City Chronicles Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 166,773
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Richards (www.officialelizabethrichards.com), the author of Black City, lives in Buckinghamshire, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Third book coming out in april

    Her new book and 3rd book to these series is coming out in april its called Wings the third book of the black city series cant wait im goign to read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    Loving it

    First I wanted to say thanks to the publishers for letting me win this book on Goodreads. :D

    So I'm just having so much feels right now! I thought it was just as amazing as the first book!

    Okay so this starts off a few months after the first book. Purian Rose corners Ash into an ultimatum. Choose his love or his people. So he chooses correctly which starts the war. During this, in comes Elijah (we met him briefly in the last book). *Drools a little here* He lets them in on the knowledge of a weapon that can help defeat Rose. They set off on this journey to find it. Lots of interesting stuff happens to them which I won't go into detail.

    This book has it all: fighting, romance, secrets, rescue missions, betrayal, and shocking events. What more can you ask for? It's going to suck waiting until next year to find out what happens. 2014 can not come soon enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Best sequel I have read in my top ten

    This book is amazibg. IT captures betrayal, love and drama!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Great book

    Great follow up to Black City. I'm not big on loose ends and no closure when I finish a book but that is the point, I guess. Can't wait for the next book. HURRY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Vote 2

    I like that name and I'm going to go with it ~ Jack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

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    Phonix Calling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    CHAPTA 5 TRIVIA!

    Once again, not much is said. Dynablade, as the namesake may know, came out of a character application. Also, I was going to put in a "Turbo" reference by Dynablade screeching and Epic saying "Don't you screech at me!" but I felt like that wasn't a good idea. Ok, Epicness out!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Woahhh

    This book had the mix of tear jerking, heart stopping, unbeilievable moments. & holy cow - did I fall in love with Elijah. That boy... if i could get me a guy like that. I'd also like to say that their was a lot of betrayal & death in this book which made me gasp & clench my heart & say NO WAY! The next book can't come soon enough. I'll be graduated from high school by then. :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Phoniex

    This is an awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Still ?'ing it..

    Book 2 was just as good although it definitely leaves off for book 3.. which isnt out until next year from what I gather.. noooooo!!!.. love me both Ash and Elijah.. even though you know the things that went down.. if you don't know then get to reading. .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Another great read from Elizabeth Richards!

    I loved book 2! This was a great continuation from book 1. The story picked up right where book 1 left off. Suspense, lots of romance, intrigue, kept me turning pages and wanting to reach the end. I fell in love with Ash and Natalie's story and I am vested in their outcome. Can't wait for book 3! Please hurry and get here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    This book is amazing!!!

    This book is amazing!!!

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

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        Starts with a bang and it feels like I never left this dark

        Starts with a bang and it feels like I never left this dark world. Get right back into ash's head as he's forced to make an impossible decision. Natalie or his people... All while leading a revolt healing from burns and fighting nightmares of burning from the attempted execution from the first book. 
        The thing that draws me most though is the romance between Ash and Natalie. I Love their chemistry, moments together, physical and the soul sharing. 
          Action and complications are never far behind though so I treasured each of those moments.
         The weird love triangle type thing both infuriated me and enthralled me. I saw the appeal of Elijah and understood what he saw in natalie but i am a big ash.fan so it didn't fly for me in the end. So I am glad that there was more than what it was at the surface, and that nothing too stupid of a line was crossed. Understood why ash thought it and what he saw. His pain was so intense but still loyal... Which brings me back to the reason that I love Ash so much. Natalie was actually hiding something else, that i never saw coming and took my breath away. 
       The pacing is intense and I loved the dual narration that continues in this one because I loved seeing both Ash and Natalie's perspectives. 
       It ended leaving me yearning for the next book, which I will be getting my hands on the day it releases to find out what happens next. 

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    Posted August 7, 2013

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