Waiting on Wednesday #60: ‘Phoenix’ by Elizabeth Richards


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.



Black City #2

Elizabeth Richards

Publication Date:
June 4th, 2013

Putnam Juvenile

Hardcover, 368 pages

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.

Good Reads


LOVED Black City, even though it had some violent scenes in it. I can’t wait for the sequel!! Who else is excited???

What do you think about my pick for Waiting on Wednesday this week?


  1. amy lovell

    May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    totdz wanna read it!

  2. michelle A - Novels On The Run

    May 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I have Black City to read , so am looking forward to reading them both one after the other. I requested on NG, so see what happens:)

    Great choice!


  3. Cait H.

    May 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I really enjoyed Black City so I’m super excited for Phoenix! Can’t get here fast enough =D

  4. Courtney Ann

    May 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Great choice. I really need to read Black City. I love the cover on this one.

    Waiting on Wednesday

  5. Carmen B.

    May 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I loved Black City!! The world building is fantastic and I can’t wait to return to it, and to Ash and Natalie! I hope that in the sequel, we’ll also get to see the rest of the world outside of Black City a bit. Awesome pick 🙂

    My WoW

  6. Tiffany Drew

    May 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I love this cover so much! I still haven’t been able to read the first book, I need to get my hands on it! Great pick 🙂

    My WoW

  7. Shane @ Itching for Books

    May 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I hear this series is good. Nice pick!


  8. Teresa

    May 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    This is a great pick! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one either!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  9. Fi @ Bookish Outsider

    May 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Great choice, I still haven’t read my copy of Black City but will soon because I really want this one!

    My WoW!

  10. Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

    May 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I’ve heard so many great things about Black City – I’ve been meaning to try and pick it up – I think I’m going to try and get it. I can’t believe the second book is being released next month already! 🙂
    Thanks for spotlighting this book. ^.^
    Happy Reading! 😀

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd
    My Waiting On Wednesday

  11. Alyssa Susanna

    May 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I still have to read Black City! I have an ARC of Black City, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I shouldn’t book myself with so many tours lol. Anyway. I hope you get to read this book early! And that you love it 😀

    Check out my WoW post!

  12. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    May 1, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I really love the cover of this book! I have heard great things about Black City so really need to grab myself a copy.

    A nice WoW pick 🙂

  13. Jaime Lester

    May 1, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Definitely excited. After reading some negative reviews about Black City I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about it. Lucky for me, I read books regardless of reviews most of the time. I loved Black City. So, yes, I am looking forward to Phoenix. And I love the covers of this series!

  14. Nemo @ The Moonlight Library

    May 1, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    That cover is so WOW, I love how the feather is on fire. i haven’t read the first book, so I imagine it must be symbolic of something in that. Good pick!

  15. Petra

    May 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Love BLACK CITY too. Can’t wait to read this.

    My WOW

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