Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Book Review: Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling

Title: Stealing Phoenix
Author: Joss Stirling
Publisher: Oxford University Press


Summary: This is about getting you out...I'm stealing you!
Phoenix belongs to the Community- a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict- an America 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: 
The way Joss uses description and imagery in 'Stealing Phoenix' makes you feel like you are experiencing everything that Phoenix is.
What I loved about this novel is that it's set in London among places that I know. 
I work at the O2 formerly known as the dome, which gets a mention.
Plus, every Londoner can associate with the Olympic site at Stratford, they've been speaking of it since early 2000.
If I'm honest I haven't read 'Finding Sky'.
But after attending the OUP event where Joss read a section of 'Stealing Phoenix' I knew I wanted to give it a read. 
I don't think I've struggled with the read but there are references to Sky which are explained along the way.

The connection between Yves and Phoenix is breath-taking. 

Their journey has been a rollercoaster experience and as a reader it's been fun.

I really loved the references to the theatre shows. 
Although I still haven't seen 'Wicked' and reading this novel has made me want to go even more.

Phee is not happy that Yves is willing to compromise his family for her. 
The tension and fast-pacedness of the scenes between 'The Seer' and Yves makes you feel so sorry for Phee. 
She never wanted her Soulfinder to be caught up in this nasty situation.

The tension nearer the end of the novel was super fast paced, exciting yet a little terrifying.
I absolutely love Phee, her and Yves make a loveable couple, their witty banter and sarcasm makes me smile a lot.  
I truly loved the end shocking, yet not so surprising news.
A wonderful end to an amazing read part of the end even brought a tear to my eye.
I can now see me going back and reading 'Finding Sky'.



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