Rating: 5++++ Bytes
I had the pleasure of reading “Phoenix” before its release date as a gift from Cecilia London. This installment finds Caroline finally reunited with Jack, both of whom are astonished as they both thought each other dead. Unfortunately, not all is sunshine and roses again. Caroline is wary, distrustful, and committed to not getting close to Jack again. We go through the long, painful and often frustrating journey of Caroline’s emotions and attitude towards Jack. She’s been through hell, it’s not surprising that she is a very changed person.
Of course, Ms. London does not disappoint with the fourth book in her saga. The writing is, as ever, on point and evocative. You feel Caroline’s conflicted emotions, her anger, her resentment. You want to slap her and remind her that she loves Jack, but the story is so well done, you get over the violent urges and carry on, addicted to the story, as with all the others.
Ms. London’s writing simply wraps you up and carries you away into Caroline and Jack’s lives. I was riveted from start to finish, and with middle books, that can be a hard thing to accomplish for a reader. You know you’re not going to get all the satisfaction you want, that you’ll be craving the outcome of the story like a junkie. Nevertheless, she gives you everything you need to feel satisfied and anxious for the next story at the same time.
I can’t gush over these novels enough, but you really have to read them for yourself. I will be rereading the whole series again and again until the end of the year.