{Blog Tour} Review + Character Interview + Giveaway: Phoenix

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 Hey there! Today's my stop for the Philippine Blog Tour of Phoenix. This will be my first time to join a blog tour and I'm so excited! Haha. Anyways, read on and get a taste of the book. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post. ;)

Author: Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City #2
Published: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
368 pages (Hardcover)


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


Thank you for Kate of Bookaholic Blurbs for hosting the tour and to the publisher of the book for providing me an ARC.

Phoenix was one of my most anticipated sequels in 2013. If you guys read my review for Black City, you’d know how much I fangirl about it. Though it didn’t exceed my love for Black City, I still enjoyed reading it. In Phoenix, Ash and Natalie got engage. You’d think everything’s okay now and Purian Rose would give up after what happened in Black City (talking about the rising of Ash from the ashes). Nope, the evil bastard has a plan brewing on his mind. What plan is that, you ask? He plans to threaten Ash into agreeing to his law or else he’d take Miss Buchanan and slice her pieces by pieces. Ash is now facing off a hard decision—to save Natalie or betray the Darklings. You might think that this is the book all about (who Ash chooses), but no, Elizabeth added a lot of twists and turns in this book (I bet you can’t guess half of it).

Like I said, Phoenix contains a lot of twists that will surely catch you off guard. While I was reading, I kept on guessing what will happen next. Though I got some of it right, there are still scenes that shocked me. It honestly left my jaw hanging. I commend Elizabeth for her brilliant thinking for she managed to write a book that is unpredictable. Hail Elizabeth, the queen of plot twists and turns! Haha. :)

Now let’s talk about the main characters, Ash and Natalie. I don’t know how to describe what I felt about them. I love them but there are times that I just want to bonk both their heads for being so…caring? Yep, you read that right. They care too much for each other that they do stupid things like staying away from each other just to protect the other one. Like what happened to Natalie, she discovers something (this is one of the plot twists that you’ll not expect) and because of that she pushes Ash away without even telling him about what she discovered. And now there’s Ash, he didn’t tell Natalie about the threat of Purian Rose to him because he doesn’t want her to worry. See where keeping that secret led to. *shakes head sadly*

There are a lot of new characters that appears in this book and there are also characters that have reappearance in this book. One of those characters is Elijah. The moment Elijah appeared one day and told everyone about the Ora, I already have my suspicion. I won’t tell you what he did, you have to read it yourself. There’s also Giselle, she’s a new character in this book. Though she didn’t do anything wrong *cough choke cough* Fine, she did something wrong but both of them (won’t tell who’s the other one) are at fault that time.

Phoenix is undoubtedly an action-packed book with a lot of twists and curves in between. The moment you flip the first page of the book, you can’t stop flipping it until you reach the last page. It’s THAT compelling. You’d know what I’m talking about when you read the book.


So today’s 60 Second Interview is with the lead anchor for Black City News, Juno Jones. 

1. Please describe yourself in three words.
Inquisitive, bossy, feisty. 

2. What’s your favorite pastime? 
I’m never off-duty, so my favorite pastime is looking for my next big story. 

3. Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I appreciate their loyalty and instant affection. I don’t have time to earn something’s love. 

4. What’s your favorite food?
Noodles. There’s a place in Chantilly Lane that serves the best noodles in the city; I go there every Friday with the guys from work.

5. Tell us a secret about yourself.
My hair isn’t naturally this color. I dyed it to look more like my sister, Amy’s. She’s got gorgeous auburn hair. 

6. What are you afraid of?
That Amy will hook up with some jerk of a guy who doesn’t deserve her. I’m very protective of my little sis. 

7. Who do you love the most in this world?
Amy, without question. 

8. Who do you hate the most?
February Fields. Urgh, I hate that woman! She’s the lead anchor for SBN. I want that job! 

9.  Would you rather vacation in Golden Sands or the Dominion State?
Dominion State. That’s where the Sentry government is based, so you can bet there’s some juicy stories there!

10.  If you had one wish, what would it be?
To have my own primetime news panel show. 

*looks at the time* Aw, man! Our 60 seconds is up! I actually wanted to ask you more questions. Too bad for that. Anyways, thank you for squeezing us into your busy schedule. I’m glad to have you here in our blog. Til’ next time! *shakes hand*
 About the Author:
Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing video games before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness. In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favorite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. BLACK CITY is her debut novel. The sequel, PHOENIX, is out on June 4, 2013.

Fun facts about…Elizabeth Richards 
  • She’s an identical twin…and yes, she is the evil one.
  • She’s part sloth.
  • She hopes to see 10 volcanoes before she dies. She’s already climbed Vesuvius, had lunch on top of Mount Etna and watched Stromboli erupt at night.
  • She’s a little bit obsessed with Daniel Radcliffe.
  • Some of her favorite TV shows are Buffy, Being Erica, and Extreme Couponing.
  • Her favorite authors are JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Beth Revis, Stephen Fry, and Veronica Roth.

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  1. I've heard so many great things about Phoenix! So I wish I could read it too! :D

  2. I really really really need to pick up the first book!!! Awesome post!!! And congrats on your first blog tour!!! It was really fun to read!!!

  3. We have this book in our to-read shelves (digital!). It would be a pleasure to have the paperback =)
    Really like the Interview with Juno ^^
    Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway

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  4. I can't wait to read these books. I've been following your blog tour, it's so much fun!! Congrats to you. Thanks for the fun giveaways!!!

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