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Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling book review

Ah I’ve been behind on reviews again!

So here is the first of three…



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?



Phoenix, aka Phee, has had a hard life. She lives in a savant community that is ruled by The Seer. He wants all the riches, so with their powers, The Seer gives each community member a target to go and steal stuff from them.

Phoenix’s target is none other than Benedict brother, Yves. She uses her power to steal his goods, except Yves seems to know something is up and is still aware when Phoenix freezes time. Then he manages to blow up the bag once Phoenix has run away with it.

She then gets a second chance to steal from Yves but he soon realises Phee is his soul finder and begins to understand the terrible life she has been forced to live his sole aim is, with the help of his family, to get Phee safely away from The Seer…



And I thought Zed was swoon worthy and then along comes Yves…

He is just so…

There is no words.

I love this quote from the book…

“I’m not a little woman you need to defend.’
His face hardened. ‘That’s exactly what you are: you’re my little woman and I’m not having you sacrifice yourself for me.”

I loved Phee. She was one of these girls who had a tough background like Sky did and then along comes a bright light into her horrible and lonely world.

Yves and Phoenix are so adorable together. They fit each other perfectly. I liked how their relationship gradually developed. They come from such different background it was only logical that there would be some issues in the beginning. It wasn’t just love at first sight. The pair of them grew together slowly, and even though we could see they were totally in love with each other, they took their time.
What I loved the most was how different Yves was in each book. In Finding Sky he was just Zed’s calm and always collected brother. But in Stealing Phoenix we see a whole new side of him. Yves’ special power is fire and the boy definetly lives up to it in this book. Especially when it comes to Phee. He will do anything for her.

I love Phoenix because she’s your perfect damsel in distress. She’s had a hard life, but she’s a survivor. She’s caring and selfless, but not in a depressing, gloomy kind of sacrificial way. She’s a strong character.

And I love the romance in this book. The concept of soulmates is really overdone, and sometimes it can be quiet boring. But not in this book. I liked that Yves and Phee are soulmates, and they’re attracted to each other right off. But Joss gave time for the relationship to progress. A lot of times, our heroine would fight it because she’s in denial or not ready or doesn’t want to give up her independence. In this case, the obstacle was keeping her safe and away from her corrupt and dangerous life before him. I don’t know how to explain it, but somehow, Stirling managed to make the soulmates concept work for me.

I also loved how we saw Zed and Sky from the first book in this one too and seeing them through the eyes of Phee you could see their love for each was much stronger. (Well a year had passed…)

I am so torn as to who I want more; Zed or Yves…

But then again there is one more book in this series featuring another Benedict brother so its about to get even harder.

Totally read this book too! I devoured it in a day and I’m sure the rest of you will too.


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