Thursday 3 April 2014

Review: Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling

Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. The Community owns Phoenix's past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself?

Review: This is now the third book I have read by author Joss Stirling, i find her writing really easy to get into with plenty of pace and boy can she write a good action scene. I'm not normally one for action, in my films or my books but the way the action is interspersed with romance in Stirling's novels is so refreshing, i find myself really enjoying characters being held at gunpoint, ruining from fire or sneaking in a quick punch to the ribs whilst their attacker isn't looking!

This novels brings you right into the action with eponymous protagonist Phoenix setting up one of the famous Benedict in order to rob him. We learn that phoenix is a criminal in a gang, a bit like a modern day Oliver and the other boys. Now again, this isn't normally something i would like, but not a lot is focused on the actual criminal underworld, instead the focus is her friendship with Yves, the second youngest of the Benedict boys. One of the things I really liked about this book was the fact that the Benedict family are returning characters from Finding Sky, a book which i absolutely stormed through and recently reviewed. Its nice that this wasn't a sequel, but you still got to find out what happened to Sky and Zed after Finding Sky finished. It doesn't really tell you how long its been and so this series is really refreshing, a sequel without being a sequel. 

I found Phee frustrating as a character but could totally identify with her lack of trust, i liked that she wasn't the usual female character that trust men unconditionally, i think her street smarts were really endearing and she is a tough cookie of a heroine. Yves as a character, of course, is lovely, he's one of a group of very lovely brothers. The mysticism in these books interests me. I'm not normally a fan of magic and mysticism, but like the action, there is just enough in these books to make for something different a exciting to read, without being too overwhelming. So if you're not a fan of novels featuring something slightly paranormal, or slight fantasy, this is definitely something you will still enjoy. The same goes fro the action. There also isn't too much romance in the novel, it has the perfect balance of all these elements, leading to a really entertaining end. 

I loved the ending of this book, it doesn't wrap everything up, but leaves you wanting a little bit more. I'm a fan of this kind of ending, and of course I have the next novel in the series ready to go so that's all fine by me. This books is a really fun easy read that will appeal to many different audiences, just enough romance, mysticism and action to satisfy most palates. Whether you've read this author before or not, and whether you've read the first in this series, you will still be able to enjoy this book on its own merits and find something in there to love!

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